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where to stay and airport question

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where to stay and airport question

Hi We ( couple)are on our first trip to london arriving at terminal 1 Heathrow early on a sunday morning and leaving on a tuesday at from Heathrow terminal 3 at 5 pm are wanting to stay some where central but with relatively easy access to Heathrow. A friend has suggested Notting Hill but we were wondering if Paddington would be easier. What is the best method of transportation to/from the airport.

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1. Re: where to stay and airport question

Staying in areas where there is a direct rail line to Heathrow is definitely convenient.

Yes, staying near Paddington stn you would have access to the Heathrow Express (HEX) trains. In the past, I have stayed at some of the B&Bs along Sussex Gardens. Lots of B&Bs in that area. 5-mins walk to Paddington stn.

Also staying along the Piccadilly tube line is good. I always choose in the area around Kensington. Slightly better than Earl's Court. Staying in Notting Hill or Bayswater requires a tube transfer to the Circle line or District line.

Taking the tube is way cheaper than the HEX, but will take slightly more journey time.

Edited: 07 April 2010, 02:16
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2. Re: where to stay and airport question

With a departure from LHR T3 at 1700 and an arrival on a Sunday morning, you need not limit yourself to the very expensive HEX or cheaper (but runs only twice an hour) Heathrow Connect. The Underground to and from the city centre can be an easy mode of transport unless you'll have a considerable amount of luggage.

As well, rather than pay two HEX fares, a car service to or from LHR can be marginally less expensive, depending on where you stay. I usually take the Underground from LHR to my destination on arrival with one check through size bag plus a rollaboard and have rarely found it too arduous a journey.

When do you plan to travel to London? Will you stay just Sunday through Tuesday afternoon or a bit longer? Most importantly, have you a budget in mind for a hotel?

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3. Re: where to stay and airport question

Hi

thanks for the prompt replies. We are only in London for those few days then onto Barcelona for a cruise. Our budget is up to 150 GBP per night. We arrive the 29th Aug and leave on the 31st. So we know it is short! Also if we take the train from Heathrow does that qualify us for the 2 for 1 dealsWith rail ticket) at attractions that we have been hearing about.

Thanks Again

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4. Re: where to stay and airport question

HEX tickets don't qualify for the two for one offers, sorry. You'll need to buy paper Travelcards from a rail station ticket office in order to for them to be valid for the offers; the HEX is a private train service and not part of Atoc so their tickets won't have the correct National Rail logo on the paper stock.

Your budget isn't bad, and if you'd like to stay in the city centre with good access to a rail station for those offers have a look at the Premier Inn in Victoria, the Luna & Simone Hotel, Lime Tree Hotel or Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road. All are within a short walk of Victoria station for easy access on the Underground or by bus from the Central Bus Station at LHR T3 (a short walk from T1) to Victoria Coach Station.

With slightly better access to and from LHR are the Premier Inn Kensington on Knaresborough Place, base2stay, the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum and Millennium Bailey's. The first two are a very short walk from Earl's Court station (which has a lift up from train platform to the ticket hall and street level) and the second two very near Gloucester Road station, with a few steps up from train platform to the lift up to the ticket hall.

The downside of the latter hotels is that you will have to make an extra journey to Victoria to buy the correct paper Travelcards for the two for one offers; you could head there from Heathrow, buy the cards then make your way back to the hotel.

Your stay in London will be during the last Bank Holiday weekend of summer, so hotels might be busy. TfL have indicated that there won't be any Jubilee line on 29 and 30 August but the planned works for the rest of that weekend shouldn't have an effect on your sightseeing.

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5. Re: where to stay and airport question

"HEX tickets don't qualify for the two for one offers, sorry."

How about Heathrow Connect tickets, which are cheaper than HEX, do they have the double-arrow (or crowsfoot) symbol?

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6. Re: where to stay and airport question

We enjoyed the DARLINGTON HYDE PARK - very conv. to Paddington, just a nice stroll or cheap taxi ride. Great staff, very acceptable breakfast, good-sized rooms for London. We really liked area and the ability to get transport to all else whilst knowing that the connection to LHR would be optimum.

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7. Re: where to stay and airport question

Thats also the weekend of the Notting Hill Carnival, something else to bear in mind with regard to location and travel

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