Minutes away from Natural History, V&A and Science Museum, Prince's Gardens offer over 700 stylish bedrooms set around a quiet leafy square in Central London


Prince's Gardens Residences (Southside and Eastside Hall), offer 722 stylish contemporary ensuite single, double and twin bedrooms in the exclusive South Kensington.

The residential complex is located within 5 minutes’ walk from the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. There are 2 Tube stations within 5 minutes’ walk (South Kensington and Gloucester Road), providing access to London’s major attractions. Harrods department store and the designer shops at Knightsbridge are 10 minutes' walk away.

Each bedroom features free tea and coffee making facilities as well as a private bathroom. Linen, towels and toiletries are provided.

Princes Gardens is one of Imperial College London Student residences and is open to the public during the summer holidays and is a great choice for travellers interested in museums, parks and culture.

Please note that overnight parking on site is limited and needs to be pre-booked at least 7 days in advance. Please refer to the "Arrival information and how to find us" section for further details. 

History to the present day

Imperial College London was opened in 1907 and is one of the world's foremost science and research universities.

Food and Drinks

Buffet Style Full English and Continental is available to book. Breakfast is served in the Sherfield Building on campus, which is approximately a 4-minute walk from the accommodation. Breakfast times: between 7.00am and 10.00am on weekdays and 7.30am - 10.00am on weekends. (Breakfast must be booked at time of booking)

Snacks and light meals are available on campus throughout the day from various outlets.

Food and drink vending machines can be found onsite.

Eastside Bar and Restaurant

The Eastside Bar and Restaurant serves a delicious range of 'gastro-pub' style dishes perfect for lunch or dinner, as well as a superb range of ales and wines, teas and coffees. Conveniently located on the ground floor of the Eastside Halls of Residence, this venue is on the doorstep of any guest staying in Prince's Gardens or Beit Hall. Eastside is open daily from 12.00 to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday and from 11.00am to 11.00pm on Fridays.

Grounds and gardens

Guests staying in Prince's Gardens can enjoy use of the leafy Prince's Gardens. As London's only privately-owned public square, the Gardens offer a beautiful green tranquil space in the heart of central London. For those who want to venture out of the College grounds, Hyde Park is only a short walk away with vast green space and lake.

Other facilities

Free wifi Internet access is available to guests for the duration of your stay. 

Located on the north side of Prince's Gardens, Ethos Sports Centre offers 25m swimming pool complete with sauna, steam room and spa, fitness gym, exercise studio for classes, sports hall for badminton, table tennis, basketball and 5-a-side football, climbing wall, three squash courts, treatments. Guests are welcome to use the gym and swimming pool free of charge, subject to available capacity. To book your free entry to Ethos gym and swimming pool, details, age restrictions and opening times, please speak to Beit hall reception team. Please note that the free entry applies to the gym and swimming pool only; charges apply for the use of all other facilities.

Important notice for swimming pool

Children can only use the swimming pool during the following times –Saturday and Sunday’s 9am – 11am.

Parental guidance -

1 adult: 1 child under 8 (if child cannot swim)

1 adult: 2 children under 8 (if both children are competent swimmers)

Any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the centre.Please also note that some evenings the pool may be closed for block bookings.

Cashless laundry facilities available. A wash cycle is £2.10 and a dry cycle is £1.10. Internet access in each room. Laundry cards can be purchased from Reception (min. value £5.00).


Disabled access available for some rooms

21st century buildings

Breakfast (at additional cost)

Private parking (charge)

No smoking

Children welcome


Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

4 Star Official Rating



Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Squash court


Swimming pool

Children's cots

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Common room

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board


Clothes dryer

Washing machine


Central heating

Food and Drinks


Cooked breakfast (additional cost)

Continental breakfast (additional cost)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Picnic area

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)

Prince's Gardens, Hyde Park, London - Reviews


Based on 3758 reviews
Service 4.2
Rooms 4.1
Food 3,4
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.2

We only spent one night at Imperial but, as seasoned travelers and based on that experience, we would stay there again. Indeed, we're already thinking of a trip in 2021.
Mr Francis W

Great student experience for my son on open day.
Dr Emma A

A short stay but situation and facilities made it very enjoyable.
Mr Ian N

The room was great and everyone nice...we will do this again!!!
Mr William D

A lovely experience. Fabulous college working on protecting our planet. Thank you Imperial.
Miss Leontine C

Excellent - Staff very helpful - Thankyou
Mr William H

As usual excellent stay. Convenient for Hyde Park concerts, museums and underground. Love staying here. Staff always friendly and helpful
Mrs Gillian P

First time using this and very pleased with the experience
Mr Paul R

Very pleased with accommodation & would use again. Booking service v good too.
Mrs Jenny B

Great place to discover. Large rooms and ideal situation for visitors. We are parents of a student, and enjoyed to discover the Imperial College from the inside, including the breakfast, during the start of this new academic year. The staff has also been very helpfull.
Mr Jean-Luc B

Arrival Info

Address: Watts Way, Off Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, LondonSW7 1BA, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00) - 23:30 (11:30) (arrivals may be allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted however this is subject to availability)

Check Out: 00:00 (12:00) - 10:00 (10:00)

Reception is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Please note that overnight parking on site is limited and needs to be pre-booked at least 7 days in advance.

Overnight parking available from 6pm until 10:00 am - £20.00 per night special rate for Summer guests. 

Hours over this will be chargeable  as follows:

Car park charges : Length of stay: 

Up to 1 hour - £3.00

Up to 2 hours  - £6.00

Up to 4 hours -  £11.00

Up to 6 hours - £16.00

Up to 9 hours - £21.00

Up to 12 hours - £26.00

To book a car parking space please email

Please note that central London issues a Congestion Charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. The Congestion Charge is an £11.50 daily charge. To find out more and how to pay please visit the Tfl website.

It is advised to pre booking your parking space before arrival on site, to avoid being turned away.  Thank you.  Enjoy your stay.


Nearest Underground Station: South Kensington Station.

Directions: At South Kensington station, turn right into the subway sign-posted for the museums and continue for approx. 5 minutes until you reach the very end of the subway. At the exit, cross the road and turn left up Exhibition Road walking towards Hyde Park. Take the second side street on the right that is Watts Way, half way along the path, you will see the entrance to reception which is located in Falmouth Hall in Southside building on your right hand side approaching from Exhibition Road.

By Car: Please use post code SW7 2BX for satellite navigation.