|Subject: Re: Youth Hostels|
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The only hostels I have stayed at in the UK have had some different rules than those in which I stayed on the continent. In some of the UK hostels there were all day lock outs. This can be a real pain if the weather is bad. Also you will likely be required to pitch in with cooking or cleaning.
I would also recommend that you book ahead if you are going during the summer months.
I have never stayed in London hostels so maybe someone else could comment on safety and cleanliness here.