London Calling 2023 is being held at St Mary’s Church, Marylebone. The address is Bryston Square, London, W1H 1DN.
There are plenty of transport options available to get to London, and for getting around London while doing some geocaching. The venue is close to Marylebone Train Station with its links into the Chilterns and beyond, and not too far away at all from both Baker Street and Edgeware Road on the London Underground. There is a multitude of buses which run nearby to all parts of the city.
Travelling to London
If you are travelling to London from elsewhere in the UK, then you have a few different options. If you’re coming from anywhere other than the south/south-east of London, then you’ll be able to take a train straight to near the venue.
- Marylebone Station: A four-minute walk
- Paddington Station: A 15-minute walk
- Euston Station: A 30-minute walk, or a 20-minute bus ride along Euston Road
- Kings Cross/St Pancras Stations: A 25-minute bus ride, or a quick three stops on the Circle, Hammersmith and City or Metropolitan Lines
Details of train routes can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website here: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Also particularly handy is Trainline, especially for on the go e-tickets and railcards, and to compare the prices directly with coaches.
Regarding coaches, there may be local options from where you live, or alternatively, there are the National Express bus services. These can often be a cheaper way to travel to London than the train services. Details are available here: https://www.nationalexpress.com/
We don’t recommend driving if you can avoid it. Not only is parking quite expensive in Central London, but you’ll also have to pay the Congestion Charge (£15) if you drive straight to the venue between 12 pm and 6 pm. However, St Mary’s is close to the border, so check out the map here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge/congestion-charge-zone. Generally, if you stay north of Euston Road or west of Edgeware Road then you won’t be in the zone.
However, you may still need to pay the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) fee (£12.50) as that area is much larger: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-where-and-when, however, you won’t need to pay if your vehicle meets these standards: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ways-to-meet-the-standard
Of course, that brings us back to parking, which isn’t cheap. There is no car park at St Mary’s. A good resource for finding parking nearby is https://www.parkopedia.com/.
London is one of the busiest cities in the world for passenger traffic through its airports. It is served by six different airports; Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton and Southend. While only City is actually in London itself, it’s more than likely that you’ll fly into one of the other airports. Each has direct train services to London, with the exception of Luton which has a short bus ride from the airport to the local train station (although you can buy a combined train ticket with the bus).
Our top tip is to watch for “Express” trains from airports to London. They’re often much more expensive and sometimes not much faster. By the time London Calling 2023 is on, the new Elizabeth Line should be open from Heathrow to Paddington station. If it isn’t (it’s long delayed) then TFL Rail services will be running instead. There’s also coach/bus services from all airports to London itself, with at least National Express running these services.
Of course the other direct link to the capital is the Eurostar services. These run from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. There’s been an approved merger between Eurostar and Thalys, which is expected to increase the range of services. Details are avaliable here: https://www.eurostar.com/
Getting Around London
London is well known for it’s public transport services which cover every single part of the city. These are very accessible, and easier to use than ever – there is no longer any need to use an Oyster card, as any chip and pin card will work in exactly the same way. You’ll be charged just once per day, and will have an automatic cap on payments. Do not buy a Travelcard – the pay as you go caps are always cheaper unless you’re going out to Zone 8 or 9. Details on the caps are here: https://content.tfl.gov.uk/adult-fares.pdf
But of course, you’re going to want to know how to get around. For this, we recommend a website/app called Citymapper. It combines every form of travel into a single app, tells you how to get from place to place and even gives you live details of when buses are due. The website is here: https://citymapper.com/london, the app is available from all app stores.