Five perfect hostels for Wimbledon 2016

Wimbledon Tennis MuseumThere’s nothing quite like the atmosphere at the Wimbledon Championships in London. Picture this: you’ve spread out a picnic blanket on Henman Hill and are drinking a big glass of Pimm’s, munching on crisps. You’re surrounded by hundreds of other happy tennis fans and everyone is watching the giant screen broadcasting the match going on over on Centre Court. The sun is shining and your favourite is winning. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Southfields Station decked out for the championshipsIf you think this is out of your budget, think again. While tickets for the four main courts sold out months ago, Grounds Admission ranges from £15 to £25, depending on the day. And on the day of the men’s final, entry is only £8! All you need to do is get your spot in the queue early in the morning; aim for between 6am and 8am. Inside the grounds there is a museum, a gift shop and 15 courts you can stroll around (not including, of course, Centre Court or Court No. 1, 2 or 3). It’s a surprisingly cheap day out for how memorable it is!

Getting to the Wimbledon grounds is easy—just hop on the District Line Tube to Southfields Station and then walk for about 10 minutes. With this in mind, we’ve picked out five highly rated London hostels located along the District Line so you can get in the queue so much quicker and easier!

Park Villa

Cosy bunks at Park VillaSet in a Georgian villa in London’s East End, this boutique hostel is full of charm. And with free continental breakfast, free parking, and free Wi-Fi, you won’t need to worry about anything during your stay. They even serve free proper coffee. We especially love Park Villa’s attention to detail, like the bedside fold-out laptop table and plug for each bunk.

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Safestay London Holland Park

Safestay London Holland ParkWant to be right in the heart of London but also craving nature? Located on the grounds of Holland Park, this luxurious modern hostel is housed in a beautiful, sprawling Jacobean mansion just ten minutes’ walk from the Underground as well as Kensington Palace. Most of their dorm beds feature individual blackout curtains—great for a solid night’s sleep before the big day.

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Astor Queensway

Astor QueenswayThis award-winning hostel is located in one of London’s loveliest neighbourhoods, very near Oxford Street and Portobello Market, so it’s perfect for those who love a bit of shopping with their sport. We think it’s pretty cool that their continental breakfast is only £1, with proceeds going to charity. There’s private rooms and dorms, free Wi-Fi, walking tours and more.

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MEININGER London Hyde Park

On the terrace at MEININGERIf the weather for Wimbledon is good this year, you’ll want to be out in the sun as much as possible. This makes Meininger’s huge rooftop terrace ideal for summer stays. They’re also located very near some iconic London institutions—the Natural History Museum and Harrods! There’s also free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a handy late check-out.

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Wombats City Hostel London

Wombats City Hostel London receptionOne of London’s newest hostels, Wombats have really raised the bar for hostels in the city. They offer a free welcome drink and, of course, free Wi-Fi, but their most outstanding feature is the stylish, lively bar serving local ales and daily happy hour. Space is also key here, with room to spare in the kitchen, dorms and private rooms. It’s no wonder they’ve been winning Hoscars since they opened!

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Barmy Badger Backpackers

Barmy Badger BackpackersWant to feel at home in London? This hostel in Earl’s Court features a BBQ, a herb and fruit garden, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, laptop safes and all the USB and power sockets you could want at your bed. Plus there’s two friendly dogs hanging around. There are also very comfy private rooms with those all-important memory foam mattresses…zzzzz…

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