YHA London St Pauls Location

YHA London St Pauls

London, EC4V 5AB

Great 86%

(260 reviews)

Bed in a single sex shared dorm - Beds from £15.00
Private room - Rooms from £25.00

Overview

Re-purposed after nearly 100 years as a school for choirboys, this remarkable building boasts the ultimate location for exploring one of London's most fascinating tourist attractions - it's literally seconds from St Paul’s cathedral.

Steeped in history, this hostel includes old-school choirboy graffiti (in a wood-panelled classroom no less), atmospheric spiral staircases and an elaborate exterior. And of course, there's nothing quite like waking up to those cathedral bells. The hostel’s central location is also great for exploring London on foot, with many of London's famous attractions close by.

Why guests love YHA London St Pauls

  • Great location right next to St Paul's Cathedral
  • Fully licensed restaurant
  • Charming period features

Accommodation at YHA London St Pauls

The hostel

YHA London St Paul's has 213 beds across 5 x single rooms, 6 x double/twin rooms 8 x 3 bedded rooms, 9 x 4 bed rooms, 8 x 5 bed rooms, 6 x 6 bed rooms, 1 x 7 bed room, 4 x 8 bed rooms, 1 x 10 bed room and 1 x 11 bed room. If the charm of the cathedral bells disturb you, please ask our reception team for a complimentary pair of earplugs to ensure you enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.

There is a seating area in reception as well as lots of information about London and a shop selling snacks and drinks. There is also a TV lounge with comfortable seating and a library of books which have all been donated to the hostel. Our large dining area is perfect for evening meals and breakfasts, and we have a laundry room available for washing and drying clothes.

Please note that we have no self-catering facilities at this hostel.

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Food and drink at YHA London St Pauls

YHA London St Paul's dining room

Eat with us

Our Café & Bar provides a great place to meet fellow travellers, share stories and chat about your plans and if you need any ideas for what to do in England’s capital. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s sightseeing.

Breakfast

Breakfast at YHA London St Paul's

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yoghurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get 10% off breakfast when you book online.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA London St Paul's

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Packed lunch

Packed lunch at YHA London St Paul's

Energise your outdoor adventure with a nutritious packed picnic lunch. Prepared for you on request, our delicious packed lunches include a sandwich with a selection of fillings to choose from, a yummy cake, a bottle of still mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.

Facilities

General

  • Cot available
  • Free wi-fi

Essentials

  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store

Entertainment

  • Board games
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available

Transportation & parking

  • Near underground
  • Near train station

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: From 14.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception.

Parking: There is no parking at the hostel.

YHA London St Pauls - Access Statement

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YHA London St Pauls

London, EC4V 5AB

Map references

OS Map: 176

OS Grid Ref: TQ319811

Lat/Lng: 51.513109, -0.100406

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9012

Email: [email protected]

Volunteering

We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.

At YHA London St Pauls we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.

History

YHA London St Paul's is in a grade 2 listed building in the City Of London and the former St Paul's Cathedral choir boys school. It is clad in London's signature Portland Stone (quarried from the Isle of Portland, off Dorset's coast) and displays some beautiful sgraffito elevations. 

The school and building are steeped in a tumultuous history: the original Choir School dates back to the early 1100s, but was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It had several reincarnations, and this was the fourth. The building was designed with English Baroque style architecture in mind, following Sir Christopher Wren's vision and love for Baroque aesthetics. 

The Choir School moved premises in the 1960s because the building was under threat of demolition from a road-widening scheme but, fortunately, rather than being demolished, it was instead converted into a Youth Hostel.

Meet the team

Having worked for YHA for over five years, I can honestly say this is the most enjoyable job I have had. The chance to meet people from all over the world who have all sorts of stories to tell, from backpackers to life members and my favourite - the school groups. Sometimes it can be the school childrens' first time away from home, and we can make their visit a memorable one. 

Manager recommends: A visit to St Paul’s Cathedral is a must! It's just opposite our Youth Hostel, so you don't need to go far to witness one of London's most majestic buildings - a truly breathtaking piece of architecture.

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