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Transport and facilities for cyclists

Transport to LSE


The easiest and cheapest way to get to know London and move between the LSE campus and halls of residence is walking. For simple directions from each LSE hall to the campus visit the Accommodation web pages. Walking keeps you fit and active and is the best way to explore London. You will find more tips, directions and routes in the Useful links www.lse.ac.uk/facilitiesguide/usefullinks.

Public transport

Full information on any form of public transport throughout London and a journey planner service for walking, cycling, underground, buses and trains can be found on the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk

The following London Underground (tube) stations are near the LSE campus: Holborn
(Central Line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line), Temple (Circle Line), Leicester Square (Northern Line), Charing Cross (Bakerloo Line), Waterloo (Jubilee Line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith and City Line).

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.

The closest mainline rail stations to the LSE campus are as follows:

  • Waterloo – on the other side of the river from the Strand over Waterloo Bridge.
    Approximately 10–15 minutes walk. Trains to and from the south coast and south west of England.
  • Charing Cross – on the Trafalgar Square end of the Strand. Approximately a 10 minute walk. Trains mainly to south east London and into Kent.
  • City Thameslink - on Ludgate Hill at the end of Fleet Street. Approximately 10-15 minutes walk.  Trains to Brighton (inc. Gatwick airport) and Bedford (inc Luton airport).
  • Blackfriars – on the Embankment near Blackfriars Bridge. Approximately 10–15 minutes walk. Trains mainly to south London and south east England, but also the First Capital Connect line through north London.
  • Euston – on the Euston Road, close to the northern end of Tottenham Court Road. Approximately 30 minutes walk. Trains to the north of England.
  • King's Cross – on the Euston Road, close to the British Library. Approximately 30 minutes walk. Trains to the north of England and to Scotland.
  • St Pancras International – on the Euston Road, close to King's Cross station. Approximately 30 minutes walk. Serves the Eurostar and trains to the Midlands.
  • Liverpool Street – past St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England from the end of Fleet Street. It is quite a long walk to Liverpool Street Station so we recommend using public transport to get there. Trains to Stansted Airport.

London cycle hire scheme

Photograph of a TFL bicycle docking station on Houghton StreetThis is a public bicycle sharing scheme for short journeys in and around central London. There are three cycle hire stations on the campus: Houghton Street, Sardinia Street and Portugal Street. The bicycles are available 24 hours a day, all year round. There is no need to book and access to the bikes is self-service, so just turn up and go whenever you get the urge. The first 30 minutes of each journey are free. For more information about the scheme, hire/access fees and usage charges see the web page about the scheme on the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/14808.aspx

Cyclescheme for LSE staff

LSE facilitates a tax-free salary sacrifice scheme for the purchase of bikes for members of staff. Please visit the HR pages in the Services and divisions channel of the LSE intranet for details.

Cycle parking and shower facilities

Cycle storage location Access requirements Number of
bike parking spaces
Closest shower facilities
Towers Basement * Access with LSE ID card 66 Tower 2 Basement B.14
New Academic Building (NAB) Basement * Access with LSE ID card 36 NAB Basement
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Outdoor open access 84 32L Basement
Clare Market (outside OLD) Outdoor open access 12 Old Building basement
Clements Inn (outside Towers) Outdoor open access
(between 6am and 10pm)
50 Tower 2 Basement B.14
Grange Court (between LRB and Royal Courts of Justice) Outdoor open access 8 Lionel Robbins Building GF
John Watkins Plaza (opposite Plaza Cafe) Outdoor open access 16 Lionel Robbins Building GF
John Watkins Plaza (opposite main entrance) Outdoor open access 30 Lionel Robbins Building GF
Lincoln's Inn Fields (corner opposite NAB) Outdoor open access 56 NAB Basement
Peacock Theatre/Parish Hall Outdoor open access 30 SAW 4th floor
Portugal Street (opposite George IV pub) Outdoor open access 20 Lionel Robbins Building GF
Portugal Street (outside LRB) Outdoor open access 38 Lionel Robbins Building GF
Sardinia Street (opposite NAB) Outdoor open access 18 NAB basement
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW) Outdoor open access 20 SAW 4th floor

* Bike Maintenance Station

Please note: Access to the secure cycle storage and shower facilities is determined by the building access you have been assigned on your LSE swipe card.

On the campus there are 484 open access and 102 indoor cycle parking spaces with access restricted to LSE students and staff only. These facilities are monitored by the LSE Security CCTV. Please call Security on 020 7955 6200 should you need assistance. All LSE halls of residence also have cycle parking facilities.  
The London Cycling Campaign also provides useful information about cycling in London and bike maintenance on their website:  ww.lcc.org.uk 

Bike Maintenance Stations

Bike maintenance stations are available for LSE students and staff to fix their own bikes on campus. They contain secured bike tools and a pump, as well as a stand to support the bike for easy repairs. All repairs you make to your bike are at your own risk – so make sure you don’t lose any of those little screws!

There are two bike maintenance stations, located in the secure cycle storage areas in the NAB basement, and the Towers basement. 

The bike maintenance stations were financed through the LSE Sustainable Projects Fund and were the brainchild of LSE student Oliver Lyasght, a keen cyclist.

A bike pump can also be found on the John Watkins Plaza for your convenience.

Recommended taxi cabs

Licensed black cabs displaying an illuminated 'TAXI' sign at the front.  There are several apps to help you find your nearest black cab such as Kabbee and HailO.  Transport for London's text service, Cabwise helps you to get home safely.  Just text 'HOME' to 60835 to get i) taxi and ii) local licensed minicab numbers sent directly to your mobile (charges apply).

Westminster Car Club

If you absolutely cannot avoid driving while in London, there are green ways to do this. Westminster City Council has partnered with Zipcar to give you access to cars parked across the city. This initiative aims to reduce emissions and congestion in central London. It's better than having your own car, as fuel, insurance, the Congestion Charge and 40 free miles are all included in low hourly and daily hire rates. On campus you can pick up a car from Portugal Street (behind 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields). To find out more visit the City of Westminster Car Club web page: http://westminster.zipcar.co.uk/

Electric recharging point

Anyone with an electric vehicle can use the recharging points on Lincoln's Inn Fields and Sardinia Street (No 6 on the map). To find out more go to https://www.sourcelondon.net/

Campus map showing transport and cycling facilities
15_0629 Cycle maps web