UCL Computer Science - Travel and hotel information

Computer Science, UCL, Mallet Place Engineering Building, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT

Getting here (N 51.5231, W 0.1326)

Here is a map of the immediate area around the Computer Science building. For finding your way around campus one can use the handy route finder. General directions to UCL-CS can be found at the deprtmental website, and at the UCL main website. There are many online mapping systems, UCL being here.

There are some instructions on how to get to UCL by public transport through the above webpages. The nearest Tube stations are Euston Square (on Metropolian, Circle lines), Goodge Street (Northern), Warren Street (Victoria, Northern), and Russel Square (Picadilly). The closest mainline rail station is Euston, with Kings Cross a little further away.

General Travel

For general London route planning there is a journey planner at Transport for London. Note that the tube stops around midnight, after which you need to get night buses. For longer range travel planning try here.

Arriving by Air

From Heathrow Airport the quickest way into London is to take the Heathrow Express to Paddington (15 minute journey, trains every 15 minutes), then change to the tube -- you want Eastbound Circle (yellow on tube map) or Hammersmith and City lines (pink on map) to Euston Square. You can also take the Picadilly Line (blue) tube from Heathrow to Russell Square (or change to Northern (black) line at Leicester Square and go to Warren St. or Euston), but it will take longer.

From Gatwick Airport take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, change to the Victoria Line (light blue) tube and go to Warren Street or Euston.

From Luton Airport trains go from Luton Airport Parkway to Kings Cross Thameslink, then a short walk to Kings Cross station, then Northern Line (black) to Euston or Circle (yellow), Hammersmith and City (pink) or Metropolitan (purple) trains Westbound to Euston Square. Alternatively, if the train stops at Farringdon, then you can go there and switch to any of the same lines to Euston Square.

From Stanstead Airport take train to London Liverpool Street Station, then Circle (yellow), Hammersmith and City (pink) or Metropolitan (purple) trains Westbound to Euston Square.

Arriving by Train

Eurostar arrives at St Pancras International/Kings Cross station. Take the westbound Metropolitan/Circle Line to Euston Square, or you can walk it in about 15mins. Check National Rail for information on national trains.

General London info

Weather information for London can be found from BBC or weather.com. Useful tourist/entertainment guides include LondonTown, Time Out, This Is London, and London Live. Useful pub guides include Beer in the evening, fancyapint? and pubs.com. You might also find Jon's IETF info page useful...

Accommodation in Central London


For a rapid overview of hotels in the vicinty just Google your way to one. For other hotels in the london area there are many websites available (Kayak, hotels.com etc). Feel free to try: Time Out's Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia selection, London Tourist Board, Milesfaster.co.uk, Tripadvisor.com, londontown.com...

UCL also maintain a list of hotels - for which UCL has special rates - let them know when you are are visiting UCL when calling. It also maintains a list of lower cost hotels.

The list below is provided, on a voluntary basis, as a service to visitors to UCL and we do not provide any warranties as to service or value for money. Check directly with the accommodation for current prices. Any prices in pounds sterling (which are only a rough guide), and include VAT unless specifically noted.

Local hotel list

Hotel Ibis Euston

3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 7777
Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 0001

Hilton London Euston Hotel

17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT
Tel: +44 (0)20 7943 4500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7943 4501

The Russell Hotel

Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 6470
"This landmark hotel is one of the capitals most impressive Victorian Gothic-style buildings."

Radisson Grafton Hotel

130 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9HP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 4131

Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury

Coram Street, LONDON, WC1N 1HT
Tel: +44 (0)870 4009222

Medium to average priced hotels

St.Giles Hotel

Bedford Avenue, London WC1B 3AS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7300 3030

Tavistock Hotel

Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 8383

Cavendish Hotel

75 Gower Streeta, Bloomsbury London WC1E 6HJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 9079

Euston Square Hotel

152-156 North Gower St, London NW1 2LU
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 9079

Regency House Hotel

71 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6HJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7637 1804

Budget Places including student halls

International Students House

229 Great Portland Street, London WC1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 8300


There are presently seven YHA hostels in London. They provide cheap basic accommodation. They can't always accept advance bookings. All but one offer 24-hour access and all of them provide a bureau de change. Below are three local to UCL

St Pancras

79-81 Euston Rd, NW1 2QE (tube: Kings Cross).
tel +44 (0)870 770 6044

Oxford St

14-18 Noel St W1 (tube: Oxford Circus)
Tel +44 (0)870 770 5984

Bolsover St

104-108 Bolsover St W1W 5LP (tube: Great Portland St, Oxford Circus)
tel +44 (0)870 770 6144

University Colleges

University halls of residence are let to non-students during the holidays, usually from the end of June to mid September. They're somewhat more expensive than the youth hostels, but you usually get a single room (there are a small number of doubles) with shared facilities, plus breakfast. Bookings are coordinated by the Venuemasters (was BUAC) (tel 0114 249 3090), although you can also contact the colleges direct.

The London School of Economics (Room B508, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE) has a number of its halls available at Easter and summer.

Carr Saunders Hall (tel +44 (0)20 7323 9712), 18-24 Fitzroy St W1 (tube: Great Portland St), is not the greatest part of town, but it's central enough; open Easter and summer holidays; singles/doubles with full breakfast are £17.50/30 over Easter, £22/42 in the summer. Self-catering flats of different sizes are also available on a weekly basis in the summer only, ranging from £238 for a two person flat to £539 for five persons.

High Holborn (tel +44 (0)20 7379 5589), 178 High Holborn WC1 (tube: Holborn), is centrally located and has self-catering singles/doubles for £25/43, with continental breakfast, in the summer only.

Passfield Hall (tel +44 (0)20 7387 3584), Endsleigh Place WC1 (tube: Euston), consists of ten late-Georgian houses in the heart of Bloomsbury. A bed and full breakfast is £17.50/30 at Easter, £19/35 in the summer.

Similar rates apply at Rosebery Avenue Hall (tel +44 (0)20 7278 3251), 90 Rosebery Avenue EC1 (tube: Angel).

Imperial College of Science & Technology (tel +44 (0)20 7589 5111), 15 Prince's Gardens SW7 (tube: South Kensington), is in a brilliant position near the Kensington museums; open Easter and summer; B&B £25/40.

Regent College (tel +44 (0)20 7487 7483), Inner Circle, Regent's Park NW1 (tube: Baker St), is a converted Regency manor right in the middle of beautiful Regent's Park, convenient to Camden and central London; open May to September; singles/doubles £25/36.

John Adams Hall (tel +44 (0)20 7387 4086), 15-23 Endsleigh St WC1 (tube: Euston), is central and facilities include a swimming pool; open Easter and summer; B&B is £19 per night for more than seven nights, £21.40 for less.

King's Campus Vacation Bureau (tel +44 (0)20 7351 6011), 552 Kings Rd SW10 0UA, administers bookings for a number of central King's College residence halls. Rates range from £14 to £23 per person, include access to excellent facilities, and most include a continental breakfast.

Finsbury Residences (tel +44 (0)20 7477 8811), Bastwick St EC1 (tube: Old Street), comprises two modern halls belonging to City University. Available over Xmas, Easter and the summer, you get a bed and continental breakfast for £19.50 per person per night or £97.50 a week; evening meals are available on request.

University of Westminster (tel +44 (0)20 7911 5000), 35 Marylebone Rd NW1 (tube: Marylebone), has singles and doubles for £15.70 per person under 26, £21.50 over 26, and £3 for an optional continental breakfast.

Last updated by Piers O'Hanlon