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Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage

What: If you like your accommodation a bit more upmarket, this award-winning boutique offers nicely furnished rooms, with beds that are already made up – perfect if you’re a late arrival.

Recently refurbished, Palmers Lodges’ Swiss Cottage was the former lodge of Lord Palmer – hence its nod to all things luxurious – and prides itself on offering better service than many three-star hotels.

Get ready to celebrate Australia Day in style at one of its top BBQs, and there are also themed parties throughout the year.

Checking in: After 2pm – out by 11am.

Damage: £23pppn including wifi and breakfast in the onsite restaurant.

Address: 40 College Crescent, NW3 5LB

Tube: Swiss Cottage


Journeys, Greenwich

What: This recently refurbished hostel is smack-bang in the middle of the hustle of Greenwich, surrounded by street markets and lively music venues.

As well as being in a smart hostel, you’ll be staying in a top location. Check out the sights, including the Observatory, O2 Arena, and the maritime museum, then shoot pool in the downstairs Royal Standard pub.

After, relax in the common room, watching the big TVs.

Checking in: From 2pm – out 11am.

Damage: From £9pppn, including free wifi and continental breakfast.

Address: 86 Tanner’s Hill, SE8 4PN


Hostel Etiquette

Unsure of the rules when staying in a hostel? Here, Kash Bhattacharya – Twitter’s @BudgetTraveller – points you in the right direction.

Keep it clean

Remember your mum isn’t  there to clean up your dishes or to pick up your dirty clothes. When you’re sharing a 10-bed dorm, make sure you smell good – showering daily is a sound idea. Body spray is not a substitute.

Washing your clothes

Keep a small sachet of washing power or liquid for washing socks, underwear or smaller garments. You can do it while in the shower so kill two birds with one stone.


Many hostels offer free wifi, but don’t abuse this privilege by downloading movies or software updates. Use the free wifi for emails, checking Facebook and any light internet usage, so everyone can stay connected.

Keep it quiet

If you’re coming into your dorm late at night, don’t be rowdy. Use your smartphone iTorch4 flashlight app to help you find your way to your bunk. Do not turn on the light and wake up your fellow room mates.

Sex in the dorm

This is a big no-no. I was told by a hostel owner some hostels have designated ‘sex rooms’, but I have never come across such a thing. for more info and the Luxury Hostels Of Europe Guide


Photos: Generator; Clink; St Christopher’s


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