Most flights to London arrive in one of the following airports. At least an hour should be allowed to travel from all of the airports to the Conference venues, or to accommodation nearby. The outlier is Stansted, from which the journey into London takes considerably longer than from the other airports. Suggestions below are given for public transport. Taxis can be taken from any of the airports, at considerably more expense, especially if not pre-booked. Suggestions for pre-bookings are given under the ‘Taxis’ section below.
HEATHROW: 20 minutes by Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station, whence approx. 30-40 minutes by Tube to the venues. Alternatively, approx. 70 minutes by Tube direct from Heathrow.
GATWICK: 30 minutes by Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station, whence approx. 30 minutes by Tube to the venues.
STANSTED: 50-60 minutes by Stanstead Express train to Liverpool Street Station, whence approx. 30 minutes by Tube to the venues.
Alternatively, 60-75 minutes by Easybus to Baker Street Station, whence approx. 20-30 minutes by Tube to the venues.
CITY: approx. 60 minutes by Docklands Light Railway and then Tube to the venues.
LUTON: approx. 30-45 minutes by shuttle bus and train to St Pancras Station, which is 20 minutes’ walk from the conference venues.
Map showing the location of London’s major airports
Ferries may be taken to England from France, Netherlands, Belgium, and various other countries. Cars may be taken on most ferries; trains run from ferry terminals to London. For details, please see:
Trains run direct to London, under the Channel, from Calais, Paris, Lille, Lyon (Part-Dieu), Avignon, Marseille (Saint Charles), Brussels, Bourg St Maurice, Moutiers Salins Brides les Bains, and Aime La Plagne (the last three in the French Alps).
Eurostar trains arrive at St Pancras Station, which is next to the British Library, and approx. twenty minutes’ walk from the conference venues.
Alternatively, you can take your car on the Euroshuttle from Calais to Folkestone, and then drive to London.
TRAVEL TO THE VENUES
The easiest way to reach the Conference venues from London’s train stations is by London Underground (Tube). The following stations on the Tube system are all within walking distance of New College of the Humanities (walking times estimated)
Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines): 5-10 minutes
Goodge Street (Northern line): 5-10 minutes
Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines): 10-15 minutes
Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 10-15 minutes
Russell Square (Picadilly line): 10-15 minutes
Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith and City lines): 10-15 minutes
King’s Cross/St. Pancras (Victoria, Bakerloo, Northern, Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith and City lines): 15-20 minutes
Map showing Location of Tube Stations near New College of the Humanities
Contactless credit and debit cards may now be used on the Tube.
If holders of non-UK bank cards encounter problems paying in this way, then it makes sense to buy an Oyster Card:
This is a durable plastic card, on which a deposit is paid, which is topped up with pre-payment for journeys.
Oyster cards may be bought at major Tube stations and some newsagents, and used on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway, inner-suburban overground trains, buses, Thames boats, and the Emirates cablecar across the Thames at Greenwich.
A Tube (and Docklands light railway) map may be found here: http://cdn.londonandpartners.com/images/explorer-map/tubemap-2012-12.png
A London overground map may be found here:
Buses can be a good form of transport in central London, but you need to know your routes:
Finally, there are two kinds of taxis in London:
- ‘black cabs’: large, not-always-black, iconic cars; expensive; increasingly credit/debit card payments are accepted on board; at present they are the only taxis licensed to take passengers off the street (as opposed to being pre-booked); but they may also be pre-booked using an app such as Hailo or Gett, or by calling 020 8901 4444.
- minicabs: smaller cars, not always marked as a taxi, usually connected to a company; cheaper than black cabs; may not legally take passengers off the street without a prior booking; credit/debit card payment is rarely possible (unless pre-booked through a site such as Uber). One of the better known cab companies is Addison Lee: 0207 4079000, website: https://www.addisonlee.com/contact/
A WORD ABOUT CARS
We advise against taking your car to the Conference unless you plan a motoring holiday in England around that time. Around half of Londoners do not own a car, because public transport is adequate, and because central London is congested and expensive to drive in. Driving in central London is subject to a Congestion Charge (https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge), currently £11.50 per working day.