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Staying in London

A guide for getting to and staying in the Bloomsbury district of London while at the IHR Summer School.

The Institute of Historical Research at Senate House

The IHR is situated in the North Block of Senate House, the central building of the University of London, located on Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. 

How to find us (map)

The IHR and Senate House are in the heart of Bloomsbury, next to the British Museum (shown above) and very close to the British Library and the West End. We are surrounded on all sides by bars, restaurants, cafes, bookshops, tube stations and bus stops. Many of central London’s key attractions and most exciting neighbourhoods are within walking distance, including Covent Garden, Soho, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and the River Thames.

International and national travel

Senate House benefits from superb transport connections to London’s tube network, and can be reached from London’s five airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, City and Gatwick) in less than an hour.  It is within a few minutes’ walk of major national rail stations Euston and King’s Cross, and the International Eurostar terminus at St Pancras. 

  • Heathrow Airport  (LHR) is 32km (20 miles) to the west of central London, about one hour's journey by Tube to Russell Square station (Picadilly Line), or 15 minutes by Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. 
  • London Gatwick (LGW) is 45km (28 miles) south of London, about 30 minutes to Victoria Station. 
  • London City Airport (LCY) is 9.5km (6 miles) east of Central London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) leaves LCY every 8 to 15 minutes with an approximate 20 minute journey to the Tube connections at Bank Station. 
  • London Luton Airport (LTN) is 56km (35 miles) north-west of Central London, about 25 minutes to King’s Cross Station.
  • London Stansted Airport (STN) is 64km (40 miles) to the north-east of London, 47 minutes by train to Liverpool Street Station.

Local travel

Senate House is a short walk from the following tube stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central Lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria Lines) and Euston Square (Metropolitan, District, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines). 

Payment on tube and bus may be made per journey by contactless debit or credit card, or Oyster cards may be purchased from tube stations and topped up for multiple journeys. NB: Cards must be touched in and out at either end of tube journeys, but only touched in once when you board a bus. Cash is no longer used on London buses, but may still be used in tube stations.

For the most up to date London travel information and network maps please see the Transport for London website

Booking a place to stay in London

Those attending 'History Now' must make their own arrangements for accommodation when attending the Summer School at the Institute of Historical Research.

Please note, the information provided below is for guidance purposes only, and does not represent an endorsement of any kind. For accurate rates and booking information, please contact the hotel / accommodation provider directly.

    Accommodation near Senate House

    Bloomsbury has one of London’s greatest concentrations of hotel options at affordable rates per night.  Below are a number of local options for individual booking. Where prices are given these are accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing, but you should check with the relevant hotel or B&B for up-to-date rates and reservation information. 

    Places to stay in and around Bloomsbury and close to the IHR

    The London Goodenough College has several accommodation options listed on its website, of which most suitable for academics are the Goodenough Club and Sabbatical Accommodation.

    • The Goodenough Club: 4 star standard accommodation in five Georgian townhouses overlooking a quiet garden square in central London. 
    • London House and William Goodenough House:  Sabbatical accommodation. 

    The University of London has four Intercollegiate Halls of Residence located in Central London offering basic accommodation during University vacations for group and individual bookings at inexpensive rates. Three of the halls are located in Bloomsbury within walking distance of the Institute of English Studies:

    UoL Halls

    College Hall
    Connaught Hall
    International Hall
    Nutford House

    UoL Housing Properties

    The University of London has a number of fully-furnished one, two and three-bedroom flats all located in the Bloomsbury area within a few minutes walk of Senate House. NB: Rent prices vary according to the size of the apartment and the duration of the stay. Discounted rates apply to bookings longer than 8 weeks. For more information, please visit the University of London Housing Services website.

    33 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EZ 
    52 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PN 
    1 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BT
    74-78 Gower Street, WC1E 6EG 

    Home to UCL students during term time, the University College London Halls of Residence offer vacation accommodation, most of which is within walking distance of Senate House.

    Arthur Tattersall House 
    Astor College 
    Campbell House 
    Frances Gardner House 
    Ian Baker House 
    James Lighthill House
    John Dodgson House
    John Tovell House
    Langton Close
    Ramsay Hall
    Schafer House

    NB: The University College London Halls listed above cater for individuals and groups. Other UCL halls listed on their website cater for groups only.

    Email; Call +44 (0) 20 7233 7888

    The Imperial Group - Please specify the name of the hotel when contacting the group by phone or email. Web ; Email; Call +44 (0)20 7278 7871 / 7872 / 7873.

    • The Imperial Hotel (from £97), Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB; Call +44 (0)20 7837 3655. Very close to Senate House.
    • President Hotel (from £88), 56-60 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1DB; Call +44 (0)20 7837 8844. Very close to Senate House.
    • Bedford Hotel (from £95), Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HD; Call +44 (0)20 7636 7822. Very close to Senate House.
    • Royal National Hotel (from £88), Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG; Call +44 (0)20 7637 2488. Very close to Senate House.
    • Tavistock Hotel (from £83), Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EU; Call +44 (0)20 7636 8383. 10 min walk to Senate House.
    • County Hotel (from £53), Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0JW; Call +44 (0)20 7387 5544. 10 min walk to Senate House

    Crescent Hotel
    49-50 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)207 387 1515
    Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

    Euro Hotel
    53 Cartwright Gardens, Russell Square, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)20 7387 4321
    Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

    The George Hotel 
    58-60 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EL; Call +44 (0)20 7387 8777
    Georgian crescent close to Euston, St Pancras and British Library. 15 min walk to Senate House.

    Holiday Inn Bloomsbury 
    Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT; Call +44 (0)870 400 9222
    Adjacent to Russell Square tube and Curzon Bloomsbury cinema. 5 mins walk to Senate House.

    Hotel Russell 
    1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE; Call +44 (0) 844 854 2910
    Overlooking Russell Square, adjacent to tube station, just a few seconds to Senate House.
    The Montague on the Gardens – from £139/night
    15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ – from £139; Call +44 (0)20 7958 7731
    Very close to the British Museum and Senate House.

    MyHotel Bloomsbury 
    11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HD; Call +44 (0)203 004 6000
    Boutique hotel with a great restaurant and coffee shop.  5 min walk to Senate House.

    The Penn Club 
    21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ; Call +44 (0)20 7636 4718
    B&B with a Quaker ethos. Very close to the British Museum and Senate House.

    Travelodge London Euston Hotel
    1-11 Grafton Place, London NW1 1DJ; Call +44 (0)871 984 6332
    Between Euston and St Pancras stations, and next door to the British Library. 20 min walk to Senate House. There are several other Travelodge hotels in the area.

    Booking websites

    The British Hotel Reservation Centre has desks at both Heathrow underground stations (020 8564 8808 or 020 8564 8211), at Stansted Airport (01279 662 929) and at Victoria (020 7828 1027); they offer their services free of charge. They also have a 24 hour booking line on +44 (0) 20 7592 3055; email:

    Hotel booking websites:, LateRooms, LastMinute, Premier Inn

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