Welcome to UKGovCamp XL (ukgcxl) London at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s. 

The basics

Hashtag = #ukgcXL

Session grid = bit.ly/ukgovcamp

Dress code = casual, but wrap up warm.

Optional pre-event drinks 5pm Friday 19 January 2024:

  • Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, 5 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ,
  • View it on Google Maps or Open Street Map,
  • Anyone can attend,
  • No ticket needed.

Main event 9am Saturday 20 January 2024:

  • Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, 5 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ,
  • View it on Google Maps or Open Street Map,
  • Ticketed entry only,
  • No photo ID required,
  • 9am Doors,
  • 10am Start,
  • 5pm Drinks / food,
  • 11pm Close.

Why it’s £ free

  • Because sponsors, who are awesome,
  • They pay for food, drinks, creche, bursaries and more,
  • Leftover £ goes to our grant fund which you can apply to,
  • Grant fund gives up to £1000 to fund your next event,
  • View all our sponsors via ukgovcamp.com/sponsors.

What happens on Friday

5pm to 11pm optional bar meetup.

What happens on Saturday

9am doors open:

  • Come to registration on lower ground floor 2,
  • Get a lanyard and badge,
  • The badge entitles you to free food and drinks,
  • Keep your badge on you at all times.

10am intros and source the discussion:

  • UKGovCamp is a participant led unconference,
  • That means you choose what gets discussed,
  • You’ll be led through session sourcing step by step,
  • Once session sourcing is done, we create the grid,
  • The grid shows where and when each session is,
  • It’ll also be available online via bit.ly/ukgovcamp

11am the sessions start:

  • Sessions are 45 minutes long each,
  • Minimum 15 minute break between sessions,
  • 2 sessions in the morning,
  • 3 in the afternoon,
  • Volunteers attend each session to type notes,
  • They’ll also add session attendee names,
  • Session notes are publicly available on internet,
  • You can get to them via bit.ly/ukgovcamp.

12:45pm free lunch

1:45pm sessions resume

4:45pm closing ceremony

5pm hotel bar open:

  • Limited free food and drinks,
  • Remember your badge!


See our separate accessibility post for more detail.


  • Open for pre-registered children only, 
  • You’ll have received a confirmation email,
  • We use NipperBout, 
  • You must bring a pack lunch for your children.

Live (micro) blogging

  • We use BlueSky, Mastodon, X (formerly Twitter) and Google Docs,
  • Google Docs is used for note taking in each session,
  • You can take and add photos and record videos,
  • Please check with people before publishing.

Quiet and prayer rooms

  • Quiet room = Nightingale, lower ground 1,
  • Prayer room = Reynolds, lower ground 1,
  • Ask a volunteer to point them out.

Carbon offsetting

  • Plant a tree in the Scottish highlands,
  • £6 each or make a general donation,
  • To donate visit our grove at Trees for Life.

Saturday evening

  • Hotel bar runs from 1700 to 2300,
  • Some drinks and food are sponsored,
  • First come first served basis,
  • Buy your own once the tab runs out.

Sunday and beyond

  • Your brain will probably be buzzing after the event,
  • Take the time to rest up, pause and reflect on your experience,
  • Please share your experiences of the day,
  • Use the #ukgcxl hashtag,
  • Keep the conversation going!

We’ll ask for volunteers in each session to keep the conversation going after the event.

Volunteer’s contact details will be added to the session notes. They are publicly available on internet. After the event, we’ll share them with everyone who signed up.