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Where To Stay In London – Clink78 Hostel

Where to stay in London - Clink78 Hostel

Whenever I stay at a Clink hostel, I feel like I’m having a sleepover with friends and I was excited to try out the Clink78 hostel in London after a couple of amazing stays at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam. Clink Hostels invited me down to London for their huge birthday celebration, a day exploring the hidden gems of King’s Cross and a couple of nights bunking down in one of their mixed dorm rooms. If you’re looking for where to stay in London – Clink78 Hostel is an absolute bargain, starting at £13 per night.

Clerkenwell Magistrates Court

Where to stay in London Kings Cross

Soaked in history, the Clink78 hostel inhabits the former Clerkenwell Magistrates Court, where Charles Dickens is said to have worked as a scribe. The original courthouses are still in tact, but with a modern upgrade – you can now snuggle down and watch TV in one of them or plead guilty while catching up on your emails in the other. Clink have taken the historical foundations and added colour and fun with huge painted quotes running around the room and mesmerising neon lights.

There are a whole bunch of room options available for 1-14 people, including the opportunity to stay in one of the original jail cells that have merely had a colourful upgrade and a few home comforts added. There’s also the Bird’s Nest – a girls only floor with a beautifully painted mural and full length mirrors.

Colourful Hostel in London

We stayed in a 10-bed mixed dorm, one of the less colourful spaces in Clink. Bunk beds are set out side by side to make the most of the space in the room, with privacy screens at either side. The dark brown wall colour wasn’t the most inviting, but the gorgeous wooden floors gave me proper floor envy and the two old style radiators make the whole space feel cosy. There are lockers underneath each bunk, with just enough space to fit a cabin sized bag, and a small personal items locker above the pillow on each bed – don’t forget to bring a padlock or two*! The reading lights are very dim, though, which is good not to wake your sleeping neighbour, but not great for reading under.

Backpacker Hostel London Kings Cross

Breakfast is down in the basement in their huge kitchen and hang out space, with tonnes of chunky wooden benches to spread out on. There is no hot food available like there is at ClinkNOORD, but there’s toast, cereal and fruit with coffee, tea and fruit juice.

During our visit, Clink celebrated 20 years of their Clink261 hostel and 10 years of Clink78 with a huge 90s inspired bash in the basement ClashBar, named after the band who were charged in one of the courtrooms for shooting at pigeons with an air rifle. The space is huge with a fully stocked bar full of spirits, bottled beer and draught. The decor is awesome, with mismatched lamps growing out of the wooden cladded wall that towers over the seating area, so soft you sink into the cushions. The booze is also super cheap!

Clink 78 Hostel Kings Cross

Unusual Places to Stay in London

If you’re looking for where to stay in London that’s budget friendly, Clink78 is a no brainer, especially with the new regeneration of King’s Cross sprouting from the back of the train station. With private rooms starting from £56 a night for two people, a romantic getaway isn’t out of the question either, especially if you like a little fun and colour with your overnight stay.

Clink78 is on King’s Cross Road, a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station with beds starting from £13 a night.

Loves x xx

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Exploring The Distillery District, Toronto

The Distillery District, Toronto

Tucked away in south-east Toronto is collection of old industrial buildings that were once known as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, now home to a community of creatives, one-of-a-kind small businesses, galleries, studios and the only place in Toronto you can ride a Segway!

It’s amazing how as much as it feels like stepping back in time when you arrive in the Distillery District, Toronto – it also feels like the most innovative and design-led area of Toronto. Head turning art peeks out from behind 19th century brick, making you look twice as what is peering at you from down the street. The Distillery District is definitely one of the most instagrammable areas in Toronto, full of murals, sculptures and beautiful displays of flowers.

The Sweet Escape, Toronto

Best Places To Eat Distillery District Toronto

Best Breakfast Distillery District, Toronto

We started our day there getting lunch at The Sweet Escape Patisserie with the sunshine bouncing off the original wooden beams while I sipped a mint mocha and filled my belly with a bacon grilled cheese, while Stu choose what I can only describe as a bacon and egg bread pie!

Independent Shopping in Toronto

Instagrammable Spots In Toronto

Art and Sculpture, Distillery District, Toronto

We wandered the streets of the Distillery District, finding cool clothes and homewares in shops that we could never dream of affording until we stumbled across a warehouse full of shops, studios and galleries. Toronto is home to some of the loveliest people in the world, chatting with us about our journey and travel plans while we perused some art.

I fell in love with the most adorable robot guy in Mehoi, who snuck into my suitcase home with me and I chatted for what seemed like a lifetime with the lady that owns Lilith’s – a bohemian treasure trove of one of a kind clothing, scarves and jewellery designed and customised in house while you wait. More on that to come!

Independent Shopping in Toronto

Case Goods Warehouse, Distillery District Toronto

Shops, Studios, Galleries, Distillery District Toronto

My other favourite shop was Fluevog Shoes, enticing me inside with a sign that read “no, you’re weird” and kept me browsing with it’s crazy floral leathers, chunky heels and kooky sole designs.

Fluevog Shoes, Unusual Clothing Toronto

Local Beers in Toronto

We left the Distillery District feeling full to the brim, but not before stopping at The Beer Store Boutique to pick up some local Toronto beers for back at the apartment. You can also book yourself on a Segway tour in the Distillery District, the only area of Toronto you are allowed to ride a Segway – after my introduction with Fat Tire Tours in Paris I highly recommend a Segway tour as one of the best ways to see a new place!

The Distillery District, Toronto is located within walking distance of Union Station.

Loves x xx

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