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10 of the best hostels in London

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
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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

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10 of the best pubs in London

It’s impossible to imagine a London without pubs. Matt Brown, editor of Londonist, selects 10 of the capital’s finest drinking establishments, from the historic to the eccentric
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The Thames Path has no shortage of decent stop-offs, and this Rotherhithe mainstay packs in the history like no other. A pub has stood on the site since time immemorial, and certainly, when the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in their own Mayflower from a nearby mooring in 1620. The current building is 18th century, and looks every inch the traditional English pub with oak beams and wooden panelling. A fine (if pricey) dining room can be found upstairs, with impressive views of the Thames. Oh, and those standing on the outside decking at high tide: you may get wet.
117 Rotherhithe Street SE16, +44 (0)20-7237 4088

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