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Welcome to the cheapest place to book your bed for the night at The Dictionary Hostel! Our hostel is located in the capital’s hippest and trendiest district: Shoreditch. We are all about East London! Our accommodation is the talk of the town and perfect for guests who want to be part of the creative and cutting-edge world that is East London. There are literally hundreds of cool bars, quirky boutiques and alternative coffee shops all around us. We were recently named one of the Top 10 hostels in the world by the Sunday Times. The Huffington Post loves us, Time Out have written about us and EasyJet have done a feature on us. We don’t like to brag but we do have it all: Awesome Staff, FREE Wi-Fi, Roof Terrace, a Self Catering Kitchen, Laundrette, Bar, Table Football, Luggage Room and Coffee Shop. In Shoreditch, you’re always in good company. This area is known as being the stomping ground of some of the UK’s most well known characters: Banksy, Shakespeare, Jack the Ripper and Russell Brand. Google has its UK headquarters here and the area is fast becoming known as Europe’s Silicon Valley. What more could you want? Book now! We can’t wait to meet you.

Property Name: The Dictionary Hostel

Address 1: 20 Kingsland Road

Address 2 : Shoreditch

City : London

Postal Code : E2 8DA

Contact Name: Reception Team

Phone: +44 207 613 2784


  • Automated teller (ATM)
  • Baggage storage
  • Lounge
  • Photo copying service
  • Printer

Check-In / Check-Out Policies

This property has the following check-in and check-out times and policies.

Check-In: 14:00

Check-Out: 10:00

Property and Cancellation Policies :
Fully refundable up to 24 hours prior to 2pm on day of arrival. Cancellations must be made via email to In cases of no-shows and cancellations less than 24 hours before check-in, you will be charged in full for your first night’s stay and the rest of your booking will be cancelled.

Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms andConditions carefully prior to making any booking via this website. TheDictionary Hostel guarantees to provide the lowest room rate availableon By making a booking via this website, youconfirm you accept these Terms and Conditions.  

ReservationsBookings can be made Online, by Email(, over the Phone (+44 (0) 207 613 2784) orIn person with our reception team at the hostel.You agree that you may only make reservations for yourself andyour invited guests, and you must not make reservations for the purpose ofreselling, posting, advertising or marketing reservation information throughthird-party websites or other means, or any false, fraudulent or speculativereservations. We cannot accept booking made by housing associations. If you, or through any third party or agency, need to book onbehalf of one or more proposed guests, you must make the reservation directlythrough our reception. Change of guest name of any reservation is not allowed unlessthere are any special circumstances deemed acceptable by our booking team. Thehostel has the right to reject any guest from checking-in if the guest name isdifferent from the name as stated on the reservation. We reserve the right to cancel or modify the reservation youmade in its sole discretion without notice if it appears that any reservationhas been made in breach of the above terms or involve any abuse of thereservation service.The rates include taxes, breakfast and linen. Towels are notincluded in this rate but can be hired at reception (£2/towel). You are booking a bed in a specific room type and not anindividual room. We make every effort to place members of your party in thesame room, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Please contact us in advance tomake requests about specific rooms via We make every effort to accommodate you in the dormitory size ofyour choice, however if for some exceptional reason it was not possible and youhave been booked in a smaller dorm than the type you requested, you will not becharged the difference in price. If we have moved you to a larger dorm, yourbooking will reflect the price of this room. This does not apply to changesmade at your request. A stay at The Dictionary Hostel cannot exceed 14 nights. After 2weeks, a period of 6 months is required before a new booking with us. 

Group bookingsGroupsconsist of 12 people or more. If you have booked agroup and haven’t contacted us yet, please send us an email to Otherwise your booking can’t be confirmed. If youhaven’t booked your group directly with us, we cannot guarantee all members ofyour group will be in the same dorm.
Special terms and Conditions apply to groups,please contact us directly.

Non-Refundable bookings
Please note: Non-refundable bookings are non-refundable & can not be cancelled or amended. These options can provide a significant discount, however if your travel plans may be subject to change we recommend booking a standard, flexible rate.

Age restrictionsChildren (under the age of 16) cannot be accommodated at thehostel.Under 18’s cannot stay in any shared dorms, they can stay inprivate rooms when accompanied by an adult over 18 years. Please note that,bookings cannot be accepted for guests under the age of 18 unless they are over16 and accompanied by an adult.   
PaymentFull pre-payment of the first night is required at the time ofthe booking for any reservation made through our website or directly with ourreservation team. See Cancellation conditions for a refund of this deposit. Balance has to be paid immediately when checking in at thehostel. We accept cash (GBP only), most credit cards and debit cards. We do notaccept American Express and Diners Club.
Whenchecking in you will be asked to provide us with a credit card number as acaution for any damage that may be caused during your stay.
Prior to arrival we can charge on your demand your credit cardwith the full amount for your reservation. A request has to be sent by email.If you intend to pay for someone’s stay and will not bechecking-in to show the payment card, a request has to be sent by email via
Check-in and Check-outYou can check–in from 2pm and check-out is at 10 am. If you arrive earlier, you are welcome to leave your luggage inour storage room. Our receptionist will be there with a smile and some tips onwhere to get a good coffee and lunch!If you arrive late, no worries, our reception is open 24/7!However, let us know if you plan to arrive after midnight so we do not cancelyour booking.
Please do not forget to pack yourID! Make sure to bring a valid identification with you, preferably a passport,government issued National Identity card, residence permit, military ID or a UKdriving license. We are unable to check anyone in without this, so make sureto pack your ID! You might need it to get into bars and clubs as well;) Students cards and security badges are not accepted.
Late check out, you’ll have to pay £5 per hour with a maximum of3 hours. If it exceeds 3 hours, you will have to pay another nightaccommodation subject to availability. You can hang out in our lounge areaafter checking-out if you love the place and want to stay with us a little bitlonger ;) under reception discretion. 
Room key cardWe also ask for £5 in cash as a deposit for your keycard.You’ll begiven a key-card when you check-in which gives you access to both the hosteland your room. If you lose your key card, you’ll be asked another deposit for anew card – so please keep it safe! 
Changes / Cancellation conditions(special Terms and Conditions apply to a group booking) A change can be made to your reservationuntil 2 pm, the day before your arrival. After that time no changes can bemade. If you need to change the dates of your booking contact our reservationteam via or directly on +44 (0)207 613 2784. Changes of dates are subject to availability and ratedifferences may apply. If you book via another website, the changes beforearrival may have to be done directly with the agent.
All cancellations can only be made by email directly to
A booking can be cancelled without charge if notice is given to The DictionaryHostel 24 hours prior to arrival day before 14.00 hours (2pm) (local time).Example: If you arrive on a Friday, a cancellation free of charge is possiblebefore Thursday 2pm. Please note that the deposit, fees paid to Hostelworld,Hostelbookers, Hostelclub and Expedia are not refundable (this money goesdirectly to these agents).
Please alsonote that this policy cancellation does not apply to group booking.
Refunds will be made by the samemethod the payments were made and to the specific card usedat the time of the booking.  
No Show If you failto arrive for your stay, you will be charged for the first night of yourstay.  

Hostel rules The Dictionary Hostel is 100% smoke-free. Smoking is notpermitted in any part of the hostel. Should it be brought to our attentionsmoking has taken place, a cleaning fee of £200 will be assessed. Guest will beasked to leave the premises immediately. A refund will not be issued.Customers are required to conduct themselves in a reasonable andresponsible manner and must not act in any way which may disturb otherguests.  Failure to adhere to thisrequirement may result in customers being asked to leave the hostel in whichevent all additional charges shall become immediately payable by the customers.Any guest(s) who, in the opinion of our staff, compromise thecomfort, safety or security of other guests, staff or local residents will beasked to leave the hostel premises. Guest are expected to respect other guests as well as staff andproperty. The customer will be responsible for any loss or damage causedat the hostel.

Personal Property
Each bed (in dorm rooms) has a personal locker for valuables. It is a guest’sresponsibility to ensure that personal belongings are secure at all times. TheDictionary Hostel accepts no liability for the loss, theft or damage to guests’property, however sustained or caused. We strongly recommend guests bring apadlock to use on lockers or buy one at reception on arrival. 

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