Welcome to London
One of the world's most historical cities, London has something for everyone: from arts and culture to fine foods and entertainment.
YHA operates six hostels in the city centre, including accommodation in Oxford Street, Earls Court and St Pancras, so there's a great selection of cheap hostels in London if you want to stay somewhere central. If you'd prefer to stay outside of the city centre, or are looking for an activity break, London Lee Valley offers fantastic accommodation set in thousands of acres of tranquil country parkland - and all just a 25-minute train journey from the centre of London!
Things to do in London
Five FREE things to do in London
You’ll be sharing 2,500 acres with two herds of red and fallow deer. Don’t miss the Isabella Plantation – beautiful at any time of year, exceptional in the spring when the azaleas are in flower.
London Southbank Centre
This welcoming space on the Thames regularly holds free concerts, dance performances and arts oriented fun.
Visit the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and The Queen’s House – all free. Explore the maritime history of Britain, navigational and astronomical discoveries, and seafaring deeds that led to the voyages of discovery.
The UK’s national library and home to unique exhibition galleries. Many exhibitions are free though some do incur an entrance fee.
Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon
The history of aviation from the earliest balloon flights to the latest “Eurofighter.” The museum has special events throughout the year.
There's nowhere in the world quite like London
There's nowhere quite like London - whether you're checking out the kooky fashions at Camden Market, taking in performances at the London Southbank Centre or wandering the vast green expanse of Richmond Park, there's always something new to do.
The UK capital is constantly evolving, and while some of the attractions may be pricey, YHA's wide selection of cheap London hostels means you don't have to splash out on accommodation, leaving you with more cash to spend doing the things you really want to.
It's hard to know where to start when talking about the things you can do on a city break in London, but there really is something for everyone. First-time visitors may want to do some sightseeing, taking in famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, or spend time exploring the city's vast wealth of museums and art galleries, many of which are free to visit.
Alternatively, you may want to live it up in the trendy clubs and bars of Soho and Shoreditch, get a bite to eat in a bohemian Camden café or take in a West End musical - it's all there for the taking!
Home to the Queen and steeped in history, Buckingham Palace is a must see for any visitor.
Santander Cycles (more commonly known among the locals as Boris Bikes!) is a public bicycle hire scheme in London.
Have a royally good time at this stunning location - its amazing history and luxurious rooms will make you feel like a king or queen! Don't miss the gardens and maze outside.
Herts young Mariners Base is an outdoor activity centre next door to YHA London Lee Valley.
This vibrant shopping quarter has all the vibe of its namesake. You'll find over 50 indie retailers for fab vintage finds, along with restaurants and cafes to relax in.
1000 years of London's gory history, 11 actor led shows and two scary rides make for a chilling experience and a great day out.
135 meters tall, the London Eye's sleek, modern, totally see through glass pods offer an unrivalled 360-degree view of London and beyond.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet. 26.2 miles is the distance our runners are going for young lives. We’d love to have you on our team.
London Zoo is home to 750 species of animals including lions and lizards, monkeys and meerkats, birds and butterflies.
Rub shoulders with Kylie Minogue and the Beckhams, have your photo taken with the Queen or scream in the Chamber of Horrors. One of the most famous tourist attractions in London.
Prudential Ride London is an annual 100 mile cycling trip.
The Sea Life London Aquarium hosts 1000s of sea creatures in over two million litres of water! Watch sharks swim beneath you, diving displays and interactive feeding.