Getting to work

Although King’s isn’t in central London and the Congestion Charge zone, it’s is still a very busy area for road traffic and parking is limited. We recommend you avoid using your car and instead travel to work by public transport, bicycle or motorbike.

We offer detailed information on getting to King’s by public and private transport, including Google maps and directions, plus guides on finding your way around once you’re here.

Tickets and travelcards

Denmark Hill Station sign

An Oyster travel card is generally the most convenient and cost-effective way of travelling by bus, Tube, tram, DLR (Dockland Light Railway), London Overground and most National Rail services in London's central zones.

If you're travelling from further afield, weekly, monthly or annual travel cards can work out cheaper. You may also be able to take advantage of King's season ticket loan scheme.

Parking at King’s

Bicycles
Cycle rack next to King's car park

We actively encourage staff to cycle to work and run a cycle to work scheme which helps you with the initial cost of buying a bike and safety equipment.

We have a number of secure bike sheds at the Denmark Hill site which are managed by Security using keys that you get from Security Control. If the sheds are full you can use the cycle racks at the Bessemer Road and Ruskin Wing entrances and outside Unit 3 on the King's Business Park.

Please secure your bike with a high-quality lock such as a Sold Secure device.

Cars

There is a very limited number of car parking spaces for staff on the Denmark Hill site and you will need to apply for a permit to park in one. We allocate permits at the end of September every year, based on a strict scoring system.

There is a public pay and display car park onsite but we try to ensure this is used mainly by patients and visitors. There is further pay and display parking in Caldecot Road, Venetian Road and Cutcombe Road.

Car and motorcycle parking with a local council permit is available on many roads around the hospital but you need to be resident in the area to get one. You can find out more about permits and if you are eligible for one from Lambeth Council and Southwark Council.

We will support and provide references to staff applying for a permit from Lambeth or Southwark councils.

Motorbikes

Parking for motorbikes or mopeds at King’s is also limited. There are about 30 ground anchors on Bessemer Road for use by patients, visitors and staff. There is no charge for using them. You can also park locally with a council permit. See above for more details on how to apply.

Taxis and minicabs

Only licensed taxis (black cabs) can pick up passengers on the street. These have a light on the front displaying the word 'TAXI' and can be hailed in the street, booked in advanced or found at a taxi rank.

When booking minicabs at King's (or at home) use firms you trust and which have a private hire operator licence. Never accept a ride from a minicab that stops in the street – the driver is breaking the law.

Confirm the cost and ask for the driver’s name. When they pick you up, check that the driver knows your name and ask to see their driver ID.

Transport for London (TfL) has more advice on safely booking taxis and minicabs.