Hostel Review: The Walrus Bar and Hostel
When your flight has been delayed 6 hours and you end up spending all night up at the airport waiting to get to your favorite city and you finally arrive extremely tired, dehydrated, and just want an easy place to get to, I am incredibly grateful for a hostel like The Walrus Bar and Hostel.
When I come to London, it's always a game of where to stay. Do I want the cheapest option possible and to stay far out of the central part of the city? Or do I want to spend a little bit more and be close to everything I adore? Thankfully, The Walrus doesn't make you compromise. With extremely inexpensive options for booking, you can stay literally right in the heart of London for less than $30 a night.
And by right in the heart of London, I truly mean it. It's a 5-minute walk to Big Ben and the South Bank. Because I was incredibly jet-lagged from my lack of sleep for the 36 hours prior, I was up very early and was anxious to get on my feet and go do something. That something was just a quick walk away. There's nothing nicer than getting a chance to gaze upon Big Ben at 6 a.m. with no one else around.
Upon my arrival to the hostel, you walk in through a pub that is quintessentially British. Because the bar is open to the public, you see a good mixture of hostel guests and people who just came in for a nice pint. A quick glance at the menu made me see that their prices seemed impossibly cheap for central London (£5.50 for a cocktail? HOW? Is this a trick?), but as I was about to fall asleep and needed water more than anything, I opted to skip out on a drink and go to bed. I wish I had taken advantage of the fact that guest get an extra 15% off too, but perhaps I'll return another night when my body isn't about to shut down.
To be honest, I was a little worried about being in a 22-bed room, because that sounds like a recipe for no sleep at all. However, while there was the odd snorer, everyone in the room was respectful and the bed was comfy enough to let me fall asleep without a problem. What I really like was there were lockers that were free to use if you had your own padlock (or you could borrow one from the check in for a £5 returnable deposit). I hate when hostels make you pay for use of a secure space, so that was nice.
After my morning wander around, I came back to the hostel for breakfast, which was laid out by the hostel staff (who were all incredibly nice and professional BTW). I had a cuppa and a banana and sat on a comfy couch and took in the tavern-like atmosphere for a moment before I checked out.
And if you're one of those people who love secret places in London, one of the coolest places I've ever stumbled upon is literally a minute away. Leake Street Tunnel is a graffiti-filled pathway in Waterloo that is total Instagram goals, so don't forget to check it out when you stay at The Walrus!
As an exclusive offer for my readers, if you book your stay at the hostel directly at this link, you will get an extra 5% discount for your entire stay. This discount is redeemable at the time you check in.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Walrus Bar and Hostel. All opinions are my own.