Chevening Orientation 2018

20 Oct 2018
10:00 to 17:45 Saturday 20 October 2018
Prince Regent entrance, ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Please note that this event is compulsory. Non-attendance will only be granted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Secretariat.


If you don't already live in London, you will need to travel to the city to get to the ExCeL. There are a number of websites you can use to find the cheapest travel option:

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Travel within London

For those of you who are not familiar with London transport, more information can be found on the Transport for London website, which includes a journey planner tool and advice on how to pay. The ExCeL London website also has a number of tools available to help you plan your journey. 

The ExCeL centre is in east London and the nearest station is:

  • Prince Regent

This station can be found on the Docklands Light Railway, and is in TFL zone 3

Please note that you will be expected to use your travel top up allowance to pay for your travel and accommodation to Orientation. There will be no travel reimbursement from the Secretariat for this event.

Finally, should any of you decide to travel by car or minibus, please be aware that there are car parks at ExCeL London but that charges will apply. More information is available on their website.



There are a number of hotels close to the ExCeL centre, including:

If you are unable to get a room near the ExCeL, or would prefer to stay in central London, the ExCeL centre is easily accessible from Greenwich, London Bridge, and Stratford underground stations. You may wish to use the following sites to find another option:

Dietary Requirements

If you have any specific dietary requirements, please send this information to your programme officer. The deadline for informing your PO is Thursday, 4 October, 17:00 BST.


You can download a full programme for the day here.

Registration - programme officer locations

A: Becky Duffy
B: James Farren
C: Jenny Johnson
D: Kadri Paju
E: Katie Baldock
F: Lydia Wood
G: Marzana Khanom
H: Matthew Kon
I: Noeme Santana
J: Sally Hau
K: Sophie Thomsett
L: Sophie Fenner
M: Suraj Darbar
N: Susie Pike

Dress Code

Smart casual (or your national dress if you would like). Please keep in mind that this will be a long day and we do want you to be comfortable.


A cloakroom will be available for scholars free of charge. Please try to bring only baggage that you require for the day as space is limited.

You will find the cloakroom to the right of the Capital Hall, on level 0.

Electronic equipment

Please note that although there is a cloakroom on site for scholars to use (free of charge), they will not accept laptops or any large electronic equipment. If you bring a laptop you will be expected to keep this with you at all times. The venue takes no responsibility for expensive electronic equipment left inside bags in the cloakroom, so you should keep it with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can't find the information you are looking for, please read our FAQs

Dog show

We have been made aware that the Discover Dogs show will be taking place at the ExCeL on Saturday. Although the dogs will be based in another part of the venue, we advise that awardees with allergies bring appropriate medication if necessary.