Participants must make their own arrangements for accommodation when attending conferences and other events at the Institute of English Studies.

Please note the information provided below is for guidance purposes only, and does not represent an endorsement of any kind. For accurate rates and booking information, please contact the hotel/accommodation provider directly.

Senate House

University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.  Click here for maps.
We are situated in the heart of Bloomsbury at the south end of the University precinct, next to the British Museum and very close to the British Library and the West End. We are surrounded on all sides by bars, restaurants, cafes, bookshops, tube stations, bus stops and things to see and do.  Many of central London’s key attractions and most exciting neighbourhoods are within walking distance, including Covent Garden, Soho, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and the River Thames.

International travel

Senate House benefits from superb transport connections to London’s tube network, and can be reached from London’s five airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, City and Gatwick) in less than an hour.  It is within a few minutes’ walk of major national rail stations Euston and King’s Cross, and the International Eurostar terminus at St Pancras. 

  • Heathrow Airport  (LHR) is 32km (20 miles) to the west of central London, about one hour's journey by Tube to Russell Square station (Picadilly Line), or 15 minutes by Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. 
  • London Gatwick (LGW) is 45km (28 miles) south of London, about 30 minutes to Victoria Station. 
  • London City Airport (LCY) is 9.5km (6 miles) east of Central London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) leaves LCY every 8 to 15 minutes with an approximate 20 minute journey to the Tube connections at Bank Station. 
  • London Luton Airport (LTN) is 56km (35 miles) north-west of Central London, about 25 minutes to King’s Cross Station.
  • London Stansted Airport (STN) is 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London, 47 minutes by train to Liverpool Street Station.

Local travel

Senate House is a short walk from the following tube stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central Lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Lines) and Euston Square (Metropolitan, District, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines). 
Paper tickets are being phased out of London’s travel network. Payment on tube and bus may be made per journey by contactless debit or credit card, or Oyster cards may be purchased from tube stations and topped up for multiple journeys. NB: Cards must be touched in and out at either end of tube journeys, but only touched in once when you board a bus. Cash is no longer used on London buses, but may still be used in tube stations.

For the most up to date London travel information and network maps please see the Transport for London website.


Bloomsbury has one of London’s greatest concentrations of hotel options at affordable rates per night.  Below are a number of local options for individual booking. Where prices are given these are accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing, but you should check with the relevant hotel or B&B for up-to-date rates and reservation information.

Goodenough College and Club

The London Goodenough College has several accommodation options listed on their website, of which most suitable for academics are the Goodenough Club and Sabbatical Accommodation.

  • The Goodenough Club: 4 star standard accommodation in five Georgian townhouses overlooking a quiet garden square in central London. 
  • London House and William Goodenough House:  Sabbatical accommodation. 

University of London Halls of Residence

The University of London has four Intercollegiate Halls of Residence located in Central London offering basic accommodation during University vacations for group and individual bookings at inexpensive rates. Three of the halls are located in Bloomsbury within walking distance of the Institute of English Studies:

  • UoL Halls:

College Hall 
Connaught Hall 
International Hall 
Nutford House 

  • UoL Housing Properties:

The University of London has a number of fully-furnished one, two and three-bedroom flats all located in the Bloomsbury area within a few minutes walk of Senate House. NB: Rent prices vary according to the size of the apartment and the duration of the stay. Discounted rates apply to bookings longer than 8 weeks. For more information, please visit the University of London Housing Services website.

33 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EZ 
52 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PN 
1 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BT
74-78 Gower Street, WC1E 6EG 

University College London Halls of Residence

Home to UCL students during term time, the University College London Halls of Residence offer vacation accommodation, most of which is within walking distance of Senate House.

Arthur Tattersall House 
Astor College 
Campbell House 
Frances Gardner House 
Ian Baker House 
James Lighthill House
John Dodgson House
John Tovell House
Langton Close
Ramsay Hall
Schafer House

NB: The University College London Halls listed above cater for individuals and groups. Other UCL halls listed on their website cater for groups only.

Grange Hotels

Email; Call +44 (0) 20 7233 7888

Other Bloomsbury/Fitzrovia Hotels

The Imperial Group - Please specify the name of the hotel when contacting the group by phone or email. Web ; Email; Call +44 (0)20 7278 7871 / 7872 / 7873.

  • The Imperial Hotel (from £97), Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB; Call +44 (0)20 7837 3655. Very close to Senate House.
  • President Hotel (from £88), 56-60 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1DB; Call +44 (0)20 7837 8844. Very close to Senate House.
  • Bedford Hotel (from £95), Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HD; Call +44 (0)20 7636 7822. Very close to Senate House.
  • Royal National Hotel (from £88), Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG; Call +44 (0)20 7637 2488. Very close to Senate House.
  • Tavistock Hotel (from £83), Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU; Call +44 (0)20 7636 8383. 10 min walk to Senate House.

Crescent Hotel
49-50 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)207 387 1515
Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

Euro Hotel
53 Cartwright Gardens, Russell Square, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)20 7387 4321
Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

The George Hotel 
58-60 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)20 7387 8777
Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

Holiday Inn Bloomsbury 
Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT; Call +44 (0)870 400 9222
Adjacent to Russell Square tube and Curzon Bloomsbury cinema. 5 mins walk to Senate House.

Hotel Russell 
1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE; Call +44 (0) 844 854 2910
Overlooking Russell Square, adjacent to tube station, just a few seconds to Senate House.
The Montague on the Gardens – from £139/night
15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ – from £139; Call +44 (0)20 7958 7731
Very close to the British Museum and Senate House.

MyHotel Bloomsbury 
11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HD; Call +44 (0)203 004 6000
Boutique hotel with a great restaurant and coffee shop.  5 min walk to Senate House.

The Penn Club 
21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ; Call +44 (0)20 7636 4718
B&B with a Quaker ethos. Very close to the British Museum and Senate House.

Travelodge London Euston Hotel 
1-11 Grafton Place, London NW1 1DJ; Call +44 (0)871 984 6332
Between Euston and St Pancras stations, and next door to the British Library. 20 min walk to Senate House. There are several other Travelodge hotels in the area.


Booking websites

The British Hotel Reservation Centre has desks at both Heathrow underground stations (020 8564 8808 or 020 8564 8211), at Stansted Airport (01279 662 929) and at Victoria (020 7828 1027); they offer their services free of charge. They also have a 24 hour booking line on +44 (0) 20 7592 3055; email:

Hotel booking websites: Booking.comLateRoomsLastMinutePremier Inn

For more information on budget-friendly Travelodge hotels nearby to the University of London please visit their University of London page.

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