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 as a hotel 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.

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

Ethos Sports Centre offers 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. Please book at your reception and a sucharge is payable.

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

24 hour front entrance CCTV in operation

Cashless laundry room with iron and ironing board available on site. Wash cycle costs £2.20. Dry cycle costs £1.10. Laundry cards can be purchased from reception (min. value £5.00)

Accessible bedrooms available on request for people with disabilities (twin rooms only), please specify your needs on the booking to ensure we can accommodate you.


21st century buildings

Breakfast (at additional cost)

Private car parking for a charge (on site)

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


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)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 0

Children up to the age of 3 can share a bed with and adult

Prince's Gardens, Hyde Park, London - Reviews


Based on 3449 reviews
Service 4.2
Rooms 4.1
Food 3.6
Website 4.3
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.2

Good accommodation
Ms wendy C

This is my second time staying at the Imperial College of London. I am thrilled to find a reasonable priced accommodation that is so centrally and conveniently located. Though my ratings are in the "good" to "average" range, this does not really take into account what has been made out of a college dorm. One does not expect 5-star hotel accommodations. The place is clean, well maintained and the staff is friendly. I also love that I can get a reasonable breakfast just across the street. Thanks!
Ms Jeanine R

What a find! Have stayed in many, many central London hotels and paid more than twice the price for less than half the number of facilities. Fab location, warm welcome, and a spotlessly clean and comfortable room. Will definitely stay here again.
Mrs Lynne B

It's always a pleasure to stay at Prince's Garden; very nice area; very gentle service; it's also convenient to be able to leave the luggage in the morning at the reception, on the day of departure...

Loved my room. It was clean and comfortable and quiet! This was my second time staying at Prince's Gardens and I will definitely return.
Mrs Jennifer A

We were very impressed with our stay at Imperial College. The room was basic but very comfortable and there was lots of storage which is always a plus. We had no complaints and would recommend it to friends and stay there again. Given the location and that breakfast was included the accommodation represented terrific value. The catering for breakfast was on a large scale but perfectly adequate.
Dr Lyn B

Excellent value for money, So near the V&A my favourite museum and the theatres!
Ms Jan A

Staff generally excellent. Wonderful value for the money spent in this part of London. So, so handy to the Royal Albert Hall for concerts, and to local museums, with great transportation options close by. I would definitely recommend to others.
Ms Judith D

Stayed on two occasions over a three week period. First for nine nights and second for three. Both occasions were a pleasure. True value for money.
Mr David P

Loved the room and the surroundings of prince's gardens. And the close proximity to museums, restaurants and the tube station.
Mrs vijaya V

Travel Info

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

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

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

Check-in: From 2.00pm.    Check-out: By 10.00am.

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


Up to 2 hours


Up to 4 hours


Up to 6 hours 


Up to 9 hours


Up to 12 hours



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.


We would advise 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.