Safestay at Elephant & Castle is based in John Smith House, which dates back to the 18th Century. More recently, the building was the Labour Party headquarters – and the backdrop to many election time news reports as people hurried to and from stormy political meetings. In October 2010, planning permission was given to turn the building into Safestay – offering a new benchmark for budget accommodation in London. And being so close to the big London tourist attractions…what better place is there?

Finding us is easy

Safestay at Elephant & Castle is in Southwark, two minutes walk from Elephant & Castle underground station, just south of London’s River Thames and in one of the oldest parts of the city. Charles Dickens, Charlie Chaplin and even William Shakespeare all lived nearby once upon a time. Now close to The Shard, one of Western Europe’s tallest building.

Safestay at Elephant & Castle is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a hostel in London, budget accommodation or just a fantastic short break in London that won't break the bank. We’re also really close to the main London tourist attractions, like London Bridge and Borough Market. 


From the Elephant & Castle underground station, take the Northern Line exit or Shopping Centre exit.  Turn left out of the station. Then turn left again at the roundabout onto Walworth Road. Go under the bridge for another 400 metres and you’ll see us on the right, opposite the Cuming Museum. 

Safestay at Elephant & Castle

144-152 Walworth Road
Elephant & Castle
London SE17 1JL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7703 8000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7703 8022

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Rooms & Rates

Wherever you need to lay your head you’ll find our rooms clean, stylish, comfortable and secure. Choose from a private twin room, 4 bedded, 6 bedded and 8 bedded rooms – either with ensuite or standard.

With prices starting at just £18, we think you’ll find just what you need. All rooms are bright, airy and contemporary – unlike a lot of the older hostels and budget accommodation in London.

Single sex rooms are subject to availability. To book please call the reception on +44 20 7703 8000.

Most Safestay rooms are ensuite, and our facilities include:

TV and complimentary tea/coffee in twin private bunk rooms
Continental breakfast (From the 1st June 2015 our continental breakfast will be improved greatly with a wider selection. However it will no longer be free and will have an additional cost of £4.00)
Free wi-fi in the lobby
24-hour reception
Iron/ironing board (on request)
Hairdryer for rent
Internet room
Chill out room
Pool room
Breakfast room
Large illuminated and heated garden

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The great thing about Safestay at Elephant & Castle is that all the cool places are really close by. Go exploring on foot, on bike (there’s a Barclays bike hire station right opposite) or pop into the local underground station and see where it takes you. Tuck into an English breakfast at one of the local cafes or amble through the amazing food stalls at nearby Borough market. There are cafes and shops at Hays Galleria or you could enjoy the breathtaking views from the London Eye. Why not simply take a stroll along the River Thames and see the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

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