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Social Outcomes Conference 2022
Information for in-person participants


In addition to streaming all of our sessions online, this year we are offering a number of in-person places to those wishing to attend the conference at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. This will be a great opportunity to connect with others in the field and meet some of our fantastic speakers.

We will take great precautionary measures to ensure that the event is covid-free and with the help of our fantastic AV team, we will ensure that both online and offline audiences enjoy meaningful engagement. With its automated natural ventilation system, the Blavatnik School of Government building constantly creates a flow of clean air in its seminar rooms and lecture halls. In-person conference attendance will be aligned with UK Government COVID-19 policy. Should further COVID-19 restrictions be implemented, we will refund the conference tickets in full.

On this page, you'll find information on travelling to Oxford, accommodation and other useful tips. Sign up to our newsletter here to receive the latest updates on the conference.

Oxford is approximately 60 miles (90 km) northwest of London and has excellent road and national rail links. There are regular coach and train services to the London and Birmingham airports, and direct train services to major UK cities. 

Airports in the UK  

If you are flying into the UK, the most convenient airports are the London airports and Birmingham airport.

From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, you can take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading.

From London Stansted airport, you can take the Stansted Express train service to London Liverpool Street and then take the underground to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford. Alternatively, there is a National Express 737 coach service.

From Birmingham airport, you can get a direct 1-hour train to Oxford.

Trains to Oxford

Direct services run from London Paddington and London Marylebone. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. You can book your train on Trainline.

Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford and 14 minute walk from the Blavatnik School of Government, based in Jericho.

Coaches to Oxford 

Directs coaches also run from most main cities in the south and north of the UK. We recommend using National Express to book your coach. There is also a 24-hour coach that runs very frequently between Oxford and London called the Oxford Tube.

Taxi service 

Uber does not run in Oxford so we recommend using these local taxi services:


Many streets in central Oxford are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. If considering arriving by car, visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts of the city. For more detailed information, please see the University of Oxford website page on how to get to Oxford University

If you wish to park in the centre, you can try one of these Oxford car parks. Fees will apply during the day and prices tend to be high.

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Address: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH

The building is opposite the Oxford University Press.

View the Blavatnik School of Government in a larger map.

Participants may find it challenging to book affordable accommodation in Oxford for this year’s Social Outcomes Conference. We encourage you to book as early as possible.

There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Oxford. A comprehensive list of places to stay in Oxford can be accessed here. Please see below a list of some of the hotels available in Oxford. All of them are located within walking distance to the Blavatnik School of Government. 

Five star hotels 

  • The Old Bank Hotel is located on the High Street, close to Christ Church Meadows and the Radcliffe Camera.
  • The Randolph Hotel is located on Beaumont Street, just a five minute-walk from the Blavatnik School of Government and opposite the Ashmolean Museum.
  • The Old Parsonage is located on Banbury Road, just five minutes away from the Blavatnik School of Government and just around the corner from the University Parks.

Other hotels

  • St Margarets Hotel is a stylish Victorian hotel situated in leafy north Oxford, just a 15 minute-walk away from the Blavatnik School Of Government.
  • The Cotswold Lodge Hotel is a 4-star family run hotel in Victorian building 15-minute walk away from the Blavatnik School of Government.

University accomodation

  • Rewley House, located just a five-minute walk from the Blavatnik School of Government offers 4-star accommodation.
  • St Anne's College and Wycliffe Hall, both about a five-minute walk from the School, offer bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • Lady Margaret Hall, located 15-minute walk away from the Blavatnik School of Government and next to the University Parks, offers bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • More centrally, and about a ten-minute walk from the School are bed and breakfast services with Wadham College and Jesus College.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • Holywell Street Bed and Breakfast is located in the gorgeous historic Holywell Street, facing New College and a five minute walk from most historic spots in Oxford. It takes roughly 15 minutes to walk to the Blavatnik School of Government.

The city centre has many restaurants, cafés and traditional pubs. You can find many in the historic centre of Oxford, as well as down Walton Street (where the Blavatnik School of Government is located), and East Oxford down Cowley Road.

Traditional pubs

  • Just around the corner from the School are The Royal Oak, The Bookbinders and The Victoria Arms.
  • More centrally, you can also have a drink or try traditional English food at the Turf Tavern, The Bear Inn, The Kings Arms, The White Horse and The Chequers.
  • The White Rabbit does great pizza and the Old Tom offers Thai food.
  • If it's a lovely sunny day, we'd recommend The Perch, which is located across Port Meadow, a gorgeous meadow ten minutes away from the School.

Independent Cafés and coffee shops

  • Close to the School is Common ground, Edge and Opera Café.
  • More into the centre are The Handle Bar (upstairs floor of a converted bike shop), The Missing Bean (located between some of the oldest Oxford college) and Vaults and Garden (based inside the historic University Church of St Mary).
  • You can also explore the Covered Market, which houses a range of local traders and cafés.

Oxford Colleges

With beautiful Oxford collages situated all in and around the city centre, it is well worth visiting a few of them. While some colleges are closed to the public, quite a few of them are open to visitors either for free or for a small fee. You can find updated information on opening times and prices of each of the colleges here.

The most popular colleges to visit are Magdalen College (includes a deer park), New College (part of the old Oxford city wall and location for Harry Potter filming), Exeter College (fantastic garden view of Radcliffe square and impressive chapel), Balliol College, and Christ Church College.

Museums and galleries

Oxford University museums offer world-class collections. The recently extended Ashmolean Museum houses art and archaeology collections spanning four millennia. There is also a rooftop restaurant with lovely views over the city. 

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History has an extensive collection of zoological and geological specimens and the Pitt Rivers Museum, accessed through the Museum of Natural History, contains cultural artefacts from all over the world. These and many of Oxford’s other museums are open daily (usually Tuesday-Sunday) and are free to enter. 

Art lovers will also enjoy Modern Art Oxford, a gallery that displays modern and contemporary visual art, and book lovers will certainly enjoy the Weston Library, which hosts incredible exhibitions of some of the greatest works in history.