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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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Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Hotel Review

Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Hotel Review

It’s still renovation hell at home – I know, I know, what is taking so long? It really is hard to relax there, which is why I’m writing this from my new co-working space at Duke Studios instead of my home office! The idea of a little holiday from DIY hell was just too much to resist and who came to our rescue, but Ibis Styles who asked us to review their new hotel concept in Leeds for a little staycation.

I was chatting to a friend who always goes to stay at Rudding Park for a staycation. She told me she feels silly staying away from home when she’s so close to it, until I told her about our little jaunt to the Ibis Styles Leeds, a mere 4/5 miles away from where we live! There’s something about staying over in a hotel in your own city and we’ve done it a few times; it takes you away into holiday mode. Instead of thinking we needed to get back for the dog, we stayed out for another drink. We got up in the morning and popped into some shops after breakfast, where as if I was staying at home I would have decided I didn’t have time to go out for breakfast and do some window shopping, instead spending that time refreshing Instagram on my phone in my pyjamas… I just know you guys do that too, right?

Best Hotels in Leeds

Yorkshire Themed Hotel in Leeds

The Ibis Styles Leeds is Yorkshire themed, too, which made the whole decision to stay a no brainer! When we walked in we were greeted by the most incredible lighting installation, welcoming you to the hotel in Yorkshire’s best way – with language that doesn’t make any sense unless you were brought up here! Haha. Walking up to reception I said hello in my broadest Yorkshire, I don’t know, the place just brought it out in me. We were checked in and even showed around the reception area – the complimentary coffee machines (the hot chocolate was so good!), tonnes of seating areas with classic board games and then shown to the lifts to find our room.

Inside the room the little Yorkshire details didn’t stop, with a welcoming ‘Ay Up’ emblazoned on the carpet as you stepped in and fun Yorkshire slang hanging proudly on the walls. The headboard was incredible, with striking artwork spelling out a bunch of the streets in Leeds. I loved the colour choices too with gorgeous teal and lovely mustard touches and amazing furniture – the bedside tables were so cool! The bathroom was small, but well designed and there was a delightful print on the shower wall, making those early morning showers a bit more fun. The bed was comfortable with plenty of fluffy pillows!

Yorkshire Art, Yorkshire Lighting Installation, Ibis Styles Leeds decor

There was a small issue with the layout as the desk area and edge of the bed were really close together and I was severely disappointed that they weren’t serving Yorkshire Tea!! It was Twinings though, which is at least a (not even close!) second to the best tea in the world!

The location of the Ibis Styles Leeds might seem a little far out if you’re new to the city as it’s a good 15 minute walk from the train station, but it’s absolutely ideal for Leeds Arena and there are some great bars (North Bar, The Social, Belgrave Music Hall) and restaurants (Zaap Thai and The Cat’s Pyjamas) within a couple of minutes walk, including Marco’s New York Italian which is attached to the hotel itself. Leeds is a compact city, so as long as you’re somewhere in the centre you won’t struggle to get around.

Hotels near Leeds Arena

Breakfast is included with your stay at the Ibis Styles, which is definitely a rarity these days as hotels try to charge you for anything and everything that they can deem as extra, so I was impressed with that. It was only a small continental breakfast selection with toast, muffins and pastries, but enough to put you on or soak up your hangover for first thing in a morning!

I have already recommended the Ibis Styles Leeds to someone coming over for a stay in our city. I think it’s a great little hotel with bags of personality and lovely staff. I would definitely stay there again.

You’ll find Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre on Wade Lane in Leeds
A double room, with breakfast, starts from £64 a night

Loves x xx

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