DFI Forum location, travel, accommodation and visas

Forum location

The Forum will take place at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG. (If arriving on foot, the building is best accessed via Walton Street, the postcode for this is OX2 6AH.)


All participants are responsible for booking and funding their own travel arrangements.


We have pre-booked rooms in the Macdonald Randolph Hotel for the nights of 12, 13 and 14 February 2019. To book a room delegates should telephone Karen Musto on + 44 (0)1865 256 415 at the hotel directly by 15 January 2019 (please note the revised deadline), and quote reference number 37938173 to receive the School discounted rate. All delegates will be responsible for covering the cost of their stay.

If you are an invited speaker please email dfiforum@bsg.ox.ac.uk for further details on speaker accommodation and flights.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel
Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2LN
Tel: +44 1865 256 400

Airport Transfers


From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, 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, take the Stansted Express train service to Liverpool Street and then take the tube to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford. Alternatively there is a National Express 757 coach service.


Direct train services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

For details and to plan your journey, see contact National Rail Enquiries.

Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford and the Blavatnik School of Government.


A list of taxi companies can be found on this local information website. A taxi to Oxford from Heathrow would cost from £90.

Visa application

To request an invitation letter for your visa application, please send your name, travel dates, and a copy of your passport to the events team: dfiforum@bsg.ox.ac.uk

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