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Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby GMB » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:07 pm

Hi,

I'm looking for some advice from those in the know...

At the end of May I will be travelling to London. I have booked the Travelodge at the Docklands for one night.

My predicament is that I'm travelling from the North East and have no experience of driving through London. My query is - is it easier to get the train down? If so what London station should I be looking at and is it easy enough to get over to the hotel from there (and is that easier by tube/taxi)?

Or is it easy enough to drive through? Will the congestion charges apply?

Sorry for all the questions - I've tried searching but it seems as clear as mud!

Oh, I couple of final questions - Will I need any kind of injections, do I need a passport and is there any danger I will encounter "culture"? We don't have that up here and it sounds dangerous....

Thanks
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby dynamicbrick » Thu Apr 11, 2013 16:21 pm

Depends what you're trying to do?

Docklands is fine for driving to, from, and around... City (Square Mile) and West End is not.

Congestion Charge only applies in central London, not Docklands.

If you need to get into central London from Docklands, use a river taxi from Westferry Circus - it's the best way to travel, period.

Train from NE you'll come into Kings Cross, and best to get DLR to Docklands. Driving you'll come down the M1 and hit the M25. Go Clockwise to the A/M11 and then into Docklands that way.

London is very different from the NE - If you're staying in Docklands, do not - under any circumstances - try going for a pint in Newham (the neighbouring borough). You will die.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby GMB » Thu Apr 11, 2013 19:26 pm

Thanks for that.

I've got no plans to drive around London once I'm there. I'm going to park up and leave the car well and truly alone.

Depeche Mode are on at the O2. I'll be meeting up with the other freaks!
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby bernithebiker » Thu Apr 11, 2013 19:51 pm

Keep your car doors locked, and try not to stop......
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Mikey23 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 19:58 pm

I personally would not contemplate driving into London if I didn't have to ... Any of the rail booking sites like raileasy will give you a good deal if you book in advance, travel off peak and you can include your tube. I would have though a few clicks would tell you how to get there. Enjoy the gig

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Raymondo60 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 20:04 pm

dynamicbrick wrote:Depends what you're trying to do?

Docklands is fine for driving to, from, and around... City (Square Mile) and West End is not.

Congestion Charge only applies in central London, not Docklands.

If you need to get into central London from Docklands, use a river taxi from Westferry Circus - it's the best way to travel, period.

Train from NE you'll come into Kings Cross, and best to get DLR to Docklands. Driving you'll come down the M1 and hit the M25. Go Clockwise to the A/M11 and then into Docklands that way.

London is very different from the NE - If you're staying in Docklands, do not - under any circumstances - try going for a pint in Newham (the neighbouring borough). You will die.


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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby carrock » Thu Apr 11, 2013 21:08 pm

I drive in London a lot on business. No stress at all if you have a sat Nav. I'd check out if there is parking at the hotel and what the cost is. If it is £15 per night or more, which it can be, that may influence your decision.

Certainly quicker on train, 2 or 3 hrs as opposed to 5 in car. Book train ASAP for best price.

I have never felt intimidated but like any city probably areas to avoid.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby the playing mantis » Fri Apr 12, 2013 09:32 am

train. dlr and jubilee line will be your friends from then on.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby CiB » Fri Apr 12, 2013 09:56 am

carrock wrote:I drive in London a lot on business. No stress at all if you have a sat Nav.

I go there occasionally and have never used a sat nav but for getting to Docklands you won't need one - it's so clearly sign-posted from a long way out that you can't miss it, esp if you come into town on the M11 and have a reasonable idea up front in your head of where you're headed. A sat nav will help and if you have one use it but don't feel obliged to splash out for one to drive to Docklands. A bored passenger with a map is much more useful, if you have one.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Ben6899 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:07 am

Let the train take the strain.

Northeast to Kings Cross is a piece of p1ss.
Kings Cross to Docklands is also a piece of p1ss.
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Courage Monsieur » Fri Apr 12, 2013 14:28 pm

Train will be far less hassle (for once).

I hated driving in London, found it very slow and stressful, sold the car a few years ago.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby GMB » Fri Apr 12, 2013 20:34 pm

Cheers for the advice.

Think I'm going to take the train option. It's probably not that much more expensive given the cost of fuel, plus I can have a few G&T's on the way down (as opposed to driving while the other half has a few!)
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Stevo 666 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 20:49 pm

Good idea, don't bother driving unless you're used to getting round London by car, it's much more relaxing taking the train. If you want to save a bit get the coach, National Express takes about 6 hours. (I used to do the NE to London jaunt quite a bit).

Just remember, once you're in The Big Smoke, make sure everyone knows you're from the North East and you'll get no trouble at all :P
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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby CambsNewbie » Sat Apr 13, 2013 17:07 pm

Enjoy the show. Violator is still one of my favourite albums.

And the O2 is a great arena.

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby Mikey23 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 17:40 pm

It's a big tenty thing...

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Re: Advice wanted - travelling to London

Postby GMB » Sat Apr 13, 2013 18:46 pm

CambsNewbie wrote:Enjoy the show. Violator is still one of my favourite albums.

And the O2 is a great arena.


Cheers,

I've seen them quite a few times over the years and also have tickets for the new Leeds Arena which looks like a great venue. There's always a good smattering of violator material during the live shows :D (that must be the most disgusting thing I've ever typed when not using a search engine)
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