• What will the weather be like in London in March?
    Average temperatures in London in March are highs of 12C/53F and lows of 6C/42F with 9 days of rain. 

    What clothing should I bring?
    You can get away with a medium/heavy weight, rain proof jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, and umbrella. The Summit dress code is business casual to casual. Let comfort be your guide.

    What currency should I bring?
    The national currency of London is the British Pound (£). There are ATMS everywhere in London; we recommend checking with your bank about additional international transaction fees. 

    What is the gift exchange? 
    To get reacquainted with old friends and to make new ones, the Summit will kick off with a gift exchange. Please bring a gift representing your place of work or your part of the world. Past gifts have included hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and books. Feel free to be creative and bring something you would like to receive yourself!

    On Tuesday, March 13, the morning will kick off with an icebreaker activity. The GCSS gift exchange is designed to help you meet a new colleague, meaning that participants will introduce themselves and exchange a gift. 

    How do I book extra nights at the hotel?
    Your registration is inclusive of 4 nights accommodation (13-16 March inclusive) at the Premier Inn, Kings Cross. If you would like to book any additional nights this will need to be done independently. You can book directly on the hotel website or by phone with the Central Reservations Team. They can be contacted on +44 (0)333 003 8101 between the hours of 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday (London time).

    Upon checking in, please let the receptionist know that you have another reservation to tag on to this booking. Then the receptionist can allocate the same room which is given at the check-in to your other reservation. You will then be required on the day of the original checkout to check back into your room with the new reservation.

    Can I check in to the hotel early?
    Early check in is subject to availability and will depend on when hotel guests check out. If guests do check out early then an early check in will be available and you will be charged £10 at reception. The hotel do have a luggage storage facility which is free for all guests if you arrive early and the room is not available for early check in.

    My partner is travelling with me but will not be participating in Summit activities. Are there any additional costs?
    All rooms are booked as single occupancy (unless you have booked and paid for a partner in your registration). As each room only has one breakfast, you would be required to pay an additional £10.50 per adult per morning. Children are free if there is an adult paying for the full English breakfast (£10.50 option). Please notify the hotel upon check-in if you would like to add a breakfast for anyone travelling with you.

    Do I need a visa?
    Some participants may require a travel visa to visit London. You can find information about UK visa requirements on the Gov.UK website.

    Do I need Medical and Travel Insurance?
    Please check with your employer to see if they offer medical and travel insurance or if you need to procure insurance as an individual. Please note: the Global Career Services Summit is not responsible for any travel or health related issues of its participants, either before, during, or after the Summit.

    How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
    The London King’s Cross Hotel was selected for proximity to the Summit location, public transportation, and scrumptious breakfast! The hotel is next to the King’s Cross tube station. The Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport websites have information about different transportation modes, including Heathrow Express, Tube (London Underground), taxi, and rail. We have also included some detailed travel information on our Venue and Accommodation page.

    Can I walk from the hotel to Senate House?

    If you are comfortable walking for about 25 minutes then you can easily walk from the Premier Inn hotel at King’s Cross to Senate House (Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU).  The route is flat.

    If you prefer to use public transport for this journey, then you can either:

      • Take the Piccadilly underground line from King’s Cross to Russell Square. This is a journey of one stop and about 4 minutes. Please be aware that there is no escalator access to or from the underground platforms at Russell Square, which means taking an elevator that holds about 30 people, or climbing over 150 stairs! Once you come out of the station, turn left and walk towards Woburn Place and Russell Square gardens, then cross the road towards Russell Square gardens and you can see Senate House ahead of you (less than 10 minutes on foot).
      • Take a 91 bus from the south side of the Euston Road (the opposite side to King’s Cross station) to Russell Square (stop J) on Woburn Place; the announcement on the bus will probably say that it is the closest stop to Russell Square station. From there, cross the road towards Russell Square gardens and you can see Senate House ahead of you (less than 5 minutes on foot).

    Are meals included in the registration?
    All meals are included as part of your registration. This starts with evening dinner on the 13 March and ends with a reception on the 16 March. If you are looking for places to eat before or after the Summit there is a wide selection of eateries close to the hotel to suit all tastes. The hotel also hosts the local Bar + Block where you can enjoy an affodable and delicious meal.

    What is there to see and do in London?
    The Visit London website has information on what to see and do in London.

    Thinking about visiting other destinations after the Summit?
    If you are thinking of extending your trip with a short visit to Dublin or Paris, be aware that the Six Nations Rugby tournament takes place on the weekend after the Summit. There are fixtures for England in Dublin and Wales in France, so travel by train or plane to Dublin or France on the Friday or Saturday might be more difficult or expensive to book than normal.

    I want to learn more about The Careers Group and University of London. Can I do a tour?
    Yes, you can enhance your experience with optional pre and post Summit activities hosted by the University of London and The Careers Group!

    Monday Optional Activities: On March 13 between 2 and 4.30pm The Careers Group will be showcasing some of their practices in repeating 40 minute sessions, enabling delegates to attend up to 3 that interest them during that time. Topics include:

    • Being inclusive by design: implications for careers and employability in curriculum – Aranee Manoharan (King’s College London)
    • Translating institutional strategy into employability in the curriculum – Gemma Kenyon (City, University of London)
    • Transdisciplinary learning to develop employability – Victoria Wade/Laura Brammar (University of London Careers Service)
    • Showcasing activities from our University of London postgraduate module Strategic Approaches to Careers and Employability in Higher Education – David Winter (TCG Head of Research and Organisational Development)

    Monday Optional Activity: 4:45-5:05pm: ~20 minute tour of the Summit venue, the iconic Senate House. This tour will also be available at the end of day, Tuesday, March 14.

    Friday Optional Activities: On March 17 from 10am until 11am there will be opportunities to tour the career services at University College London, SOAS and King’s College London.

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