London and Local Culture
Location of Pepperdine's London House
Pepperdine's London Program is located at the Pepperdine University "London House" at 56 Prince's Gate, London SW7 in the prestigious Knightsbridge and South Kensington area. Three of London's major museums (the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum) are in the same locale, with the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park just to the north of campus. The London House has excellent facilities, including two classrooms, which seat approximately 42 and 20 students respectively, a library with desktop computers and a printer/copier/scanner, an additional quiet study room, wireless internet throughout the building, administrative and faculty offices and a commons room for the law students. The on-site library has a limited collection, which is designed to provide support for the courses being taught in the program.
The Pepperdine professor-in-residence visiting from Malibu lives in one of the two faculty flats in the building, providing excellent opportunity for student-faculty interaction. The facility is shared with approximately 40 undergraduate students from Seaver College of Pepperdine University who live in the building and also take classes there.
Address and Telephone Number
The formal address and telephone number are as follows:
56 Prince's Gate
London SW7 2PG
Tel: 020 7581 1506 (From the US dial: 011 44 20 7581 1506)
We would like all students to come away from their London experience with a knowledge of the British political and legal system as well as an appreciation for the culture. To that end, the London program offers lectures on the British political and legal system, a walking tour of the Inns of Court including Middle Temple and a visit to Parliament.
Students will additionally visit a Magistrate's Court and/or the Rolls Building Commercial Court, the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey), and the Royal Courts of Justice. Students are reminded that courts, generally, are open to the public and although some visits are arranged they are encouraged to visit or return to them for their own interest and in their own time.
In the local vicinity of the Pepperdine House are three of London's major museums: the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum. Our neighbors include the expansive Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, Harrods, and the world famous Royal Albert Hall which hosts a number of concerts, both popular and classical, ballet, and sporting events such as indoor tennis. Buckingham Palace is a short tube ride minutes from our front door as is all of London with its myriad of cultural opportunities -- more museums, cafes and gastronomic opportunities, pubs and clubs, and retail therapy should you need it. As students, many discounted opportunities are available to you for theatre, cinema and travel, so bring your university student ID card with you.
Transportation expenses to London can differ depending upon various factors including the time of travel and the place of origin of travel. As a guide, the current average round-trip coach class airfare from Los Angeles to London (for the applicable school travel dates) is in the $1,800 range.
By Taxi or Car
The easiest way to travel to the center of London when you have a lot of luggage is by TAXI (official regulated "black" taxi cab" that may actually be in colors other than black) but this is a high cost option unless you are traveling with one or two others. Depending on traffic (taxis are metered), the fare to central London can cost $120 or more.
An alternative to traveling by taxi is to organize a car to meet you. Contact Airport Executive at 01144 208 838 3333 or Simply Airports 01144 207 701 4321. These have to be pre-booked. Give them your name, flight number, arrival time and departure city. They will track the flight and meet you. The price will be a set rate for the journey and they will give you 40 minutes to get through immigration control and collect your luggage. Then the clock starts ticking and charges accrue for waiting. Having "pounds sterling" with you will be helpful (they will accept credit cards for pre-booked fares, but charge a fee to do so).
By Express Trains to Central London
Another option is an express train. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are served by EXPRESS TRAINS that will bring you quickly into the center of London:
From Heathrow Airport, the Heathrow Express is a direct fast train from the airport to Paddington Station (One of the many Central London Train Stations). Trains leave every 15 minutes and the journey to Paddington Station takes about 15 minutes. The one-way fare is approximately £21.50 (about $32). Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport, follow the signs for the Heathrow Express. From Paddington Station, you can then catch a taxi.
From Gatwick Airport , the Gatwick Express is a direct fast train from the airport to Victoria Station (another of Central London's train stations). The trains run every 15 minutes and the journey to Victoria Station takes about 30 minutes. The one-way fare is approximately £19.90 (about $30). A cab ride from Victoria to Pepperdine should not be too expensive but it does depend on the traffic. It is certainly more convenient than trying to move your luggage around on the Underground, especially if you are arriving during the rush hour. Only take taxis from the cab ranks, never from someone who approaches you.
By Subway (Underground or "Tube")
The least expensive option for transportation from Heathrow (not available from Gatwick) is to travel to the center of London by UNDERGROUND TRAIN or the "tube." This can, however, be a bit difficult if you are traveling with a lot of luggage. To exit many of the Tube stations in central London, including South Kensington which is the closest to Pepperdine, you have to negotiate one or more flights of stairs, so you should take this into account when planning your arrival with heavy luggage. Therefore, if you are coming into London from Heathrow Airport by Tube train, you are advised to check the map of the system that is included in the TFL website at the link below to see stations with step free access, exit from the one nearest to your destination, and then take a taxi the rest of the way. All terminals at Heathrow are connected to the Underground's "Piccadilly" line (the dark blue line on the Tube map). Upon arrival at the airport, follow the signs for the Underground. Buy a "one-way" ticket at either a ticket booth or a ticket machine to the South Kensington station ("tube" stop). The Underground leaves at varying times depending on the time of day, but runs approximately every 10 minutes. The journey from Heathrow to South Kensington station is about 60 minutes. For more information see the Transport for London website.