Venue *UPDATED 22/06/09*
Congress Venue: Mile End campus

The METAMATERIALS 2009 Conference (Mon 1 - Fri 4 Sept 2009) will be held at the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary, University of London [more info will be uploaded soon]

The Doctoral School on Metamaterials(Sun 30 Aug - Mon 31 Aug 2009) will be held at Department of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London. [more info will be uploaded soon]

Located in an area rich in history, character and investment, Queen Mary University of London is just two miles (15min) east of central London. It is the only self contained academic venue in central London, offering venues, catering and accommodation all on the one site. Queen Mary is a multi-faculty university about 15 minutes east of Central London. It is on a campus site bordered by Regents Canal and close to Docklands.

The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities. It was admitted to the University of London in 1915. The Mile End Campus is located in the Borough of Tower Hamlets between The City and Canary Wharf, a multicultural and socially diverse area that is one of the most rapidly developing parts of London. Queen Mary is the London research-focused university closest to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, only two miles from the Mile End Campus.

The venue is easily accessible by public transport. It is within a five minute walk of both Mile End Underground station (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines) and Stepney Green Underground station (District, and Hammersmith & City lines).



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  • Eating and Drinking near the Venue

Arrival by Underground

Mile End (Central, District, Hammersmith and City Lines) and Stepney Green (District, Hammersmith and City lines) stations are both less than five minutes walk from the Mile End campus. For instructions on how to reach these Underground stations from airports or Waterloo International Eurostar terminal, see: Arrival [coming soon].

From Mile End station, turn left and cross Burdett Road and Mile End Road at the traffic lights, continue along the Mile End Road until you reach the College buildings on the right. From Stepney Green, turn left out of the station, cross Globe Road and continue along Mile End Road.

Car Parking

No car parking will be available. Cars parked on the campus are likely to be clamped and a removal fee payable. The nearest pay car park is over a mile away, and local street parking is not recommended. Delegates are strongly recommended to arrive by public transport.

Campus Map

Download: Expanded PDF version of campus map [coming soon]


For delegates arriving on Monday 31st August, a Registration Desk will be open 8:30 - 19:40 in the People's Palace Foyer, Queen Mary, Mile End Campus. For delegates arriving at Queen Mary on Sunday evening, a Registration Desk will be open 18:00 - 21:00 in the People's Palace Foyer, Queen Mary (see Campus Map [coming soon] above). During the conference, the Registration Desk will be in the People's Palace Foyer.
Note: We encourage delegates to register on Monday, to avoid the Tuesday morning rush!

Check-in / Key Collection

If staying in the Campus Accommodation at Queen Mary, keys are issued from the reception in France House which is staffed 24 hours a day. Bedrooms are not guaranteed to be available before 12 midday and guests are asked to vacate their rooms no later than 10:00 to allow cleaning ready for new arrivals.

Luggage may be left with the Conference Assistants at France Reception if required, but the College accepts no responsibility in case of loss or damage.
For building locations, see Campus Map [coming soon]
For check-in information for the other hotels, see:

Restaurants and Pubs

For restaurants and pubs near Queen Mary, Mile End Campus see: Eating and Drinking

Travel to/from accommodation (by Undergound )

Typical travel times:
AccommodationConference Venue
(Queen Mary)
Queen Mary, Mile End Campus 00:05
Ibis Hotel, London Stratford 00:30
St Giles Hotel, Central London 00:35
City Hotel, London Aldgate East 00:25

All times given are approximate times for a typical journey.
Times are door-to-door and include walking to/from the nearest Underground ("Tube") station.

The College is situated between two underground stations. It is just a few minutes walk from Mile End station (Central, District and Hammersmith and City lines) and Stepney Green station (District and Hammersmith and City lines). Both stations provide excellent connections to London's key tourist sites.

Mile End to Liverpool St. station: 5 min
Mile End to Oxford Circus station: 16 min
Stepney Green to Tower Hill (for Tower of London) 9 min
Stepney Green to Westminster (Houses of Parliament and London Eye) 20 min

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) links Lewisham in the south with Stratford in the east, Bank in the City and London City Airport. The nearest stations to the College are Bow Church and Limehouse, both within one mile (1.5km). Trains run to historic Greenwich home of the tea clipper Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

There are several bus routes serving different areas of London all within five minutes walk of the College. There are also two night buses that stop at Mile End allowing you to enjoy London's nightlife without the cost of an expensive taxi ride back to the College. Timetables are listed at the bus stops, alternatively you can check bus times on line at journey planner [opens in new window]

Stansted is 46 min from Liverpool St Station (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines)
Heathrow is 15 min from Paddington station (Circle line)
Gatwick is 30 min from Victoria station (District or Circle lines)
London City is 20 min via DLR (Limehouse or Bow Church stations)

Located on the A11, Queen Mary is less than 5 miles (8km) from world famous tourist attractions such as Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. The College is only 8 miles (12km) from the M11 motorway which makes it the perfect base for day trips out of London, being only one hour drive from attractions such as Cambridge and Leeds Castle in Kent.

Useful links
To find out more about the area of historic east London please click here. For information on some of the capital's top tourist attactions please visity our useful links section. Other useful sites for getting aorund the city include:

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We are located in historic central east London on Mile End Road (A11). The capital's centre is just two miles away. Major tourist attractions such as Oxford Circus, the London Eye and the Tower of London can be reached in less than 20 minutes by public transport. We are also ideally placed to enable you to explore beyond the city too.


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