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What We Love

  • Style steal in the heart of London, a 10-minute walk from King’s Cross and Euston train stations, and an easy tube ride to both the sights to the west and hip ’hoods to the east
  • Range of accommodations, from shared rooms (for up to 12) to private singles, doubles, triples and quads
  • Buzzy bar is decked out with a pool table, foosball table and part of an original London bus sign, a nod to Generator’s signature destination-led design
  • Community vibe; the hostel hosts frequent acoustic nights, live DJ sets and game nights

What To Know

  • There are private bathrooms on each floor, but only a handful are en-suite
  • Guests 18 and under must book a private room and need written permission to stay from a parent or guardian
  • Towels are included in private twin rooms only
  • If booking a shared room with friends, note that requests for the same room can be made in advance but are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed
  • Free WiFi


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Restaurant
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Hip hostel in a prime location near King’s Cross, with a cinema, café and bar

The Lowdown

Just south of King’s Cross, St. Pancras and Euston train stations, Generator London is in a plum location for visiting the city sights and exploring the Big Smoke like a local. In true Generator style (the hip hostel brand has nine properties across Europe), the London outpost is big on design and easy on the wallet, with options for shared accommodations in custom bunk beds, or simply dressed private rooms with all the modern comforts. All shared rooms have pillows and duvets, privacy boards, lock-up storage units and full-length mirrors, while private rooms feature such perks as fluffy towels, clothes hanging units and en-suite bathrooms with power showers. The open-plan bar and dining area is at the heart of the hostel; it’s the place for a simple continental breakfast or a snack of classic Brit dishes (and some international favorites) from noon to 10 p.m. Check the hostel’s event board to plan your itinerary of open mike night, acoustic music sets, game nights and live DJ sets, or ask the friendly staff for the latest restaurants, bars and attractions to hit the neighborhood.

In the Area

The hotel is within walking distance of the British Museum — home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and an impressive collection of mummies — and Sir John Soane’s Museum, a little-known repository stuffed with antiquities and artworks in a neoclassical townhouse. Visit on the first Tuesday of the month for a candlelit tour. Lambs Conduit Street, in the heart of Bloomsbury, is lined with indie boutiques and bars. Shop for hipster threads at Folk, pick up trinkets at Darkroom and sink a pint at the Perseverance. Head to the Princess Louise, a Victorian drinking den in Holborn with stucco ceilings and original tiling, and grab a seat in one of the ornately carved booths that wrap around the horseshoe bar.

How to Get There

Generator Hostel London
37 Tavistock Place, Russel Square
London, WC1H 9SE United Kingdom


3.5 Average 3231 Reviews
21st Century Schizoid Man!
Reviewed 5 hours ago

Came to London to see King Crimson at the Albert Hall with 2 friends. Rented a private room with 4 bunks. Ideal. Super affordable for Loondon(sic). We didn't need "posh", just a bed for the night, not that we slept that much! Very convenient location within walking distance of all the train stations back north. Bar stayed open late which was great as we knew we could relax with a few drinks after the show & not waste time searching for somewhere open, surprisingly difficult in central London. The place was super clean & modern in style. Didn't feel like a hostel really. Nice friendly atmosphere & young fresh vibe, even though we aren't. You in spirit though! Highly recommended. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars overall is that every little extra had to be paid for, nothing was included. Small towels(£4), padlocks for lockers(£5) etc. You name it, they had it, for a price! Not sure the website made that clear & I'm from Yorkshire, I can peel an orange in my pocket with a boxing glove on! Happy travels.... x

Great Location
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great location as super close to local shops (Waitrose, Boots, Superdrug and multiple food and clothing stores). Very close to both Russell Square station and Kings Cross station.
I stayed in a 4 women’s dorm and a 8 mixed dorm.
4 women’s dorm I had to use the communal showers and bathrooms. Which were very crammed.
I preferred the 8 as we had a private shower and bathroom attached to our room.
A shame the hostel didn’t have a kitchen where guests could prepare there own meals as the bar/restaurant was slow service, with only a few people working.

Nice atmosphere
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a nice , affordable environment but the bathrooms weren't spacious enough for my comfort. I would have loved to see the bathroom having hanging hooks inside and the shower head was just so close to me that the water spills on my towel and clothes.

Good location, terrible service/offering
Reviewed 4 days ago

Rude receptionists, I asked for help with luggage, and they had me waiting for long time outside with no one coming to help at the end.
Few bathroom and shower rooms actually close, and their light doesn't work either
Bathrooms always wet and dirty with toilets clogged. With so many people they should pay more attention to the cleaning schedules. Just good for the location but they don't provide any added value. P.S. no towels, toiletries provided at all. Won't comeback ever

Main asset is location
Reviewed 4 days ago

The hostel was well located and cheap, which was convenient as we booked fairly last minute. But that is it. My bed was already allocated, bathrooms and toilets were dirty and the locker where to store my bags was broken. I will not go there again.