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B&B and self-catering accommodation in London university halls near Heathrow

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • Staying in university accommodation in Greater London is a convenient and more affordable way to stay in London
  • Many rooms are located close to Heathrow airport, yet thanks to the route of the flight-path, the aeroplanes can hardly be heard, making these ideal for those travelling to/from the airport, or those visiting London
  • Best alternative to staying in a hostel or a cheap London hotel

Reviews for Greater London

Based on 339 reviews

Very good as always, a bit noisy in the early hours but the only thing not yo like are the towels, like trying to dry yourself with a sheet. Staff great

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London)

Parking charges add considerably to the cost of staying here. It is very hard to find the reception for checking in. Very convenient for tube to central London.

(Review Of Harrow Hall, Harrow, London)

Would stay again - for the price, this is great value. One minute's walk to the underground. Had a hire car and paid 5 pounds a day for parking. Didn't realise I'd have to pay for internet, but quite cheap. No problem keeping food in fridge - all crockery in kitchen, including coffee plunger. Clean towel every day, soap provided.

(Review Of Harrow Hall, Harrow, London)

This was the first time I've stayed at Halls of residence and thanks to this experience it won't be the last. The ladies at reception on Friday 6th were very friendly and couldn't have been more helpfull. The room was just what I expected. A very posative experience all round; thank you! :)

(Review Of Clayhill Hall, Kingston, London)

A sincerely wretched, institutional cot with a mattress that did more harm than good. Otherwise, a perfectly reasonable and clean room with all that was needed. Very affordable. Staff was helpful and friendly, well beyond the minimum.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London)

Very warm reception. I arrived from abroad, earlier than check in time but they easily accommodated me. They need to work on WiFi doesn't work once you get in the apartment / room area. Outside the Middle Mill building is fine but once inside, no WiFi. Great place to stay otherwise. I'll use them again.

(Review Of Middle Mill Hall, Kingston, London)

Daytime staff are lovely and helpful. I spent the past year living there as a student, and then stayed over summer. I'll miss Clayhill. Well worth the stay either as a term time student, or if you're just stuck for somewhere to stay over summer. Thanks for everything Clayhill, Josh.

(Review Of Clayhill Hall, Kingston, London)

As per previous comments on previous stays, it all works well. Only oddity is the lack of replacement towel on Day 1 on a number of stays but otherwise it does what it says on the tin. Booking system and very rapid response by bookings staff to any queries needs to be highlighted. Location also brilliant.

(Review Of Harrow Hall, Harrow, London)

The only problem we had was with us needing varying amount of rooms for different nights we had to make four separate bookings for the week which was a little confusing however it all worked ok in the end.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London)

Greater London Visitor information

An introduction to Greater London

London is the capital of the United Kingdom and the largest city in the European Union. It is one of the foremost financial and cultural centres in the world. London's influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its preeminent position. The city hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.

Venturing outside the Central London area, visitors can find a wealth of visitor attractions away from the densely populated inner city. Head to the South West to Morden Hall for 18th-century watermills, parkland and waterways on an historic estate. Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens offer spectacle on a grand scale. Richmond has historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries, as well as a town centre filled with shops and restaurants. For a peaceful afternoon, take a walk among the deer in Richmond Park.

Nearby Twickenham, the internationally recognised home of English rugby, offers stadium tours which allow you to visit the ground on days when matches are not taking place.

To the North West of London lies Bletchley Park where the 'Enigma' machine codes were cracked during WWII. There are many different activities and exhibitions to occupy most families for a whole day, from wartime toys to working computers.

Greater London University accommodation

Greater London is home to several universities, many of which we hope to be working with shortly. We currently offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Kingston University. It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Getting around London

If you are spending more than a couple of days in the city, we would recommend purchasing an Oyster card which gives you access to all underground trains and buses. See for more information.

History of Greater London

A short history of London

The first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43 AD as Londinium, following the Roman conquest of Britain. Following a storming by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudica in 61AD, the city was rebuilt and prospered, superceding Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia in 100 AD. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London had a population of around 60,000.

By the 600s, the Anglo-Saxons had created a new settlement called Lundenwic, approximately 900 metres upstream from the old Roman city, around what is now Covent Garden. It is likely that there was a harbour at the mouth of the River Fleet for fishing and trading, and this trading grew until the city was overcome by the Vikings and forced to relocate back to the location of the Roman Londinium to use its walls for protection. The original Saxon city of Lundenwic became Ealdwic ("old city"), a name surviving to the present day as Aldwych, which is in the modern City of Westminster.

Plague caused extensive problems for London in the early 17th century, culminating in the Great Plague in 1665–1666 that killed around 100,000 people, up to a fifth of London's population. This was the last major outbreak in England, possibly thanks to the disastrous fire of 1666. The Great Fire of London broke out in the original City and quickly swept through London's wooden buildings, destroying large swathes of the city. Rebuilding took over ten years, largely under the direction of a Commission appointed by King Charles II, chaired by Sir Christopher Wren.

Much of London was then destroyed during the bombing campaign of World War II, which saw 30,000 people lose their lives. Despite causing a great deal of damage, the city was generally well patched up and much of the worst of 1940s and 1950s architecture has been replaced by more modern and tasteful buildings.

In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson, author of A Dictionary of the English Language, famously wrote about the city: “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

History of Greater London's Universities

Kingston University

Kingston University's origins can be traced back to 1839 when four residents established a Kingston Literacy and Scientific Institute to provide young men with evening classes. Later, a well-to-do surgeon called George Taylor set up an Institute at the corner of Thames and Clarence streets, in a fine neo-classical building, which housed a library, laboratory and lecture hall.

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