Restyling! Look what's coming...
It’s no wonder Generator London has been voted one of London’s best hostels.
Now we’re super stylin’ it with a fresh look, cosy rooms, urban social spaces and a trendy bar. But keep calm and get social, the hostel is open for business as usual.
Any comments? Tweet us @Gen_Restyle. And don’t forget, rule number 1 is HAVE FUN!
This is where it all started, in these four walls Generator was born. As the first of eight uber European hostels, I’ve come a long way since then and I’m now regarded as the best hostel here in London town. And the best of the best is about to get even better with a super stylin’ face-lift. Think outlandish interiors, the like of which have never been seen in a hostel before. So forget what you know about hostels in London, I’m changing the game. I am Generator London, and I am much, much, much more than a hostel.
Wi-Fi on the Fly
Imagine, its free when using your own device. And it’s on offer throughout the social areas in the hostel in London. Internet terminals are also available for a small charge. Who says there’s no surfing in the city?
The Generator Bar in London
Whatever your tipple when in London they don’t come any better than when served by me and there’s also a hostel happy hour. See you at the Generator bar from 6pm till late everyday. Although, everyday is probably a bit much.
The adventure starts here, even when your lounging around the hostel in London. Open all day, everyday. Make new friends; meet old friends … pretty much do what you like…. It’s a lounge people.
Breakfasts. Go all continental
The most important meal of the day, the Generator way. When going continental, eat continental. For a small charge, try the breakfast at the café from 7am to 11am. Add some extra rise and shine to your day at the hostel in London.
Dinner is served. See you between 6pm and 9.30pm every evening for what has been described the finest dining experience of any hostel in the world probably. We also cater for large groups so get your order in now.
So you’ve gone nocturnal, partied all night and now have the midnight munchies. Well fear not there’s a host of vending machines in the hostel in London to serve everything you could ever want at 3am (Also munchable at all other times).
The New Generation of Rooms and Beds in London
Power Shower Rooms
Private showers with unbelievable powers are available on every floor in the hostel in London, so there’s no excuse for not blowing away the cobwebs the morning after the night before.
Re-Generate 24 Hour Laundry
Looking sharp is what you’re all about, especially in the fashion capital London. It’s a 24/7 business. Good job that the laundry room is open for you to wash, dry and iron yourself into a suitably fashionable state 24/7 too then.
24 Hour Reception in London
Help is at hand with the 24-hour reception in the London hostel. There’s always a very helpful person around to let you in, keep you safe, offer directions or best of all tell you the secrets of the city.
Safe and sound. That’s the best place for your luggage. So we lock it up in a little room (it’s actually bigger than you’d think), where only you can get access to it.
The world is your oyster, especially in London. From planning your way around the city with a walking tour to the next step on your world tour, there’s a lot of help at hand in this little gem of the Generator.
From our blog!
Generating the Power of Love
If it’s starting to look like your Valentine’s Day cards from your secret admirers must’ve got lost in the post, don’t despair – perhaps a city break’s the answer to your relationship worries. David Seng certainly found his visit to Generator London life-changing when he visited back in May 2007. Little did he know that within just a few years he’d have gotten married, moved to the USA and become a proud parent to young Vincent. All thanks to the charms of a certain lovely lady he met in the Generator bar! David's Story My brother and I came to London when I was 25 to celebrate his birthday. We were both living in Boise, Idaho (USA), at the time but he had spent a couple of years living in London back in 2001 and was keen to go back. He therefore booked us into the Generator as he remembered it from his previous time in the city. We were given drink coupons when we checked in and, sitting with my brother in the bar, we soon started chatting with the people at the next table about where everyone was from and what had brought them to London. The conversation moved on to who had heard the most ridiculous national stereotypes and, upon hearing I was American, a table of neighbouring Canadians were eager to point out they’d heard many more American stereotypes than I had! When it was my turn to list those I’d heard about people from Canada, the ears of one of their group pricked up and quickly joined the conversation. Her name was Eliane, she was also 25 and as soon as she joined our table we got on famously. Eliane (far left) takes advantage of the Generator bar on her 1st night in London By now our group had grown to include several tables pushed together with people from all over the world bonding as they eagerly shared their American jokes. I soon learnt that this French Canadian / Portuguese beauty was travelling through the UK on a month-long backpacking trip on her own. She’d booked into the Generator because she’s seen it recommended on a backpacking website as she was doing her research. Her intelligence and great sense of humour shone through as we chatted (she tells me it was the same qualities in me that she became most attracted to) and it was little surprise to learn she was taking a well-deserved break from working on her PhD in Social Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada). The day after meeting at the Generator bar Eliane invited me to join her on the next stop on her backpacking trip, Bath. I happily ditched my brother and his anti-sightseeing ways for the day and headed West. We had a great day and I caught one of the last trains back to London. As soon as I got back to Generator I quickly stocked up on Internet usage so I could keep in touch with Eliane – I have fond memories of spending an hour or so each evening sitting in the computer room messaging and emailing her for the rest of my time at Generator. Back on US soil I quickly bought an international calling card so I could hear Eliane’s voice again. We spent the next few months talking everyday, sometimes for over five hours at a time! While she finished her PhD and I completed my studies, we used every holiday and long weekend to travel to see each other. As I finished my Secondary Education certification first I stayed with Eliane in Canada until she’d completed her doctorate and we decided where we would go from there. Eliane & David Seng - married Eliane was offered a position at the University in Odessa, Texas (USA) so we decided to postpone a Canadian wedding so we can move there. Despite the culture shock of life in Texas, we managed to plan and celebrate our wedding in July 2010 on the beach in Waldport, Oregon. The next chapter of our story arrived in October 2010 with the birth of our son, Vincent, and last summer we had the enormous good fortune to move to Providence, Rhode Island, forever leaving Texas behind! With our third anniversary coming up this summer, we’re hoping to return to Europe – and to Generator London – in a few years time when Vincent’s a bit older to celebrate our fifth anniversary. Eliane & David Seng with their son Vincent, aged 2yrs And David has a final word for anyone worried about travelling alone. Eliane and I both really enjoyed how easy it was to meet people at Generator and, given our subsequent stays at other hostels, we both feel that Generator is definitely one of the most welcoming properties. It’s great for those travelling alone as well as groups thanks to the friendly staff, clean and safe building and numerous places to hang out and meet people. We would 100% book at any of Generator’s hostels when travelling in the future. You can’t beat a London love story. A heart-felt congrats to David and Eliane on your upcoming anniversary celebrations from all at Generator and thanks for sharing! At Generator we love nothing better than hearing back from our guests with heart-warming tales and serendipitous stories of how we helped bring them together so if you’ve got one of your own, please do drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org. And if we use it on the website we’ll even send you a goodie bag as a thank you.read more
Darth Vader’s paradise and Amy’s pub
Who doesn’t love Camden? It has a cool bohemian vibe, funky people, awesome food and London’s best pubs – what’s not to like? Fran, my work colleague and friend, and I decided it was time to head north and find out what the fuss was about and it wasn’t long until we found out. Walking through the infamous markets instantly put a smile on our faces and a spring in our steps. There are heaps of jewellery stalls, food outlets and trendy sixties chic stalls to search through. I was in heaven in seconds and did not want to leave. I could have spent the whole day browsing through bargains, but settled on two watches, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for just £30 and Fran picked up glasses and a hat for a cheap 15 quid. What makes Camden so special is the people. It’s a really friendly mix of tourists and locals who are more than happy to offer helpful tips of the best places to eat and drink. I’m half Swedish, half Finnish and when I was there I met loads of people from back home which was amazing. The thing about Camden is that you won’t get bored as there is always something to do or see; even the houses have funky décor to look at. As the food smelt amazing, Fran and I decided to try out the Chinese food stall by the Stables Market. The chilli noodles with chicken were just £4 but fit for a king. After good food, we decided it was time to hit the pubs Camden is so famous for. Bar Fly is a five minute walk from the market and you cannot miss it. The outside wall is painted with a huge Jack Daniel’s Bottle against an orange background. A pint of limited edition cold beer and fun bar staff was a great start to the evening. We then headed to The Hawley Arms, the local pub of the late Amy Winehouse. We enjoyed another pint at a table upstairs by the terrace in the sunshine, enjoying good company and some great tunes. We spent the whole evening there and had a wild time. I can’t tell you why so you will have to go there yourself to find out the true colours of Camden. The highlight of my day was finding Cyberdog, a really cool rave shop where I bought my cap. Whether it is neon tutus or hard-core leather outfits, anything can be found and this is a true techno-tastic shop from the future. Oh and did I mention we met Darth Vader??? Written by Hannah Hintikka and Francesca Turner, two guest bloggers who stayed at Generator London hostel. If you want to have a look through some of the cool photos on Generator's Facebook page.read more