London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transportation. London is often regarded as a world cultural capital, and one of the world leaders in creative industries. Furthermore, as one of the most popular destinations in the world, England's buzzing capital city has much to offer, from magnificent history and culture to cutting-edge fashion and food. At its centre stands the imposing Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, the iconic Big Ben clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.
Summer London weather can be very pleasant with temperatures averaging 18°C (64°F) and often into the low 20s (68°+F). In recent years London has also experienced heatwaves with temperatures well above 30°C (86°F). However, the weather can be unpredictable, so Londoners get used to carrying both an umbrella and sunglasses to be prepared for all eventualities! In addition to the above, mentioned attractions, London also offers some of the finest art galleries, and museums in the world, plus further iconic tourist destinations such as the Covent Garden, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Furthermore, well-known destinations such as Oxford, Cambridge Stonehenge, Blenheim Castle (AKA Downton Abbey), Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, and the white cliffs of Dover are just a few hours away. Harry Potter fans, can also enjoy a trip to a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, or visit platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. Sherlock Holmes fans will want to visit 221B Baker Street of course. Theatre goers will also appreciate access to some of the world’s most popular shows in London’s vibrant West End district, or Shakespeare: open-air in Regents Park, or in the unique reconstruction of an Elizabethan playhouse – the Globe Theatre.
ICME 2020 will be held at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with over 25,000 students and around 4,500 members of staff. Our research topics cover a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. We are located in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London and our site in Mile End is one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital. Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research, by systematically recruiting the best academics in their disciplines from around the world. Queen Mary offers outstanding students a stimulating, supportive and high-quality learning experience, with teaching inspired by our world-leading research. We have invested in new facilities over the past five years to offer our students an exceptional learning environment. We are located at:
Mile End Road
Nearest stations on the London Underground are Mile End on Hammersmith and City, District and Central lines; and Stepney Green on the Hammersmith and City and District lines.
Click here to view a list of hotels and here to view a list of hostels conveniently located close to QMUL. These lists are provided as information sources. None of the hotels or hostels have been inspected by the conference organizers.
The conference chairs have reserved a number of single en-suite rooms on a bed&breakfast basis in QMUL halls of residence for conference delegates. This option provides the best value-for-money accommodation for ICME participants in the city of London. However, the number of available rooms is limited and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Click here for a virtual tour of typical rooms and here for images of the accommodation. Information on facilities and services can be accessed here. Further information on reservation and payments will be provided soon.
Restaurants & Bars
Click here to view a list of restaurants around QMUL.
Meeting & Event Space
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* Images courtesy of Queen Mary Venues, who offer the opportunity to hire Queen Mary facilities for meetings and events. Find out more at www.qmul.ac.uk/venues