Nearest Underground Stations are: Goodge Street (Northern Line),Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central Lines), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Euston Square (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines) and Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Lines).
Buses 10, 24, 29, 73, 134 and 390 stop in Gower Street, southbound, and Tottenham Court Road, northbound. Buses 1, 8, 14, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 176 and 242 stop in New Oxford Street and buses 7, 59, 68, 91, 168 and 188 in Russell Square.
Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross are a short walk (10-15 minutes) from the School's buildings. Other London mainline stations are a short tube, bus or taxi journey away.
There is no parking at any of the School's sites. There are parking meters and pay and display bays in nearby streets but they are expensive and regularly patrolled. In addition, there is a daily Congestion Charge for driving into part of Central London and the School is within this zone.
Designated bicycle parking stands are available on the pavement in Keppel Street, Malet Street and on Bedford Square.
From Heathrow the Piccadilly tube line runs to nearby Russell Square (approximately 45 minutes) or a rail link, the Heathrow Express, runs from Heathrow to Paddington (approximately 15 minutes), from there take the tube (Circle Line) to Euston Square. From Gatwick trains run into Victoria station (approximately 30 minutes) where tube trains, taxis or buses are available. From City Airport there is a shuttlebus link to Liverpool Street, from there take the tube (Central Line) to Tottenham Court Road.
How to navigate the London Underground (the "tube")
The only airport which is directly connected to the underground is Heathrow which is at the end of the Piccadilly Line. We would recommend that you buy a blue "Oyster" prepay or weekly ticket as soon as you can as this works out a lot cheaper than buying paper tickets. You can buy oystercards from all underground stations (it's not possible to buy it in advance, unfortunately).
It is important to touch the card on the yellow reader each time you enter and exit the station (you don't need to do this if you are just changing lines).
The underground has 12 lines, all colour-coded and named. The lines run "northbound", "southbound", "eastbound" or "westbound", so you just need to know which direction you are headed. Take a look at Transport for London's tube map to familiaraise yourself with the network. Each platform will clearly show you which line you are on and which stations the train will call at. These maps are freely and widely available at tube stations. The tube is generally safe, fast and reliable (despite Londoners always complaining about it). It might seem a bit daunting at first but the best advice is just to give it a try. If you get confused, just ask someone for directions - most fellow tube passengers will be more than happy to help!
Booking a taxi to meet you at the airport
If you want to pre-book at taxi, you could use a service such as London Connexions. A taxi from the above airports to central London will cost you between £40 and £60, depending on the airport. You can request a quote via the London Connexions website (link above). This company will not charge you waiting time if the flight is delayed. Once your flight has landed, the driver will wait 40 minutes (it can take a while to clear customs and immigration). After 40 minutes you will be charged from 25 pence per minute / £15 per hour, depending on the type of vehicle booked. To call London Connexions: +44 870 880 8282 or +44 7944 644 884, or book on-line via the website.
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