A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

If permission is granted, the 850-bed world class Youth Hostel will be built by YHA in the Olympic Park next to Stratford Tube station and Westfield Shopping Centre and a short walk from Stratford International mainline station in east London.

Construction will start in 2017 with plans for the Youth Hostel to open in early 2019.

The proposed purpose-built £30million Youth Hostel will be nearly three times larger than any other property within the YHA (England and Wales) network, making it ideal for group accommodation.

It will include en suite bedrooms, bars, restaurants, conference and meeting facilities, a self-catering kitchen, as well as communal spaces.

Commenting on the plans, the association's chief executive, Caroline White, said: “This is a very exciting time in YHA’s 85-year history in England and Wales. We are responding directly to the needs of today’s young people and their families with our plans for YHA Stratford. Once built, it will further our vision to reach more young people and enable them to discover the capital with their school, group or family.”

For details see yha.org.uk or call 0800-019 1700.

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