Great post and pictures!
The hotel really looks clean and modern!
This would be a great place to stay when going to an event at The "O", across the Thames!
Thanks so much for the information. Can you share with us how the transportation was to/from Heathrow to the hotel?
If I had been in good shape coming to the hotel, I would have taken the tube to Piccadilly then changed to the District Line and DLR (no big deal under good circumstances, it's just that I was far from there). Coming back, I had to be at LHR no later than 6am so I had no choice but to take a cab. Even on a Sunday morning we're talking more than 90 GBP. But had it been later in the day, at least the way I travel - one small suitcase, one purse, though I pack carefully so I get a lot in), or had I been healthy on arrival I would have done the tube DLR route. You don't save anything doing the Heathrow Express then a cab -- the price was almost exactly the same the whole way. But it's super cheap if you take the tube the whole way with DLR.
PLUS -- anyone who goes to London even for a short time -- or frequently - should get an Oyster Card. I've had mine many years, and I just fill it up each time (for every form of transport except cab) yet it always has money left on it since it's so much cheaper than individual tube tickets.
You did the right thing in just taking the Taxi, and "Biting the Bullet", on the Taxi fare. One time I had the same problem, and stayed at The Heathrow Airport Marriott. It was a real hassle, and I still had to take an expensive taxi from there to Heathrow as it was too early for their shuttle. If I had to do it all over again, I would have cleared security and customs and stayed in Heathrow!
That is also great advice on the Oyster Card. Have never done that, but Taxi's are real expensive. From County Hall to Harrods is about $20, one way!
I've had my Oyster Card for about 5 or more years now, or whenever they came out, and they're indispensable! They cost MUCH less than regular fares on London transit, which is the purpose -- I only wish we had similar ideas in the US. The idea is to have more people travel on public transit, limit in city travel completely (taxis and tour buses have to pay special fees), and many fewer to drive. I love the Oyster. I just stick it back in my travel drawer for a year or 6 months or however long it is till I travel to London again, then get it out. The first time you pay 5 GPB, then it's good forever. So you just need to go to any transit that accepts it and add money (they'll even do it for you, as a very nice chap did at Whitechapel for me).
Oh, good grief, LCH to Harrod's, you were ripped off! An Oyster fare would have cost you a bit more than a pound if that!
Odd I should know such things about London! While I'm not a big fan of the Tube within the Circle/District lines during off hours (it can be an odd crowd), when you're out of those lines it's a great deal.
Hope you stay at the West India Quay next time! I'd love to hear your review. Because although I loved the LCH the first time I got increasingly disillusioned with both the service and sometimes the rooms. The West India Quay doesn't disappoint on any front, and gives you a different part of London to love.
You buy the card (it looks like a credit card) for 5GBP at any tube or other station and then put as much or little money on it as you want. It's good forever, so each time I go to London I drag it out of my travel drawer -- and it usually still has money left on it. It is significantly cheaper than buying actual tickets, though I'm not sure by how much. When you use it you simply slip it over a large button at the entrance and exit stops. It's great!
This will give you the information about prices for 2013 for cash tickets and oyster pay as you go:
The big savings from an oyster card are made when travelling in zone 1. No doubt the cash price of the ticket is high to hit the tourists!
As you're writing your comment look in the heading part of your comment or response (which is there even as I am writing this) and you'll see a little picture of a camera. You just click on that browse, and add. It used to be harder because you had to resize the photos but nowadays it seems to do so automatically. Glad that you too enjoyed the WIQ. That is forevermore (barring a River Gauche experience) my favorite London Marriott.
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