Travel Tales: YHA London Oxford


Some of you may know that I’ve stayed at YHA hostels before (Hostel or Not to Hostel) and thoroughly enjoyed my time there! It was the YHA London Central last time so I chose to check out the YHA Oxford Street location this time. Since shopping in London is an addiction of mine, this provided me a precarious situation since I’d be so close to the best of London’s shops! For those of you who don’t know Oxford Street is THE place to shop! 


This is what happens when I’m given a room to myself at the @YHAOfficial ….#jetlag #tired #traveltales

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After landing at Heathrow I took the tube from the airport to Piccadilly Circus then walked north from there to the YHA. It’s a less than half a mile walk through the Theater district so it’s completely safe to walk. The reason I did that was because the express train from Heathrow costs about four times as much as the tube ticket. Sure the express train will get you there faster, but it’ll also take you to Paddington Station so you’d still have to get on a tube to get to the hostel. The tube is one line, no changes from the airport.

When I arrived at the YHA Oxford Street I was warmly greeted by the staff. That’s one of my favorite things about the staff at YHA, they’re always sweet and helpful. I had a private room with two beds, bunk beds. As a note there was two flights of stairs to my room, so those who have trouble with stairs may want to look at one of their other locations. There was an elevator from the ground floor to reception, but unsure if it went any further than that. As a note, the entrance is tucked in a bit so if you come from the left side of the building, you won’t see it till you’re right there. I’d GPS it before arriving.


Had a great night at @YHAOfficial Oxford Street! The employees are the most lovely people! #traveltips #london

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The room was clean, and had a big window looking south. I could see a bit of the London Eye from there (circled)! I loved that there was a little desk with a seat. Gave me a place to sort my bag and papers out. A really good sized mirror was also in the room which you don’t always get in hostels so I was thrilled about it! Outlets by the beds are super convenient, especially if you’re charging your phone while sleeping. There’s also cabinets that lock if you need one. You do have to bring your own lock, or I’m pretty sure you can rent one from the front desk. The beds were super comfy and I slept like a baby! (as a note I had settled in by the time I took these photos so excuse the mess 😉

One of the best things about staying at YHA is the discounts! I got a discounted ticket for Hampton Court Palace. Which I’ll be posting about later. This was their list at the time I was there, June 2015, though please check in with them for current prices. My only note would be that they didn’t have enough tables in the dining area. When I went down and got breakfast in the morning, I didn’t have a table to sit at as they were all taken already. I would also say I think this hostel is more family friendly than others since there was no large bar area or music playing at night like some other hostels I’ve stayed at. All in all, YHA Oxford Street is definitely worth a stay if you’re ever in London! 

PS. Shout out to Marisa, as she was especially sweet to me!


Your Friend, Elle

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