ProductCon London: Hotels, Restaurants, and How to Get There

Adrianna Berring

BY: Adrianna Berring

January 13, 2023 - 6 min read

Updated: January 17, 2023 - 6 min read

So you’re joining us for the most anticipated Product Management event in Europe: ProductCon London 2023! And as a reminder, ProductCon London is happening on February 21.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a simple guide with recommendations on travel, accommodations, and dining. In this guide, you’ll find:

When you’re ready, here are all of the great things to do near ProductCon London:

Where is ProductCon London being hosted?

This year, ProductCon London will be hosted at the Barbican Centre. The full address is: Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom. You can find more details on the location, including tips for getting there, by visiting their website here.

map of streets around Barbican Centre

Don’t have your tickets yet?

Get in-person or online tickets here. Early bird tickets are still available, so grab them while they last!

Travel Information

There are several ways to reach London depending on where you are coming from, but planes and trains are the most common.

If you’re planning on coming by plane:

Here is a list of airports near London:

  • Heathrow (LHR)

  • Gatwick (LGW)

  • Stansted (STN)

  • Luton (LTN)

  • City (LCY)

  • Southend (SEN)

Most of those airports are 1h away from the Barbican Centre by public transport when London City Airport is ~ 35 min distance and Southend is ~ 1,5h. Heathrow and Gatwick are the two most common airports for international flights. If you fly Ryanair you will be landing in Stansted, which is connected to the city by Stansted Express train. And City Airport is the most convenient of all! It’s right in London, near the city centre.

Here is some useful information on how to get from those airports into the city:

We highly recommend following the directions on your plane ticket for how early to arrive at the airport. February isn’t a busy flight season, but we recommend you plan for potential lines and flight delays just in case.

If you’re planning on coming by train:

The Eurostar is an express train line that goes directly to London from these cities:

  1. Paris

  2. Brussels

  3. Lille

  4. Amsterdam

  5. Rotterdam

For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit Eurostar.com.

COVID-19 Information:

COVID-19 restrictions may be in effect. Please be sure to consult your plane ticket, airline, and national embassy for directions and requirements when entering the United Kingdom. Our ProductCon London event will follow the latest government recommendations surrounding the prevention of COVID-19.

Restaurants Near Barbican Center in London

At ProductCon, we’re going have a lunch break from 12:00 to 13:00 (see full agenda here).

If you don’t have lunch included in your ticket (this will be specified on your attendee badge), here are some great options of places you can go to grab food around the Barbican:

Pret A Manger ($)

Pret A Manger is a chain that offers fresh food handmade in their shop’s kitchens throughout the day. They have a great selection of sandwiches, organic coffee, soups, and salads. An extra plus? Anything that they don’t sell goes to charity!

sandwich and drinks on table at Pret A MangerGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Pret A Manger

Where: Pret A Manger, Unit 1, City Shopping Centre, Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8NX, United Kingdom Google Maps link

Whitecross Market ($)

Weekday outdoor market lined with stalls offering a variety of street eats, from meat pies to pizza. Also plenty of veggie options.

Outside seating at Whitecross MarketGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Whitecross Market

Where: GWF4+6R London, United Kingdom Google maps link

Barbican Food & Drinks ($ – $$)

Barbican itself has plenty of places for you to relax and replenish, from coffee and cake to wood-fired pizzas and full pre-theatre menus. You can see exquisite restaurants, bars and picnic gardens available at the Barbican on their website here.

Barbican Kitchen and Bonfire at Barbican Centre. Barbican Kitchen is a family-friendly restaurant on the ground floor. Bonfire serves burgers and drinks in a relaxed, rustic setting overlooking the Lakeside

Where: Barbican, Silk St London

Fare ($$)

Italian Restaurant. Industrial-chic, bi-level spot offering pizza and sharable plates plus coffee, wine & cocktails.

In side of Fare restaurant. There is a bar and a table area. It is empty, with indoor lighting on during daylight. you can see the street from the large window that covers one walla plate of noodles with orange sauce and cheesetomatoes and cheese with olive oil and basil sprinkled on topGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Fare

Where: 11 Old St, London EC1V 9HL, United Kingdom Google maps link

The Jugged Hare ($$$)

Gastropub with open kitchen, ceramic-tiled dining room with oak floors, and lots of stuffed animals.

inside of the Jugged Hare. Warm lighting and quirky decorations, like a lamp with a bronze dog as the basebeef, potatoes, and a small dutch baby pancakecloseup of steak cut into pieces on a wooden cutting boardGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to the Jugged Hare

Where: 49 Chiswell St, London EC1Y 4SA, United Kingdom Google maps link

Hotels Near Barbican Center in London

So, you’ve decided to go to ProductCon London and now need a place to rest your head after a full day of learning and networking. We’ve got you! Below is a curated list of accommodations, most within an hour commute of the Barbican Center, that could be your home-away-from-home. Please note: we’ve used TripAdvisor to determine the pricing scale for each property.

South Place Hotel ($$)

Complete with a spa, three bars and lounges, and Michelin-star restaurant, this East London hotel gives off James Bond vibes.

picture of room in South Place HotelGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to South Place Hotel

You can find the hotel at 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF England, just a 6-minute walk from the Barbican Centre. You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

The Rookery ($$)

If elegant, Georgian-style decor and boutique hotels are your thing, The Rookery is the perfect stay for you.

picture of room in The RookeryGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to The Rookery

Located in Clerkenwell at 12 Peter’s Lane Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DS England, the Rookery is just an 11 minute walk from Barbican Centre. You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

Apex London Wall Hotel ($$)

With rooftop views and balconies available, this modern hotel located in London Square Mile is the perfect place to pass the long September evenings in London.

picture of room in Apex London Wall HotelGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Apex London Wall Hotel

An 11 minute walk from Barbican Centre, the Apex London Wall Hotel is located at 7-9 Copthall Avenue, London EC2R 7NJ England. You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

Malmaison London ($$)

With a restaurant catering to carnivores and vegetarians alike, and a cocktail bar to wind down at, this boutique hotel is a cozy and welcoming home-away-from-home.

picture of room in Malmaison LondonGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Malmaison London

Located in Farringdon at 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 3ET England, this hotel is only a 9-minute walk to Barbican Centre.You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

citizenM London Shoreditch Hotel ($$)

If you like modern lighting, huge beds, and cute marketing, citizenM is truly an experience that’s changing the way we see hotel stays.

picture of room in CitizenM London Shoreditch HotelGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to citizenM London Shoreditch Hotel

Part of the Shoreditch neighbourhood, citizenM London is located at 6 Holywell Lane Shoreditch, London EC2A 3ET England. A slightly longer walk, it will take you 17 minutes to get to Barbican Centre from this hotel. You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

Hart Shoreditch Hotel London ($$)

Put on by the Hilton, the Hart Shoreditch Hotel promises to be every bit as luxurious as the popular chain.

picture of room in Hart Shoreditch Hotel LondonGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to Hart Shoreditch Hotel London

Another stay in the Shoreditch neighbourhood, this hotel is located at 61-67 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU England, just 17 minutes to Barbican Centre.You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

The Zetter Hotel ($$)

Maybe we’ve saved the best for last, but this contemporary warehouse-turned-boutique-hotel location is a must-see when visiting London.

picture of room in the Zetter HotelGoogle maps directions from Barbican Centre to the Zetter Townhouse Hotel

Located at 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ England, this hotel is a 16 minute walk from Barbican Centre. You can reserve your stay by visiting their website here.

Updated: January 17, 2023

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