Hotels & travel

Park Plaza Victoria London

The Symposium venue, the Park Plaza Victoria London, is ideally located within walking distance of Victoria train, coach, bus and Underground stations in Central London. The four-star hotel has a business centre, free Wi-Fi and a health club, and there are special rates on rooms for TOPRA Symposium attendees.


Alternative accommodation

If you prefer not to stay in the Symposium venue, there are many other hotels nearby.


Travel to the Symposium

Situated just two minutes from Victoria Station, Park Plaza Victoria London is easily accessible from wherever you are travelling from.

It is one of London's busiest transport hubs, so it's easy to get around. Victoria Underground Station is on the District & Circle Lines and the Victoria line. The Gatwick Express train to Gatwick Airport runs from London Victoria Station and the Victoria Line runs directly to King’s Cross St Pancras with its Eurostar services.



Travel times

From international terminals Journey time to Symposium
Gatwick Airport 45 minutes
City Airport 45 minutes
Eurostar (King’s Cross St Pancras) 45 minutes
Heathrow Airport 1 hour
Stansted & Luton Airports 1 ½ hour
From UK locations by train Journey time to Symposium
Brighton 1 hour
Cardiff 2 ½ hours
Edinburgh 5 hours
Glasgow 5 hours
Leeds 2 ½ hours
Liverpool 3 hours
Manchester 2 ½ hours
York 2 ½ hours

By air

London has five major airports, making it one of the internationally best-connected cities in the world.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the most conveniently located airport in relation to the Symposium venue.

Gatwick Express trains depart for Victoria station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 30 minutes. This is a direct service and the fastest way to travel to central London. You can reach your Symposium seat in less than 60 minutes after landing.


Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is London’s largest airport. The quickest way of getting to the Symposium from Heathrow is the Heathrow Express direct train, departing for Paddington station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 15 to 25 minutes depending on destination terminal. It could take less than 75 minutes to arrive at the Symposium.

Alternatively, Heathrow Connect trains arrive at Paddington station, with an average journey time of 30 minutes. In addition, London Underground serves the airport with the Piccadilly line, however services are much slower and is less comfortable. Average journey time is 50 minutes.


London City Airport

London’s newest airport, London City is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). DLR services run every 8 to 15 minutes to central London, with efficient connections to the Underground. Arriving here, it would take you less than 60 minutes to get to the Symposium.


Other airport options

London Stansted and London Luton are alternative airports that are located a bit further away.

Stansted Express trains depart for Liverpool Street station every 15 minutes, with a journey time of 45 minutes. Travel time to Symposium: approximately 90 minutes.

Luton Parkway Station is connected to the airport by a regular free shuttle bus (8 minute journey). Frequent rail services into London run throughout the day and night. Travel time to Symposium: approximately 90 minutes.


By rail

Eurostar

Eurostar services arrive into King’s Cross St Pancras, one of the best-connected train stations in London. From here you can take the Victoria Line direct to Victoria. You would be in a Symposium session in less than 45 minutes from your arrival in London.

National Rail

Local trains from London's suburbs arrive in a variety of central stations, including Victoria, providing convenient connections with the Underground. Avoid commuter trains at peak rush hours when they are busy. Oyster Cards can be used on many commuter trains.

To plan your journey, or for route maps, timetables and fare visit the National Rail website or call +44845 748 4950.


By bus

National Express coaches offer 24-hour coach transfers into Victoria station, via Baker Street, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner. Average journey time of 1 hour 40 minutes.


By car

It is recommended to use London's quicker and well-connected public transport system, however if you do need to drive try to avoid peak times.

Note that a Congestion Charge zone applies for driving in central London between 07.00 to 18.00, Monday to Friday. Charging zones are visible with a large "C" printed on the road and on signs as you enter the zone. For pricing and zone maps visit the TFL website.


Car hire agencies are available throughout the capital

Parking is limited in central London and therefore it is recommended to book in advance where possible. Street parking is generally restricted between business hours, or it operates on a "Pay & Display" scheme. For parking over several hours to days, visit the National Car Parks website.


Oyster card: The easy way to travel around London

For a cost-effective way of getting round London, buy an Oyster Card when you arrive for the easiest way to access the public transport network and to beat the queues. Oyster is an electronic smartcard ticket. Simply touch your card on the yellow reader to get through the Undergrounds and train gates or to board buses and river boat services.

Your Oyster can be used to pay for single journeys or you can add daily and weekly travelcards. Pre-paid Oyster Cards offer better fares on all modes of public transport.

Please note: cash is not accepted on London Buses, therefore you must have a travel card or Oyster Card.

Try Transport for London's journey planner journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey on public transport or walking routes. London's transport is split into six zones, with Zones 1 and 2 in central London.