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Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

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Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

HI, me and the girlfriend would like to plan a weekend to London. we live in the channel islands and will be flying into Gatwick. We would like to visit Thorpe Park, Do some shopping preferably in a large center and possibly some sight in the city. does any one have any recommendations as to were is best to stay and shop and weather renting a car or using public transport would be better?

Thanks a lot

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1. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

Hi

Use public transport.

Head to Thorpe Park, do the stuff there, then head to the city and shop with the sights!

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2. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

If you specifically want to do your shopping at a large shopping centre, one of the Westfield centres would be your best bet - either Shepherd's Bush or Stratford. Shepherd's Bush is by far the nicer of the two, but Stratford has the pull of being right by the Olympic Park and has some good views (I assume you're not actually planning on doing this trip during the Olympics).

http://uk.westfield.com/london/

http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity

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3. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

Well, centres don't come much larger than London!

Do not hire a car. There are regular and frequent trains from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria (Southern), to London Waterloo changing at Clapham Junction, or to London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International (First Capital Connect). There is no need to book in advance for any of these trains. Avoid Gatwick Express which has higher fares for a not-much-higher level of service.

To get to Thorpe Park, take a train from London Waterloo to Staines (or from London Victoria, changing at Clapham Junction). From Staines Station to Thorpe Park there is a regular shuttle bus. If you buy combined rail and admission tickets the shuttle bus is included in the price.

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4. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

ok thanks guys, so we'll use public transport then. we will be in London from 6th to 8/9th of July so before Olympics, anyone suggest a hotel for a base or area that's best and not to expensive?

Thanks

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5. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

What's "not too expensive" really depends on your budget - how much are you looking to spend? There is a list of budget hotels in London under the "Top questions" on the right hand side of the page that would be a good place to start, but at such short notice you might find prices high and rooms hard to come by.

Edited: 26 June 2012, 14:52
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6. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

You can get substantial discounts on Thorpe Park admission, check ebay, hotukdeals, etc. for specific details for specific dates, which should be cheaper than the train + entrance combo.

Also if you are going to Thorpe Park avoid the school holidays.

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7. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

ok ill them out, was hoping to not spend more 100 a night. yes i know i've left it a bit short notice. thanks

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8. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

If you stay in the Twickenham Travelodge you'll be very close to TP - 15 mins by train direct to Staines. You can also catch the 65 bus to Kingston - great shops. And you're on a quick mainline route to central London. And you'll be near the river with some nice bars and restaurants. And it's £202 for 3 nights on your dates.

travelodge.co.uk/hotels/…rooms-rates

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9. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

Silly me! Just remembered it's the 281 which goes from Twickenham to Kingston - not the 65! The 65 goes from Richmond :-)

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10. Re: Thorpe Park, Shopping and Sight seeing?

I would go with a stay between Richmond and/or Kingston. Both very good for shops, Richmond has some speciality shops too. Both on the river so quite pleasant for food/drinks there. London within easy reach of both - Thorpe Park not far.