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Courtauld Institute of Art Summer Accommodation

Launched in 1932 by Samuel Courtauld, Sir Robert Witt and Viscount Lee of Fareham, the Courtauld Institute of Art (Courtauld for short), specialises in art history and conservation. 

The Institute’s art gallery houses French-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, as well as offering world-renowned degrees in art history, conservation and architecture. Its college is a self-governing college of the University of London, which graduates receive their degrees from. 

As part of the Courtauld Connects project, 2019, a project that’s making art accessible to more people, The Institute temporarily moved from its home at Somerset House, Strand, to Vernon Square, King’s Cross, where it’ll live until 2022. However, the accommodation remains on the Strand.

Duchy House
133 Strand
London
WC2R 1HG

Duchy House offers 64 single rooms across four floors, 47 of which are en suite and 17 rooms have shared facilities. 

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Reviews for Courtauld Institute of Art

4.2
Based on 636 reviews
Room
3.9
Value
4.3
Service
4.4
Overall
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My room was surprisingly quiet for such a busy location. Fire doors bang shut though, and common room was disappointing. A wonderful stay, neverthelless. Thanks

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

Welcome and room were very good. There was a fan supplied and windows were left open for us as it was very hot outside. Only problem the mirrored cupboard in the bathroom was over the WC and therefore too high for me to reach and look into - there was no other storage space in the bathroom. Location is very central and we had a quiet room at the back of the building.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

I knew it wasn't going to be the Hilton but the room and facilities did exactly what I needed them to do very well. Kudos to the lady on reception and the gent who showed me to my room, very acceptable company they both were for a brief few minutes. Smiles and helping are good for me !!

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

Staff at accommodation very friendly and welcoming. Great location for exploring London. Room and bathroom very clean. Noisy being next to busy road but didn't spoil it too much for us. Useful having the self catering option and free tea/coffee.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

This is an excellent facility in terms of location for sights, shows, and food. Obviously the rooms are small and have limited features but they are clean and well-maintained. The staff are engaging and friendly. We would happily stay there again and would recommend to anyone coming into London for a short stay.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

3 stars for room and facilities reflect the basic nature of the accommodation, but it was clean and had everything I needed for an overnight stay and represents excellent value for money in central London.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

Excellent position, good rooms and kitchen facilities. This was the second time we have used Duchy rooms and the checking in procedure is much improved as it is now on site. Will definitely use again.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

Perfect location. Extremely clean, excellent accommodation. I would deffinately stay again. Staff were really helpful and very friendly. It made my trip very comfortable.

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

I have spent five night at Duchy House, and all was perfect. The room, the bathroom and the kitchen were clean, the bed was really comfortable. And overall, the staff was very friendly and helpful (thank you Justin !). I highly recommend Duchy House and I will come back again !

(Review Of Duchy House, Strand, London)

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London Visitor information

We offer accommodation at nine of London’s historic universities. They’re an ideal budget alternative to typical hotels and B&Bs and you don’t have to be a student to stay there! 

Top attractions

London is globally renowned for its tourist attractions. You’ll be sure to learn new things at its Natural History Museum and the British Museum, to getting a taste of culture at the Tate Modern or the West End. If architecture is more your thing, then make your way to The Shard, which is the city’s largest building or to Tower 42, one of the first high rise office buildings in the capital. 

Splash the cash!

Famous for being home to many of the world’s leading designers, London is the destination of choice for the shopaholic. 

From independent retailers and stalls at Broadway Market, to high street favourites on Oxford Street, if you can’t find it in London, then you don’t need it! 

Those who prefer destination style shopping experiences may find Westfield Stratford, more to their fancy, with department stores, popular brands and tasty menus to choose from. What a great way to make a day out of shopping! 

The Grass is Always Greener…

Awarded with the world’s first “National Park City” status (2019), London is the greenest city in Europe. This will come as no surprise to those who enjoy picnics in the capital’s 35,000 acres of green areas, including the famous Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

Getting Around London

You can travel on public transport, around Greater London on single or return fairs, day tickets, Oyster Card pay as you go and season tickets. You can also use smart watches or your contactless debit card to pay as you go. You must have your ticket or card ready to tap in and for inspection.

Greater London is split up in six fare zones. Zone 1 covers Central London, with zones 2, 3 and 4 forming circles and expanding further out of the city centre. While zones 5 and 6 sit further outside of London, in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. 

The London Underground, more well known as The Tube, is the oldest and third longest metro style travel system in the world. With 11 lines serving 270 stations within the network, it is the most popular method of transport in and around London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which serves the Docklands, Greenwich and Lewisham on tram-like vehicles, is the second most popular option.

London’s Overground train network connects the centre of London to the more suburban areas.

The bus service operates 24 hours a day, with more than 700 vehicles. 

Transport For London prides itself on improving the accessibility within London. All DLR rail stations are step-free, with 78 Tube stations, 60 of its London Overground stations and 11 TFL rail stations currently being wheelchair and buggy friendly.

Other ways to get about:

  • Cable car - The Emirates Air Line first opened in 2012 and links Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks
  • Cycling - In 2010, a bike hire system launched, which enables locals and tourists alike to hire a bike from as little as £2. It’s easy to use - use the Santander Cycles app or your debit card at the terminal, hire a bike and then return it to any docking station in London!
  • Water - Breathe in some fresh air and get aboard one of the many boat services that London has to offer, such as the Thames Clippers, which run between Embankment Pier and North Greenwich Pier.
  • Walk - We’ve already mentioned how London has acres of beautiful scenes; don’t forget to look up!

Go further afield:

  • Birmingham by train – 2 hours
  • Edinburgh on the Caledonian Sleeper – 7 hours 29 minutes
  • Cardiff by train - 2 hours 3 minutes
  • Belfast by plane: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paris by Eurostar – 2 hours 16 minutes

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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 London's Universities

University College London

UCL was founded in 1826 and is the third oldest English university, and the first university institution to be founded in London. This was the first British university to admit students regardless of their religion and gender. At that time, the only universities in England were those at Oxford and Cambridge, which were restricted to members of the Church of England. It introduced new subjects which had not previously been taught in English universities, for instance modern foreign languages, English language and literature as well as engineering and architecture.

The University of London

The University of London was first established by a Royal Charter in 1836, which brought together in federation London University (now University College London) and King's College (now King's College London). Today the University is a federal university made up of 31 affiliates: 19 separate university institutions and 12 research institutes. As such, the University of London is the largest university in the UK by number of full-time students, with over 135,000 campus-based students.

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College. The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities. It was admitted to the University of London in 1915.

Westminster University

Westminster University is located in the district of Marylebone is named from St Mary's, the local church, which was built on the banks of a small stream or bourne called the Ty bourne. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary le bourne and, over time, as Marylebone.

Goodenough College

The College was founded in 1930 as a residential college for students from The Dominions. Its aim was to improve international tolerance and understanding amongst people on the brink of their careers by providing a forum in which they could interact. The College has expanded greatly since that time and now consists of a community of 650 postgraduate students from over ninety countries.

Imperial College

Founded in 1907 and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Goldsmiths

Based in New Cross, Goldsmiths specialises in the teaching and research of creative, cultural and cognitive disciplines. The institution was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths' College.

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Founded in 1932 through the philanthropic efforts of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, the diplomat and collector Lord Lee of Fareham, and the art historian Sir Robert Witt, this self-governing college of the University of London specialises in the study of the history of art.

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