Faraday House: SU London's Home in Bloomsbury
Faraday House, the home of the SU London Program since August 2005, is a complex of two buildings, an older and larger building on Southampton Row and a newer annex on Old Gloucester Street. One of the very few buildings in London ever specifically remodelled to the unique specifications of a study abroad program, Faraday House has a variety of classrooms, an auditorium, a multimedia teaching suite, student and faculty common rooms, a student computer lab, staff and faculty offices, and architecture and design studios.
The building is named for Michael Faraday (1791–1867) who pioneered the study of electro-magnetism, invented the first prototypes of the transformer and the dynamo and was regarded as the foremost scientific lecturer and practical experimenter of his day. It has housed educational institutions for most of the twentieth century, and from 1905 to 1967 it was home to The Electrical Standardising, Testing and Training Institution, which pioneered the development of the ‘sandwich course’, complementing classroom study with periods of practical employment in the electrical supply industry, much as SUL students do now when they combine service learning in London with their classes at Faraday House.
The building is within three minutes’ walk of Holborn tube station, serving two Underground lines – the Piccadilly Line (direct to Heathrow airport) and the Central Line (London’s major east-west line). The new Eurostar terminal, St Pancras International, is ten minutes walk away and has rail links to Brussels (in 1 hour 53 minutes) and Paris (2 hours and 15 minutes).
For information about renting classroom or auditorium space on an occasional basis, please contact Dexter Heptinstall by telephone on +44 (0)207 400 9331.
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