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Annual Meeting 2017 - London: Accommodation, Food and Drink

Number: 61st Annual Meeting
Year: 2017
Location: London
Hosted By: Imperial College London
Organised By: Mark D. Sutton (Principal), Philip Mannion, Alan R.T. Spencer, Christopher D. Dean, Alfio A. Chiarenza, Cecily Nicholl, Tom Raven, Lewis Jones, Jonathan Rio
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Accommodation, Food and Drink

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. There are no 'preferred' hotels, but delegates with few financial constraints may wish to consider the Millenium Gloucester Hotel which is hosting the annual dinner, and which is less than 15 minutes walk from the campus. Rooms here will cost £144 inc VAT / night, with double-occupancy rooms costing £156 inc. VAT / night.. Breakfast is included. 

Public transport in London is efficient, relatively cheap, and runs almost 24 hours. A one-day travel card allowing limitless tube and bus travel is currently £12/day, and single bus journeys fares are £1.50; payment can be made via contactless cards. Accommodation up to 30 minutes travel from campus will hence be very viable - use Google Maps for estimates of travel time.

Food and Drink Locations

Nearby places to eat & drink in the evening have been collated into a handy pdf document: 


Some accomodation suggestions follow.

1. AirBnB

AirBnB is an effective way to find accommodation in London; there is a wide range available to suit most budgets, and an AirBnB room can be cheaper than standard budget hotels, and as cheap as a hostel room in some cases. Suggested locations, within 30 minutes travel of Imperial College, are Fulham, Hammersmith, Vauxhall, Battersea, Putney and Earl's Court.

2. Hostels

There are lots of hostels in central London if cost is the most important factor. Try for a centralised search and booking facility. Most offer single beds in dorm rooms at around £20 per night. There are options for private ensuite twin rooms, but these are up to £70 per night. We would advise checking websites and reviews, as standards vary a lot. Also consider AirBnB - see below - which can be as cheap as hostels.

Youth Hostel Association

There are four YHA hostels within a reasonable distance of  Imperial College. The cheapest beds are in dorm rooms with shared facilities. There are options for private double rooms at all locations but these are ~£70 per night.

Earls CourtLondon CentralOxford StreetSt Pancras
Earl’s Court, SW5 OAQ [map link]Bolsover street,  W1W 5NU (near Regents Park) [map link]Noel Street, W1F 8GJ [map link]Euston Road, NW1 2QE [map link]
Beds in shared rooms £25 per nightBeds in shared rooms £25 per nightBeds in shared rooms £29 per nightBeds in shared rooms £30 per night
~20 minute walk, 15 minutes bus~30 minutes bus ~30 minutes tube or bus~35 minutes tube



CLINK 78 (King’s Cross Road, WC1X 9QG [map link]) and CLINK 261 (Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QT [map link])

Beds in shared rooms £16–£22 per night, ~40 minutes tube.

3. Standard Hotels

There is a huge range of hotel choices that can be booked through the usual online resources such as booking.comtrivago, and tripadvisor. You are recommended to check reviews and which facilities are included. Below is a list of average priced hotels within a reasonable distance to Imperial College. Prices are taken directly from their websites, but better rates may be obtainable using the comparison sites listed above.

The Ambassadors Hotel Travelodge - VauxhallTravelodge - London Central BankTravelodge -- London Central Marylebone
16 Collingham Road, SW5 0LX [map link3 Bondway, SW8 1SJ [map link]19-23 St Swithin's Lane, EC4N 8AD [map link]Harewood Row (near Marylebone station), NW1 2QE 
From ~£50-60 per nightFrom £140 for 3 nights~£150 for 3 nightsFrom £160 for 3 nights
~15 minute walk~25 minutes tube~25 minutes tube~40 minutes on tube


Premier Inn - Earl’s CourtPremier Inn - HammersmithPremier Inn - Putney Bridge
Knaresborough Place, Earl’s Court, SW5 0LX [map linkKing St, W6 9LU [map link]Putney Bridge Approach, Fulham, SW6 3DJ [map link]
~£180 for 3 nightsFrom ~£160 for 3 nights~£150 for 3 nights
~15 minutes tube~25 minutes tube~30 minutes tube


4. Bed and Breakfast

Number 63 Bayswater Road, London (Adjacent to Hyde Park). ~£200 for 3 nights with breakfast, ~20 minute walk

Star Hotel 97-99 Shepherds Bush Rd. ~£60 per night, ~25 minutes tube

5. Premium Hotels

In addition to the Millenium Hotel Gloucester (hosting the Annual Dinner), there are many other luxury hotels in South Kensington. Imperial College has a website for helping guests find such accommodation and provide very moderate discounts. This will require the completion of a short booking enquiry form, after which availability and rates will be sent to you.

Choices include The Queen’s gate (15 min walk) The Kensington 5* (10 mins walk) and many more, see full details on the Visitor’s accommodation page on the Imperial College Website. 

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