You handle your own baggage and put it in whatever space is available on the train.
First Class is available.
Train from Dover Priory to Charing Cross which is a short distance from the Savoy.
You take luggage on board with you and 1st class is available though expect lots of tutting, harumping & eye-rolling if you try doing this first thing in the morning with 3 steamer trunksEdited: 21 February 2013, 13:34
The trains on the Dover- Charing Cross route are set up for commuters rather than travellers. There's a luggage rack overhead and space in the doorways where large items of luggage can go, but not a specific luggage storage area.
First class seats are little different to second class, except that you are more likely to be able to sit down at peak times. If you are starting at Dover, the chances are you will get a seat even at peak times, so I really wouldn't pay out for a First Class Ticket.
It's a 5 minute walk up The Strand to the Savoy. It's perfectly safe, but the pavements can be quite busy and crowded.
Please note there is little discernable difference between first class and standard class on these trains. First class seating is simply 8 seats at the far end of each part of the train barely segregated from the others, sometimes positoned in the middle as well if the train is comprised of 2 x 4-coach trains joined together. No additional features or benefits apart from a slightly nicer headrest. If the train is very overcrowded with a lot of standing passengers, sometimes they permit first class seats to be used by standard ticket holders. In my opinion not worth the extra fare.
I agree there is no point in buying first class tickets. Many of the trains to Charing Cross start from Dover Priory station, so you will always get a seat even in rush hour.
And don't be tempted by the High Speed train. The station it goes to in London is way across the other side of the city and any time you save will be taken up by the need to go a few extra miles in London. And it's more expensive.
The Savoy is indeed an easy 5 minute walk from Charing Cross station.
And on the high speed trains to St Pancras (not convenient for the Savoy) there is no first class seating on these at all.
Thanks for the information
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