Thanks Jacob, what's the best way to purchase the tickets? is there a website that I could use?
Buy them on the day, just say you want a ticket to Waterloo or use an Oystercard or use a Contactless CardEdited: 16 August 2017, 20:16
You can check the train times for the date you arrive at www.nationalrail.co.uk
The normal route is as per previous posts, you should arrive at Clapham Junction on platform 12, sit towards the rear of the train.
There are stairs and lifts up to the overhead walkway, then go to platform 10 for the trains to Waterloo.
All this will depend on the date and time you are due to land at Gatwick.
Wouldn't be simpler to just through to Victoria then get the District Live to Westminster the walk across the bridge. It still looks like quite a walk from Waterloo.
The closest would be St. Thomas' Hospital Country Hall (Stop E)
St Thomas's Hospital County (NB not Country) Hall is a bus stop. The hotel is equidistant between Waterloo station and Westminster tube. But travelling by rail via Victoria/Westminster involves stairs whereas it's step free via Clapham Junction/Waterloo (so long as you use the lifts up to the footbridge at Clapham Junction). It's a level walk of about 700-800 yards/metres or 2100-2400 feet from Waterloo if you use the exit opposite platform 11 and turn left, then left again onto York Road, though there are a couple of roads to cross. Alternatively go through the exit opposite platform 11, turn left and take bus no 211 or 507 for 2 stops to County Hall. Here's a bus map:
There's a weird and wonderful variety of train fares from Gatwick. My recommendation would be to go to the rail ticket office at Gatwick on arrival and buy a Travelcard, specifying that you want to travel by the Southern service to Clapham Junction and change there for Waterloo. That should cost £30.10 peak (before 0930 on a working weekday), otherwise £16.60. It will give you the journey from Gatwick to the outer boundary of the London travel zones plus unlimited travel within Zones 1-6 on the day of arrival. Here's a map of routes and zones:
Others may recommend using an Oyster card from Gatwick but it can end up costing more than a paper Travelcard, see for instance:
There's a desk at Gatwick at which you can get the train tickets and Oyster cards. It might not be obvious, just ask on arrival and you'll be fine.You may have to line up for 5-10 minutes.