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The Research Laboratory is based on the 4th and 5th floors of the Lionel Robbins Building. The main entrance is at 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.
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While the nearest underground stations are Holborn (running on Piccadilly and Central lines) and Temple (running on District and Circle lines) the closest tube and mainline train station with wheelchair access is Waterloo station. This station has lifts to and from the Jubilee line, mainline station, Eurostar and street level at Waterloo Road. For assistance at Waterloo ring 020 7922 4500, preferably 48 hours in advance, or drop into the customer reception. To reach the customer reception from the concourse, take exit 3 by Costa Coffee and turn right. A map of Waterloo along with all other major London railway stations is available from Network Rail.

For assistance at Holborn or any other Underground station please ring +44 (0)20 7941 4600.

If you are coming from Holborn, turn left out of the main entrance and walk along Kingsway. After 5 to 10 minutes you will come across the Peacock Theatre. Turn left here into Portugal Street. The Lionel Robbins building will be on the right side of the street.

If you are coming from Temple turn left out of the main entrance, cross Temple Place and go up Arundel Street. You need to cross right across the Aldwych. From here turn left and follow the Aldwych until you come to Houghton Street on the right hand side. At the end of Houghton Street turn left. You will arrive at Portugal Street. Turn right and follow the street. On your right you will see the John Watkins Plaza and the Library entrance. Walk past this and you will arrive at the entrance to the Research Lab.
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Several buses stop at the Aldwych. The numbers are: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, X68, 76, 77a, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341 and 521.

Many of these services such as numbers 1, 68 and 188 are low floor buses. A complete list is available from Transport for London.

Arguably the least crowded and easiest to access is the Riverside Bus (RV1) service to Aldwych/Covent Garden, which runs from Tower Gateway,onto London Bridge, Tate Modern, and Waterloo Station before its final destination. A map showing the RV1 drop off point is here. From the Aldwych you will need a further 10 minutes to reach Portugal Street.

See Further Public Transport Information below for other bus, tube and train routes.
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There are no dedicated parking spaces outside the Research Laboratory at present. The area around the LSE falls between Westminster City Council and Camden Council, with metered and pay and display parking.

For Blue Badge holders there are seven dedicated parking bays within reasonable walking distance: one in Portugal Street (often full); one in Sheffield Street (new, apparently rarely used); three in Surrey Street (rarely all full); two in Temple Place (also rarely both full).

Each council also runs its own disabled person's concession permit for parking. Information is available for
  1. Camden's Applying for a disabled blue badge holders parking bay/dedicated disabled parking bay
  2. The disabled parking scheme from Westminster City Council.
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  • The Travelling to LSE guide.
  • The Action and Mobility pages from the Transport for London website has information on Bus, River, and Underground Services and lists where to obtain large print, braille and audio guides.
  • Tube maps.
  • For all the major mainline stations in London see Network Rail Stations with telephone numbers for people who need additional assistance, plus maps showing easy exit routes.