London is a very well connected city with four airports, a number of national and international train stations, an extensive underground tube network, and an excellent bus service.
International Train Services to London
There are three major national railway hubs located in very close proximity to University College London, where the IFHP Congress is taking place. These are Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston. St. Pancras is also an international train station from which it is possible to travel to Paris or Brussels on the High Speed 1 route. Train tickets for any UK train journeys can be purchased from ticket machines at the stations or online.
The ‘Man in Seat 61’ can help you plan your journey to London from anywhere in the world without using a plane.
Flying to London
The main airports in London are:
- Heathrow to the west of the city
- Gatwick to the south
- London City Airport in east London
- Stansted Airport to the north east
London Underground and Bus Network
London Underground (which celebrated its 150th birthday in January 2013) is one of the quickest and easiest ways to travel around London. It is useful to carry a tube map with you - these can be picked up from many tube stations or via a downloadable version. Alternatively, plan your route in advance on the TfL route planner: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
You can download a bus map for central London routes or look at the maps at the bus stops themselves - this is often easier. Bus stops are numbered and easy to find. Alternatively, plan your route in advance on the TfL route planner.
Cycling in London
London operates a cycle hire scheme which can be useful for travelling short distances.
Taxis in London
There are plenty of black cabs travelling around central London, which you can hail when their light on the top is lit. There are smartphone apps you can download to track the location of black cabs, for example Hailo, and some other useful taxi information can be found on the TfL website.