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How the UK’s Capital Caters to the Needs of Millennials

Millennials – defined as individuals who were born between 1980 and 2000 – make up about a quarter of the UK’s current population. Like any other generation, Millennials have their own needs, desires and quirks.

They, for instance, rely on the integration of technology into their daily lives, putting Wi-Fi connection high in their hierarchy of needs. Millennials are well-travelled individuals who appreciate culture and diversity. Education, mobility and affordability are also incredibly important to Millennials navigating the market.

The lifestyle, work […]

The Most Instagrammable Places in London


London is the most Instagrammed city in Europe, and with so many amazing sights, it’s not hard to see why! We have pulled together some of our favourite Instagrammable spots in the capital so you can ensure your followers are kept entertained and envious throughout your time here. Time to get hashtag happy…

1. Bar Elba

The entrance to this rooftop bar is tucked away behind Waterloo station and boasts beautiful views over London including the Shard. The jazzy décor, colourful cocktails […]

Working While Studying in London

Student Holding Books and Smiling

So you want to work while studying in London? There are lots of job opportunities for international students with a Tier 4 student visa. Provided, of course, that you are studying at a college or university that is listed as an official UKVI sponsor and is on the list of the UK’s recognised bodies. If you meet the requirements, you can work full time on holidays and up to 20 hours a […]

My Intern experience with LHA London

I am a politics student at The University of Sheffield, going into my third year. I started my internship at LHA London in summer 2017. Due to my role, as ‘marketing assistant’, my job roles involved; working on social media projects, writing a blog and producing sales reports. Alongside this, I managed daily website updates, and the company Live Chat.

I secured this internship through a Sheffield ex-alumni networking event in London during Easter. After repeatedly ignoring the several emails […]

Why is staying in a London hostel better than a house share?

Looking for a long-term place to stay in London? Why not save yourself a load of money and stay in a hostel instead! There are plenty of reasons as to why hostels are better to stay in than house shares for a long-term period, and at LHA London we can tell you why.

Hostels are welcoming
When […]

Co-Living Teaches Millennials the Value of Creating Experiences

Students In Living Room

Did you ever, as a child, dream of living with your friends?

In your dream, you live in a home with 32 rooms with one large dining area. You and your friends will all eat dinner together so that suddenly, washing the dishes isn’t such a chore because you have all this dynamic tangle of friends and family to help you.

Today’s living spaces bring those childhood dreams to life, catering to Millennials’ need for a more sociable lifestyle minus the feeling […]

25 years’ service celebrated at Sandeman-Allen

LHA marks 25 years’ service for Laurent Nolfo – Manager at Sandeman-Allen House. Most managers of LHA London can recall when they first met Laurent during his time, which includes positions at Bowden Court, Railton House, Leinster House, Sandeman-Allen as an Assistant Manager, Holland House and then back to Sandeman-Allen as a manager.

Sandeman-Allen is a central, catered accommodation with some of the best customer feedback scores for customer service including a […]

Bringing life to rooms at Halpin House

Is this a postcard sent from Kew Gardens? Not quite, these are some of the rooms that residents at Halpin House have made into their home from home; turning shared spaces into communal living at it’s best.

Free Museums in London to Experience Culture and History

The British Museum

Museums preserve our history and culture in a way that few other mediums can — from interactive presentations to the display of authentic relics from the past, museums give us a glimpse into past lives and how we became who we are today.

You do not need a lot of money to explore the best museums in London — many of them are absolutely free! Whether you are a student or a backpacker on a tight budget, take a look at […]

LHA London supports Cardinal Hume for the day!

LHA London spent a day working with Cardinal Hume Centre on 2nd March to help clean the garden, organise the toys and clear up the store cupboards of the stock generously left by donations to a wonderful cause. The team from LHA were taken around the hostel, offices and support centre offering them an insight into the great work achieved by the centre and some context to how LHA have supported the objectives of Cardinal Hume with the installation of […]

How Freelancers Can Survive and Thrive in London

Man lying with laptop drinking coffee or tea

Working as a freelancer in the heart of London can be both a fulfilling and challenging experience for a young professional, and this is especially true for someone who comes from another part of the country, or another part of the world. Not only will you have to generate a regular income; but you will also need to create and follow a realistic plan to live comfortably on a freelancer’s salary.

London is famous for attracting high-earners. Is it possible for […]

What to Expect When Living in a Self-catering Accommodation

Affordable accommodation that makes you feel at home gives you a sense of security and comfort when you’re living and working away from loved ones. If you are staying in London, you have a wide choice of accommodation, from hotels and hostels to houses and flat-shares.

If you opt to live in self-catering accommodation, here are a few things you can expect:

Some Facilities are Provided

If you have an image of an empty apartment and are already packing all your home appliances […]

LHA London resident returns

Mr Kang visited Belvedere House a few weeks ago after 20 years since he was a resident of the self-catered accommodation in South Kensington. He recognised the manager, from his time at Belvedere House two decades on and sent us the following:

“First of all, I appreciate your staffs’ kindness while I was staying there.
I guess it’s same in 20 years.
Also that is a special memory that I met you again in 20 years.

When I came to London […]

LHA upgrades Wi-Fi for all residents

To celebrate the holidays and bring in the new year, LHA London have invested in the free Wi-Fi service available for free to all long term residents (staying longer than 2 weeks).

The previous ‘base line’ service was 20MB per person, with up to 5 simultaneous devices (e.g. phone or tablet) available per person.

The base line service from 1st January will rise to 50MB per person, with up to 7 concurrent devices per person!

The Top London Spots to Visit for Potterheads

While Newt Scamander toured Wizarding World fans around New York, the UK remains the home of three best friends many have come to love. For a Potterhead, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a day of looking for magical activity.

Here are the top spots where you might see some objects elevate or spot cars flying up ahead. Don’t be alarmed, just enjoy. Hope you won’t get obliviated!

King’s Cross

First on this list is probably the most popular spot for […]

Mannequin challenge at Halpin House

The LHA team at Halpin House in South Kensington got together last week for their take on the mannequin challenge, which has dominated social media over the last few weeks. Volunteers, guests and maintenance staff got together to offer a brief insight into the home from home and family atmosphere in central London.

Watch the video below:

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and staying with LHA London in one of our 13 central London accommodations, […]

LHA London’s Stories: Alfonso

Towards the end of October, we were visited at Belvedere House since by an past-resident by the name of Mr. Alfonso Morcillo. It was over 40 years ago that Mr. Morcillo last saw the building but he still took time to visit and was shown around the recently refurbished rooms, kitchens and communal areas. He’s pictured above with the manager of the hostel, Mario and his partner.

We got in touch with Mr. Richards recently to ask him some questions about his life […]

The Introverted Hostel Life

Life in a London hostel can be a fun, exciting experience. You will meet new people, get to explore the city and get a taste of the local culture. You will also get to live with strangers and build new relationships in the process.

But what do you do if you dread the thought of living with other people? Hostel life can be challenging for introverts, especially those who value their privacy. While it is certainly possible to get a solo […]

Store your belongings over Xmas!

We’ve partnered with GotBox22 to offer our residents 10% off on-demand storage when booked using the the code LHA10.

If you’re a current resident and need storage for your belongings, you can now arrange your things to be collected, stored and then delivered to you at a later date with GotBox22. This partnership makes it easier for our residents to take advantage of our optimizer promotion by offering safe storage for belongings during holidays until they […]


LHA London are offering a 10% discount for Key Workers who stay on a long run basis. The offer is available in shared rooms at our Notting Hill accommodationg (Bowden Court) from 8th October 2016.

This means that as a key worker, you could have a shared room, including half board, gym, Wi-Fi, cleaning, contents insurance and all bills in Notting Hill for less than £120 per week*.

Eligible Key (Essential) Workers:
Teachers / Emergency services […]