Sir Christopher France House, Mile End, London

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Sir Christopher France House, Mile End, London

Accommodation QM providing accommodation options for those seeking low cost summer accommodation in London using Queen Mary University of London halls.


  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome


  • Free broadband access (wired)

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Museums (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (a short drive)

Sir Christopher Frances House, within the student village at Queen Mary University of London offers visitors accommodation in the award winning Student Village at its Mile End Campus.

The bedrooms are arranged in flats of up to 6 rooms, all of which are ensuite. Mile End is less than a 20 minute tube journey from the West End and is well placed for those visiting the City and Canary Wharf or attending events at the nearby Victoria Park. The Student Village is adjacent to the Regents Canal from where it is possible to walk to the Olympic Park, soon to be 'Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park' and Stratford’s Westfield Shopping Centre.

History to the present day

Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College.

The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic centre to provide east Londoners with educational, cultural and social activities. Queen Mary College was admitted to the University of London in 1915. Westfield College was founded in 1882 in Hampstead as a pioneering college for the higher education of women. In 1989 Queen Mary merged with Westfield College to form Queen Mary and Westfield College. In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged again, this time with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England's first medical school, founded in 1785. This merger created Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and brought clinical medical and dental teaching to Queen Mary for the first time.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is served in the Curve restaurant between 7.30am-9am. Guests will have a choice of continental and cooked items along with a selection of hot and cold drinks. Lunch is also available to purchase here on weekdays.

There is a selection of cafes, bars/pubs and restaurants in the local area and Brick Lane, Bow Wharf, Shoredtich and West India Quay/Canary Wharf are also close by for guests that don’t wish to venture further afield.

Grounds and gardens

The Student Village at Queen Mary runs alongside the picturesque Regents Canal. The Millennium Park, with sports pitches and a nature reserve, is next to the Student Village and popular Victoria Park is a short walk away.

Other facilities

Wireless internet access is available free of charge to guests, to access the service please ask at Reception who will proivde you with the relevant information.

There are two card operated laundrettes on site for guests' use; card purchase is available from reception. Irons are also available from the reception and ironing boards can be found in the flats. On campus there is a Village Shop which sells newspapers, basic food, drinks and toiletries, open during weekdays. Other shops are open throughout the week just outside the campus along Mile End Road. There are some public pay phones on campus. Luggage storage facilities are available on site.  A charge may apply please ask at reception for details. 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Residences Reception, Sir Christopher France House, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4QA, United Kingdom

Check-in: from 2pm. Check-out: by 10am.

24-hour reception: the reception can be found at Sir Christopher France House which is a large green building next to the Canal, open 24 hours a day.

Nearest Underground Stations: - Mile End (Central, Hammersmith and District Lines)- Stepney Green (Hammersmith and District Lines)

How to find us: from Mile End underground station turn left out of the Station. At the cross roads continue walking ahead under the yellow bridge. At the next set of traffic lights, cross to the opposite side of the road. To your right you will see Westfield Way and a blue sign for 'Queen Mary, University of London'. From here walk down Westfield Way towards the Student Village. France House Reception is on your right.

From Stepney Green station turn left and continue walking for 10 minutes until you pass the Queens Building on your left, keep walking for 200 metres. To your left you will see Westfield Way and a blue sign for 'Queen Mary, University of London'. From here walk down Westfield Way towards the Student Village. France House Reception is on your right.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) links Lewisham in the south with Stratford in the east, Bank in the City and London City Airport. The nearest stations to the College are Bow Church and Limehouse, both within one mile (1.5km). Trains run to historic Greenwich home of the tea clipper Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

By Bus: There are several bus routes serving different areas of London all within five minutes walk of the College. There are also two 24 hour buses that stop at Mile End (25 & 205) allowing you to enjoy London's nightlife without the cost of an expensive taxi ride back to the College. Timetables are listed at the bus stops.

By Air: Stansted is 46 min from Liverpool St Station (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines). Heathrow is 15 min from Paddington Station (Circle line). Gatwick is 30 min from Victoria Station (District or Circle lines). London City is 20 min via DLR (Limehouse or Bow Church stations).

By Car: Located on the A11, Queen Mary is less than 5 miles (8km) from Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus.

The College is only 8 miles (12km) from the M11 motorway which makes it the perfect base for day trips out of London, being only one hour drive from attractions such as Cambridge and Leeds Castle in Kent. Please note that unfortunately we have no overnight parking available for guests.

For further information on our location and to download a map or plan directions visit 


Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

More photos of Sir Christopher France House, Mile End, London

France House and Regents Canal Student Village Twin en-suite bathroom France House Village Shop Westfield Way

Customer feedback

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, August 2014: Very good experience. You get what you pay for. Could not fault the place. Very helpful staff. Perfect for a sightseeing visit to London. Would recommend to friends and family. 4/5

, August 2014: Great value comfy beds and a great location. Would stay there again. 5/5

, August 2014: Room was fine for the money - good value. breakfast was excellent - and all the staff were very helpful and friendly. Nice to have a fridge in the room - and kitchen / dining room nearby. Location by Canal and Green Bridge very good. Easy to reach West End etc. However - it was noisy at night - all the doors were heavy fire doors - so banged when ever anyone came in late. Lots of pizza deliveries in the early hours. Shame where was no reading light. 4/5

, August 2014: Haven't commented on breakfast as didn't take it. It would be good to advertise that a full kitchen with microwave is available but that there are no kettle/ tea making things actually in the room so that guests can plan accordingly. Reception was very helpful and it was an excellent place to stay. Thank you 4/5

, July 2014: I would recommend this to anyone looking for a bed for a few nights in London, far better value than many of the hotels. 5/5

, July 2014: It is a nice neat place. Great location (near park and not far from a central line tube station). Wonderful full English breakfst. 4/5

, July 2014: Good value for the facilities 4/5

, July 2014: We were surprised to find a bag with toiletries and fresh towels waiting for us in our aleady reasonable rooms. It was clean and comfortable and I will definitely be returning. 5/5

, July 2014: enjoyed our stay and found the staff pleasant and obliging 3/5

, July 2014: we thought this was excellent value. clean adequate accomodation, superb breakfast. The only improvement would be to leave some crockery in the kitchen for making a cup of tea etc 5/5

, June 2014: Fantastic value for money. A really enjoyable stay and one we hope to repeat soon. Many thanks! 5/5

, September 2013: All staff on the campus were extremely friendly and very helpful. A full English breakfast was included in our room price. Furthermore, the day we left was very early and we were given a takeaway breakfast box which was truly amazing and very appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed - thank you. We look forward to when we visit you again. This place is location, location a real gem. 5/5

, August 2013: As always, the university is excellent value for money. Since starting to stay with you some years ago now, we have recommended the accommodation to all our family and friends. 5/5

, July 2013: It was excellent value for accommodation in London and on a direct underground route to the centre of the city. 4/5

, June 2013: Everything was good, from the directions info and map, the surrounding environment, reception check-in and staff, room info, the room itself and the cafe. I certainly will use again and would not hesitate to recommend Queen Mary's. The room has lots of storage space, a wardrobe, fridge (which was already on), mirrors and very comfy beds, a well-designed en-suite, plenty of nice towels, even toiletries,and all was so clean. There is a well-stocked shop on site. Plenty of outdoor spaces with seating, by the canal and others. Thank you. 5/5

, September 2011: Very pleased with accommodation and breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Many thanks 4/5

, September 2011: Room basic as expected, but was clean and did exactly what it said on the tin. Would stay again. Hearty breakfast thrown in too. Staff friendly and helpful. 4/5

, August 2011: Good value for money. 4/5

, August 2011: Had a great stay. would stay there again. Thanks 4/5

, August 2011: I was particularly impressed by the accurate directions for finding Queen Mary, the efficient, helpful and pleasant manner of the reception staff and the convenience of our accommodation. I would not hesitate to recommend Queen Mary to others. 5/5

, August 2011: Absolutely fabulous break - great location - overlooking the canal and all the wildlife! Have already recommended to family and friends 5/5

, July 2011: Friendly staff, excellent value for money! Will be back. 4/5

, July 2011: Great accommodation for our short stay in London. Location suited us perfectly for Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Hyde Park where we wanted to go. National Express Bus from Stanstead dropped us just at Mile End station and got it from there to go back to the airport - very convenient. 4/5

, June 2011: Reception staff extremely helpful and friendly 4/5

, September 2010: excellent value for money. Breakfast was exceptionally good. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Just one comment was that the room was not serviced and I did not notice this on the website when I booked. A change of towels would have been nice but it would not stop me recommending the college. 4/5

jennie H, August 2010: Some of the reception staff were not very helpful or flexible with making arrangments that were not considered 'standard'. The rooms were comfortable and good value for money. 4/5

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