Travel information

The conference took place at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Maps of the local area:

Airport transfers

Public transport is the most economical way to travel into central London, and in the case of London Heathrow often the fastest.

London Heathrow Airport (LHR): the Piccadilly Line runs from Heathrow via South Kensington Station. Allow at least an hour for this journey.  Alternatively take the Heathrow Express from London Paddington, a journey of about 15 minutes (departures every 15 minutes) or the Heathrow Connect from London Paddington, a journey of about 30 minutes (departures every 30 minutes).  From London Paddington you can stroll across Hyde Park or take the Circle Line to South Kensington.

London Gatwick Airport (LGW): the Gatwick Express runs from/to London Victoria Station, a journey of about 30 minutes.  There is also a coach service from London Victoria Station.

London Stansted Airport (STN): the Stansted Express runs from/to London Liverpool St Station, a journey of about 45 minutes.  There is also a coach service from London Liverpool St Station.  More information for Stansted Airport.

Luton Airport (LTN): a shuttle bus runs from/to London Victoria Coach Station, a journey of about 65 minutes.  Alternatively, you can take a train from central London statiions including: Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International or London Bridge Station, then catch a shuttle bus to the airport, a journey of about 30-45 minutes in total.  More information for Luton Airport.

Travelling in and around London

Transport for London website:

T: 0843 222 1234

Oystercards are the cheapest way to travel on all public transport in London.  A refundable deposit is required for the card (which you can purchased from London Underground stations with manned ticket offices).  You cannot use cash on London buses, but you can use Oystercards OR credit and debit cards with a contactless payment facility.

Once you have purchased your Oystercard you can register it and top-up online using a credit/debit card.

Travelling via the underground (‘tube’)

The Society is within easy walking distance of the following underground stations:

  • South Kensington (District, Circle & Piccadilly Lines)
  • High Street Kensington (Circle & District Lines)
  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)
  • Gloucester Road (District, Circle & Piccadilly Lines)

Buses and bicycles

The following buses all stop close to the Society:

  • Number 9 (runs between Aldwych and Hammersmith, via Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square)
  • Number 10 (runs between Kings Cross and Hammersmith, via Oxford St)
  • Number 52 (runs between Victoria Station and Willesden)

Additional buses for central and west London pass near to South Kensington Station.

You can make short journeys using the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.  Follow the instructions at the self-service bicycle docking stations located around central London, using a credit or debit card for payment.  There are docking stations located close to the Society at the following locations: close to the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore, near the Science Museum on Exhibition Road, in Hyde Park, and on Queens’ Gate:

Taxis and pre-booked cars (‘black cabs’ and ‘minicabs’)

London’s famous taxis (black cabs) can be booked in advance, hailed on the street or picked up from designated taxi ranks.  Journey price is based on a standing charge plus metered allowance.  All black cabs are accessible by disabled users.

London also has licensed minicab companies/drivers for pre-booked journeys.  Journey price is usually on a fixed-cost basis based on distance.  Always pre-book your journey through a licensed operator.


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