The Walrus Bar and Hostel is the perfect choice if you are on a budget trip and want to get the most out of London sightseeing. Located at a walking distance from the Waterloo and Lambeth North tube stations, the Walrus hostel is the ideal place to explore central London on foot. All the major attractions are within walking distance, including the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and if you stretch your limits, even the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern art gallery.
The staff at the Walrus Bar and Hostel is extremely friendly and warm. They make you feel welcomed and comfortable the very second you enter the place. The bar on the ground floor serves as the common area of the hostel. The dorms are super clean, hygienic and safe. The hostel provides several amenities including but not limited to free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, free locker facilities, free bed linen, free bag storage on early arrival, and guest kitchen. There is no curfew at the hostel, so guests can come and go at their will.
Staircase and books – inside The Walrus Bar and Hostel
View from the Kitchen Window
The dorm at the Walrus Hostel is very comfortable. I stayed in the mixed dorm of the hostel and met several people from different countries. The beds are super clean and properly made. The only drawback is the noise of the trains from the nearby Waterloo train station. I can understand that it can be a nuisance for people who have a light sleep. But honestly, I did not even notice the sound of it. The rooms are airy and well lit. The shower works just fine.
The bar serves great drinks and offers a discount to the hostellers. It has fantastic music and great munchies. If you get bored with it, the Walrus Bar and Hostel is surrounded by several restaurants that you can try. Then there are several restaurants on South Bank too, which is just walking distance from the hostel. You can try a new restaurant almost every day!
Another view of the dorm
The Walrus Bar and Hostel provides a hearty complimentary breakfast to all hostellers. The breakfast includes toasts, cereal, milk, juice, fruits, muesli, tea, and coffee. It is served till 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. (I think). There is also a grocery store just opposite the hostel in case you need to buy anything for yourself. Other amenities include bicycle hire, adaptors, padlock for lockers, credit cards accepted, free city maps, hair dryers, and the book exchange for avid readers.
All in all, the Walrus Bar and Hostel was a great experience, and I plan to return here if I ever revisit London. You just need to try the hostel once to believe it, and I can assure you you’ll return for more. The Walrus Hostel is highly recommended!
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