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1 room, 2 adults

Generator London, London

2-star2 stars
37 Tavistock Place, Russel Square, London, England, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom

Hostel with restaurant, near Russell Square
  • Free WiFi
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Great location
Good internet service
Bar is awesome
Fairly good value for money

Generator London, London

from $49
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Private 3 bed room, Shared Bathroom
  • Private 4 bed Room - Shared Bathroom
  • 6 Bed Private Room
  • Bed in 4 bed Dorm - Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Bed in a 6-Bed Dorm
  • 1 Bed in a 8-Bed Dorm
  • Shared Dormitory (10-13 Bed Mixed)
  • Twin
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only (10-12 Beds)
  • 6-bed Private Dormitory room ensuite
  • 8-bed Private Dormitory room ensuite
  • 8-bed Private Dormitory room shared bathroom facilities
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only (8-12 Beds) - shared bathroom facilities
  • Shared Dormitory (10-13 Bed Mixed) - shared bathroom facilities
  • Superior King

What’s around Generator London, London


  • In London City Centre
  • Russell Square - 6 min walk
  • The British Museum - 14 min walk
  • Oxford Street - 17 min walk
  • Aldwych Theatre - 21 min walk
  • Royal Opera House - 21 min walk
  • Covent Garden Market - 23 min walk
  • The Strand - 23 min walk

Getting around

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 47 min drive
  • Gatwick Airport (LGW) - 86 min drive
  • London City Airport (LCY) - 21 min drive
  • London King's Cross Station - 8 min walk
  • London St. Pancras Station - 9 min walk
  • London Euston Station - 9 min walk
  • Russell Square Underground Station - 4 min walk
  • King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station - 8 min walk
  • Euston Underground Station - 12 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 214 rooms
  • Arranged over 6 floors


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in along with matching photo identification. Any other arrangements must be coordinated with the property prior to arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle *


  • No parking

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Buffet breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Nightclub
  • Arcade/game room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Elevator
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Television in common areas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Freshen up
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner.

Generator London, London’s small print

Also known as

  • Generator Hostel
  • London Hostel Generator
  • Generator Hostel London England
  • Generator Hostel London Hotel London
  • Generator London England
  • Generator London London
  • Generator London Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Generator London Hostel/Backpacker accommodation London
  • Generator Hostel London
  • Generator London
  • Generator London Hostel
  • Hostel Generator
  • Hostel Generator London
  • Hostel London Generator
  • London Generator
  • London Generator Hostel


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Special cancellation policies or charges may apply for group reservations (more than 8 rooms for the same property / stay dates).

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • Towels/sheets: GBP 4

Optional extras

Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 8.50 per person (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Generator London, London

  • Does Generator London offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Generator London does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Generator London?
    Sorry, there's no parking at Generator London.
  • Are pets allowed at Generator London?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Generator London?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Generator London?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Tavistock Tandoori (1-min walk), Continental Stores (1-min walk), and Moreish (1-min walk).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Generator London?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available.

Recent reviews

Good 7.2 From 832 reviews

Fair 4.0
Not highly recommended.
This is practically a hostel close to British Library. The facility is Generally clean and beds are all twin. All rooms are on a shared basis. There is no attached bath. Bathrooms and toilets are in very bad condition. They will charge for towels and shampoos! This place could be very noisy because of a night club downstairs. Their check out is at 10 am. You have to pay hefty amount to store the luggage, if necessary. No doubt it is a budget motel but definitely not suitable for a family with little kids. Generator is a chain of hostels in the Europe. Bottom line, it is cheap but Motel 6 in the US is probably better than this !
Sudip, us2 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
A unique hostel
Very hipster type of hostel. The theme/decoration was modern. Wasn't your typical hostel with nothing but the rooms. They have a bar at night where youngster can come together to meet other people. The location was very central and there is closeby supermarket and food court about 4 blocks away. I dislike the fact that they charged to rent a towel, but that could just be my expectations.
Raymond, us3 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Pros: The staff was wonderful! It is located in a great neighborhood with cafes and shops right around the corner. There are a number of underground stops nearby. Cons:I had read the reviews and knew that we needed to bring earplugs. It is loud until quite late. This isn't a place for someone who needs quiet to sleep/rest.
Carin, us2 night family trip
Good 6.0
The rooms were not clean enough and the corridor also
Moheeb, us5 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Unique and delightful
Sharon, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
1st time, room very small for three people with luggage
Dianna, us1 night family trip
Poor 2.0
Bad and gross
Extremely hot rooms with no ventilation. Shared bathrooms were filthy. Facilities not modern and extremely dated. Lots of VERY young people about high-school aged trying to have sex in shared room. Very large and busy facility, understaffed at front desk - service was extremely slow and unwelcoming. I had booked 6 nights there but ended up leaving the second night going somewhere else. It was so terrible that I woke up at 5 am to leave the room.
us6 night trip
Very Good 8.0
There was some confusion over the breakfast arrangement but the staff were nice and gave me the benefit of any doubt. Still not sure that I was in error but again staff so nice not a concern. Will clarify next time.
Jon, us1 night family trip
Good 6.0
Excellent location. The room was small as the showers. The bathroom was on another floor serving too many guests.
us4 night trip
Poor 2.0
A joke. Shouldn't have the Generator name.
After staying at Generator in Paris, I was severely disappointed by this dump. I booked a 4 bed dorm, and when I checked in dirty towels and sheets were still on my bunk (Bed 1, Room 533). Furthermore the description stated shower in room, unlike Paris,there was only a barely operating sink. Showers themselves were disgusting, with actual trash in two of the showers one day. (Plastic bags in one and a plastic water bottle in another.) Staff clearly didn't care and told me to leave if I wasn't happy. On a positive, the cafe area was spotless and the coffee decent. Don't stay here.
Michael, us3 night trip

Generator London, London

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