Travelling to London

As London is one of the largest and most popular cities in the world there are a a huge variety of travel options available whether flying into or travelling around the city.

Air travel

London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

This one of the world’s busiest and most sophisticated airports. It handles more international passengers than any other. Heathrow Airport is located 32 km (20 miles) to the west of Central London and there are excellent transport links and airport services.

London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

The second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow Airport with the busiest single-use runway in the world. Gatwick is located the furthest from Central London around 45km (28 miles) south of London. Gatwick Airport's two terminals, North and South, both have a comprehensive selection of shops, bureau de change and help desks.

London Stansted Airport (STN)

Stansted is the third busiest airport in the UK, the fastest-growing major airport in Europe, and the main home of the leading low-cost scheduled airlines. With the exception of Malasyia, this airport does not cover destinations outside of Europe, therefore, it will only cater for those making a connection or breaking their journey in Europe.

London Luton Airport (LTN)

Now providing some scheduled flights, this airport is the UK's 5th largest passenger airport handling almost 9 million passengers in 2010. It is located roughly 30 miles north of Central London.  

London City Airport (LCY)

As its name suggests, London City Airport is the most centrally located airport within the London area situated in the Royal Albert Docks East London. However, it only caters for domestic and European flights, so as with Stansted Airport, it is only likely to be used by those breaking their journey in Europe. 

Train travel

Eurostar trains arrive at St Pancras International Station from the European continent whereas trains from Channel ports arrive at Charing Cross and Victoria Station.  

To and from London

It is important to note that the conference host team will not be arranging airside pick up for any attendees. As such the following section will offer advice and information as to alternative transport options open to delegates.

There are a number of ways to get into Central London from the airports listed above. Whether you choose train, coach, bus or car, each mode of transport has its own merits, whether speed, comfort or cost.  

Train services

The various train links available from each airport tend to be the quickest and most direct way into Central London. Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports have train services that cater specifically for airline passengers. They are affordable, frequent, reliable and direct to either Paddington or Victoria Stations.

For more information, follow the links on the right of the page.  

Coach services

There are several national coach services that take passengers from London airports. Some provide direct travel to and from London but most don't, so please check before you book.

It is recommended to book before you travel, to guarantee a seat. Depending on the time you travel will also depend on the time it takes. Travelling in rush hour (08:00-10:00 and 16:30-19:00) will delay your journey considerably. Travelling by roads from as far away as Gatwick can take over an hour. Coach services although the most affordable and reliable are the slowest.

For more information, follow the links on the right of the page.

Taxis/Chauffeur services 

As mentioned above, travelling by roads into and out of London can be quite slow at peak times, however travelling in this manner is the most comfortable after a long plane journey. It should also be noted that travelling in this way is the most expensive. Delegates may like to consider arranging airport collection with their High Commission or booking a car service, in advance, who will meet on arrival at the airport.

Airport Information

One of the world’s busiest and most sophisticated airports. It handles more international passengers than any other.

The second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow, with the busiest single-use runway in the world.

This Norman Foster designed airport is Britain's third biggest lying 35 miles northeast of London.

Fifth largest airport in the United Kingdom located 30 miles north of London

London's smallest airport caters for mainly European business travellers but has the benefit of being the most centrally located.

International Train Travel

For those delegates with an aversion to air travel, St Pancras International Train Station is a possible alternative. Located at the heart of London it is only minutes away from the conference venue

Getting Around London

Maps

Below are links to various maps of London and surrounding areas.