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Best of all, just walk in when you want to! No need to pre-book.

Both terraces are open from Thursdays to Sundays, from 3 pm – 11 pm.

Serving cold beers and hot food all day long!

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With outdoor benches, table service, order by app and safe distance measures in place, sit at our outdoor terraces in Bar 50, Edinburgh or Bar 60, London. Or take a break at the Bar inside our funky York hostel.

VAT CUT

As more and more governments announce their support for the hospitality sector, we will continue to pass these savings on to you. A list of the current participating countries is below and we will continue to update this as announcements are made.

 

Germany VAT was 20% now 5%

United Kingdom VAT was 20% now 5%

Austria VAT was 20% now 5%

Czech Republic VAT was 20% now 15%

 

WHERE CAN I STAY?

London – Edinburgh – York – Glasgow – Prague – Vienna – Berlin

 

HOW DO I REDEEM THIS DISCOUNT?

To claim the VAT DISCOUNT, you don’t need to do anything!

We automatically apply it for you! Simply lookout for this next to the rate!

 

ALSO! YOU CAN SAVE AN EXTRA 25% WITH OUR MEMBERS RATE?

Simply sign up to our Members Rate and enjoy an extra 25% OFF any booking!

 

A complete guide on things to do in Edinburgh during & after COVID lockdown

Reading Time: 6 mins
Last update: 25/06/20

Things are starting to get back to normal in Edinburgh and travel will start again soon – but with some key differences.

What exactly are these differences? Well, when we started to ask ourselves this question, there wasn’t a single guide out there. We had to look at so many different websites just to get some information together. In doing this research we decided to create a complete guide on things to do in Edinburgh during & after COVID lockdown. We will be updating this guide with more information as it is released.

This guide will cover everything you need to know before you visit Edinburgh. This includes all the current rules in place that you must follow.

We update this guide x2 times a week so remember to check back to get the latest information.

 

CONTENTS
1.0 CURRENT EDINBURGH RULES FOR TRAVELLERS
1.1 Key/General City Rules
1.2 Travelling into Edinburgh
1.3 Travelling Around Edinburgh using Public Transport
1.3.1 Edinburgh Lothian Bus Service
1.3.2 Edinburgh Tram Service
1.4 Hotels & staying overnight in Edinburgh

CURRENT EDINBURGH RULES FOR TRAVELLERS

Key/General City Rules

    • Stay at home
    • Only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons
    • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
    • Wash your hands regularly and as soon as you get home

    Travelling into Edinburgh

    Q: What rules apply to travellers entering the UK by plane, ferry or train?

    A: Before you travel to the UK, you should provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate for 14 days. You will need to complete a form 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must wear a face-covering when travelling by train, ferry service, in an enclosed ferry terminal.

    Q: Can I travel to Edinburgh if I live in England or Wales?

    A: Since lockdown measures differ in each nation of the UK, it is advised not to travel between them and instead must “respect” each area’s measures.

    Q: What happens if I don’t complete the form?

    A: If you do not complete this form you may be fined £60 in Scotland. You also may not be allowed to enter the UK (unless you are either a UK citizen or a UK resident). Please note that the £60 fine can be doubled up for each subsequent offence up to a maximum of £500.

    Q: How can I get to my accommodation?

    A: If you are not displaying symptoms when you arrive in the UK, you must go straight to the accommodation you are staying at. Only use public transport if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people.

    If you develop coronavirus symptoms while you are travelling to the UK, you should tell the crew or driver on your plane, boat, train or bus so they can tell you what you should do next. If you have coronavirus symptoms, you will not be allowed to travel by public transport and will need to demonstrate that the accommodation where you will self-isolate is safe.

    Q: What can I do in those 14 days?

    A: You should self-isolate in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care. The only friends and family who you can have contact with are those who travelled with you or people you are staying with. If you need essential assistance and do not have a network of support to help you, you can contact the national helpline on 0800 111 4000, or via textphone on 0800 111 4114.

    Q: Is anyone exempt from self-isolating?

    A: Anyone arriving from the Common Travel Area (CTA) – the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man – does not have to enter quarantine, only if they have been in the CTA for at least 14 days.

    Travelling Around Edinburgh using Public Transport

    Q: Are there any changes to using public transport in Edinburgh since COVID-19?

    A: Transport Scotland have developed a few rules that you must follow when using public transport. You are expected to, wear a face covering when using public transport as a consideration to your fellow passengers and transport staff. When travelling comply with any signage or instructions on public transport or from transport staff as the safety measures in place are for everyone’s benefit. Signs and notices may include information about: which seats to use or how to queue – any physical restrictions such as screens and barriers or floor markings – requests to board through different doors or to move to less busy areas – the reduced number of passengers allowed on vehicles because of physical distancing measures.

    You may remove your face covering if you need to take medication or to eat or drink where reasonably necessary. You should remove your face covering temporarily to comply with a request by a relevant person, such as a ticket examiner who needs to check identity in respect, for example, of a concessionary card. 

    Q: Is public transport tunning normally?

    A: Scotland are continuing to operate a revised timetable to keep key workers, and those making essential journeys, moving.

    Q: Can I travel around Edinburgh?

    A: Only travel if your journey is essential, for example, for work or shopping.

    Q: When time in the day is it best to travel?

    A: If you can, you should travel at off-peak times which are likely to be less busy.

    Edinburgh Lothian Bus Service

    Q: What’s changed with Edinburgh’s Lothian bus service since COVID-19?

    A: Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on 23 March, we are currently operating a Critical Services Network for key workers and those that require to make necessary journeys for food/medicine. We would encourage everyone to follow the government’s advice and only travel when necessary to do so.

    Q: Do I need to wear a face-covering?

    A: We would ask customers to consider the Scottish Government’s advice that people should wear a face covering when using public transport.

    Q: Are your buses operating normally?

    A: There are some changes to the bus services in Edinburgh as of 21st June which can be found here.

    Q: Are you carrying out additional cleaning on your services?

    A: All of our vehicles are cleaned externally and internally on a daily basis, and we have introduced heightened cleaning measures in response to this situation including more enhanced cleaning of the main customer touch-points such as hand poles and grab rails and our driver cab areas.

    Q: Are Edinburgh Bus Tours still operating?

    A: No, We are following government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and have taken the decision to cease to protect our customers and staff.

    Edinburgh Tram Service

    Q: What’s changed with Edinburgh’s Tram service?

    A: Key markers are introduced so that travellers stand apart at the stop. Edinburgh Tram service encourage you to Buy tickets using the TfE app so that you don’t need to use the ticket machine.

    The single doors at each end of the tram are not currently in use. Tram doors will open automatically, then board one at a time. If the tram is too busy to maintain social distancing please be responsible and do not board. Seats at the ends of the tram are not in use. No need to touch the door buttons, doors will open automatically and windows are open to allow a flow of fresh air into the tram – please do not close these if you are on board.

    Q: How often are trams running?

    A: Tram services are running every 15 minutes from 5 am to midnight. Please click here for detailed timetable information.

    Q: Can I use Edinburgh’s Tram service for any journey?

    A: You are only allowed to travel if your journey is essential, for example, for work or shopping.

    Q: How can I maintain social distancing on the tram?

    A: Please follow all signage present at the tram stations and inside the tram.

    Q: When is the best time to travel?

    A: At the moment, our busiest times are between 12 noon – 2 pm. However, our trams have a normal capacity of 250 and are currently operating from every 15 minutes. Therefore, it is easy to maintain social distancing at all times.

    Accommodation in Edinburgh

    Q: Are there any changes to hotels, short-term let apartments (Airbnb) and hostels?

    A: Hotels, short-term let apartments & hostels are complying with government regulations to ensure they remain safe for travellers. Businesses providing holiday accommodation (including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites, caravan parks, boarding houses, and short term lets) are to remain closed for leisure-related stays.

    Most hotels, short-term let apartments & hostels have drastically changed the way in which they operate. Here at Safestay for example, we are implementing some key changes to our Edinburgh hostel – Safestay Edinburgh Royal Mile.

    Rigorous deep cleaning is being carried out during lockdown within our hostels and hotels by our trained teams. We have reinforced the frequency of cleaning which involves the housekeeping team disinfecting rooms, common spaces & private areas of the hostel, and particularly shared-use objects and areas (lobby, elevators, door handles, public bathrooms, room cards, etc).

    Q: How is Safestay protecting guests?

    A: On top of rigorous & frequent deep cleaning, we’ve introduced a contact-free check-in service via WhatsApp. When you next make a booking at Safestay you will be sent a confirmation via Email and also WhatsApp. Our WhatsApp service will allow you to check-in online before you arrive. This will make it very quick to check-in and collect your key, whilst maintaining social distancing.

    Also, there are no mixed dorms. We’ve changed our room configurations to make sure, when you book, you are booking a whole room. We are currently not providing single beds in mixed dormitory rooms until we know it’s safe to do so.

A complete guide on things to do in London during & after COVID lockdown

Reading Time: 15 mins
Last update: 02/07/20

London is slowly easing the lockdown rules and allowing travel once again – but with some key differences.

What exactly are these differences? Well, when we started to ask ourselves this question, there wasn’t a single guide out there. We had to look at so many different websites just to get some information together. In doing this research we decided to create a complete guide on things to do in London during & after COVID lockdown. We will be updating this guide as more information is released.

This guide will cover everything you need to know before you visit London. It includes all the current rules in place that you will need to follow.

We update this guide x2 times a week so remember to check back to get the latest information.

 

CONTENTS
1.0 CURRENT LONDON RULES FOR TRAVELLERS
1.1 Key/General City Rules
1.2 Travelling into London
1.3 Travelling Around London using Public Transport
1.3.1 Transport for London (TFL) Bus Service
1.3.2 Transport for London (TFL) Underground (Tube) Service
1.4 Hotels & staying overnight in London
2.0 WHAT CAN YOU CURRENTLY DO IN LONDON?
2.1 Shopping around London
2.2 Eating & Drinking around London
2.3 Things to do in London

CURRENT LONDON RULES FOR TRAVELLERS

Key/General City Rules

Social Distancing rules still apply (stay 2 meters apart) & stay at home as much as possible. All shops have clear markers for where to stand, along with a limit on the number of people allowed inside a store.

People in England are allowed to meet in groups of up to six people in outdoor spaces such as a park or private gardens.
England residents are allowed to form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children. Those in a ‘support bubble’ will be able to act as if they live in the same household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart.

From 15th June 2020, anyone using public transport must wear face coverings. There is no stipulation as to what grade this must be. Except that the mouth and nose must be covered. More about London public transport

If you are travelling from London to Wales or Scotland, both have different regional rules which we advise you check before setting off.

Travelling into London

Q: What rules apply to travellers entering the UK by plane, ferry or train?

A: Whilst flights and ports remain active at a reduced capacity, travellers arriving to the UK by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – will have to self-isolate for 14 days. They will have to fill out a form to provide an address, indicating where they will self-isolate for the next 14 days. Travellers can be fined £100 for failing to fill in the form with the correct details. Surprise visits will be used to check travellers are supposed to be self-isolating. Those in England could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate.

Q: Can I travel to London if I live in Scotland or Wales?

A: Since lockdown measures differ in each nation of the UK, it is advised not to travel between them and instead must “respect” each area’s measures.

Q: What must I do before I arrive into London?

A: Travelling from within the UK there are no additional rules apart from the Key/General City Rules mentioned above. However, travelling from outside of the UK, you will have to fill out a form to provide an address showing where you intend to self-isolate for 14 days.

Q: What if I don’t have an address to self-isolate in?

A: If you don’t provide an address, the government will arrange accommodation at your expense.

Q: What can I do in those 14 days?

A: Travellers must not leave the premises or have visitors except for essential support. Where you can, rely on others.

Q: Is anyone exempt from self-isolating?

A: Anyone arriving from the Common Travel Area (CTA) – the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man – does not have to enter quarantine, only if they have been in the CTA for at least 14 days.

Those also exempt includes:
Road haulage and freight workers
Medical and care professionals providing essential healthcare
Those arriving for pre-arranged medical treatment
Passengers in transit as long as they do not pass through border control
Seasonal agricultural workers if they self-isolate where they are working
UK residents who ordinarily travel overseas at least once a week for work

Travelling Around London using Public Transport

Q: Are there any changes to using public transport?

A: Face coverings must now be worn for your entire journey on the London Underground and London bus services. Face coverings can be a simple cloth that covers the nose and mouth. You can buy one from a shop or online. Free face masks are available at certain Tube and bus stations for a couple of weeks – since Monday, June 8.

Q: Are there any changes to paying on public transport?

A: Most Tube stations are only accepting contactless or Oyster card payments for travel. Ticket machines at all London Overground and DLR stations are accepting cash. Some Tube stations are also still accepting cash, but it is important to use card payment where possible to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.

Q: What do I need to do before using public transport in London since COVID-19?

A: Wear a face mask (this is compulsory, and you will be fined otherwise), keep two metres apart from others where possible, wash your hands before and after your journey, carry hand sanitiser and/or use sanitiser points available at stations.

London Bus Service

Q: What’s changed with the London Buses since COVID-19?

A: People can now board on the front of the buses after improvements were made to bus driver’s screens to help keep you and drivers safe. New limits on the number of people allowed on buses at one given time have been implemented. On double-decker buses, 20 people will be allowed on board at once. Single decker buses will allow six to ten people on at once.

Q: Are London Buses running during the lockdown?

A: Buses are operating with reduced services. 124 bus routes have reintroduced payment on their busses. You can find a full list of the buses accepting payment here

London Underground Service

Q: What’s changed with the London Underground since COVID-19?

A: New markers at London Underground stations show how far apart people must stand. Signs have also been installed on escalators asking customers to stand six steps apart, as well as in station lifts to ensure a maximum of four people uses them at a time. Certain areas in underground stations have been blocked off to ensure a smooth flow of people.

No Waterloo & City line service
No Night Tube or Night Overground service
A reduced service is operating on the Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and London Trams
Updated daily more information

Q: What stations are still closed because of COVID-19?

A: Closed stations: Borough, Chalk Farm, Charing Cross, Clapham South, Covent Garden, Gloucester Road, Goodge Street, Great Portland Street, Hampstead, Heathrow Terminal 4, Hyde Park Corner, Kilburn Park, Lancaster Gate, Manor House, Queensway, Redbridge, Regent’s Park, South Wimbledon, Southwark, St James’s Park, Stepney Green, Swiss Cottage, Temple, Tufnell Park
Updated daily more information

Q: What lines are the busiest during a lockdown? 

A: It is advised to avoid travelling on the Central line between South Woodford/Redbridge and Stratford – Jubilee line between Stratford and Westminster – District line between Dagenham Heathway and Aldgate East – Victoria line – London Overground between Stratford and Willesden Junction – DLR between Woolwich Arsenal and Canning Town
Updated daily more information

Accommodation in London

Q: Are there any changes to hotels, short-term let apartments (Airbnb) and hostels?

A: Hotels, short-term let apartments & hostels are complying with government regulations to ensure they remain safe for travellers. Businesses providing holiday accommodation (including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites, caravan parks, boarding houses, and short term lets) are to remain closed for leisure-related stays.

Most hotels, short-term let apartments & hostels have drastically changed the way in which they operate. Here at Safestay for example, we are implementing some key changes to our 2 London Hostels – Safestay London Kensington Holland Park & Safestay London Elephant & Castle.

Rigorous deep cleaning is being carried out during lockdown within our hostels and hotels by our trained teams. We have reinforced the frequency of cleaning which involves the housekeeping team disinfecting rooms, common spaces & private areas of the hostel, and particularly shared-use objects and areas (lobby, elevators, door handles, public bathrooms, room cards, etc).

Q: How is Safestay protecting guests?

A: On top of rigorous & frequent deep cleaning, we’ve introduced a contact-free check-in service via WhatsApp. When you next make a booking at Safestay you will be sent a confirmation via Email and also WhatsApp. Our WhatsApp service will allow you to check-in online before you arrive. This will make it very quick to check-in and collect your key, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Also, there are no mixed dorms. We’ve changed our room configurations to make sure, when you book, you are booking a whole room. We are currently not providing single beds in mixed dormitory rooms until we know it’s safe to do so.

 

WHAT CAN YOU CURRENTLY DO IN LONDON?

Shopping around London

Supermarkets continue to be open with timings altered and social distancing measures in place.

Non-essential retail shops in England were allowed to reopen from Monday 15th June.

Retail
Retail shops will have 2m markings and arrows on the floor in showing customers how far apart they need to stay and which way to walk. People will also be asked to keep a set distance between each other on escalators. Some retailers are only allowing you to shop alone where possible and some retailers, such as Primark, will allow a group of people into their shops from Monday but they must be from the same household. You are also advised to only touch products you are going to buy. Lastly, just like supermarkets, retailers will ask shoppers to queue to prevent overcrowding in stores and allow people to maintain 2m social distancing.

Supermarkets
When shopping in supermarkets, you should maintain a 2m distance between yourself and others, and only buy what you need. This can include monitoring the number of customers within the store and limiting access to avoid congestion. They may also implement queue management systems to limit crowds gathering at entrances and to maintain social distancing.

Tesco & Sainsbury
Supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury have introduced new social distancing measures in stores. Currently there are rules to limit the flow of people coming into stores. Some stores have introduced directional floor markings and new signs to create a safe flow of movement around the store as well as seperate entrances and exits. It is advised to shop on your own and pay with contactless where possible.

Eating and Drinking around London

Restaurants & Pubs

From 4 July, pubs and restaurants in England will be allowed to reopen with certain restrictions, including changes to shift patterns, mandatory table service and more use of hand sanitiser. Customers will also have to give their details to staff to make contact tracing easier if another customer tests positive for the virus.

Wetherspoons

Wetherspoon pubs across London will reopen on the 4th of July. There are some certain changes to ensure social distance and customer safety. Customers do not need to book a table, ahead of visiting and are encouraged to order using the Wetherspoon app, where possible, directly from their table. Where unable to order from the table (ie they have no smartphone), customers are able to order from one of the designated till points at the bar, but customers may not remain at the bar. Once they have ordered and paid – they should return to their table. You are also not allowed to move furniture around as it has been placed to meet with social distancing standards.

Food Markets
For a full list of all the London Markets open check out our list below!

Things to do around London?

1. Visit one (or all) of London’s famous markets!

In light of the announcement on the 15th of June, outdoor markets were given the green light to open. However, whilst some have reopened, some have continued to remain closed. So here are some of the best markets that are currently open in London.

Camden Market
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Camden Market was one of the first outdoor markets around London to reopen. Camden Market has therefore implemented a one-way system that operates across the entire site, in order to keep all visitors flowing in the same direction. They’ll also be using floor markings to keep customers two metres apart, placing tables and chairs a distance apart from one other, setting up hand sanitiser stations, enhancing their cleaning regime, and using market security guards to prevent crowds from gathering at certain attractions. While not all of the market vendors will reopen, restaurants and street food vendors including Kuku Riku, Magic Falafel, Makatcha, Only Jerkin’, Camden Pizza, and StakeHAUS will be open for collection and delivery only.

Borough Market
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Borough Market has been partially open throughout lockdown, to supply fresh produce to local residents. You can’t get the full experience of the many street food vendors but some hot food and coffee is available to take away.

Mercato Metropolitano
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Mercato Metropolitano is London’s popular Italian food hall—found in Mayfair and Elephant & Castle. They are back with their brilliant street food, Wednesday through till Sunday, for takeaway and deliveries only. The grocery section of Mercato Metropolitano will continue to stay open throughout the week. In terms of keeping customers safe, hand sanitisers will be out in both venues and social-distancing measures will apply.

Bethnal Green
This is the perfect market if plants and flowers are what you’re after. It is usually busy pre lockdown so expect social distance queues when you make a trip. The market usually runs every Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Keep an eye on their website for more updates

Lloyd Park Market
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Lloyd Park Market in Walthamstow actually reopened on 23rd May. It’s a foodie’s paradise with street grub, homemade cakes and biscuits, farm-made pies and much more. You’ll leave stuffed wanting to come back the next day.

Flea Vintage Market
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For those of you who’ve been craving a sift through vintage wares for a fresh look, we’ve got good news! Flea has reopened at Vinegar Yard. They will now be open every Saturday and Sunday with the new opening hours of 12 noon until 5pm.

2. Spend the day in one of London’s parks!

In accordance with new government guidelines, you can leave your home to exercise and spend time in parks for recreation, sports and other activities only with your household or support bubble and only in groups of up to 6 people from another household or support bubble. Parks will also have limited toilet facilities open so please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

All Royal Parks have reverted to their regular opening times as of 1st June. Hyde Park is open to the public but will now close at 10 pm.

3. Or visit London’s Amazing Zoo
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ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos reopened on Monday 15 June.

Both Zoos will operate as outdoor-only experiences, which is a great opportunity to see amazing animals and to reconnect with nature.

To keep you safe some safety measures are in place. The Zoos are limiting the number of visitors per day and all visitors (including our supporters) must pre-book tickets online. One-way routes around London Zoo are installed to help with visitor flow and to ensure social distancing.
Toilets are open with new hygiene measures. Card or mobile device payments (e.g. Apple Pay, Google Pay) are the only form of payments accepted.

Burgess Park is the perfect place to chill out with picnic grub

Looking for the best things to do in Elephant and Castle? You’ve come to the right place. If you need to sun-worship, check out Burgess Park because it’s only a 15-minute walk from the hostel. You’re bound to find the perfect spot for a picnic because it’s one of London’s biggest parks! So head down to Burgess Park Cafe and get your picnic grub. You have to try their muffin with bacon, avocado and a fried egg – It’s the best! Or maybe you want to get back at your friends with a few games of tennis. You can also do fishing and hope to catch the biggest fish in the capital after visiting the Imperial War Museum.
Mercato Metropolitano has become the must-visit spot in Elephant and Castle. Walk 10-minutes from the hostel and you’ll find an outdoor-covered food hall serving from Mexican tacos and Turkish Kebabs. Here’s a tip – buy some of your favourite bites and take them with you to chill and feast at Burgess Park with your friends. Mercato Metropolitano also has a moving picture cinema showing the latest films. Now you don’t have to miss out on your favourite flick because you’re on holiday.
End your night by taking a 10min uber to the infamous Ministry of Sound. Expect to have one of the biggest nights out London has to offer! The DJ’s spin a variety of electronic and dance genres from house, techno and trance. If you want the best experience, check out what goes on each night at this venue. They also have a dress smart policy, for more info click here.

Check out Brixton, its the best place for a beach party!

Head over to Brixton, the birthplace of David Bowie and get your Instagram snap in front of his mural on Brixton Road. Dressed up in his iconic lightning bolt make-up from his 1973 album, it’s so worth the 10-minute walk to find this artistic tribute.
Or get lost within Brixton market, loaded with 140 retailers and restaurants, you’ll find dishes that span across continents. But look out for the Raclette at Alpes, their mouth-watering melted cheese spooned over a plate of potatoes, meats and salad is godly.
To end your day, take another 15-minute walk to visit Brockwell Park and check out stunning views of London’s skyline. Grab your picnic bites from the Brixton market and chill out with your mates with a cold beer. It’s the perfect Brixton day out for budget travellers.
Though, if you’re in London, the best place to have a beach party is at Brixton’s rooftop bar. It’s only a 15-minute walk from our hostel. Watch the sunset from the lounge bar whilst sipping on pina colada’s, cubanitos and mojitos or salsa the night away. If you’re looking for a fun night, this is the place to be!
For those avid film-lovers, catch your favourite screening at the Ritzy Picturehouse in the heart of Brixton. It’s 15-minutes away from the hostel so there’s no chance for you to miss your screening. Hearty sit-down meals, quick bites, bar grub, it’s the best place to relax late into the evening with your friends.

Want the best views of London landmarks?

Want the best views of London’s landmarks? From the hostel, take an 11-minute uber journey to Westminster. This iconic neighbourhood is packed with all the essential attractions to tick off the list. So if you want the best sight, grab your ticket for the London Eye (click here). From sky-high, look out for Big Ben lit up at night against the river and just behind you’ll see Westminster Abbey. It’s a sight not easily forgotten.
If you love culture and sightseeing, Westminster is the place to be. Looking for a good fill of arts and culture? Walk 25-minutes to visit the historic gallery Tate Britain and wander between famous paintings, exhibitions and see impressive works on display. It’s an unforgettable experience for any art lover. Or walk 20-minutes to South Bank for amazing views of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster! You can even pass through the lively Southbank food market and find yourself tucking into the most exciting treats. Grab the finest Pad-Thai’s and Punjab-inspired biriyanis and quench your thirst with a refreshing Berry smoothie from the Elephant Juice stall.
Walk another 15-minute to slip into Chinatown to finish your night. Decorated with Chinese lanterns, symbols and Chinese dragons, it’s a place you cannot miss on your itinerary. So if you have a sweet tooth, head over to Bake and try the Nutella or matcha Taiyaki waffles. You’ll be screaming for more!

Check out Borough Market to refresh your taste buds!

If you’re staying at Safestay London Elephant and Castle, the Borough Market is a must-visit! Established in 1855, it’s one of the oldest, busiest and known markets and it’s a 15-minute walk away! Eat through the best food stalls from Artisan bread and cheeses, raw Greek honey and fresh seafood. Don’t worry if you and your friends fancy something different, because there are over 100 stalls to browse from! Also, don’t forget to try a small plate of boiled potatoes covered with creamy melted Raclette cheese. Believe us – it’s the best!
After you could take a 5-minute walk to the London Bridge to get your perfect insta snap. Here’s a tip – stand on the London Bridge side of the river in front of the City Hall for the best shot. You could then make a trip to the Shard and head up to see jaw-dropping views! To make more of your experience, walk 10-minutes to Shakespeare’s Globe to get your guided tour of the iconic globe theatre.
When the weather is great, it’s the perfect day to spend with your friends and to get your insta snaps in front of London’s most iconic places. Yes, we agree, there are so many things to do. But at least you could kill all the calories you took from binging at the stalls of Borough Market.

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2. Make a booking on our website & enter your voucher number into the Special Requests Section on the checkout page.

3. Do enter your card details to secure the booking, if the Gift Cards(s) fully cover the cost, no payment will be taken.

4. The reception team will redeem your voucher to pay for the booking, if further payment is required they will contact you to arrange this.

 

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • EXTENDED – 50% offer ends 31st October 2020
  • Standard booking terms & conditions apply when making your booking 
  • Credit can only be used towards one booking
  • Multiple vouchers can be used for any bookings made
  • Gift Cards (vouchers) are non-refundable
  • Applies to the flexible rate (Pay at Check-In) or standard non-refundable rate (Pay now & save).
  • Cannot be used with the member’s promo code or any other promo codes or offers.
  • Applies to new bookings only, existing booking cannot be amended
  • Cannot be used for bookings made via the Group Bookings Team 
  • Online bookings only 
  • Does not apply for bookings on new years eve
  • Subject to availability at time of booking 
  • For Gift Cards purchased in GBP and redeemed in EUR, we apply a 1:1 exchange rate and vice versa 
  • Safestay reserves the right to withdraw this offer

Our travel plans have been cancelled, so here’s 7 days of inspiration…

Stuck at home? Fear not, because there’s so much we can still do from the comfort of our home. Now is the opportunity to have some alone time and do the things that you can’t do with others constantly around.

Take this time to fully relax, tick off a few things that you need to get done and entertain yourself.

It’s important to remember that things will get better, so why not use this time to pick up a hobby/skill to have along with you on your future travels.

So what is there to do while stuck indoors? We’ve come up with a list of 7 different inspirational things you could do to make your time at home interesting and to keep you healthy mentally.

 

#1 GET OUT THE OLD TRAVEL PHOTOS AND SHARE THE GREAT MEMORIES

When was the last time you got out your old travel photos and had a good giggle looking back at the memories you made? Time to blow the dust away! Get them out wherever they are, on your phone, in an album, in a box at the bottom of your cupboard. Let’s remind ourselves of the experiences we’ve had and the stories we’ve created along the way.

holiday photos

#2 START YOUR OWN TRAVEL BLOG USING THE EXPERIENCES YOU’VE ALREADY HAD

During your adventures, there must’ve been a time where you thought – “I should start my own travel blog”. 💻 Take this time as a precious moment to reflect on those amazing adventures. You can get up and running very quickly with a microblog using Twitter or Instagram or if you’re feeling adventurous try your hand at a wordpress template.

And when you’re ready, reach out to us & we’ll feature 5 of the best blog posts on our own [E]xplorer blog!

girl on laptop at home

#3 PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH BY TAKING UP YOGA OR SIMPLY ADOPTING MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

All of this no travel stuff is stressing us out. Is there that one happy place you love to travel to but can’t right now? Yeah, we feel the same.
For us, it’s our yearly team meetings in Barcelona. The team always take a walk on the beach which is right outside our Safestay Barcelona Sea hostel.

Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat and relax. Meditation is about bringing the mind home. So sit back, take a deep breath, close your eyes and try visualising that happy place.

meditating at home

#4 CATCH UP WITH THE TRAVEL FRIENDS YOU MADE DURING THAT AMAZING BAGPACKING TRIP BUT LOST CONTACT WITH ALONG THE WAY

Do you remember that one backpacking trip you took and had such an amazing time exploring, with people you’d only just met! It was so great that you added them on Facebook thinking it would be awesome to do it again, but life took over and you ended up losing touch.

Now is the time to catch up with those travel friends you made along the way. Facebook is so great because it allows us to keep contact without the need to talk every day. Why don’t you start today by messaging 3 travel friends on Facebook you lost contact with. Check-in and see how they’re doing today or give them a DM and get the conversation going!

working on laptop

#5 GET INSPIRED THROUGH A TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY OR WATCH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S SERIES EXPLORING STUNNING PLACES ON EARTH

Feeling uninspired and unmotivated? 10 minutes of any David Attenborough travel documentary will have you feeling inspired to visit the whole world! Or follow Gordan Ramsey’s culinary journey to see the most remote places on Earth. Panoramic shots and feats of human bravery, you won’t be able to help yourself – you’ll have to start planning for the next adventure.

watching tv

tv at safestay

#6 LEARN THAT NEW LANGUAGE YOU’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF AND DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR

We’ve all wished we could speak another language and have always promised that one day you will but in the end never got round to it. Learn a new language with Duolingo for free and prepare yourself for the next adventure. Even learning basic words will take you a long way. Here’s a tip: Make your language lessons fun by humming songs in a foreign language!

How many languages can you speak?

language board at safestay hostel

#7 USE YOUR TIME AT HOME TO READ, LEARN AND IMPROVE YOURSELF WHILST THE WORLD IS IN HIBERNATION

As much as we would like to sit around all day and binge on Netflix. Why not read a travel book that will inspire you to go out there after the storm is over. While these are great and informative, it’s the stories that make you want to travel and relive the pictures they paint in your mind.

girl reading

 

Whilst the points above may not change the state of play around at the moment, it may change our perspective on how we value this experience. To stay up to date and for more information, visit www.safestay.com/covid-19-update.

What is a Hostel?

You probably know that hostels are a type of affordable accommodation shared among travellers, helping your budget go further. But, what you don’t know is the unique, energetic and social atmosphere amongst these travellers which will change your trip forever.

Never stayed in a hostel? Let us debunk those crazy myths and take you on a journey through the Safestay hostel experience. This blog will cover everything about hostel life and hostelling. So sit tight, buckle up and get ready to learn everything about hostelling there is to know.

 

What is a hostel?

In a nutshell, a hostel is an affordable accommodation which revolves around the shared guest experience. Hostels tend to lead to more interactions and cost a lot less than a hotel. A cheap night with a memorable experience with like-minded travellers. How could you say no to that?

To give you a better idea, here’s a list of the most common phrases used to describe a hostel from our guests…

  • Fun
  • Lively
  • Adventure
  • Price
  • Friends

 

Why should you stay in a hostel?

Here are three reasons…

#Because it saves you money! Let’s face it, travel is expensive, flights, food and activities. Add it all up! We all don’t like to spend so much, especially for an ordinary room at a boring hotel. A dorm at Safestay is only a little over £10 for a night, so why not? You could save little money for accommodation and splash your money on night outs and souvenirs.

#Hostels are in the best locations. Safestay hostels are concentrated in tourist-friendly areas. This means that you’ll have access to the best bars, restaurants and attractions around the city. Also, the best thing is that our hostels are in walking distance from places to dine and explore!

#Hostels feel like a community. People were strangers and close friends who you travel with throughout the city. The receptionist will know the best bus routes, budget-friendly tours and free events in the city. Gain travel tips, info for tourist sites, meals and hidden quirky locations.
Get to know the staff, the locals, your friends and the area, you feel like you’re part of something special.

What facilities to expect in a hostel?

At Safestay, the tangible benefits are special. The communal areas, bars and spacious shared rooms allow travellers to meet and create a special bond that may last a lifetime. Today, having the right connections can also be key to setting your future goals at a young age. Here’s a list of the Safestay facilities for you to network whilst relaxed in travel mode.

1. Food and Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can not start your day of travelling and exploring before fuelling up which is why we offer a selection of different treats for you to enjoy.

Food on table
London Elephant and Castle – Food & Breakfast

2. Bars

Take a seat and relax at our bars such as Bar 60 located in Safestay London Elephant & Castle. We’ve got delicious food that you can enjoy in our comfy and cosy bar. We serve an eclectic mix of spirits, beers and cocktails along with New York Bagels and Ooozy Cheese Toasties to Castle Burgers and Pizzas.

Bar
London Elephant and Castle – Bar 60

3. Rooftop Terraces

Our Terrace has the right mix of hipster cool mixed with a dash of relaxation. Just like our drinks! It’s the perfect place for after-work drinks, pre-night out cocktails, having a lazy afternoon or just catching up on some sun.

Safestay Madrid – Sagasta 22 Rooftop Terrace

4. Common Areas

Chill out in our common areas where you can meet like-minded travellers to share your travel stories with. Some of our hostels even have board games or table football, so now you can invite your friends to a game or two.

Safestay Edinburgh – Common Area

5. Computer Areas

Take a seat in our computer area to catch up with your work emails or even chat with family and friends who are half-way across the world and share your travel experience with Safestay.

Safestay Elephant and Castle – Computer Room

6. Events

Join us at Safestay Elephant and Castle for our Rock Nights where you can meet new people while enjoying great music and drinks! Trust us, this is a perfect hideout for music lovers.

Safestay Elephant and Castle – Rock Nights

To kick start your hostel experience with Safestay, get the best rate when you sign up for our membership to continue your savings journey. Get your membership discount code here
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London – Edinburgh – York – Glasgow – Madrid – Barcelona – Lisbon – Prague – Pisa

 

WHEN CAN I STAY?

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WHEN CAN I BOOK?

This offer is valid for any booking until the 30th of April 2020

 

HOW DO I GET THIS OFFER?

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  • Does not apply for bookings on new years eve
  • Subject to availability at time of booking and not applicable in combination with other promotional offers
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  • Offer does not apply to bookings made via the Groups reservations team

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"The hostel I stayed in London was beyond perfect. Super nice and kind people, the room was very clean and the bed was very confortable. To repeat!"

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