Transport and cycling facilities

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

Walking

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.

Central London suffers from poor air quality but by avoiding the main roads with highest concentrations of traffic you can reduce your exposure to air pollution by 30 - 60%.
Plan your route with the Mayor of London Clean Air Route finder; explore real time pollution spots from London Air Quality Network and learn more about the issue with these interesting.
Walk some of London's favourite routes highlighted by Transport for London.

You will find more tips and directions 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, 6, 9, 11, 15, 26, 59, 68, 76/ 87, 91, 168, 172, 188, 243, 341, 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 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 and Kent.
  • 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.

Cycling to LSE

Santander cycles

London can be a daunting place to take to the saddle, but there's plenty of help out there to get you started. Riding a bike is good for your health, good for the environment, cost effective and fun!

You can plan a quiet route to LSE by ordering a free map from Transport for London

You can also use the bicycle icon on google maps and the Transport for London journey planner to work out the best way to go. 

Join the Bicycle User Group or LSESU Cycling Club.

Buying a bicycle

LSE operate a cyclescheme for staff which can save staff 33% on the cost of a new bike.

The Santander Cycle Hire Scheme have docking stations on Houghton Street, Sardinia Street and Portugal Street. The bikes are available for 24 hours a day and are great for short journeys around central London. 

There are many varieties of bike, and deciding which bike is best for you can be a big task. See the Evans guide to buying bikes before you buy. 

You will also need:

  • Bike Helmet – ensure the helmet is fitted properly and securely attached to your head; it should cover your forehead, and the straps should be comfortably tight under your chin.
  • Bike Lock
  • Lights
  • High Visibility Jacket

Cycle parking and shower facilities

Cycle
Cycle storage system Access requirementsNumber of bike parking spaces Closest Shower facilities. Male/Female/Gender Neutral 
Fawcett/Pankhurst House basement* Access with LSE ID card 68 FAW B.14 GN (1)
CBG G.10 GN (1)
New Academic Building (NAB) Basement*  Access with LSE ID card 36 NAB B.01 M(2) B.03 F (2)
Clare Market (adjacent SSC) Outdoor open access 22 CBG G.10 GN (1)
OLD B.15 M (2) B.05 F (1)
Clements Inn (outside PAN/FAW) Outdoor open access (6am - 10pm) 60 FAW B.14 (1)
CBG G.10 GN (1)
CLM MB.02 GN (1)

Grange Court (Between LRB and Royal Courts of Justice) Outdoor open access 24 CBG G.10 GN (1) 
LRB GF R.7 GN (1)
John Watkins Plaza (opposite Plaza Cafe) Outdoor open access 16  LRB GFR.7 GN (1)
John Watkins Plaza (opposite main entrance)** Outdoor open access 30  LRB GF R.7 GN (1)
Lincoln's Inn Fields (corner opposite NAB) Outdoor open access 56 NAB B.01M (2) B.03 F (2)
32 Lincoln's Inn Fields Outdoor open access 76 32L B.35 M (2) B.36 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 R.7 GN (1)
Portugal Street (outside LRB) Outdoor open access 38 LRB GF R.7 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)
St Clement's Lane Outdoor open access 12 CBG G.10 GN (1)
OLD B.15 M (2) B.05 F (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 434 open access and 104 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. There are also open access cycle parking spaes bordering the campus on Kingsway and Aldwych.  All LSE halls of residence also have cycle parking facilities.  

Lockers

 

Locker TypeLocationAccessAllocationRequirements/CostAvailable
General use   OLD B.27 LSE card First come first served 

Padlock min 6.3mm hasp (can be purchased from SU Shop) 
Conditions of Use 

Academic year
 Laptop OLD G.15 LSE card First come first served    No charge  
 Books  Library   Lottery system at start of academic year Terms and conditions available from Library at start of term. £5 fee applies Check Library website or email library.locker.enquiries@lse.ac.uk Academic year
Gym users SAW 4th floor (changing rooms)   First come, first served  £1 coin (returnable)  
Gym users SAW 4th floor (outside changing rooms)   First come, first served Details available from su.gym@lse.ac.uk  
General use  SAW 2.05   First come, first served £15 deposit From SU reception SAW 3rd floor
General use OLD Basement Red lockers (outside OLD B.10)   First come, first served £1 coin (returnable) keys obtained from OLD Reception Information will be displayed on lockers at start of term Academic year
Cyclist NAB B.05 LSE card First come, first served £1 coin (information from NAB reception staff) Academic year

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 FAW/PAN 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 outside the Library and SAW for your convenience.

Watch out for Dr Bike sessions where you can get your bike looked at for free! Dates will be advertised in the LSE staff and student news, Green Flash newsletter and Sustainable LSE Twitter and Facebook.

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.

For an up to date list of available car clubs, including electric vehicles please visit TfL Car Clubs.

Electric recharging point

Anyone with an electric vehicle can use the recharging points on Lincoln's Inn Fields and Sardinia Street (No 5 on the map). To find out more go Source

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