The venue is in the Bloomsbury area of central London, with many hotels in the area. You can find here a range of accommodation options.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is in the Bloomsbury area of central London which is very popular with tourists. As a consequence of this, there are many hotels in the area but they are pricey. The following might be helpful, and is designed to suit a range of pocket sizes.
If you go to this site and search WC1 for 27-29 November it gives you a list of 50 or so hotels in the Bloomsbury area which are all in easy reach of the conference. The information includes details of star rating, price for that weekend, link to individual hotel websites etc. These range in price from £400-£40 a night!
NB It is often cheaper to book through this website than directly with the hotel. And if you request no breakfast it is often approximately £5 cheaper.
Some recommended hotels:
[All prices based on a single room]
(£65 per night). This hotel is very near the conference and extremely nice. It can be booked through the hotel’s website. Go to www.thelancaster.co.uk
(c.£67 per night). Reasonable hotel just round the corner from SOAS. www.imperialhotels.co.uk/tavistock.htm
Park Inn Hotel
77 Southampton Row
(From £79 per night. Newly refurbished. Very close to SOAS)
Mabledon Court Hotel
(£75 per night). A short walk to SOAS, small but perfectly nice rooms www.mabledonhotel.com
75 Gower Street
(£85 per night). Very near SOAS, a little grander. www.hotelcavendish.com
Travelodge provide an anonymous hotel experience. There are two in King’s Cross, and one in Euston, all near the conference venues. Try the website www.travelodge.co.uk
A similar style hotel is on Euston Road/Duke’s Place: Premier Travel Inn Euston. It has building works during November, socar parking is not available (c.£90 per night). www.premiertravelinn.com/pti/hotelInformation.do?hotelId=23882
Other hotels on the cheaper end (which we have not visited, so cannot guarantee quality) include:
83 Gower Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 2115
Prices around Single: £55 Double/twin: £82
77 Gower Street
Tel: +44 20 7636 2186 London WC1 Fax: +44 20 7436 5328
Prices around Basic: Single: £55 Double/twin: £82; Ensuite: Single: £65 Double/twin: £105
261-265 Gray's Inn Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 9400
Fax: +44 (0)20 7833 9677
Dorm: £9; Single: £45; Double: £22.50
Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0JW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7387 5544
Single: £42 Double/twin: £54
49-50 Cartwright Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)20 7387 1515
Single: £50 Double: £99
11-15 Argyle Square
Kings Cross WC1
the cost of a single room + private bathroom + breakfast is £50)
69 Gower Street
London WC1E 6HJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 5761
Fax: +44 (0)20 7637 4854
Single: £55 Double: £69
Compton Place (off 37 Tavistock Square)
London WC1H 9SD
Dorm: £22.50; Private (based on 4 sharing) £25
58-60 Cartwright Gardens
London WC1 9EL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7387 8777
Basic: Single: £49.50 Double: £68.50; Ensuite: Single: £75 Double: £89
London WC1N 2AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7769 4727
Single: £95 (including breakfast) (Members rates: available to staff or alumni of academic institutions, charities)
57 Gower Street
London WC1E 6HS
Tel: +44 20 7636 4685
Fax: +44 20 7636 4685
Single: £50-£65 Double: £55-80 (all with breakfast)
The Gresham Hotel
London WC1B 3QJ
Tel: +44 20 7580 4232
Single: £40 Double/twin: £58; Ensuite single: £ 55; double: £75
SOAS has an arrangement with the nearby Bloomsbury Holiday Inn. Book by phone and say you are attending a conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies and they will give you ‘the corporate rate’ – around £105 a night.
YMCA Indian Students’ Hostel
41 Fitzroy Square
The Indian YMCA is close by and provides excellent facilities at very reasonable prices. You do not need to be young, a student, or Indian to stay there. Rooms are from £40 - £67 a night, and range from basic to en suite. Dormitory beds are £25 a night. Prices include both breakfast and dinner. All details are available at the website. *Strongly recommended for those on a budget.
Pancras Youth Hostel Association
79-81 Euston Road
There is no longer an age barrier to staying at a Youth Hostel in Britain and this one is a short walk away from the conference. Beds are £25 a night in rooms of 2 – 6 beds.
40 College Crescent
This has the disadvantage of being a tube journey away from the conference (nearest tube Swiss Cottage) but is otherwise a good hostel with beds from £14 for a dorm to £26 for an en suite room. Price includes continental breakfast.
Here are some other cheapish hostels.
International Student House which is near SOAS www.ish.org.uk/ – enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Penn Club in Russell Square (www.pennclub.co.uk/tariff.html) Prices begin at £56 for a basic single for non-members.
You might also try the Backpackers’ hostel chain, St Christopher’s Inns, which has hostels nearby in Camden and Covent Garden from £15 for multi-occupant rooms.