The Royal Geographical Society and Imperial College London are located in the South Kensington area of London.
Venue transport links
The Royal Geographical Society is located within walking distance of several underground tube stations. The closest stations are as follows:
South Kensington Station
Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines - 10 to 15 minute walk up Exhibition Road (beyond the Science Museum and Imperial College).
Piccadilly Line - 15 minute walk along Kensington Road.
Lancaster Gate Station
Central Line - 15 to 20 minute walk across Hyde Park.
London Travel Guide
A Visitor Travel Guide to London can be downloaded here. The guide includes London travel maps and information on public travel services.
London's public transport network is fully integrated so it's very easy to switch between the different services. If you intend to travel by public transport, we would recommend that you buy an Oyster card online in advance so that you can use it as soon as you arrive. Alternatively, you can purchase Oyster and paper tickets from London Travel Information Centres, stations, buses and tram stops. An Oyster card is a smart card that's pre-loaded with money for travel around London. The system automatically calculates the cost of each journey you make based on the service you use, when you travel and which zone(s) you travel in. It's the cheapest way to make single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail train services in London.
For more information and to order advance visitor tickets, please visit http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk
By air - from London airports
London is one of Europe's central routing points for international air travel and has five major airports that are served by nearly every major international airline. Participants are recommended to book flights early to take advantage of discounted fares.
The cost of a taxi from each airport will vary significantly and, as traffic can be busy in central London, you are advised to use where possible the rail and underground network.
From Heathrow airport
Take the Underground Piccadilly Line from Heathrow Airport to South Kensington Station (50 minutes travelling time). Alternatively take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington, a journey of about 15 minutes.
From Gatwick airport
Take a British Rail train from Gatwick to London Victoria station (journey time 40 minutes) and then by Underground from Victoria, (Circle or District Line; westbound) to South Kensington.
London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station. For information on national rail services, contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).
Several bus routes stop outside the Society:
- 9: Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore
- 10: King's Cross Station to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore
- 52: Victoria to Willesden stopping on Kensington Gore
- 360: Elephant & Castle to the Hall, stopping on Prince Consort Road, 1 minute walk
- 452: Wandsworth Road Station to Kensal Rise stopping on Kensington Gore
Participants are advised to travel to the conference using public transport as driving in Central London can be difficult and expensive.
There are no car parking facilities at the Royal Geographical Society.
There is limited public parking in Hyde Park, although car parking restrictions operate in the area, often until late at night. Parking in the streets surrounding is at pay and display or parking meters for limited periods only.
You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.
London's official taxis, black cabs can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks situated in prominent places, including many mainline rail, Tube and bus stations. They can also be booked by telephone.
If the yellow TAXI sign at the front is illuminated, the cab is available for hire. Fares are metered, and there is a minimum charge of £2.40. Additional charges apply when you take a black cab from Heathrow or book by telephone. Many black cabs accept payment by credit or debit card but check with the driver before the trip starts. Card payments attract additional charges. You can tip taxi drivers as much as you like, but most people round up to the nearest pound.
If you require any assistance planning your journey, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.