My mother and I will be spending some time in England post-cruise at the end of May. After vacationing for a few day on the Isle of Wight, we want to stay a day and a half in London (we are booked one day on a Highclere Castle tour) and then we depart on an early morning flight from Heathrow.
My questions: As we're coming from the IOW (I assume via train? would bus be better?), what is our best London location to spend a night (or maybe two) before heading to the airport? I'm only familiar with the Victoria Station area as I spent time there this year, but this may not be the best location for connections.
Also, if we have a 7:45 am flight out of Heathrow, does it make sense to stay at the airport for the second night instead of at a London hotel? I believe that American Airlines leaves out of Terminal 3.
What's making this a little tricky is that Mom uses a cane (although she walks quickly with it) and we will have a significant amount of luggage from a long cruise. So jumping on and off the tube won't work well for her. Buses are good because we can stow our luggage easily, but a train might work as well.
I'd like to keep the costs down, but convenience, especially for Mom, is important too.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!