Kensington Gardens Hostel is owned by the German YMCA organisation which is a registered charity that supports local community projects for all ages and nationalities, along with the German community in London as a whole. We have a sister company Lancaster Hall Hotel, also on Craven Terrace.
We've been based in Craven Terrace for more than 50 years and in that time have been accommodating student groups on cultural exchanges, sightseeing trips and studying.
Arriving by Plane
If you are arriving at Heathrow Airport we recommend that you catch the Tfl rail service into Paddington rather that the Heathrow Express. Both take the same route except Tfl rail is much cheaper. From Paddington you turn right out of the station onto Praed Street. Carry straight on down Craven Road until you reach Moore's Chemist and a flower stand where you will then see Craven Terrace.
Many mainline rail services and 4 tube lines stop at Paddington. Turn right out of the station onto Praed Street. Carry straigtht on down Craven Road until you reach Moore's Chemist and a flower stand where you will then see Craven Terrace.
The District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo line all stop at Paddington Station. There are several entrances but all lead onto Praed Street. Carry straight on down Praed Street in the opposite direction to MacDonalds and you will come to Craven Terrace on the left by Moore's pharmacy.
Lancaster Gate tube stops by Kensington Gardens. Turn right out of the station and go straight, cross the road and take the first right after the Swan Pub. From there keep going straight onto Craven Terrace.
Most coaches arrive at Victoria Coach Station. From here you can get a direct Circle Line tube to Paddington Station. From Paddington stationcarry straight on down Praed Street in the opposite direction to Burger King and you will come to Craven Terrace on the left by Moore's pharmacy.
The Oxford Tube coach service stops near Notting Hill Gate which is then a 10 minute walk along the Bayswater road. Turn left before the Swan Pub and go straight until you see Craven Terrace
Hail a Black Cab and ask for Craven Terrace in W2 for an authentic London experience! The driver will know the way from there.