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IETF 89 London, England March 2 - 7, 2014

The IETF 89 Meeting Venue (Hilton London Metropole) is a complicated venue, with three wings and a multitude of levels that the IETF will be using. This layout map may assist you in getting around.

Airport Transportation

Directions to the IETF 89 Meeting venue.

Ordering tickets online on the Heathrow Express - there are also ticket kiosks where you can purchase an Heathrow Express ticket before you get on the train.

To catch the Heathrow Express at Heathrow Airport:

For Heathrow Airport terminals 1, 2 and 3, follow the signs inside the terminal buildings for Heathrow Central train station.

For Heathrow Terminal 4, follow the signs inside the terminal building for the free shuttle bus service to Heathrow Central train station, where you can get on the Heathrow Express train. The shuttle service from Terminal 4 departs every 15 minutes and is a 4 minute journey.

For Heathrow terminal 5, follow the signs inside the building for Heathrow Terminal 5 train station.

To make the return journey to Heathrow Airport from Paddington Station:

At London Paddington, the Heathrow Express usually departs from platforms 6 and 7, but check the electronic boards inside the station for the latest information.

Please NOTE: Departing from London Paddington, the first train is at 5.10am and the last train is at 11.25pm.

Departing from Heathrow Terminal 5, the first train is at 5.07am and the last train is at 11.42pm.

Departing from Heathrow Central, the first train is at 5.12am Monday to Saturday and 5.08am on Sundays. The last train is at 11.48pm.

For Heathrow Terminal 4, the first shuttle to Heathrow Central train station is at 5.23am Monday to Saturday and 5.53am on Sundays.

Arrival Coordination

Arrival Coordination - for ease of taxi sharing.

Departure Coordination


The official language of England is English.

IETF Language Buttons

Public Transportation and Area Maps

NOTE: It is suggested that to get around London via public transportation, that having an Oyster Visitor Card is recommended. Oyster is a plastic smartcard you can use instead of paper tickets. You can put Travelcards, Bus & Tram season tickets and pay as you go credit on it.

Oyster is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, and DLR services in London.

Oyster Visitor Card.

Please NOTE: All travelers are required to have their own card - although the Web site states all children under 11 travel free accompanied by an adult using a valid Visitor Oyster card or ticket. A maximum of four children under 11 can travel free with an adult who has a valid Visitor Oyster card or ticket on Tube, DLR and London Overground services.

If you’re using a Visitor Oyster card, you must touch in and touch out as normal but ask a member of staff to let your group through the side gate.


Cycle (bike) rental is available from docking stations all over London.

Barclays Cycle Hire

Getting Around (to and from the Meeting Venue)

Public transportation maps.

Suggested SmartPhoone Apps (from the 89attendees list):

“Tube Map” by MXDATA is a live Underground arrival and departure information that includes a station finder and journey planner.

“Citymapper” by CITYMAPPER LIMITED is an app to help you get from point A to point B - whether you choose to walk, bike, taxi, bus, or tube to your destination. Also includes NYC, Paris, and Berlin.



Try to avoid lifts.

Buckingham to Sovereign once a day is a good intermediate level fitness routine. Consult your physician before any extraordinary effort.

Running Trails:



IETF 89 Companions invites whoever would like to join them to view Ballet Pixelle with them. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Hilton London Metropole, Room Boardroom One, First Floor, Tower, 7:00pm. More information on what Ballet Pixelle is.

ATMs & Money Conversion

There are Travelex Currency conversion desks in Heathrow Airport.

  Terminal 1: Before security (check-in area)
  Terminal 3: Before security (first floor next to security)
  Terminal 4: Before security (departures)
  Terminal 5: Before security (departures zone B)

Cash dispensers (ATMs) are available before and after security control in every terminal at Heathrow.

Most cash machines accept UK bank and building society cards without surcharge. They also accept major credit cards.

Self-Service Laundry

Search results for the Edgware Road area:

Central Wash Launderette and Dry Cleaners 17 Star Street, Paddington, London W2 1QD

Star Kleen 398 Edgware Road, London W2 1ED

Electrical Plug / Outlet


Cable Swap

If you have an Apple or compatible C8 cable or plug you wish to swap, this table lists the known cables and plugs, and you can nominate a swap or add your own. The box of cables is kept by at present, while I work out how to coordinate a swap trust point.

the standard, and and may help clarify what is what

If you have other cables, please feel free to add details here, clarifying in notes how you can be contacted to effect a swap.

Any leftovers will probably just be left at the terminal room for lucky dip.

Have Cable or Plug Seeking Swap for Claimed by Note/Email
Apple Australian Cable Apple UK Cable any c8 compatible will do
Apple Australian Cable Apple Schuko Cable
Apple Australian Cable Apple US Cable
Apple Australian Plug Apple UK Plug
Apple Australian Plug Schuko Plug
Apple US Plug Apple UK Cable/plug
Apple US Cable Apple EU Cable/plug
Apple US Plug Apple EU Plug

Cellphones / Data

SIM Cards at the airport.

[Comments by Stuart Cheshire]

For people traveling to London, I recommend getting a “Three” pay-as-you-go SIM card for your phone. They're available at Heathrow airport when you land. Right after you go though immigration, you'll see vending machines selling SIM cards. You can get a Three SIM card for £20, which is £5 for the SIM, and £15 for 30 days of unlimited data, 300 UK voice minutes and 3000 texts. The package contains a Nano-SIM, plus adapters for Micro-SIM and Mini-SIM phones, so it should work with anything. You may need to add some additional credit for making international calls.

If you order in advance instead of waiting until you get to the airport, you can save the £5 charge for the SIM card. You can also skip the £15 package if you like, and just pay for what you use: 3p per minute for voice, 2p per text, 1p per megabyte of data. A free SIM plus £10 of credit should be enough for the whole IETF week (and that £10 would also be usable for international calls). <>

In other news, I recently switched my US phone to the T-Mobile “Simple Choice Plan”. I get voice, text and data for $50/month, which by itself is not especially remarkable. What's remarkable is that in over 100 countries (including the UK) I also get unlimited text and data, and voice calls cost only 20¢/minute. That's another attractive option for people coming from the US.

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Miscellaneous Information


Al Baraka Supermarket 125 Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2 2HT

Marble Arch Food and Wine 75 Edgware Road London W2 2HZ, United Kingdom +44 20 7262 5550

Tesco Metro 90-100 Edgware Road London W2 2EA, United Kingdom +44 845 677 9258 and 94 Church Street St Johns Wood, London NW8 8EX, United Kingdom +44 845 677 9534

Babylon Supermarket 396 Edgware Road London W2 1ED, United Kingdom +44 20 7724 9411


Suggested criteria: distance to the Hilton of course, but also level of noise, if people are looking for a place to discuss Internet-Drafts.

  • The Monkey Puzzle. Pub. (recommended by several persons on the mailing list) Web site 30 Southwick Street / Sussex Gardends (after the Paddington station)
  • The Tyburn (recommended by several persons on the mailing list for fish & chips) 18-20 Edgware Road
  • Micky fish bar (recommended for fish and chips) 29 Norfolk Place, 020 7723 2384 “6 blocks S/W on Praed St”
  • Fountain Abbey Pub Address?
  • The Windsor Castle (pub with Thai food) Walk down Edgware Road towards Marble Arch and turn left into Crawford Place (a couple of blocks down). The pub is further down on the left hand side. (quirky decor)
  • The Victoria Pub. About a 15 minute walk from the Hilton Metropole - easiest way to get there is to walk back towards Paddington station down Praed Street and take a left hand turn just before the station down London Street. (Burgerking on the corner). Keep going down London Street across a couple of roads and you'll reach the pub at the end.
  • The Portman 51 Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone (down edgware rd towards marble arch, left) small gastropub. nice simple food.

Social Event

The IETF 89 Social Event will take place at the Museum of London on Tuesday March 4, 2014.

IETF 89 Social Event Web page

Espresso, Coffee, and Tea

Useful Location Map on where to find espresso created by Dan Wing. “I built a London espresso map, with red locations based on positive reviews on and and a few others. The shops in blue appear to be better-than-average places near the Metropole hotel. The map can be edited.” (Thank you, Dan!)

Pret A Manger - 3-5 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ, Paddington (also soups and sandwiches)

Fresco - 93 Praed Street, London W2 1NT, Paddington (also freshly made juices and smoothies as well as sandwiches)

Costa Coffee - (Paddington Station location) London W2 1HA

Momento - 159 Praed Street, London W2 1RL (cafe)

Caffè Nero - Paddington Station, Unit 38, London W2 1RH



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