Getting There

Transfers from Airports to Central London

Here are some non-exhaustive notes about travelling to central London from London airports.

Taxi services

Airport taxis operate for all London airports, with a typical fare from Heathrow to central London being between £46 and £87, depending on where you are going. Uber also operates in London, and is typically the cheapest option for travelling by car from the airport.

Public transport

London has excellent public transport. To plan a route from your airport to central London use, the Transport for London Journey Planner. If your journey plan involves the London Underground or buses, you should buy an Oyster Card (contactless travel card) from the airport to use for this. To summarise what to expect from the journey planner:

For Heathrow airport:

  • The Heathrow Express train links Heathrow airport to London's Paddington train station. Journey time is between 15 and 20 minutes. From Paddington, then get a taxi from the station or use the London Underground to reach your destination.
  • Depending on where you are staying in London, it might be overall quicker to get a London underground train on the Piccadilly line: journey time is 45 minutes, but may avoid an onward connection.

For Gatwick airport, take the Gatwick Express to Victoria station, or the Thameslink train to other central London stations. The nearest station on this route to the conference venue is Blackfriars station.

For Luton airport, take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then the Thameslink train, again to Blackfriars.

The conference venue

The conference is being held at the Strand Campus of King's College London, telephone +44 (0)20 7836 5454, postcode WC2R 2LS. Most conference activities are in the King's Building, which is building A on the map below:

There are two main entrances:

  • Into the King's Building directly, from the courtyard:

    The courtyard is accessible either by walking down the path adjacent to the car barrier from the Strand; or via the terrace overlooking the Thames. The main ICAPS conference presence will be inside this entrance.
  • Via the Strand Building (B above): walk through the revolving doors, past the Strand reception and carry on indoors down the long corridor into the King's building.

(For those attending the Doctoral Consortium on Sunday, please enter via the security office adjacent to the car barrier.)

For detailed floor plans of the venue, see the conference programme, and for a local map see the map page.