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Digital Preservation – The Planets Way

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London is known for its incredible historical and cultural diversity, buzzing day and night life and being a dynamic and ever-changing capital. The city offers world-famous architecture, heritage and culture, with ceremonial institutions such as Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, to modern stylish department stores and state-of-the-art concert venues.

The city is an influential European financial centre and major transport hub. The fourth Digital Preservation – The Planets Way event in February 2010 takes place at the heart of this exciting capital, with bustling Trafalgar Square, vibrant Covent Garden Market and the historic Houses of Parliament within walking distance. Many other celebrated attractions are easily reached using the world’s first underground network, or on one of London’s famous red buses.

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Venue and Hotels

"Digital Preservation – The Planets Way" will take place at The British Computer Society, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice.

There is a wealth of websites available to help with finding suitable accommodation in London including the official Visit London site at:

The following information is provided to help those who are not familiar with the city.

The Strand Palace Hotel
Modern, conveniently located hotel, very close to the conference venue – from £65 per night.

The Bedford
A small, quiet hotel with secluded garden, 5 minutes to Holborn tube station (1 stop to Covent Garden) or 15/20 minute walk to conference venue – from £76 per night.

The Bloomsbury Hotel
Recently refurbished hotel near Tottenham Court tube station (1 stop Leicester Square via Northern Line, then 5 minutes to conference venue), or 15/20 minute walk to conference venue – from £177

The Royal National
A large hotel with facilities including health club with pool, 5 minutes to Russell Square tube station – from £72 per night.

The Tavistock
Providing friendly service, a couple of bars and good food, this hotel is a short walk from Russell Square tube station – from £65 per night.

Lonsdale Hotel
A small hotel offering more basic facilities, but conveniently located south of Russell Square (7 minutes walk to Holborn tube station, 1 stop Covent Garden) or 15/20 minutes walk to conference venue – offers from £40 per night.


If arriving into London Heathrow:

If arriving by train, the venue is within 10 minutes walking distance of several other underground and rail stations:

To see a map of the area, please click here.

Event Dinner

The event dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 9 February, in the lively Covent Garden area.

Other recommended restaurants & pubs around Covent Garden


Masala Zone, Floral St - Indian food, in a casually contemporary yet exotic Indian folk art setting.
Rules, Maiden Lane – Traditional English food, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.
J Sheekey, St Martin’s Court – Outstanding seafood in a busy atmosphere.
Clos Maggiore, King Street - Contemporary French tastes and flavours and an award-winning wine list.
The Ivy, 5 West Street – Internationally renowned restaurant offering simple, unfussy dishes.


The Chandos, St Martins Lane - a traditional pub, with cosy wooden snugs downstairs and a comfy lounge upstairs.
The Porterhouse, Maiden Lane - a large menu of international beers in a huge pub, decorated in brewery copper and full of antiques.
Gordon’s Wine bar, Villiers Street - the oldest wine bar in London, with a busy cellar full of rickety candlelit tables – one of the city’s best kept secrets.
The Harp, Chandos Place – a small pub with an award-winning choice of real ales and ciders.
The Nell Gwynne, Bull Inn Court - a characterful, homely pub with a decent range of beers.