Provisional Schedule of Excursions







Lawrence had his first teaching position outside of his home region from October 1908 to January 1912 at Davidson Road School, Croydon.

 There is no school at this location any more. A Davidson Primary Academy – possibly the same school relocated – is at Dartnell Road, Croydon, CR0 6JA – c. 200 m away from Davidson Road.

Trip to Croydon

Assumption: Leaving NCH, 19 Bedford Square, at 12:00 on a weekday

The journey takes roughly an hour, and is fairly accessible to those who can’t walk long distances. The longest walk is from East Croydon station to the destination, with a bus available to alleviate some of this.

Various navigation tools have estimated an arrival would be between 12:47 and 13:01 (CityMapper and Google Maps).

Leave 12:00

1. Walk from 19 Bedford Sq. to Tottenham Court Road tube station


6 minutes £0.00
2. Get the central line westbound to Oxford Circus


14 minutes £2.40
3. Change to the Victoria Line and get it Southbound to Victoria


4. Exit the tube and get on any train going to East Croydon (these include services to Reigate, Caterham, Littlehampton, Brighton, East Grinstead) from Victoria National Railway Station, they leave every 3 minutes or so. This is a National Rail service rather than tube service.


15/20 minutes £5.90
5. Get off the train at East Croydon (two stops) and leave the station via the Billinton Hill Exit


4 minutes £0.00
6. (i) Walk for 20 minutes to destination


20 minutes £0.00
(ii) Take the 197 Bus from Cherry Orchard Road/East Croydon to Gordon Crescent (three stops). Get off the bus and walk.


18 minutes £1.50

Arrival: 12:47-13:01

The Trainline quotes each way from Victoria to Croydon costing £5.90, with bus and tube costs on top of that, one could estimate £2.40 for tube, and £1.50 for bus, making the round trip cost £19.60.



Where Lawrence visited Ezra Pound in 1909, and where in July-August 1913 he and Frieda stayed with Gordon Campbell at 9, Selwood Terrace; on July 13th they married from this house at the Kensington Registry Office.

We will be visiting Kensington for the Conference Dinner, and you will be guided to 19 Selwood Terrace if you wish to see this before the dinner.

However, you may also wish to visit Kensington during your free time. 

Travel to Kensington

By underground from NCH: take the Northern Line one stop South from Tottenham Court Road tube station. At Leicester Square, change to the Picadilly line. After four stops, get out at South Kensington OR after five stops, get out at Gloucester Road.



Café Royal was investigated as a venue for the Conference Dinner, but it was by several orders of magnitude beyond our price range; it is no longer the centre of Bohemianism that it was in Lawrence’s time, and is if anything the opposite. However, the Grill Room, pictured above, was refitted in the 2008-12 conversion of the building in the old style. You may wish to visit Café Royal for tea or an evening meal.

Getting There:

Café Royal is located at number 68 Regent Street. From NCH you have several options for getting there:

On Foot

Café Royal is only a c. 17 minute walk, which will take you down Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross Road, and then left onto Shaftesbury Avenue, until you arrive at Piccadilly Circus and then round to Regent Street to your right.


To reach there by bus you will need to take the number 14 which leaves from the bus stop Great Russell Street (located on the eastern side of Bedford Square and marked with an ‘R’). From there you ride for 3 stops until you reach Trocadero/Haymarket, whereupon you depart the bus and walk for 3 minutes down the remainder of Shaftesbury Avenue and right to Regent Street. All in all this should take no longer than 15 minutes, depending on bus times; cost £1.50.


Getting the tube means catching the Northern Line Southbound from Tottenham Court Road to Leicester Square, where you should change to the Piccadilly Line Westbound to Piccadilly Circus. From Piccadilly Circus Tube station, take Exit 2 (Regent Street West Side) and take a short walk to Café Royal, located on Regent Street. This should take 15 minutes depending on trains, and cost £2.40.


A drive to Café Royal is significantly shorter, taking only about 8 minutes; however it will cost upwards of £7, and the time is dependent on traffic.

To browse the menu, and to book, visit Café Royal’s website on this link:




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