Getting Around London
Please note, London is a very large, spread out and very busy city. If you are travelling from elsewhere in London to Queen Mary please allow up to an hour for your journey.
Around Queen Mary
The conference is taking place in Mile End - an area of East London. The closest underground stations are Mile End (Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines) and Stepney Green (Hammersmith & City and District Lines). Both Mile End and Stepney Green are in Zone 2 - so make sure your ticket covers this.
For further information about transport near the venue visit: www.tfl.gov.uk.
Oyster Cards & Contactless Payments
The cheapest and easiest way to pay for your travel in London is via an Oyster card or contactless payment card. Oyster cards can be topped up with a pay-as-you-go amount and then tapped to allow you access to trains, tubes, buses and trams within London. The charge for one day's travel in zones 1 and 2 is capped at 6.40 GBP.
Alternatively, just tap your contactless payment card on the sensors at stations or on buses. You will then be charged the same amount as Oyster users without having to remember to top up your card. As with Oyster, the charge for one day's travel in zones 1 and 2 is capped at 6.40 GBP.
Please note, London buses no longer accept cash - so you must either have an Oyster card, Contactless payment card or Travelcard in order to board the bus.
The travel card is split into various tiers, depending on which “zone” you travel in. The zones are clearly marked on tube maps, making it easy to determine where your traveling will take place. Most of the main attractions are in zones one and two, but you may find yourself staying further away from the city center to save money.
Cabs and Walking
Only licensed black cabs are legally allowed to pick up passengers on the street, and they can be prohibitively expensive. A one mile journey can take upwards of six minutes, with cost estimates around 5.60 to 8.80 pounds. It may be a good option if you’re in a pinch, and if you know you’ll be out late one evening, consider booking a minicab ahead of time. A number of private companies provide this service as well, and you’ll want to check out reviews before selecting a company.
Hands down, the cheapest, easiest way to get around London is to walk. This can be lost when looking at the London Tube Map. The map, like many subway system maps, is not the best geographical representation of the city. As one clever blogger pointed out in 2003, there are multiple stops where it is actually faster to walk from station to station than to take the Tube. Cost and time effective, walking is the best way to discover the hidden gems of London as well. Narrow twisting side streets that reveal the beauty of the city won’t be seen from a bus seat, or when you’re stuck underground.