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The German YMCA in London has a long history of supporting organisations and charities helping young people through projects funded by profits from the German YMCA owned Lancaster Hall Hotel. In addition, we operate the Kensington Gardens Hostel (both based in central London, W2) which has provided budget accommodation for youth groups and schools for nearly 50 years.

During 2021 we launched an initiative called Room for Opportunity to provide free accommodation to groups visiting London who would otherwise struggle to organise a trip. So far, we have provided free accommodation to Schools, the Sea Cadets, the Girl Guides and youth groups from across the UK and Europe.

With its world class theatres, museums and attractions, London presents a wealth of educational and cultural opportunities. The aim of this programme is to open these opportunities up to a wider audience in the hope that it might spark new ideas and inspire a passion to discover new skills and friendships.  Along with providing accommodation, we can also assist in pulling together an itinerary and direct you to organisations that give youth discounts to groups.

We can accommodate groups up to 50 people including supervisors with rooms varying from 2 to 4 people from age 6 upwards and for a maximum period of 5 days.

In the first instance, please send an e-mail to setting out the objectives of your organisation, the purpose of the trip, the preferred dates and why free accommodation will make a difference.  This offer is subject availability. >>

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