Travel Information

Located in central London, LSE is easily accessible by a range of public transport including tube, rail and bus. Cycling and driving to LSE are also options.

Tube/Underground stations

  • Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) - on the corner of Kingsway and High Holborn. Approximately five minutes away.
  • Temple (District and Circle lines) - on the Embankment at the bottom of Arundel Street. Approximately five minutes away.
  • Charing Cross (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines) - on the Strand at the Trafalgar Square end. Approximately ten minutes away.

British Rail stations

  • Waterloo - other side of the River from the Strand over Waterloo Bridge. Approximately 10-15 minutes away. Trains to and from the south coast and south west of England.
  • Charing Cross - on the Strand at the Trafalgar Square end. Approximately 10 minutes away. Trains mainly to south east London and into Kent.
  • Blackfriars - on the Embankment near Blackfriars Bridge. Approximately 10 -15 minutes away. Trains mainly to south London and south east England but also the First Capital Connect line through north London.
  • St Pancras International - on Euston Road, close to King's Cross mainline station. Take the Piccadilly Line from King's Cross to Holborn, from where it is a 5 minutes away (see 'Holborn' above). Serves the Eurostar and trains to the Midlands.


Buses that stop on or near the Aldwych are:

Numbers: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, X68, 76, 77a, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341 and 521.

Each bus stop should show which buses stop there and their frequency. On the front of the bus the final destination will be given. It may also show the names of the main stops on its route.


LSE is located within London's congestion charging zone. See London Congestion Charging Homepage for details of how to pay it.

There are only a few parking meters around the LSE campus, mainly near Lincoln's Inn Fields. The closest NCP parking is on Parker St off Drury Lane.

The Blue Badge scheme is the main scheme in Britain which provides special parking rights for vehicles carrying drivers or passengers with disabilities.

Near LSE, the facilities for Blue Badge holders in Camden are very poor - the spaces in Lincoln's Inn, for example, are only available to holders of Camden's Green Badge.

The facilities for Blue Badge holders in Westminster are pretty good - there are seven dedicated parking bays within reasonable distance: one in Portugal Street (often full); one in Sheffield Street (new, apparently rarely used); three in Surrey Street (rarely all full); two in Temple Place (also rarely both full).

In Westminster a Blue Badge holder is allowed to park for one extra hour at a parking meter or in a pay-and-display zone. The Blue Badge map for central London is on the London Councils website.


There are bicycle racks on campus at St Clement's Building; in Grange Court; opposite the main entrance on Houghton Street; and in the courtyard behind St Philips Building (entrance on Sheffield Street). There are eight high-security cycle racks in the basement area between St Philips north and south buildings. Anyone using these racks must use a padlock to ensure that their bike is secure, not a D lock or chain. Please note that these secure racks are down a flight of steel steps. Care should be taken when negotiating the steps up and down while carrying a bike, especially in the wet. See Finding your way around LSE for locations. There are also showers available on campus.

The LSE campus now also hosts two Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations on Houghton Street and Portugal Street. For more information about these please see theBarclays Cycle Hire [Transport for London website] web page. 

For further information on cycling in London please see the Cycles page on theTransport for London website.

Please note that bicycle theft does take place in central London, including LSE campus. If your bicycle in stolen please inform LSE Security (see Security, Reception and Porters).

General travel information

London is divided into travel zones which will dictate the cost of your journey by underground (tube), rail or bus. The best way to keep travel costs down is to buy a standard adult Oyster card from any tube station or location where you see the Oyster card logo. These allow you discounted journeys by tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), bus and some National Rail services within greater London. For more details please see the Transport for London website. This is especially useful for information about public transport in London, with details about all bus and tube journeys.