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Safestay Elephant & Castle
Who would have thought that the Labour Party's staid former headquarters would make such a flashy hostel? The 18th-century Georgian building has been stunningly renovated: inside, it's all purple and magenta stripes and bright lights, though the 74 rooms are more sober. Most dorms (four to eight beds) are en suite. Enormous bar/lounge with garden.