With the London Olympics on the horizon, hordes of visitors are flocking to this capital of the British Isles. London is a great vacation destination at any time, but the excitement and pageantry of the Olympics is making it even more attractive. The only problem with visiting London is the high expenses associated with eating and staying in London. One way you can combat these extravagant prices is by staying in a London hostel to save money. This gives you the chance to see the stunning city and take advantage of the many activities without breaking your budget.
You can find dormitory style hostels in London as well as those that offer private rooms. To make your stay even more budget conscious, some hostels offer kitchen areas where you can prepare your own meals and avoid the high cost of restaurant meals.
One thing you should take into account before choosing hostel accommodations is the lack of privacy you will experience. Dining areas, television access, bathrooms and even sleeping areas may be shared with other guests. Some hostels also impose a curfew, so if you do not think you can be back to your room by a set time each night you might consider another option. On the positive side though, you will have internet access, cleaning services and since most hostels are centrally located you will be surrounded by a large array of great restaurants and pubs.
Once you locate the perfect hostel you can plan all of your activities accordingly. Some of the must see sights include Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and of course the London Eye. If you enjoy shopping, plan a day at Knightsbridge of Kensington High Street. With all the money you have saved by staying in a hostel you should have cash left over for at least a small shopping spree. Visiting London need not be expensive if you are willing to stay in one of the budget friendly London hostels.