This is the second Hostel International I have stayed in. For the £25 or so I spent for each night, I couldn't expect anything better. The hostel is very clean and quiet. Young tourists come but it could not be considered as a 'social' hostel. People barely get to know each other, unless they sleep in the same room than you do. This is something positive though, because you can enjoy a good night sleep without disturbances of drunk tourists coming back from parties.
Regarding the sleep, the beds are very comfortable, but to enable a maximum capacity, the beds in shared rooms are piled up one on another so that only your upper body can move freely. So the insider tip here: ask for the beds on top for you to stand up in whatever fashion you'd like, and without hitting yourself against the bed above.
I rate this hostel as 'average' because there is nothing particular about it. Friendly receptionist, but a hostel after all. The £4.95 breakfast is decent, with a full English breakfast, muesli, and others.
What I think makes this hostel special is its location. Right behind St Paul Cathedral (which I think looks spectacular), and a few steps from the St Paul's subway station and bus stops for the 7, 15, 23 amongst others, one can easily and quickly travel to anywhere in the city, thanks to its central location.
More: Lockers provided, you can buy the lock for £3 there. Everything else you can pay for (soap, towel,...).
If you plan on going to London for the 2012 Olympics, book your place now as I heard they were almost fully booked.
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