Travel

Some tips and advice to help you travel to and within London during The Rigamarole.

Map

A map of the local area to The Rigamarole 2018.

The following link leads to the same map: Google Maps link

Venues

Our venue for the evening parties is Limehouse Town Hall, a grand shabby chic institutional space dating from the late 19th century. This is located in East London next to a bus stop and a short walk from Limehouse DLR tube station. Daytime venues for classes are not yet finalised, but some of them will be in Limehouse Town Hall and any others will be within easy travelling distance of Limehouse.

Accommodation

We recommend looking for accomodation within a kilometre or two of our venue; London’s public transport network is comprehensive and integrated, but services after midnight are rather more constrained.

Good options for accommodation in the local area are:

Note that we do not recommend getting accommodation on the south side of the Thames unless you are prepared for a longer journey to the venue than the physical proximity suggests - use Google Maps or CityMapper to get realistic journey times from your accommodation to and from our venue(s).

Travel within London

London has a substantial public transport network - extending out to some of the airports and covering trains, metro/subway (“the tube”), buses, taxis, and bicycles within the city. Most locals use public transport extensively as it’s usually the quickest and most convenient way to get around.

Public transport is run by Transport for London (TfL) and their website is a good place to start when figuring out routes and timings.

Travel on TfL services can be paid for using a pre-paid card called “Oyster” by either loading it up with cash - known as Pay As You Go (PAYG) - or with a travel card. The shortest duration Oyster travel card is 7 days.

Travel on TfL services can also be paid for with a normal contactless payment card from your bank.

When using Oyster PAYG or contactless payment, you will be charged less than the cost of equivalent paper tickets and your day’s costs are capped at the cost of a single day’s paper travel card. There are a few oddball exceptions to the overall system - the “Emirates Airline” cable car and the Thames Clipper river services can be paid for with PAYG or contactless but not with a travel card and are not included in the cap on daily charges. Both of these are good value for money when you’re sight-seeing though!

If you’re looking for a good app to help you get around then we’d suggest in addition to the ubiquitous Google Maps that you load up CityMapper to help you navigate.

Black cabs (which can be hailed on the street) and minicabs (which cannot legally be hailed) operate in the city. For both there are a variety of apps that can be used to summon them. Uber is also available in London at present.

You can book a black cab or minicab with the MyTaxi app.

Note that a black cab available for hire will have the orange “Taxi” sign illuminated; otherwise they are not available. You should not hail any other cabs.

Don’t travel with the unmarked unlicensed cabs that tout for business on the streets as they are potentially dangerous, are uninsured, and are not operating legally.

Getting to London from outside the UK

London is serviced by several major airports. Most of our airports are a substantial distance from the center of the city so we would recommend taking rail or coach services from the airport rather than taxi, minicab, or similar services.

Note that the UK is outside the Schengen area so you will need your national identity card or passport to travel here. You should bring your passport if possible as at most London airports this will allow you to use automatic security gates instead of the very long queue required for identity cards and non-European visitors.

City Airport (LCY)

  • 7 Miles from central London
  • On the Docklands Light Railway (part of the London Underground network)
  • Local bus services

As the closest airport to London, primarily handling short haul business flights and on the same side of London as Limehouse Town Hall, City is an excellent choice of airport if you can find an affordable flight. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will typically be the quickest way to get from here into Central London. Limehouse station close to our venue is on the DLR line.

London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

  • 14 Miles from central London
  • On the Picadilly Line (part of the London Underground network)
  • Heathrow Express to London Paddington station
  • Tfl Rail (previously called “Heathrow Connect”) to London Paddington station
  • Megabus and National Express provide coach services between Heathrow Airport and central London.

Free shuttle train service between the terminals

15 minute journey time (non-stop service), 4 trains an hour (buy tickets in advance if possible - Oyster cards are not valid)

30 minute journey time (stopping service), every 30 minutes (Oyster cards are valid on this service). Note that Tfl Rail leaves from the same platform(s) as the Heathrow Express which is better signposted.

Heathrow is London’s largest air transport hub and well connected with central London - though the transit time on the Picadilly Line is much slower than on the other rail services (but conversely takes you into the heart of London rather than the rail terminus of Paddington).

Stansted Airport (STN)

  • 42 Miles from central London
  • Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street station

Furthest from London but with a convenient rail service to central London and as Ryanair’s hub it provides cheap flights throughout Europe.

Gatwick Airport (LGW)

  • 30 Miles from central London
  • Gatwick Express service to Victoria station or London Bridge station
  • Southern and Thameslink services to Victoria and London Bridge stations
  • Rail transport politics and maintenance work on this line mean that there have been a number of strikes, cancellations, late running trains, and other issues over the last few years. You should check local news for any known issues ahead of time.
  • EasyBus, Megabus, and National Express provide coach services between Gatwick Airport and central London.

The Gatwick Express service runs up to four times an hour taking about 30 minutes. Check National Rail Enquiries for other rail transport schedules.

Gatwick is London’s second major airport - in theory it is well connected with central London, but in practice recent transport issues have made it advisable to pad your schedule with extra time to avoid missing flights. However there are numerous cheap flights with EasyJet and Norwegian, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Luton Airport (LTN)

Shuttle buses between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway rail station take roughly 10 minutes and run every 10 minutes. Can be bought as part of a rail ticket, or paid in cash only on the bus. Train from Luton Airport Parkway to St Pancras International (effectively a part of Kings Cross Station) run every 10 minutes and take 40 minutes.

Eurostar

  • Central London (Kings Cross/St Pancras)

If you’re coming from, or via, northern Europe you should consider the Eurostar service through the channel tunnel direct to St Pancras International station. It tends to be a relatively expensive and slow route, but does benefit from being established at one of London’s main rail terminuses, and having a quicker and simpler customs and immigration process than the airports.