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LSE Butler's Wharf 
11 Gainsford Street

Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5795
Fax: +44 (0)20 7107 5797

Who's who at Butler's Wharf

How to get to Butlers Wharf

The residence is situated at 11 Gainsford Street and forms part of the larger Butlers Wharf development on the South Bank of the Thames, near Tower Bridge.

The information below should help you get here regardless of where you're coming from or how you are travelling.

From Heathrow

By rail and tube

London Underground (the tube) connects Heathrow directly with central London. This is the cheapest and most convenient method of transport as long as you don't have too much luggage. For Butlers Wharf take the Piccadilly line to South Kensington and change to the District or Circle line eastbound to Tower Hill (approximate journey time of 1 hour 25 minutes). 


A faster but more expensive option is the  Heathrow Express. This runs every 15 minutes to Paddington Station. The journey takes about 15 minutes. From Paddington take the Tube to Tower Hill, on the Circle line in either direction (approximately 25 minutes but no changes) or on the District Line via Earls Court.

By bus

National Express run bus services between the terminals and central London. Most go to Victoria from where you can catch the District line to Tower Hill. The trip to Victoria can take up to 1 hour 15 minutes and the trip on the tube is another 20 minutes.

From Gatwick

By rail

We'd recommend Thameslink Railway which runs train services to Bedford via the City (which stop at London Bridge). Four trains run every hour. London Bridge is very convenient for Butlers Warf. Otherwise, you could use the Gatwick Express. Trains run approximately every 15 minutes to Victoria. The journey takes about 30 minutes. All trains leave from the South Terminal, but there is a free inter-terminal transit.

By bus

Gatwick Airport is well connected by National Express coach services to the rest of the UK. Speedlink links Gatwick and Heathrow. The Airbus A5 runs to Victoria. from the South Terminal. A transit train runs between the two terminals.

From Victoria

Use the Tube, Circle and District lines to Tower Hill station. Butlers Wharf is on the other side of the river across Tower Bridge. In total this takes about 30 minutes.

From Paddington

London Underground, Circle line (in either direction) or District line via Earls Court can be taken to Tower Hill (to get to Butlers Wharf you need to then cross Tower bridge).

From Waterloo

Use the bus, either the 381 (from York Road) to  Tower Bridge Police Station  or the RV1 to Tower Bridge (this stop is on York Road but the opposite side of the road).

From Kings Cross

Take the Northern Line southbound to  London Bridge  station.

From Liverpool Street

You can take the Circle line to Tower Hill.

By Taxi

If you've too much luggage to carry easily on and off trains or buses then you might consider a taxi from wherever you are. We recommend using a black cab. For Butlers Wharf ask for 'Gainsford Street, next to the Dean Swift' (that's the local pub). 

We recommend using a route planner such as  AA route planner,  RAC route plannerGreen Flag route planner or any other.


From the  M11, A1(M), A10, A12 and A13  put  Tower Bridge  as your destination.




  • Cross Tower Bridge, heading south and take the first left on to Queen Elizabeth Street.
  • Take the next left on to Horselydown Lane and then right onto Gainsford Street.
  • About  30 meters along you'll pass the Dean Swift (pub) and cross Lafone Street.
  • The residence is the first building on the left. There is a car park about 40 meters further along on the right. 


From the  M2, M20, M23, A2, A21, A22 and A24  put  Tower Bridge  as your destination. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE.




  • As you approach Tower Bridge from the south, cross Tooley Street and take the next left into Queen Elizabeth Street.
  • Immediately turn left back on yourself onto Tooley Street and cross Tower Bridge road.
  • Take the second left onto Lafone Street. 
  • About 80 meters down this road, you come to the Dean Swift (pub) on the junction with Gainsford Street.
  • Turn right and the residence is immediately on your left.


From the  M1, M3, M4, M40, A3 and A41  put  Tower Bridge  as your destination.




  • As you head along Tooley Street, instead of turning left onto the bridge, cross Tower Bridge Road and take the second left onto Lafone Street. 
  • About 80 meters down this road, you come to the Dean Swift (pub) on the junction with Gainsford Street.
  • Turn right and the residence is immediately on your left.



Walking (or cycling)

Estimate time of 35 to 40 minutes (15 to 20 by bike)

To School

  • As you leave Butlers Wharf turn right onto Gainsford Street.
  • Take the first turn to the right along Lafone Street cutting up the steps past 'Captain Tony's pizzeria and down the steps on the right into Tower Bridge piazza.
  • Pass the fountain heading for the opposite corner of the square towards Tower Bridge.
  • Leave the piazza onto Shad Thames and pass under Tower Bridge.
  • Walk along the river bank (the Queen's Walk) past City Hall,  HMS Belfast,  Hays Galleria, towards London Bridge.  Before you get to the steps for the bridge, you will see a small path to your left, signed, the  Thames Path. Go down this path and turn right at the end.
  • Pass  Southwark Cathedral  on your left, follow the road to the left then turn right towards the  Golden Hind.
  • Pass the  Old Thameside Inn  into Clink Street and continue past the  Clink  prison museum.
  • Pass under Cannon Street bridge and then turn right past the  Anchor  and follow the river west.
  • Keep following the river, passing under Southwark bridge and on past the  Globe Theatre, the Millennium footbridge and  Tate Modern  gallery.
  • Keeping to the river path continue under Blackfriars rail bridge.
  • Keep going and you will find yourself passing under a second bridge, Blackfriars. Immediately after the bridge, climb the stairs on your left side and cross the river.
  • At the other end, you will pass some steps on your left (don't take these) and then follow the path round to the left as it goes down to the Embankment.
  • Walk along the Embankment (this follows the river) for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye out on the right, for a crossing and an underground station, Temple.
  • Take this crossing, and pass Temple station. Climb the steps in front of you to reach Temple Place, cross this street and continue walking up the hill along the right hand side of Arundel Street.
  • When you reach the top, cross the Strand (ahead of you) towards the Gladstone memorial statue and then turn immediately left and cross to the 'island' between the church (St Clement Danes) and Australia House. Turn right.
  • At the end of the 'island' is a crossing to the Aldwych. Turn left and you will pass a post-office on your right.
  • The next right, before the Nat West bank, is Houghton Street, home of the School.
  • At the main entrance you can get a map showing the School buildings and the links between them.

To Home

  • Leave Houghton Street past the Garrick, turning left into the Aldwych.
  • Take the first crossing on your right onto the 'island between Australia House and St Clement Danes Church.
  • Cross the next road, the Strand, straight ahead of you and go down the hill on Arundel Street.
  • At the end of Arundel Street cross Temple Place and walk down a few steps to pass by Temple underground station.
  • Cross the Embankment and turn left along to river.
  • In about 5 minutes on your right you should see Blackfriars Bridge. Cross the river on this bridge.
  • At the end of the bridge there is a pub called Doggets. By the pub there are steps down to the walkway by the river. Go down these steps and pass under the bridge.
  • Carry on under the next bridge and continue along the river past the  Tate Modern gallery, the Millennium Bridge and the  Globe Theatre, passing under Southwark Bridge and staying on the river path.
  • Pass the Anchor and  Vinopolis  into Clink Street, under Cannon Street rail bridge.
  • At the end of Clink Street pass the Golden Hind and go around the building behind it, passing Southwark Cathedral on your right.
  • Pass under London Bridge and take the small path on the left, after about 30 meters. This takes you back to the riverside.
  • Turn right at the river and follow it past Hays Galleria,  HMS Belfast  and City Hall towards Tower Bridge.
  • Pass under the bridge into Shad Thames and immediately on you right enter Tower Bridge Piazza.
  • Pass the fountain and head up the steps in the very opposite corner of the square.
  • Turn left at the top past 'Captain Tony's pizzeria and down the steps to Lafone Street.
  • Turn right and then left onto Gainsford Street.

By Bus

Journey time of 25 to 35 minutes


The 188 from the junction of Tanner Street with Druid Street will bring you directly to the Aldwych. The RV1 takes a 'leisurely stroll' along the river from the same place. It is best to get off just at the north end of Waterloo bridge.

By Tube

Journey time of 20 to 25 minutes


Cross Tower Bridge and pass the Tower of London to take the tube west from Tower Hill to Temple. 

For an interactive map, please see this  map of the local area.