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Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

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Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

I am arranging for my very active South African parents of 79 and 80 (almost) years to visit Italy and Prague for their special birthday in September 2012. This will entail arriving in Gatwick at midday on the Saturday to depart again only 18:45 on the Sunday. I read with horror about the hotels around Gatwick with no attractions and overpriced food and think an undemanding trip into London with the Gatwick Express might work. It would need to be easily accessible. They could do dinner in a pub and maybe see a few sights. They wish to pay for themselves so we shouldn't stretch the pursestrings. We would be hugely grateful to receive recommendations on an accsessible but reasonable hotel in London or other advice. Thanks

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1. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

Look for a hotel around Victoria or London Bridge and don't bother with the Gatwick Express. It's twice the price as Southern Trains to Victoria and is only a couple of minutes quicker. First Capital Connect Trains go to London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink (St. Pauls Cathedral) and St Pancras in around 40 minutes and there are plenty of hotels near these stations as well.

What would be their budget in GBP for the night?

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2. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

I don't think staying near Gatwick is as horrific as all that. There are local attractions, and you can find a nice hotel, i.e. not one expressly marketed as Gatwick.

E.g.,

www.gravetyemanor.co.uk/gravetyemanor/en/home

Nice country hotel, Michelin starred restaurant, the #1 most visited National Trust attraction a couple of miled away (Nymans Gardens). Taxi from Gatwick should be £15/£20.

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There is a nice B & B at Gatwick, with lounge & a 'quaint' little pub nearby with good reviews (about 3 mins down a quiet side road) that does good food.

They will also personally pick you up from the airport (train & coach arrive there) and take you back for your flight included in the price.

Cumberland House www.cumberlandhs.com

You could email them to see what could be arranged - they will need to be at the airport by 4.45 so with Sunday lunch & travel there etc its not such a long day.

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There are plenty of reasonably priced b & b's in the area, and quite a few nearby hotels such as Gravetye Manor already mentioned, Langshot Manor in Horley about 10 mins from the airport as well as all the airport hotels, most of which are ok and not too overpriced. The main problem with the area is that there is not a lot to see and do besides the shopping centre in Crawley. If they stayed in London for one night, at least there's plenty of things to see and do.

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Not much in the evening, but there are a few National Trust places around.

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I agree with the comments about the Gatwick Express which is costly. It does seem a shame to spend their free time around Gatwick when London is so close but, in truth, they are not really going to see much but, if this is their only chance then why not go for it. Their best option for such a restricted time may be one of the tourist busses or maybe a river boat trip along the Thames to Greenwich and back. This will, at least, give them a view of some of the sites such as The Tower, St Pauls, Houses of Parliament and so on. Another option they may wish to consider is going south to Brighton. There are plenty of trains from Gatwick and the journey is quite short. Hotels in Brighton are plentiful, good restaurants and pubs abound, the Lanes is a quaint area and this is a far more relaxed option in a lovely English seaside town.

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7. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

Thanks, that is very helpful

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8. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

Again, thanks -- very helpful.

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9. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

Don't bother with Gatwick Express. The FCC trains get to London Bridge in less time than Gatwick Express takes to get to Victoria, the FCC trains are just as frequent, and cost you a lot less money.

If there is a very short time window, an overnight near London Bridge makes sense - as even at night there is time to see iconic sights such as the Tower, Tower Bridge, all of which are very handy for London Br station.

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10. Re: Day via Gatwick express in London for pre-octogenerians

Thanks all for your suggestions. I've decided to book them in London near Victoria.