International Exlibris Congress 2020

In August 2020 The Bookplate Society is hosting the FISAE congress at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, in the middle of London. Its large Galleon Room, used for monthly book fairs, provides ample room for our congress.

The Royal National Hotel is easily reached by underground metro on the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Russell Square (23 stops). This 3-star hotel is very popular with groups. There are mostly standard twin-bed rooms, with own bath/shower, tv, wi-fi, tea/coffee maker.

There are very few rooms with double beds and only 20 single bedrooms, but some rooms have three beds. Try to arrange to share with a friend, because this will be much cheaper per person than being a single person in a twin-bed room.

Participants who booked and paid for their hotel accommodation by 31 July 2019, have had the benefit of SPECIAL CONGRESS RATES, fixed for 2020 without increase. Those who missed this date will have to book direct online with the hotel at 2020 prices, and you will not get the fixed rates agreed for FISAE congress participants.

HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE: It will take several weeks for the organisers to prepare the comprehensive listing of room bookings to pass to the hotel. During that time you can still ask to be added to the list if you send payment at the rates shown in the Calculator on the Payment page.

Booking in advance will avoid the worry of being at risk of unfavourable movements in currency exchange rates.The pound sterling is currently at a two-and-a-half-year low point against major currencies, making this very attractive for visitors to the UK. We cannot guess how exchange rates will move during the present time of uncertainty about the UK/EU relationship.

1-, 2- & 3-bed rooms with TV, WiFi and tea & coffee-making facilities.

The special rates are for the room and Full English Breakfast (not just Continental Breakfast): single room £78 per night, 2-bed twin room £93 per night, 3-bed triple £116 per night. We have compared these rates with smaller hotels in London, with the local Premier Inn (very expensive!) and even with the Kings Cross Youth Hostel! Our conclusion is that this is the best offer! You should accept it and be pleased that everyone can be accommodated in the same place, which is a huge advantage.

The cost per person per night is £46.50 in a twin room and £38.67 in a 3-bed triple room.
If you are a single person on a tight budget, we have 30 rooms available at £45 per night at the County Hotel. This is one of the other hotels in the Imperial Hotels group. It is just a 5-minute walk from the Royal National. However, you will have to share a bathroom with three other rooms, there is no wi-fi, and you must have your full English breakfast in that hotel, not at the Royal National. Use the registration form to ask for one of these rooms.

This is a 4-day congress. Prague 2018 was a 5-day event, but four days should be sufficient for most people. However, you may choose to arrive one day early on the Tuesday and already meet those other participants who have also decided to come early. Or perhaps arrive on the weekend before the congress and attend the Sunday book fair, held monthly at the hotel, then spend time visiting London. Maybe stay in London after the congress. Or go travelling around Britain and come back for your last night before leaving for the airport. All your extra nights in the hotel will be at the SPECIAL CONGRESS RATES if you booked and paid for these by 31 July 2019.

The six hotels in the Imperial Hotels group are all located close to each other. Almost all the rooms have twin beds not double beds. If you particularly want a double bed, send us a separate email to request this, but the hotel makes no promises that rooms with double beds can be found for you.

Cancellation: If you notify us (or preferably the hotel direct)
that you are unable to come, you will receive a FULL REFUND of your accommodation. After this time there will be no refund - you must rely on your own travel insurance.

Another idea for those on a tight budget has been suggested by one of our participants from Greece who has decided to stay outside the centre, using the EasyHotel website. The rooms may be small or not well suited to older people, and travelling into Central London may be exhausting and take time (maybe 25-35 minutes by metro to the congress venue). Of course, there are many other ways to book rooms online.

© The Bookplate Society 2019