Welcome to London, where next summer, between 3rd-8th July, you will attend the 14th International D. H. Lawrence Conference.
Accommodation in London is famously expensive, but we’re hoping it will be possible to stay within walking distance of the conference without breaking the bank.
Also included below is an opportunity to stay on Mecklenburgh Square, the same square on which the Lawrences stayed in 1917 – and at Café Royal, of which the bar was frequented by Lawrence, and is the source of the Pompadour in Women in Love.
This list is suggestive, not exhaustive; you don’t have to stay at a location recommended on this list; but equally, do let me know if you need any guidance.
Student Halls and Hostels
The following are listed in increasing order of price.
Name of Accommodation: Smart Russell Square Hostel
The cheapest option is to stay in a Hostel. An example of a hostel close to the conference venue is the Smart Russell Square Hostel.
Description: An ideal location for the conference, this hostel offers beds in 6 bedroom mixed dormitories for £27 per night, with prices decreasing as dorm sizes increase. Every room is key card locked as is entry to the main part of the building, security lockers in every room.
Price: from £20 per night.
Single rooms will be block-booked with University College London, and University of London halls of residence in the Bloomsbury area. Both sites are within easy walking distance of the conference venues.
Name of Accommodation: Schafer House
Description: Single rooms with shared facilities, self-catered. Schafer house is conveniently located within close proximity to NCH and transport opportunities in Euston. Only a fifteen-minute walk away from the main conference venue, it is also close to many restaurants.
Price: £40.00 ppn
If you require student accommodation please contact Ted Simonds immediately as the process of booking rooms is in process.
There are many hotels within close walking distance of the conference venue.
We are in the process of specially selecting a selection of hotels nearby which exhibit particular value and quality.
Understanding how expensive London can be, we are endeavouring to keep your costs down by securing discounts at hotels that may depend on group bookings.
Hotels that Offer Special Rates for Our Conference
Hotel Name: The Staunton Hotel
Website of Hotel: http://www.stauntonhotel.com
Description (including distance): A beautiful hotel located just round the corner to 19 Bedford Square, all prices include VAT and include a cooked or continental breakfast.
Single Room: £116.00
Standard Double (Single Use): £144.00
Discount information: These corporate rates are available with the booking reference DHLaw
Hotel Name: Hotel Cavendish
Website of Hotel: http://www.hotel.cavendish.com
Description (including distance): Hotel Cavendish is also located on Gower Street, the perfect place to crash after a long day at the nearby conference. Rooms aren’t huge, but if what you’re looking for is somewhere to stay with a breakfast waiting for you in the morning, this place is ideal.
Discount information: A discount for a group booking of 10 people will be available in the new year.
When rates for 2017 become available, and details for the group discount booking, it will be posted here.
Hotel Name: Jesmond Hotel
Website of Hotel: http://www.jesmondhotel.org.uk
Description (including distance): All of our rooms are non-smoking, have private hand-wash basin, digital television, radio, hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities. En-suite rooms also have a private shower and toilet. We offer free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel including the guest bedrooms. The tariffs are per room per night, and are inclusive of V.A.T (British tax) and full English breakfast.
Price: Shared facilities single £70
Shared Facilities double/twin £90
En-suite single £80
En-suite double/twin £120
(These prices are for 2016, Rates may increase for 2017)
To Be Updated when information becomes available.
Hotel Name: Bloomsbury Palace Hotel
Website of Hotel: www.bloomsburypalacehotel.com
To check the availably of rooms: http://booking.com/
Description: It consists of en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower, as well as, hand and body towels, bath mat and free toiletries. Most of our rooms have double beds (unless stated otherwise). In every room there is a flat screen TV, hair drier, electric kettle with tea, coffee and snacks provided, water bottles, telephone and safety deposit box in each cupboard. Breakfast in the hotel is included in the price and it runs from 7:30-9:00 Monday to Saturday, and 8:00-9:30 on Sunday. The hotel front desk runs 24 hours so there is no worries for any late night returns.
Small Single Room £595 (non-refundable)—£85
Single Room £685 (non-refundable)—£97.86
Double Room for 1 or 2 people £805 (non-refundable)—£115
Hotel Name: The National
Website of Hotel: https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/royal-national
Description (including distance): This matter-of-fact is one of Bloomsbury’s biggest. Located near Russell Square, it is the perfect location to enjoy the culture of Bloomsbury (being only a stone’s throw away from the squares on which Virginia Woolf lived). This hotel, as well as the Bedford below are part of a chain of Hotels called Imperial Hotels, who whilst not being able to give us a conference discount offer competitively priced hotels in the area. This selection is of course exhaustive so do check out their other hotels.
Price: £88 (as it stands)
Name of Accommodation: The County
Description: This is lower end hotel, also from the chain Imperial Hotels, facilities are shared between four rooms, and every room has a wash basin. It’s close to Euston station so is about 10-15 minutes’ walk from the Conference venue.
Name: The Grange Lancaster
Description: A boutique budget hotel close to the conference centre, clean and comfortable rooms. Breakfast facilities are available, and staying here means you can access the restaurant facilities of the sister hotels located across the road.
Other Accommodations of Note
The reason for the conference is Lawrence, and one couldn’t compile a list of places to stay in London without including Café Royal.
The establishment was originally conceived and set up in 1865 By the 1890s the Café Royal had become the place to see and be seen at. Its patrons have included Oscar Wilde, G B Shaw Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence amongst others.
Lawrence’s Women in Love features this venue under the guise of the ‘Pompadour’, and the room which features in this novel is the very same room that Lawrence hosted his famous ‘last supper’ after returning from America.
This is a high-end, luxury hotel, and as such prices are not cheap.
Having said this, the chance to stay at the Café Royal would be an opportunity to live in Lawrence’s London.
This five star hotel has rooms for anybody who wants to treat themselves on a room at the higher price range of the London Hotel scene and a real desire to be a part of Lawrence’s world.
Their website can be found here: http://www.hotelcaferoyal.com
One option which may appeal to some – albeit not a cheap one – is to stay on Mecklenburgh Square in a building looking across to the one in which the Lawrences stayed from 20th October to 30th November 1917 after their expulsion from Cornwall.
The Lawrences were staying in H.D.’s flat on the West side of this square, at No. 44.
Four-star-level accommodation is available at the Goodenough Club (http://club.goodenough.ac.uk) in a Georgian townhouse on the North side of this square, at No. 23. (In addition, from 1939-1940 Virginia Woolf lived at No. 37).
The square is within twenty minutes’ walk of the conference venues.
The full address is:
The Goodenough Club
23 Mecklenburgh Square
Individual delegates may contact email@example.com, or call 0044 2078 378831, if they wish to make a booking.
In doing so they should state that they are booking for the 2017 International D.H. Lawrence Conference, which will secure an academic discount.
The 2016 rates, including academic discount, are: single room £127/ double room £185.
The rates include en-suite rooms of four-star level, internet access, and breakfast – either Continental breakfast, served in the Club itself, or full English Breakfast, as served in London House on the South side of the square.
Goodenough College, which owns the Club, London House, and William Goodenough House (which occupy much of the North, East, and West sides of the square respectively) was founded by William Goodenough in 1930 in order to provide Oxbridge-style accommodation and lifestyle to students from across the British Empire, who had come to London to undertake postgraduate study. It still serves that function, for students from all over the world.
If you would like any assistance, guidance, or have any questions about your stay in London for the upcoming 14th International D. H. Lawrence Conference please don’t hesitate to contact Ted Simonds by email: firstname.lastname@example.org