Summer of Sonic 2011: A Travel Guide

Travelling to Summer of Sonic can sometimes be a daunting undertaking, especially if this is your first time to England’s capital! However, we have put together this travel guide to help you get about London easily, and find necessary accommodation should you require it.

The Camden centre is located two minutes away from the King’s Cross St. Pancras train station which serves a large amount of traffic coming from further north and from the continent. Travellers coming from the north of England by train should aim to travel into Kings Cross or Euston station – both of these stations are within walking distance of the Camden Centre. (N.B. The door in the photo is a fire door, the entrance to the event will be around the side of the building!)

London’s Underground train service provides a quick way to get around London, at a reasonable cost. Most of central London lies within Zone 1 and 2 (as is the Camden Centre and London Kings Cross), and if you do not plan on travelling out of the city, you won’t need to buy anything other than zone 1 & 2 tickets. Single tickets in this zone are £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for under 18’s. Tickets can be purchased on day of travel from either ticket offices in the station or from ticket machines situated in the station. If you plan on making multiple trips on the London Underground during a day, we recommend a day travel card. The cost of this travel card is £6.60 for off peak (travelling after 9:30am) and can be use an unlimited number of times during the day. Trains usually halt service around midnight, and resume service between 5:30-6:30am.
For further ticket information follow this link

You may also wish to consider purchasing an Oyster card which will give you significant discounts on your travel if you plan to sight see or travel frequently. Follow this link for more information about purchasing an Oyster card.

If you chose to travel by bus to London, your most likely port of call will be London’s Victoria station. London King’s Cross station is a handful of stops away on the London Underground Victoria Line (the light blue line) heading northerly. A single one-way ticket (zone 1-2) will cost £4.00, or £2.00 for a child fare.

Similarly, if you plan on arriving by train into Paddington station, you can reach King’s Cross by taking either the Circle line (yellow) or the Hammersmith and City line (pink) eastbound.

All airport terminals are served by the London Underground Piccadilly line (dark blue) and travel straight through to King’s Cross (50min-1 hour journey). Heathrow airport is in zone 6, and therefore requires a zone 1-6 ticket at the cost of £5. This can be purchased from the underground station on the day. A day travel card for zones 1-6 costs £8.00, and may be a consideration if you plan on sightseeing.

Gatwick airport has no underground connections but you can travel into central London by the train connections. Train fares start from £9.40, and journeys take around 30 minutes. You can book these in advance through this link. You can go directly to St. Pancreas station from Gatwick with this service.
For more information on tickets from Gatwick follow this link

London can be an expensive place to stay, however we hope that we can give you some ideas on places to spend the nights before and after Summer of Sonic.

Travelodge offer basic accommodation with en-suite rooms. The two closest Travelodge hotels are London Kings Cross Royal Scot and London Kings Cross (the latter being slightly more expensive). Rooms start at £80 a night, with the opportunity to book triple rooms to accommodate three people if you are travelling to Summer of Sonic with friends and looking to split room costs.
For more information and booking follow this link.

The Comfort Inn offers bed and breakfast and a location about 5 minutes walk from the venue at Kings Cross. Prices start from £100 for a single room or £130 for double or twin en-suite rooms. A good choice if you don’t want to find breakfast in the morning.
For more information and booking follow this link.

Two minutes walk from the Camden Centre, the Novotel is a comfortable quiet four-star hotel equipped with bar and restaurant amongst other facilities. Although its location is ideal for a stay during the Summer of Sonic, expect to pay £135 per night minimum, with breakfast costing additional.
For more information and booking follow this link.

A similar location to the Novotel, they offer similar amenities for around the same price of about £130 a night.
For more information and booking follow this link

If you are coming to Summer of Sonic on a budget, you may want to check out the YHA hostel. The hostel offers shared and group dormitories, with individuals stays costing as little as £25 a night, it has the added bonus of being on the doorstep of the venue. If you are travelling in a large group you can book group dormitories and reduce your costs further.
For more information and booking follow this link.

If you’re on a budget but don’t like the prospect of a hostel, then the County hotel is for you. With rooms starting from as little as £28.50 a night, you can have the comfort of your own room in this budget hotel, with the only compromise being a shared shower facility. With breakfast thrown in, you really aren’t going to get better than this for this price in London!
For more information and booking follow this link.

If you require any more information please send your queries to tbird [at] sonicstadium [dot] org

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13 Responses to Summer of Sonic 2011: A Travel Guide

  1. avatar Shayna says:

    Sweet! I’ll have to memorize this

  2. avatar Coretta says:

    Does anyone comming from america want to go in with me for accomidation or travel? (airplane) i would like to go this year but i am very limited on funds.

  3. avatar Umiyuri says:

    Saint Pancreas?

    …I totally read it as that in the first place, so I absolve you of any mistake. XDDD

  4. avatar Retrix says:

    Thanks T-Bird.
    It does say St Pancreas in the picture though — isn’t that the patron saint of insulin? :P

    Just a thought: is it worth getting an Oyster card? I thought that made the fares cheaper?

    • avatar T-Bird says:

      Yeah, I call it St. Pancreas – Patron Saint of digestion! An Oyster card does make fares cheaper, but unless you’re going to be travelling a lot in London, the initial outlay of £13 isn’t worth it. If you’re going to be around for a week – then maybe it is something worth considering.

  5. I’ll go to London Waterloo like I always do then take the underground to Kings Cross. The only thing I’m concerned about is the disruption to the underground which I believe is cause by upgrades to it. Hopefully it doesn’t affect any lines I use.

    • avatar T-Bird says:

      We will hopefully keep everyone up to date on any disruptions to the underground lines on the weekend – luckly most of the lines are major routes and rarely close on the weekends.

  6. avatar Jason Wilkinson says:

    :w00t!: Finally a location had I been before:D
    :lol: I don’t need to pay for the travel fare because I got a Freedom Pass for all London Transport (Bus, Underground Tube, Tram, Overground Train, DLR & British Rail Trains within Zone 1 – 6)

    I got one thing to say Sonic the Hedgehog: Time Paradox

  7. If anyone’s coming from Kent, jump on a Southeastern Highspeed train, it costs a few quid more, but they dump you out at St. Pancras, then it’s only a 2min walk :)

    Also, anyone coming from Europe, the Eurostar will take you to St. Pancras too!

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