Event Details

When

Saturday 22nd April
11am – 3pm

Where

Starting outside the Science Museum
Exhibition Road, Kensington,
London SW7 2DD

Schedule

11am March assembles in front of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road
12pm March sets off towards Parliament
2pm – 3:30pm Rally in Parliament Square

Map of route

Start point

The march will assemble from 11am with the march setting off at 12pm outside the Science Museum. (Exception, if you self-identify as disabled or marching with young children. See below.)

Entering the vicinity

We recommend that marchers enter the vicinity via the South Kensington end of Exhibition Road. Please do NOT use Princes Gardens as an entry point as it has been earmarked for disabled users. We ask marchers to respect this in the inclusive spirit of the Science March.

Shorter route

For those who wish to march the shorter route, please check the map as the start point has been marked with an A (at the junction of Whitehall with Trafalgar Square). Please meet there at 1:20pm to join the main march as it passes.

Leaving Parliament Square

The closest underground stations are:

  • Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
  • St James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)

The closest national rail stations are:

  • London Victoria (0.8 miles)
  • London Waterloo (0.8 miles)
Getting to the march

TFL step-free guide: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf
You can use https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey to plan your trip and don't forget to check for last minute station closures!

By underground

The nearest tube station is South Kensington. This is on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 5 minute walk from the start of the march on Exhibition Road.

A pedestrian subway connects South Kensington station to the outside of the Science Museum.
Gloucester Road tube station is also on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 15 minute walk.
Find out the latest Transport for London tube status updates at https://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status.

By bus

Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station.
Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore.

By coach

There is a coach drop-off point on Cromwell Road outside the Natural History Museum. The nearest coach parks are located at Warwick Road, Bayswater Road and Park Lane.
For more information visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/coach-drivers/

By bicycle

Transport for London Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road and on Thurloe Place near South Kensington tube station.
For more information visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles

By car

Local parking is very limited.
There is no visitor parking in Exhibition Road.
The nearest pay and display car parking is in Prince Consort Road and Queen's Gate.
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have more information about parking near the Museums.
For more information visit: http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/exhibitionroad/parking.aspx.

We ask that people not meet up with friends and marching buddies in front of the Science Museum as it will be quite crowded and difficult to find each other.

Please also be aware that with so many people in the area, you may struggle to get mobile phone reception, so do ensure you have a set meeting place in case you lose anyone.

Children and families

The London March for Science welcomes marchers of all ages.

Please note that there is a designated children's area beside the Science Museum where young marchers can get their face painted, do arts and crafts and catch bubbles. Please refer to the yellow area of the map above for details.

Young marchers, please remind your grown-ups to look out for the yellow placards when we start forming up to commence the march. You'll be marching directly behind the PURPLE group. You may of course prefer to march further back in the procession as part of the general group, and that's fine too.

Alternatively, there is a shorter route, the start point of which is marked with an A on the map. If you prefer to walk the shorter route, we recommend meeting there at 1:20pm and then joining the rest of the marchers towards Trafalgar Square. Though please do keep checking the website for last minute changes.

Finally, parents and carers please consider bringing a change of clothes, plenty to drink as well as snacks for on route. We ask you to keep a very close eye on your children and to agree a meeting point or plan of action should you lose one another in the crowd! Speak to one of the stewards in Orange Hi-Vis Vests if in any doubt.

You can email us if further questions remain at marchforscienceldn@gmail.com

Access, entry and information for people who self-identify as disabled

Disabled access

The disabled access point is via Princes Gardens. See the purple area of the map. If you would like to be met by a disability access steward, please come to the corner of Princes Gardens and Exhibition Road.

Dedicated disability access stewards will be available throughout the day. They will hold PURPLE placards. They are there to help you access the event but will not be able to provide any self-care needs. Two dedicated access stewards will remain on Princes Gardens until 12:40.

Marching

People with access needs may wish to join the PURPLE group who will be marching directly behind the front line. Two dedicated disability access stewards will be marching at the back of the procession. There are plenty of cafes on the route which you may wish to use as rest stops, accompanied by an access steward if you prefer. If the march becomes overwhelming and you need to leave it and rejoin later, an access steward will support you to do this.

Short route

For those who prefer, there are drop off points for people joining the march on Trafalgar Square at the top of Whitehall. There will be access stewards with green placards here. Recommended to be here by 1:20 to join the procession.

Parliament Square

The access route into Parliament Square is via Broad Sanctuary, taking you round a step-free zone and to an area in front of the stage. There will be a clear pathway, monitored by stewards, to facilitate easy access into and out of this area.

All speeches will be interpreted into British Sign Language by registered sign language interpreters (RSLIs).

Drop off and pick up point for Trafalgar Square

Police advice is to use the Westminster Abbey side of the Square for cars and taxis dropping off and picking up. Recommended to arrive early before the road closure is in place if you're travelling directly to the Square and not marching, or if you're cutting your march short - 1:20pm.

Electric wheelchair recharging

Electric wheelchairs users have told us they recharge wheelchairs in the National Gallery, right by Trafalgar Square. There may be other spots on the route where you can recharge, such as cafes or restaurants.

First aid

There are First Aiders, each with radios and first aid kits, joining the march.

Access phone number

A dedicated phone number will be available on the day for people with questions relating to access. Please ONLY use it for this purpose. It may be difficult to talk or hear on the day so texting might be more effective. The number will be activated on Saturday 22nd April, 11:00am.
It is: 07932 693533.

Toilets

The three Changing Place toilets near the route can be found in this map.

For other toilets, please see the Toilet map: https://greatbritishpublictoiletmap.rca.ac.uk

Safety

We are working closely with the police to ensure the highest level of safety on the day of the march. We also have highly experienced stewards assisting us - we ask that you follow their instructions - they will be wearing orange hi-vis vests.

If you see an unattended bag or package, report it immediately to the nearest Police Officer or steward.

In the case of an emergency, follow the instructions of the stewards and police.

Tips for the day

The march is approximately 3 miles long.

Check the weather, dress comfortably and appropriately in layers. Wear water-tight shoes.

Keep in mind that umbrellas are a challenge in a march. A poncho with a hood may be better.

Keep your belongings with you at all times.

Drink plenty of water - bring water with you.

Bring suncream and a hat if it’s sunny.

If you think you will get peckish, bring a snack.

Keep checking the website for last minute changes and updates!

As a reminder, we will not be providing toilets. The google map of the march has identified a few public toilets. More options and accessibility information can be found at https://greatbritishpublictoiletmap.rca.ac.uk.

But most importantly, this is a peaceful march so please come with an open mind and an open heart.

Please keep checking the website for updates and last minute changes.