Travel

Conference Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, UK

The conference will start at 5pm on Friday 15 June and finish at 5pm on Monday 18 June. The main conference events will be held at Birkbeck, University of London, at our Bloomsbury, Central London campus.

{Note: Conference attendees may also be interested in attending the Birkbeck Department of Criminology Annual Lecture with Prof Beth Richie which will be held the evening of Wednesday 20 June 2018.}

Most events will be held in the Main Birkbeck building (#1 on the map below) and the Clore Management Centre (#2 on the map).

Map of Birkbeck:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/downloads/maps/central-london.pdf

For other maps, including directions for transport by cycle or car: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps


Getting to and from London:

London is served by five airports:

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • London City
  • Luton
  • Stansted

From Heathrow Airport:

You can take the Underground (Piccadilly Line) directly from Heathrow Airport to Russell Square Station, which is a few minutes walk from Birkbeck. It takes approximately an hour and costs around £4.

Alternatively, you can take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station (for £22 -27 one way, or £37-42 return), which takes 15 minutes, then take the underground from Paddington Station to Euston Square and then walk 10 minutes to Birkbeck. Accessibility: https://www.heathrowexpress.com/onboard/accessibility

Accessibility: There is step-free access to get on the underground/tube at Heathrow, but not at Russell Square, so wheelchair users will want to get off at Kings Cross.  From Kings Cross it is 1.2 miles, you can walk (approx. 25 min) or take a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – get off at Torrington Place. For further guidance on tube accessibility see:

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf

From Gatwick Airport:

You can take the ‘Gatwick Express’ train to Victoria Station, then take the underground/tube to Warren Street or Euston Station. Gatwick Express non-stop train service to Victoria runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes and a cost of approximately £18 single, £32 return. You can book your ticket in advance (but you don’t have to) at: https://www.gatwickexpress.com/.

For less expensive railway options you can check: www.nationarail.com

For bus options, there is a direct coach service to Victoria, which operates regularly with a journey time of time of around 85 minutes: http://www.nationalexpress.com/.

Taxi journey times and costs vary depending on your destination, but take around 65 minutes to central London. You can use the Airport Taxi Operator: http://www.checkercars.com/

Accessibility from Gatwick:  For step-free access, take a train to Victoria (either the Gatwick Express or a regular train). Then take the tube – Victoria line to Kings Cross.  From there it is 1.2 miles, (an approx. 25 min walk) or a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – get off at Torrington Place.

Victoria is big, and can be hard to navigate, especially at the moment with development works happening. But it is now step-free, though only via the Cardinal Road entrance (which is not the busy one).

 

From City Airport:

Take the Dockland Lights Railway (DLR) to Bank and then take the underground to Tottenham Court Road. It will take approximately 1 hour and cost £3.

Accessibility: For step-free access, take the DLR to West Ham, and then the Hammersmith and City Tube line to Kings Cross. From there it is 1.2 miles, (an approx. 25 min walk) or a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – get off at Torrington Place.

 

From Stansted Airport:

You can take the Stansted Express train to Tottenham Hale (£7 – $16 each way) and then take the underground to Euston or Warren Street. Or take the Stansted Express train to Liverpool Street station and then the underground to Tottenham Court Road. It will take around 75-90 minutes. See: http://www.stanstedairport.com/getting-to-and-from/

There are also various bus/coach providers. Stansted Airport’s coach station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, seven days a week) or on board. Please note that many coaches and buses are not wheelchair-accessible – please contact the relevant operator for further information. Bus fares and times are subject to change, so please confirm with the operator before you travel.

The main bus/coach options are as follows:

  • Terravision runs every 20-30 minutes and the journey takes about 120 minute to Victoria.

Accessibility from Stansted:  For step free access take the Stansted Express train to Liverpool Street. From there take the 205 bus from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross.  From there it is 1.2 miles, (an approx. 25 min walk) or a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – get off at Torrington Place.


From Luton Airport:

Green Line 757 provides an express coach link between London Luton Airport and Central London from Bays 10 & 11 outside the main terminal building and takes about 70 minuts. Costs £11 one way, £17 return (£7.50 one way or £12 return for students). To book your tickets online, visit: http://www.greenline.co.uk/timetables-search/757-755/

EasyBus also offers a high frequency, low cost express bus service between Central London and Luton Airport. Located at Bays 10 & 11 outside the main terminal building, EasyBus coaches run 24-hours a day between the airport and Central London, with stops at Baker Street, Oxford Street/Marble Arch and London Victoria. Online Fares vary but usually cost around £10 one way. You should book early to get the best fares. EasyBus operates this service in partnership with Greenline.

Accessibility: Take a train to Luton Airport Parkway and then a train to St Pancras International. From there it is 1.2 miles, (an approx. 25 min walk) or a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – and get off at Torrington Place.


Trains within the UK:

Trains can be booked via either of the following:

Accessibility: Waterloo, London Bridge and Victoria have step-free access to the Tube/underground. Paddington, Marylebone, Liverpool Street and Euston do not. You can walk, take a bus or cab from Euston to Birkbeck. From Paddington and Marylebone you can get the 205 bus and 30 bus to Kings Cross. From Liverpool Street you can take the 205 bus from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross.  From there it is 1.2 miles, (an approx. 25 min walk) or a cab (approx £10 fare) to Birkbeck. Or take the 73 or 390 bus – get off at Torrington Place.
Note: At all national rail train stations staff are always on hand to help wheelchair users and people who need boarding in general. You can often book assistance in advance but you do not have to and staff should assist.

Buses within the UK:


Local Transport within London:

Birkbeck is surrounded by Tube and mainline rail stations: we are close to Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, King’s Cross/St Pancras and Euston.

To plan your journey via public transport, see Transport for London.
To travel on buses, underground and overground in London you can use most “contactless” bank cards to pay. Or you can purchase an “Oyster Card”, which you can load up with pay-as-you go credit. There is a £5 deposit for the card, which is refundable when you leave. For further details, see: https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/

Accessibility: Most city busses are wheelchair accessible. Only some Underground and Overground train stations are accessible. For further details see:
https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/avoiding-stairs-tube-guide.pdf
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf

City Mapper is also a useful app for travelling within London.


Birkbeck Facilities and Access for Disabled Visitors:

The conference venue is wheelchair accessible. Hearing induction loops are available upon request. If you face other access barriers or require other supports, please contact icopalondon@gmail.com so we can support your full participation.

A map of step-free stations on the underground is available at:
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf


Car parking

There is very limited car parking available at Birkbeck. If you need disabled parking, please get in touch with the conference organisers so we can assist with this.

If you have other access needs, please get in touch with us at icopalondon@gmail.com so we can support your full participation in the conference.


Childcare:

For legal reasons we are not permitted to provide on-site child care during the conference. However, conference attendees who require assistance with childcare can apply to the “Travel & Accessibility” fund to access resources for child care. We are also hoping to offer events for children and youth as part of the conference programme. For further information, please contact: icopalondon@gmail.com