London is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. There are Tourist Information Centres all over London. The friendly staff can offer helpful advice on where to stay and traveller information to help you make the most of your trip to London. You can pick up free brochures and maps, and buy London guide books. You can also book theatre, tour and attractions tickets at some Tourist Information Centres.
Proximity to stations. The conference venue is located near South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Gloucester road underground stations (5-10 mins walk). It is also possible to walk from Paddington, High Street Kensington and Earls court stations (20-25 mins walk). There are many buses (incl. 24h service) connecting Central and West London with the stops near South Kensington and Royal Albert Hall.
Transport card. We recommend that you purchase and use Oyster card (£5, refundable) which is valid for all public transport in London including Underground, buses, overground, DLR, river transport and national rail trains within London zones. The card can be bought online or offline from all London Underground stations. You can also use it to travel from/to Heathrow/Gatwick/City London airports. Fares with Oyster card are significantly lower compared to paper tickets.
- Where to buy Oyster card?
Some contactless payment cards from major banks can be used instead of an Oyster card.
- Visitor Oyster card with some tourist offers
Navigation and maps:
- Transport for London journey planner
- CityMapper app is practical in London: available for Android devices and iPhones
- Underground (tube) map PDF
- Trains in London (tube+rail) map PDF
- Buses from Royal Albert Hall map PDF
- Buses from South Kensington map PDF
- Map of attractions near the venue JPG more about attractions
Taxi. London has two types of taxis: the famous black cab, and so-called minicabs. Black cabs are the only ones licensed to pick people up off the street, while minicabs are more accurately described as ‘private hire vehicles’ and need to be pre-booked. Mobile apps/websites such as Uber, Kabbee and many others are popular in London to hire minicabs.
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