EVENTS – LONDON | Accommodation
People often ask me to recommend accommodation options in London for when they are visiting for events,
here are some options:
The Temple Lodge Club
51 Queen Caroline Street,
Hammersmith, London W6 9QL
The Temple Lodge is “a quiet oasis in the heart of London”, a Georgian listed building that welcomes bed and breakfast visitors to tranquil rooms, a quiet and secluded garden and library for guests. Some bhakti yogi friends have stayed here and really enjoyed their visit, finding it a peaceful haven.
They only use natural, Eco-friendly and organic soaps and other products, and their linen is 100% natural cottons, wool and linen. Rooms vary £67 to £120 a night plus annual membership to the club (£1 for the year), this includes breakfast served in the Dining Room looking out over the garden – a selection of cereals, fruit, yogurt, eggs, cheeses and four different varieties of bread. Ingredients are organically sourced where possible and vegan and special diets can be catered for if requested in advance.
The Temple Lodge also has a great vegetarian restaurant next door called The Gate which is open for lunch and dinner – thegaterestaurants.com
This accommodation option is in Hammersmith and only an 11min walk (or one stop on the tube away) from The Study Society, Colet House – our venue for our monthly London Kirtan offering, and the yearly Be Love: 11hr Bhakti Immersion.
Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre
15 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3SA
This Buddhist centre is a beautiful, colour-filled sanctuary in South East London. They offer dormitory accommodation (one male and one female dorm) for visitors, that must be booked and payed for in advance; beds are £25 per night. All bed linen is provided, but you need to bring your own towel. It books up quickly, so do get in touch with them well in advance if you want to stay.
The nearest Underground Station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee Line. London Bridge, on the Northern and Jubilee Lines, is slightly further away. The following buses also come near the centre – No 1, No 78, No 188, No 42, No 47, No 381 and No C10. The No 1 and 78 buses stop particularly close to the centre, at the “Spa Road” stop on Grange Road.
If you are driving, the parking in local streets is free at weekends, during the week parking is available on a pay & display basis until 6:30pm, and then free.
There is a lovely vegetarian café in the centre, which serves cakes and teas (including the nourishing Tibetan Butter Tea) throughout the day, and at lunch usually a soup of the day or panini option. There are also lots of other cafés and restaurants in the local area.
Cryn Horn is a beautiful woman a fellow yogini who rents out two rooms in her calm and restful home in East London. Her home is vegetarian and non-smoking, she provides cotton linen in the rooms and you get use of the kitchen, sitting room, garden and her yoga studio.
She has a double bed room costing £32 per night, and a single bed room costing £27 per night. A simple help yourself breakfast of cereals/muesli, toast (homemade wholemeal bread and a selection of jams and spreads) and fruit juice is included in the price.
This accommodation option is not so close to any of our regular London offerings but it is very easy to get around London on public transport.