Sabbatical Accommodation FAQs

Bookings made at the College are pre-paid in full at the time of booking and is non refundable, non amendable and non transferrable. Please therefore ensure that you are absoutely certain of your dates prior to completing the booking process.

Rates do not include breakfast, however we offer a wide range of breakfast options from Continental breakfast to Full English breakfast for as little as £2.80 per five items. Breakfast is served daily in our picturesque Great Hall in London House.

Your room will be cleaned once a week - usually on the same day as your arrival day. The College is not a hotel and therefore rooms are not cleaned on a daily basis.

Yes, our Sabbatical accommodaton does have a TV and tea / coffee facilities inside the rooms.

You are also more than welcome to visit Freddie's Cafe / Bar, which is open every day until late should you wish to purchase food and drinks, where there are also televisions.  You can also purchase breakfast and dinner daily in the Great Hall.

There are no iron and ironing boards in our Sabbatical accommodation but you are welcome to use the laundry rooms located in the College to do your own washing and ironing. 

Your room comes with bedding and linen provided.

You can put in a request at the time of booking with the Reservations Team. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate your request, we cannot guarantee a specific room will be available.

Please speak to Reservations if you would like to move rooms. There is a fee to move rooms, which covers the cost of cleaning (charged at £20.00 for single rooms and £35.00 for flats / double rooms). This is waived if there is a maintenance issue with the room which is prompting the need to move rooms. If you are moving rooms please bring your luggage down to Reception by 11am. Your new room will be available for you from 3pm.

Check out is at 11am.

If you need to depart any later than 11am, please contact Reservations by dialling 1566, 1567 or 1568 from your room telephone from Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.

Depending on availability, late check outs are chargeable. A half day fee will apply on check outs up until 2pm, and a full nights fee will apply for check outs later than 2pm.

There is no storage space in London House or William Goodenough House so you will need to find alternative means of storage.  To leave items for longer periods, please refer to information here:

The Mecklenburgh Square Garden is only for the use of Members and Alumni of the College. Unfortunately Sabbatical Guests are not allowed to access the Garden.

Guests who stay continuously for seven nights or more can book a camp bed for one guest to join them.  This needs to be booked in advance with the reservations team.  The additional cost for this is £10.00 per day – including linen.  Visitors are allowed to stay for a maximum of two or three nights only and not for the entire duration.  The prepayment is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

The majority of our activities and events are only for our Members. However, we do host a number of Port Talks at the College, which are open to all of our guests. Please see Reception for details of Port Talks being held during your stay.

Unfortunately not, the tickets for the College’s box at the Royal Albert Hall tickets are only for use by our full time Members.

Some of our favourite spots in the area:

Lamb’s Conduit Street is a partially pedestrianised street in bookish Bloomsbury, this is as civilised as shopping gets in our capital, and is good for a quick bite to eat/coffee.
Leather Lane is about 10 minutes away.  Monday to Friday it is a bustling strip of market stalls with some designer cafes.  ‘Department of Coffee and Social Affairs’ is worth a look!
Exmouth Market’s good for dinner/drinks.  It’s refreshingly quiet – and Cafe Kick has bags of personality.


Three collections we love – all about a 15 minute walk away.  FREE entry to all:

The British Library - is fascinating.  They have items from Shakespeare, the Beatles, Mozart, Henry VIII!  Next to St Pancras station.  96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB

Soane Museum - "Designed by architect Sir Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage, the museum is a tranquil place full of unexpected treasures, with a wealth of intriguing natural lighting effects best viewed on a bright day. A leading architect of his day, Soane is responsible for the Bank of England. Much of Sir John Soane's Museum's appeal derives from the domestic setting – the Breakfast Room has a much-imitated domed ceiling, inset with convex mirrors, for instance. On the first Tuesday of each month, Sir John Soane's Museum opens late and some parts are lit by candlelight. Visitors can now see the Picture Room rehung according to Soane's original arrangement, featuring works by Canaletto. The house, Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, is a neoclassical townhouse with elaborate decorations including a 'geometric' staircase, with walls painted to resemble the sooty masonry of a Roman catacomb, two Pompeian-red rooms, one with a ceiling painted like a cloudy sky, and a breakfast parlour, its vault painted as a vine trellis by John Crace, the artist who decorated the Royal Pavilion at Brighton”.   13 Lincoln's Inn Fields - WC2A 3BP
Just opposite to the Soane Museum is The Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons.  “The Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the world and is based on the items assembled by John Hunter, surgeon and anatomist (1728-1793). Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum include the skeleton of the 7ft 7in tall ‘Irish giant’ Charles Byrne, a collection of surgical instruments dating from the seventeenth century, carbolic sprays used by Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, the tooth of a megatherium (an extinct giant sloth) donated by Charles Darwin – and Winston Churchill’s dentures.”  35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE -
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