Transport and facilities for cyclists

This section outlines the best way to get around London and the LSE campus.


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 on the useful links page.

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:

The following London Underground (tube) stations are near the LSE campus: Holborn(Central Line and Piccadilly Line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line), Temple (Circle Line and District 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. Approximately 30 minutes walk. Trains to Stansted Airport and Southend Airport.

London cycle hire scheme

Santander cycles

This 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

Cycle parking and shower facilities


 Cycle storage system Access requirementsNumber of bike parking spaces Closest Shower facilities. Male/Female/Gender Neutral 
Towers Basement* Access with LSE ID card 68 TW2 B.14 GN (1)
New Academic Building (NAB) Basement*  Access with LSE ID card 36 NAB B.01 M(2) B.03 F (2)
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Outdoor open access 76 32L B.36 M (2) B.35 F (2)
Clements Inn (outside Towers) Outdoor open access (6am - 10pm) 60 TW2 B.14 (1)
Grange Court (Between LRB and Royal Courts of Justice) Outdoor open access 8  LRB GF GN (1)
John Watkins Plaza (opposite Plaza Cafe) Outdoor open access 16  LRB GF GN (1)
John Watkins Plaza (opposite main entrance)** Outdoor open access 30  LRB GF GN (1)
Lincoln's Inn Fields (corner opposite NAB) Outdoor open access 56 NAB B.01M (2) B.03 F (2)
Peacock Theatre/Parish Hall ** Outdoor open access 36 SAW 4.02A M (7) 4.02C F (7) 4.20B GN (1)OLD B.15 M (2) B.05 F (1)
Portugal Street (opposite George IV pub) Outdoor open access 26 LRB GF GN (1)
Portugal Street (outside LRB) Outdoor open access 38 LRB GF GN (1)
Sardinia Street (Opposite NAB) Outdoor open access 18 NAB B.01 M (2) B.03 F (2)
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW)  Outdoor open access 20 SAW 4.02A M (7) 4.02C F (7) 4.20B GN (1)

* Bike Maintenance Station 

** Bike Pump

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 384 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.  


Lockers are located in SAW for gym users within the changing room areas on the fourth floor, along with lockers and changing facilities for those wishing to cycle to work. Lockers are also located on the second floor, they are allocated on a first come, first served basis against a £15 deposit for the academic year by the SU reception desk on third floor.

A user friendly and fully accessed controlled locker room facility with 1000 locker units is situated in the basement of Old Building, access by LSE Staff or Student ID card only. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Padlocks to secure the lockers can be purchased from the SU Shop. Please do not  use inappropriate padlocks (lock hasp must be a minimum 6.3mm in diameter).  Please read the Conditions of Use (PDF)You can also find coin operated (£1) lockers in the Old Building basement.  These are for short term use only.

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.

Bike pumps can also be found ooutside the Library and SAW for your convenience.

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

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 Source

Cycle map