These tips are some subjective thoughts about deciding on your accommodation. They are not intended as definitive recommendations but are given to help you decide on your options.
London is a huge city which can easily take over 1 hour to travel from one side to the other. The conference venue, ExCeL London, is in the East of London and easily accessible by the Jubilee Line on the underground railway (the tube), with a change at Canning Town to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). ExCeL London is served directly by 2 stations on the DLR.
Approximate travelling times by public transport:
- Canary Wharf area 10 minutes
- London Bridge/City of London area 25 minutes
- Central London – West End 40 minutes.
- Greenwich 15 minutes.
Generally, hotel prices, as in all big cities, are not cheap, although there are some real bargains to be had if you are looking for a budget hotel in an unfashionable area. Price is generally a good reflection of the hotel quality and its location. If you wish, it is possible to stay in central London in some of the most famous hotels in the world, but this will generally be at a premium price!
We have selected a range of hotels for booking through our accommodation sites:
On-Site Hotels: There are several on-site hotel options and these obviously have the advantage of being within walking distance to the conference centre. Generally there are not many restaurants or other night life in this area but other areas are easily accessible by public transport.
City Hotels: We have also selected a range of hotels off site with a range of prices. Generally these have been chosen for their reasonable proximity to transport links to ExCeL London, such as around London Bridge and Westminster, for the Jubilee Line on the tube.
Other Options: Obviously you may choose to find your own accommodation through online searching. The first tip is to try to stay either in East London or Central London to avoid long travelling times to the conference venue. If in doubt, generally look for post codes that begin with E, EC, or SE1. Also WC1 and WC2 for the very heart of Central London in the West End.
Brief notes on areas
Canary Wharf area: New financial district of London. Close to ExCeL London and lots of nice hotels. Not cheap!
London Bridge area: Lively area, next to “The Shard” very accessible to ExCeL London via the Jubilee Line – lots of good restaurants nearby both on the river by Tower Bridge, and down some of the other streets nearby.
Westminster/South Bank area: Easily accessible and close to many restaurants and tourist sights.
West End – Central London: Great for theatres, shopping etc. Hotels are often expensive but a great way to experience the heart of London as a tourist.
East End: Less fashionable generally but has been greatly boosted by the Olympics 2012. Some real bargains to be found on line (i.e.: IBIS Budget London Whitechapel, but don’t expect luxury!). Although some of these areas are much less fashionable (with notable exceptions such as the Canary Wharf area and some others) East London is generally a safe place to walk on the streets at night and if you are just looking for a bed stay on a budget then this can fit the bill.