Located inside an English Heritage building, this has to be one of the grandest-looking youth hostels ever. It was once a magistrate’s court and served sentences to London’s criminals for over 200 years. I’m sure some of the patriarchs of Australia even went through this court house. Anyway, today it is converted in a trendy youth hostel and the old prison cells are now rooms for hire. There are also dormitories for larger groups. Named ‘Clink’, after the old English slang for prison; today, where pain and misery once thrived is now a place for excitement and fun as up to 500 travellers from all over the world congregate in the Clash Bar or stay in touch via the extensive internet centre. The Clash Bar is named after the famous punk band who were fined in the courthouse for shooting three expensive racing pigeons after mistaking them for the normal haggard birds that patrol London parks.