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London School of Economics (LSE) Summer Accommodation

London School of Economics (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is in Westminster, so an excellent location near to Covent Garden.

LSE was founded in 1895 by Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Share “for the betterment of society”. In 1900 it joined the University of London and started its first degrees in 1901.

The school briefly relocated to the University of Cambridge, during World War II.

LSE’s alumni include former or current heads of states, as well as other industrial leaders. Names include Canada’s Rt Hon Pierre Trudeau, founder of EasyJet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Denmark’s HM Queen Margrethe II was an occasional student.

LSE’s halls of residents are in an ideal location for those wanting to shop or soak in London’s famous culture.


Carr-Saunders Halls
8-24 Fitzroy Street 
London 
W1T 4BN

Recently refurbished in 2016, the halls of residence can be found in Fitzrovia, a perfect location for those travelling to London King’s Cross / St Pancras. Shoppers will be delighted to know that Carr-Saunders is just a stone’s throw from the famous Oxford Street.

Those wanting to enjoy some of London gorgeous green areas, may want to grab a sandwich and go for a walk over to Regent’s Park. Roughly ten minutes away on foot, you can be sure to find some time out from the city’s bright and fast lifestyle.

Single, double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities are available.

The nearest tube station is Warren Street, Euston.

 

Northumberland House
Edward VII Rooms
8a Northumberland Avenue 
London 
WC2N 5BY

This Grade II listed building offers en-suite single, twin and double bedrooms, where guests share kitchen facilities.

Nicely located in in the City of London, Northumberland Avenue is famous for being a square on the traditional Monopoly board as well as being mentioned in Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Perfect for shopping and excellent tourist opportunities, Northumberland House is within close walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross and Embankment.


Passfield Hall
1-7 Endsleigh Place
London
WC1H 0PW

Passfield Hall has 226 bedrooms, the majority of which share a bathroom. With 96 single rooms, 80 twin rooms and 42 triple rooms, this is a great hall if you’re going with friends. Ensuite facilities are available.

Situated in Bloomsbury, the halls of residence is in a perfect location for those wanting to visit the West End, the British Museum as well as for those travelling to and from London King’s Cross / St Pancras.

Nearest tube station is Russell Square, King’s Cross/St Pancras.


High Holborn
178 High Holborn 
London 
WC1V 7AA

With over 400 rooms, High Holburn Hall offers single and twin rooms, sharing a bathroom, as well as single, twin and triple en-suites bedrooms.

Many of the rooms were recently refurbished in 2016, all of which remain within keeping of this Georgian listed building.

Due to being located next to Covent Garden, High Holborn is in the perfect location for those visiting the West End or shopping and dining at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

Nearest Tube station is Covent Garden.


Grosvenor House
141-143 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5TB
United Kingdom

Grosvenor House offers 225 double, single and twin studios, in the heart of Covent Garden.

Oxford Street’s shops and the West End’s theatre are within walking distance and the city’s main attractions are all within easy access.

The nearest tube station is Covent Garden


Rosebery Hall
90 Rosebery Avenue
Clerkenwell
London
EC1R 4TY

Split into two wings: Rosebery and Myddelton, Rosebery Hall is in Clerkenwell in central London, near to the Angel district. With almost 300 rooms, Rosebery Hall single, twin and triple rooms, some of which offer ensuite facilities.

Clerkenwell is popular for restaurants, cafes, independent shops and a street food market. Opposite Rosebery Hall is Sadler’s Wells Theatre, which is famous for its dance programme.

The nearest tube stations are Angel, King’s Cross/St Pancras and Farringdon.


Bankside House
24 Sumner Street
London
SE1 9JA

On the Southbank of the River Thames, Bankside House is a great solution for those solo-travellers and those going in a group.

With single, twin, triple and quad rooms, including some with ensuite facilities, the halls is brilliantly located near to the Tate Modern, the London Eye and Borough Market are all within walking distance.

The nearest tube stations and London Bridge and Southwark

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.

Reviews for London School of Economics (LSE)

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The biggest plus point is the location so close to Trafalgar Square and the Thames. Room was of a good size, although ensuite is tiny, less thatn 3 x 3 feet, but just sufficient. Unfortunately paid £84 through University Rooms whereas Booking.com for the equivalent would have been £67. Always worth shopping around!

(Review Of Northumberland House, Charing Cross, London) Northumberland House, Charing Cross, London

We were very happy with our stay at Bankside.Our rooms were clean and comfortable and we were surprised at the quality and range of the breakfast, Quite a feat to cater for so many. Would certainly recommend and very good value.Thank you.

(Review Of Bankside House, South Bank, London) Bankside House, South Bank, London

Excellent location! Clean room though basic but that was all we needed and good en suite. Very good breakfast, loads of choice and nice fresh croissants etc. Helpful receptionists. Would definitely stay again.

(Review Of Bankside House, South Bank, London) Bankside House, South Bank, London

Overall everything was excellent. There seemed to be a problem with toilets getting blocked daily. Security was good and also left luggage facilities.

(Review Of Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London) Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London

Bankside House is in a great location for walking to the city or tubing. Provides very good accommodation in student residence. Left luggage service is a definite bonus with limited check in/out time and is well organised. The "restaurant" provided an outstanding breakfast with friendly staff.

(Review Of Bankside House, South Bank, London) Bankside House, South Bank, London

The toilets on the third floor often took forever to be ready to flush. With lots of people around it must be a problem! Thanks to the especially helpful receptionist on duty when I had a big problem with my flight.

(Review Of Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London) Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London

It was a little noisy, with some "clonking" noises from above, and quite a lot of noise from Canvey Street, but it was clean and functional. Shower was excellent, and I can forgive a lot for a decent shower. Breakfast was fantastic.

(Review Of Bankside House, South Bank, London) Bankside House, South Bank, London

Great location, but a bit confusing to find. Reception staff very friendly and helpful. Room was advertised as ‘basic,’ and it is, but was clean and facilities were fine. Good breakfast, and overall, good value for money.

(Review Of Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London) Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury, London

A very pleasant stay in LSE south bank. the room was just what we needed, but it did smell a bit 'musty' - like my son's room in hall in Sheffield! However, that would not deter me from booking in the future as it was excellent value for money to stay in central London for the Olympics. Thanks.

(Review Of Bankside House, South Bank, London) Bankside House, South Bank, London
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