James Lighthill House, Finsbury, London

Single en-suite rooms between Angel and King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Customer rating: Average: 3.8 (218 ratings)
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James Lighthill House - Street view


  • 20th century buildings
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 18


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Television
  • No luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Pool/snooker table
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Common room
  • Elevator
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine

Food and Drinks

  • Self-catering facilities
  • Electric oven
  • Electric hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

James Lighthill House is situated in a central location, a short distance from Kings Cross and St. Pancras International stations (WC1X 9EN). James Lighthill House is comprised of two buildings; the main building, with 189 single rooms and the Lodge, with 20 single rooms.

Accommodation is offered in single ensuite rooms. In the main building up to eight people share a kitchen in each flat. In the Lodge up to seven people share a kitchen on each floor.

Islington, with the Business Design Centre, and many bars, cafes, restaurants and independent shops and Sadler’s Wells - a venue dedicated to international dance, are all easily accessible on foot from James Lighthill House. Accessing other London attractions (for example the West End and the museums of South Kensington) can be done using conveniently located public transport.

Food and Drinks

James Lighthill House offers self catering facilities including use of communal kitchens. These kitchens are fully equipped and all have refrigerators, freezers, cookers, and microwaves, as well as basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.

Kitchens are cleaned frequently (at least once weekly), but guests are responsible for their own washing and tidying up.

Kitchens and communal rooms can be used 24 hours a day, but we would like to point out that use after 11.00pm might cause disturbance to other guests.

Other facilities

All bedrooms have WiFi  as well as common areas (common room/TV room).

There is no smoking inside any UCL building. Smoking is permitted in courtyards with consideration for other guests.

Guests staying at James Lighthill House have access to on site laundry facilities and common room/TV lounge. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: 3 Penton Rise, London, WC1X 9EN, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm    Check out:  By 10.00am

There is no latest check in time.

The reception office is open every day between 09:00am and 5.00pm.  There is also a 24-hour security guard on site.

Nearest Underground Stations

Kings Cross St Pancras (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines) - 0.4 miles/0.7 km
Angel (Northern Line) - 0.4 miles/0.6 km

Should you require any further assistance in finding us, please call the number on your booking confirmation receipt.

Unfortunately, there is neither parking nor luggage storage facilities available on site.

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Customer reviews

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People down in the reception were very helpful, room was cleaned once a week. I had a great time there :)
Ms Sara H

Easy to book through the website - no fuss booking, paying, or checking in. Accommodation is cheap, and well placed in London with a 10 min walk to/from Kings Cross. As expected, facilities were basic but clean. Overall - worth considering for a short stay in central London.
Miss Katherine T

Simple and clean accommodations.
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Mr Peter B


James Lighthill House is an excellent residence for adults who are in London for summertime study. The kitchen facilities, private ensuite availability, and location just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross/St. Pancras station contributed to the positive nature of my stay. An outside gate with a security guard and swipe card access lent a sense of safety, and friendly staff during daytime hours at the front desk were much appreciated. Food shopping is minutes away in both directions down Pentonville Road, and my walk to UCL every morning was only about 24 minutes--(the commute took only 15 minutes or so with the 74 bus). Angel (with a number of stores to buy things you might need like hangers), The British Museum and the London Canal Museum are very close by, and everything else in the city is easily accessible by bus or Tube. Those who consider booking should be aware that the doors in each hallway slam loudly (I solved this with ear plugs), and should remember that accommodations are spare (basic blanket and pillow, towel and small bar of soap); one can simply pack adequately the essentials beyond this that he/she might need. The only negative aspect was that some major re-construction was going on on the floor below me during my stay, and there were a few times in the morning that loud drilling sounds started before I was out of my room. Also, the security gate and doors were open sometimes because of the construction, which made it seem a little less secure at times. I would have liked to have been apprised of this before I booked; I feel as if there could have been some price compensation for this.
Ms Michelle H

Room was mostly comfortable (except for a bed that should be replaced - very uncomfortable). Kitchen was convenient and well stocked with dishes/utensils etc. Security and student staff were very nice. Great location for my research at the British Library - about 3/4 mile walk (on an incline). Overall pleased with stay.
Prof Elizabeth L

Miss Sichen G

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