Directions to Halls of Residence

Please note, there are three underground stops to use for LIYSF, depending on your hall of residence, please see information below.

The main stop for Imperial College, LIYSF main events and Beitside Halls (Beit & Southside) is SOUTH KENSINGTON.

For those staying in MGM Halls (Millennium Gloucester and Meininger) and those in Metrogate in Metrothorne Halls, please use GLOUCESTER ROAD. For those staying in Copthorne Tara (Metrothorne Hall), please use HIGH STREET KENSINTGON or GLOUCESTER ROAD.

See the LIYSF Google Map here:

International Arrivals at Heathrow Airport

At the airport follow signs for the "Underground". This is the metro/tube/subway in London. There is only one "line" which goes to and from the airport - The Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue Line).  Take this and stay on the train until SOUTH KENSINGTON OR GLOUCESTER ROAD STATION (SEE BELOW).  There are roughly 15 stations along the line and will take 45mins.  Leave the train and go up the stairs to the ticket hall.  When you exit the ticket barrier turn immediately right and follow the below directions.

London Underground to Heathrow
London Underground's Piccadilly Line provides the most cost-effective rail route between Heathrow Airport and the capital.  Journey time is under an hour and you shouldn't have to wait longer than ten minutes for a train, even off-peak.

Where to catch trains?
Heathrow has three London Underground stations – one for Terminals 1 and 3, one each at Terminal 4 and Terminal 5.
Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 station is in the central area between the terminals, which are a few minutes' walk away via underground walkways. Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 stations are in the basements of the terminal buildings. All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.

Fares and tickets
A single fare to central London costs approximately £5. Purchase a Travelcard and you're covered for London buses and some mainline trains too.
Tickets are available at all London Underground stations, from ticket offices or machines. Pre-paid Oyster cards can also be used on the London Underground.

For your information trains leaving FROM Heathrow to London start from 05.12am and the last train is at 23.48pm. Trains FROM London to Heathrow start from 05.47am and the last train is at 00.32am. Please note times are slightly reduced for services on Sundays – you can check for more information at

Other Airports

If you are arriving into London to another airport other than Heathrow, it’s a good idea to check your route on the Transport for London website at

For all airports you should take the train they recommend to central London and then use the underground train system (metro/tube) to get to South Kensington. If you are arriving to Gatwick Airport, please take the train to Victoria (Gatwick Express) and then change to district or circle underground line westbound and get out at South Kensington or Gloucester Road, see directions below.

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City – click here
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Directions to Beitside Hall (Beit & Southside), South Kensington 
Nearest Underground Station: SOUTH KENSINGTON

Registration at Beit Halls of Residence

At South Kensington station, turn right into the subway sign-posted for the museums and continue for approx. 8 minutes until you reach the very end of the subway. At the exit, turn left up Exhibition Road and walk for approx. 3 minutes towards Hyde Park. At the corner of Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road turn left (first main road on left). Walk for approx. 2 minutes until you have passed the steps of the Royal Albert Hall. Beit Hall is the large, red, rectangular building directly next to the steps and the front entrance is located half way along the front of the building through a small archway.

Directions to MGM Hall (Millennium Gloucester & Meininger Hotel), South Kensington

Nearest Underground Station: GLOUCESTER ROAD

Registration at Millennium Gloucester Hotel

MGM is located just behind Gloucester Road tube station, you have to walk around the station slightly to get in. At Gloucester Road station, come out of the ticket barrier and turn right. Keep with the station on your right hand side, at the first street you reach turn right - this is Courtfield Road. You will see the Baileys Hotel first and then a modern building on the left of the street. This modern building is the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. You need to walk under the archway where the cars are and then you will see the main hotel entrance inside the building to the right.

Directions to Metrothorne Hall (Metrogate House & Copthorne Tara), South Kensington & High Street Kensington


Registration at Copthorne Tara Hotel

At High Street Kensington Tube station, exit through the shopping arcade to come out on to Kensington High Street, turn left. Take the first left on to Wrights Lane. Walk to the end of Wrights Lane and turn left and you have reached the Copthorne Tara Hotel. It is a 4 min walk. It is also a 15 min walk from Gloucester Road Station. Come out of Gloucester Road Station and turn left on to Cromwell Road. Keep walking for around 8 mins down this main road, you will pass Sainsbury's supermarket on the right. Turn right at Marloes Road (there is distinctive block of flats with gardens growing on all the walls on the corner). Keep walking up Marloes Road and follow this around to the right as it bends and you will keep going straight on into the Copthorne Tara Hotel.

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