Street and campus maps
- Google maps: South Kensington Campus and the surrounding area
- To find out more about travel in London go to Transport for London
From Heathrow Airport
Take the Underground train (Piccadilly Line) to either South Kensington or Gloucester Road stations (approximately 50 minutes journey time).
From Gatwick Airport
Take a British Rail train to Victoria station (journey time 40 minutes) and then by Underground train (Circle or District Line - westbound) to either South Kensington or Gloucester Road stations (approximately 5 minutes journey time).
Both airports are some distance from central London and a taxi is not recommended for the whole journey. If you do choose to take a taxi you are advised to establish the cost before you get in.
Take a British Rail train from the port of entry to London (Harwich to London journey time 1hr 30 mins; Dover to London journey time 2hrs) and then travel by Underground train to either South Kensington or Gloucester Road stations.
By underground (metro)
The London Underground is the most convenient way of getting to Imperial by public transport. Travel to either South Kensington or Gloucester Road stations, which are on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines, then follow the "On Foot" instructions below.
Using the London Underground
The London Underground is by far the best way to travel across London, and to and from the airports, main-line train stations etc. Unless your journey is one-off you are strongly advised to purchase an Oyster Card https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do , which is a pre-pay card that you can use on all London underground and overground trains and buses. An Oyster Card avoids the need to queue for tickets and dramatically reduces the cost of each journey. You can obtain an Oyster Card in advance (see above link) or can purchase one at most underground stations.
Contactless bank cards are also now accepted when entering and exiting train stations as an alternative to Oyster cards.
- 9, 10 or 52 - Royal Albert Hall
- 74 or 14 - Victoria and Albert Museum
- 49 - Gloucester Road
- 345, 430, 45A or C1 - South Kensington
- 70 or 360 - Queen's Gate
- 9A - Prince Consort Road
For a more detailed location of bus stops here is the Transport for London bus map.
From South Kensington station either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The main entrance to the College is just past the Science Museum.
To get to the Huxley Building from here go through the main entrance and follow the elevated walkway to the far end; this enters the building on level 3.
From Gloucester Road station walk north up Gloucester Road and turn right at Queen's Gate Terrace; the entrance to the Department is opposite the end of Queen's Gate Terrace, on Queen's Gate itself. Both stations are about a five-minute walk from the campus.
Car parking at the South Kensington campus is severely restricted and you are advised NOT to bring a car unless permission has been given.
After 6pm, at weekends and during vacations the car park is open to the paying public. Parking in the streets surrounding the College is pay and display or parking meters for limited periods only.