Good evening. I need your kind help with some information as I'm in a panic mode already :).
The thing is that we are going to London with my family (me, hubby and our son) on the 18th of April just for a weekend and will arrive to Heathrow at about 7 A.M. Our hotel is Novotel Excel and I realized that it's quite far away both from the airport and the city center (sightseeing). Unfortunately we can't change neither the flights, nor the hotel so we will need to somehow live with them :). It's our second trip to London and while the first one was excellent thanks to the great help from the forum (we stayed at Premier Inn County Hall), I'm afraid that this one might turn into a disaster because of the bad hotel location and long travel hours.
Could you please kindly help me to get the information on the below points:
1. What's the best and safest way of traveling from Heathrow to our hotel?
2. How can we get to the center of the city where the main sightseeing points are located or what is better to see not so far away from our hotel?
3. Are there some restaurants close to the hotel and is it safe in the evening? I understood that it's located close to a big exhibition center and is used mostly by people attending the events but in the evening the area is quite isolated.
4. What would be the best option for the 3 of us for travel arrangements (Oyster cards?) and can we use 2 for 1 tickets?
If you have any other suggestions, comments or advice, I would be more than happy to read them.
Thanks a lot for your help!