We will be staying in Hythe for a few weeks in July. We would like to come to London a few times during our trip and are trying to figure out the best way to get there. We’ll have a car to get around Hythe and the nearby areas.\
We’ve looked at the train from Southampton to London. It looks like the easiest option, but seems like it will be at least £40 per person. We found that price on nationalrail.co.uk; if there is a better/cheaper place to look we would love to know. We are guessing we will also have to pay for parking at Southampton Central. We’re hoping to find a cheaper way to get to London without it being a GIANT hassle.
We have also looked at driving and parking outside of the congestion zone of London. We have found parking at the Q-Park Queensway for £26 for 24 hours of parking. That is a lot cheaper than £40 per person, but we’re not sure if there are any tolls or fees before we would get to the Q-Park. Do you think this would be a good option?
Finally, we have considered driving into London. We’re afraid that with the congestion charge and paying for parking this will be very expensive. We’re also worried it will be a hassle to drive in the city. From what we have read and heard from others this does not seem like a good idea, but I thought I would mention it in case someone here has a different opinion.
So far we are thinking parking outside of the congestion zone (either at Q-Park or somewhere else, if you have a better suggestion) will be the most economical way without being too big of a hassle, but we wanted to check with people who might have a better idea. Thank you so much!