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Old 05-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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I am going to be traveling alone to London between August 1st-August 7th and I need some advice on where would be the best place to stay for a girl staying alone to be safe but also meet people.

Any advice? I have looked at all the hostel pages but I'd rather hear someone's actual experiences.

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Well, I'll go ahead and give you my experience. :D
Last time I was in London in '06 I stayed at the St. Christophers Village for about 3 days and the Astor Quest for about 4 days. Both hostels were great in their own way.
The Astor, i thought, had a great location, almost across the street from Hyde park. I thought it was a more kick back chill hostel if anything. But the whole time their I felt very safe.
St. Christophers was a lot of fun. It's a really big hostel and it has an attached bar (Belushi's). Even though it was big and crazy, I still felt like the security was good, key cards to get into everywhere. Both of em were pretty close to tube stations as well.
Either way I think they were both great hostels.

Good luck in London, it's an awesome city.
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I'm a single girl and I'm going to London all alone in a few weeks. I've got reservations at the Picadilly Hostel so I'll let you know how it goes!
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If you decide to change the Piccadilly Hostel (I believe it was lost_in_texas that was there and decided to go elsewhere) here are the ones I have some experience with...

The Generator - Off of the Piccadilly line (Russel Square) very loud party hostel. The rooms were a bit smelly, and the police came both nights I was there. Cheap drinks in the bar downstairs. Cool atmosphere but I can't personally recommend it.

The Globetrotter's Inn - A little bit removed on the Zone1/Zone 2 edge (Ravenscourt Gardens area) but a nice neighborhood. A little quiet but clean comfortable etc.

My sister recently stayed at Palmer's Lodge (also Zone 2) and enjoyed it.

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You can find recommended hostels for London and Western Europe in this sub-forum. Also, the sub-forum «Hostel reviews : neither good nor bad» has a thread dedicated to the Picadilly.

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huh, didn't even realise this thread was in general discussions. It's moved now.

the hostel I stayed at (The Albert) has closed since I was in London, so this summer I'm staying at the Astor Quest. Here's hoping!
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