From a former courthouse where the Clash stood trial to a Jacobean mansion where Byron stayed, travel blogger Dixe Wills shows budgeteers where to bed down in London
• As featured in our London city guide
Styling itself as a boutique hostel, Palmer’s Lodge is a graceful Victorian Grade II-listed building that was once home to Samuel Palmer of Huntley and Palmers biscuits fame. Furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques, salvaged furniture from architectural sites and modern classics, the hostel boasts a restaurant in the scullery and a bar (serving cocktails) in the chapel. There are single sex and mixed dorms along with some private rooms for couples. Best of all, if two of you book one of the bespoke Jacobean double beds in a mixed dorm, one of you stays for free. And the beds have curtains around them. too.
• 40 College Crescent NW3, +44 (0)20-7483 8470, palmerslodge.co.uk, from £16pp