Don’t be put off by the fact that this place bills itself as a hostel – yes it is mostly dorms, but it also has very reasonably-priced private doubles. What’s more, Dictionary is fantastically located at the Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road, so you have everything you need on the doorstep. Seriously cool with an interior that wouldn’t look out of place in one of the trendy boutiques it nestles up alongside, it also boasts incredibly welcoming staff and guests who are super friendly and chatty. We bagged one of the private doubles and it had everything you would expect from a hotel room, with key card entry, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a large, comfy bed. It is also spotlessly clean. Downstairs is the Translate Bar, which is open to all-comers, but offers a 20 per cent discount to guests – a benefit we made use of on excellent cocktails. Food is also on offer, while annexed to the bar is the Coffee Shop with fresh Rinkoff pastries, but as breakfast is included in the price you might be able to resist – we, however, could not!
Dorm from £15 per night; private double from £60 per night.
10-20 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA.