For value for money and traveller safety reasons, please book your travel and accommodation via our dedicated Travel Management Company (TMC), Diversity Travel.
Diversity is a specialist academic and charity travel company.
Their dedicated travel booking team (Bay Team) are located in Chancery Lane and will answer travel enquiries within two hours. Please contact them on:
020 3544 3545
Out of hours emergency:
0161 300 8258
Bay Team's opening hours are:
- Mon-Fri 08:45 - 17:30
- Sat & Sun: 08:00 - 17:30
- For out of hours enquiries (including urgent bookings) please use the emergency line.
Alternatively, you can book online 24/7 via the online booking tool.
To book you must be set up as an Authorised Booker. Please ask your Budget Controller/ Departmental Manager to email email@example.com and we will arrange your set up within 24 hours.
Further information and guidance on the travel booking process is provided in our Guide to purchasing travel and hotel accommodation [PDF] .
This Guide includes details of LSE rates and deals with local London hotels (Club Quarters, Citadines, the Grange, the Goodenough Club and Strand Palace) and LSE's Faculty Accommodation Service, who can help you find the most appropriate accommodation for longer-stay requirements in the London area.
You can find information on the School's Travel Policy in the Travel, Subsistence and Personal Expenses Policy and Procedures. The key points are:
- Premium Economy/ Business Class travel is normally only allowed for flights over 8 hours in duration (check the Policy for a limited number of exceptions to this rule)
- Rail Travel must always be Economy/ Standard Class
- You should always try to keep hotel costs within the Government Daily Rates for the city you are staying in. You can find these by typing 'Government Daily Rates' into a search engine.
Travel Insurance and Travel Risk
LSE's Health and Safety Team manage the School's travel insurance arrangements and hold the policy cover note. For more information, please see here.
Any booking made with Diversity Travel is automatically notified to Health and Safety.
The School does not yet have an official policy on booking through Airbnb, but travellers considering booking via this option are strongly advised to contact Health and Safety to ensure all risk factors have been taken into account.
Corporate Airbnb accounts can be set up at : https://www.airbnb.co.uk/work
Please note that you are required to pay for Airbnb bookings on a card.
Corporate Airbnb hosts provide additional facilities and an improved customer service compared with standard Airbnb. LSE also has access to the Corporate Airbnb travel tracker for accommodation booked via their website.