Our Hostel

We are one of the quirkiest hostel in East London! We have 220 beds in the middle of Shoreditch, the centre of London’s hipster and alternative cultures.

We have created a hostel with character and style unlike any other. We have loads of useful facilities, a bar (with a discount for guests), WiFi, a kitchen and 24-hour reception.

However, we’ve also added some fun things to make your stay more memorable: we have table football, swings in some of the rooms, events in the evenings and discounted tickets for many London attractions and a roof terrace.


Our location is always very popular with guests – right in the middle of Shoreditch, with its bars and alternative arts scene, but also within easy reach of London’s traditional attractions.

There are so many cool events and places to see in Shoreditch and an endless amount of creativity to be found. Whether you want to get down and dirty in a London boozer or just get down with a dirty martini; there isn’t a part of London more alive with contradictions, flavour, colour…

People from all corners of the world come to see, explore, shop, drink, eat and stay in Shoreditch. It is the gateway to East London and represents all that is cool, hip, alternative, quirky and on trend.

How to get here

Our address is 10-20 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DA. We are situated in the city centre on the east side and are in Zone 1 for the Underground.

There are many ways to reach the hostel, amongst them:

  • Underground – Old Street Station on the Northern Line (black). Take EXIT 2 from the station and carry straight on down Old Street. After two blocks, the road forks. Take the left-hand road and continue for 3 or 4 minutes until you pass under a railway bridge. Turn left onto Kingsland Road and we are on the right-hand side. Look for the sign with the word ‘HOSTEL’.
  • National Rail – Liverpool Street Station. Exit the station and turn left, continuing until bus stop E (opposite Boots and Dirty Dicks pub). Take bus 26, 48, 149, or 242 to Shoreditch Church. Screens will announce the stops. You cannot use cash on London buses – buy a prepaid Oyster card at the station or use a contactless credit/debit card.
  • Overground – Shoreditch High Street Station. Exit the station and turn left onto Bethnal Green Road. Continue left towards the main road (Shoreditch High Street) and turn right. Go straight on until you get to Shoreditch Church (5 minutes). Continue straight on, crossing over the crossroads. Walk another 30 metres and we are on the right. Look for the sign with the word ‘HOSTEL’.
  • Bus – services 8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 243, 388 all stop within a ~5 minute walk of the hostel.


The Dictionary Hostel is one of the newest hostels in London. We opened fully in August 2013 and still talk of the town. We have been featured in The Sunday Times, EasyJet’s In-flight Magazine, El País, Time Out Brasil and Huffington Post. What’s more, we were included as a Top 10 Hostel by Visit London and Visit Britain in both 2012 and 2013 and in December 2014 HostelsClub named us one of the 10 cleanest hostels in London.

Our Staff

Our staff are dedicated to providing each and every one of our  guests with the very best in customer service.

If you want to talk to us, we have a 24/7 reception.

And, if you fancy being part of our team, don’t be shy, drop us a line at iwanttowork@thedictionaryhostel.com

We’re a little green.

During our creation, we were able to make use of the latest knowledge in design. So, we’re proud to say that The Dictionary Hostel is heated with solar panels, has a green roof on the grow and is fiercely committed to being environmentally sustainable.

Tuk-Tuk Bar!

Located next door, the Tuk-Tuk bar is the perfect taste of the local East London lifestyle. Great food and amazing cocktails, and, of course, the BEERS!