The conference will take place in the splendour of Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, now home to the University of Greenwich’s Maritime Campus. The Greenwich Maritime Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. It is the university’s largest campus and is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. The UK’s Independent newspaper once described it as “More breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery is also on the campus. The Gallery provides a showcase for the work of contemporary artists. The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, the location of the conference, also house the tourist attractions of the Painted Hall and Chapel.
Address: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS, UK
Getting to the Conference Venue, University of Greenwich Maritime Campus
From Heathrow, take the Piccadilly Line to Green Park, then change to the Jubilee Line, changing again at Canary Wharf onto the DLR and alighting at Cutty Sark.
From Gatwick, take the Thameslink rail service to London Bridge, change onto the London Underground to take the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and take the DLR line to Cutty Sark.
From Stansted, take the Stansted Express train link to Liverpool Street, change onto the London Underground and take the Central Line to Bank then the DLR line to Cutty Sark.
From London City Airport, take the DLR to Cutty Sark Greenwich (change at Poplar). The DLR runs to London City Airport, change at Poplar and get onto a Lewisham/Greenwich Bound train –
The best option is to get off at Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line) and get a DLR Lewisham bound train to Cutty Sark. Turn left out of the station and proceed down the small arcade. Cross the road and head down College Approach towards the Old Royal Naval College.
By DLR – Docklands Light Railway
Cutty Sark DLR Station is just a two-
Greenwich & London Attractions
The location of conference, Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, now home to the University of Greenwich’s Maritime Campus is one of the 20 most visit sites in the United Kingdom attracting over a million people worldwide. The venue is on a United Nations classified World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames.
Main tourist attractions at the conference site include:
- Wren’s twin domes (an iconic Greenwich landmark; free entry)
- Chapel (designed by Sir Christopher Wren; free entry)
- Painted Hall (often described as the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’; free entry)
- The Stephen Lawrence Gallery (it showcases the work of contemporary artists; free entry)
- The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre: You will explore over 500 years of history through a fascinating permanent exhibition all located in one space. You will see a programme of temporary exhibitions; browse for unique design led gifts at the Shop at the ORNC; find out more about what to see in Greenwich at the Tourist Information Centre; and enjoy a refreshing beer or bite to eat at The Old Brewery
Main tourist attractions around the conference site in Greenwich include:
- National Maritime Museum (a world’s leading maritime museum; across the road)
- Queen’s House (Palladian house designed in 1616 by Inigo Jones; across the road)
- Cutty Sark Clipper Ship (world’s famous ships and a legend of her time; down the road)
- Royal Greenwich Park (across the road; perfect for relaxation and reflection, leads to GMT site; London’s oldest enclosed Royal Park; the park is situated on a hilltop with impressive views of Greenwich and across the River Thames to Canary Wharf, The O2, the City of London and beyond. )
- The Royal Observatory Greenwich (across the road; ROG was founded by Charles II in 1675 as a scientific institution for navigational research; home of the world’s Prime Meridian –
longitude 0° – and of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- St Alfege Church (10 minutes’ walk; church stood here since 1012 on the traditional site of the martyrdom of St Alfege, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered by marauding Vikings )
- Rangers House, the Wernher Collection (the celebrated collection of Renaissance objects d’art as well as antique furniture and Georgian paintings amassed by Sir Julius Wernher are on display here in the house once owned by the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield. Sir Julius, a founder of De Beers, made his fortune in the South African diamond mines at the end of the 19th century)
- The Fan Museum (this is the only museum in the world dedicated to the art and craft of the fan. Beautiful examples of this elegant fashion accessory of the 17th and 18th centuries are on display at the museum which is housed in two charming early Georgian houses. Home to a collection of more than 3,500 fans).
London tourist attractions include: Too many and too awesome to list! They include museums, parks and gardens, galleries, historic buildings and attractions. What we can absolutely guarantee is that you will never run of out what to see or places of interest to visit in London. Please see http://www.visitlondon.com/.
The delegates will have a choice from a range of hotels around the conference venue. The following four hotels are within 2 to 10 minutes’ walk to the conference venue. They are all 4* hotels, except Mitre hotel, and are reasonably priced by London standard – but some delegates might find them expensive. However, delegates can get better deal if they go through intermediaries such as Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Laterooms.com, etc. You could also consider approaching the hotel directly.
- De Vere Venues Devonport House (4*)
- Novotel London Greenwich (4*)
- Ibis London Greenwich (4*)
- Mitre Hotel (3*)
These are some of the cheaper hotels for budget delegates. Although these hotels are located further afield, delegates can get to the conference venue quickly by tube or light railway in less than 30 minutes. Delegates can get better deal if they go through intermediaries such as Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Laterooms.com, etc. You could also consider approaching the hotel directly.
- Ibis London Docklands ExCel (2*; under 4 miles, DLR to conference venue)
- Travelodge London Docklands (3* under 3 miles, DLR to conference venue)
- Holiday Inn Express Royal Docks/Docklands (3* under 3 miles, DLR to conference venue)
- Clarendon Hotel (1.1 miles away; by bus)
- Mortham Cottage Guest House (2*; 3.9 miles away; direct DLR train from Stratford, in 20 minutes)
- The Newham Hotel (3*5.5 miles away, direct DLR train from Stratford, in 20 minutes)