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Birds Nest used to be called Oxford Arms,which was arguably the first theatre in the whole wide world to have an attachment with a pub. Deptford has a rich naval and creative history, like the St. Nicolas Church, which has two skulls with laurel wreathes on crossed bones displaying the message that death is not final and that it can lead to everlasting life. This inspired local privateers sailing from Deptford to adopt them for their pirate flags.

Sir Francis Drake sailed from Deptford on his round-the-world trips; and let's not forget one of Deptford's great locals Christopher Marlowe, whom greatly influenced Shakespeare – there is also a rumour that Shakespeare stole the idea of Hamlet amongst a few other pieces of his great work. This area has one of the most vibrant artistic and musical scenes in London.

Situated two minutes from Deptford station, the oldest surviving train station in London, The Bird's Nest public house and hostel stands on the sight of the area's oldest pub once called Oxford Arms. Once a theatre, the second and third floors of The Bird's Nest are now a hotel which specializes in international backpackers and students. This 40-bed hostel offers optional single, double and four- and six-bedded dormitory rooms.

Downstairs, The Bird's Nest is one of London's most exciting and vibrant musical venues, offering live music four nights a week as well as cheap food for hostellers (average meal price for hostellers: £2), a great selection of drinks, a pool room and a great atmosphere. Free internet access is available in the bar and common room plus free Wi-Fi can be used in the entire building and courtyard.

Weekday check-in 3pm - 11.30pm

Weekend check-in 3pm - 1.30pm

If you arrive earlier than 3pm your luggage can be stored for free, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area of Deptford and Greenwich, or relax in the hostel bar or chillout room until check-in.

If you are arriving later than 11.30pm (weekdays) or 1.30am (weekends), you will need to notify the hostel of your arrival time by phone (+44 (0)20 8692 1928) or email (

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32 Deptford Church Street, London, SE8 4RZ

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The Bird's Nest

32 Deptford Church Street
+44 (0)20 8692 1928


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