Hello all! I have a situation that has arisen due to lack of planning/negligence. My girlfriend and I will be in London on January 8th-10th (It's the first time for both of us). Don't worry, my definitive trip to London is forthcoming, as this is just a quick taste of the city. Now here's the problem we have encountered.
We're flying out of Stansted to Rome on RyanAir on the 10th at 8:40 AM, and our hotel is across the street from Hyde Park. We booked tickets for the Stansted express out of Liverpool Street Station. Can we get there in time for airport security, any customs, lines, etc, by taking the Underground to Liverpool Street? I understand the trains start at about 5-5:30 AM, which would get us to Liverpool Street at about 6-6:30, and then on the train for the 46 minute ride to Stansted. I wonder how quickly we would be able to go through Stansted and onto the plane with one checked bag each.
The more I think about it, the more I believe we should take a taxi, but I don't want to shell out the money for it, mainly because I probably can't afford it. How much exactly would it cost to go from the top of Hyde Park to Liverpool Street Station in a taxi, and is there a cheaper alternative that early in the morning, before the Underground starts running? Thanks so much for your help! I'm worrying myself over this.