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.
Some accomodation suggestions follow.
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.
There are lots of hostels in central London if cost is the most important factor. Try www.hostelworld.com 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 Court||London Central||Oxford Street||St 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 night||Beds in shared rooms £25 per night||Beds in shared rooms £29 per night||Beds in shared rooms £30 per night|
|~20 minute walk, 15 minutes bus||~30 minutes bus||~30 minutes tube or bus||~35 minutes tube|
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.com, trivago, 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 - Vauxhall||Travelodge - London Central Bank||Travelodge -- London Central Marylebone|
|16 Collingham Road, SW5 0LX [map link]||3 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 night||From £140 for 3 nights||~£150 for 3 nights||From £160 for 3 nights|
|~15 minute walk||~25 minutes tube||~25 minutes tube||~40 minutes on tube|
|Premier Inn - Earl’s Court||Premier Inn - Hammersmith||Premier Inn - Putney Bridge|
|Knaresborough Place, Earl’s Court, SW5 0LX [map link]||King St, W6 9LU [map link]||Putney Bridge Approach, Fulham, SW6 3DJ [map link]|
|~£180 for 3 nights||From ~£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.