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Gatwick Express service disrupted in Dec - options to Central London?

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I am planning a short trip to London with my 15 year old daughter at the end of December. I just read that the Gatwick Express schedule will be modified during that time period, only operating every half hour and the journey to Victoria Station will take 45-60 minutes. The hotel has offered to arrange a car service for 95 GBP.

Because our trip is so short and I don't want to spend a lot of time in transit (ie if we just miss a train and have to wait a half hour - then an hour to Victoria - then cab or tube to South Kensington tube station) I am willing to consider a car service or other transportation.

Does this price seem reasonable? How long can I expect the car ride to take in traffic (arriving on a Thursday morning around 7:30, departing mid-morning on a Monday morning)? Also what gratuity would be expected for the driver?

I also read that there are other trains besides the Gatwick Express. One option seems to be through London Blackfriars. What are the pros/cons of this itinerary? Also - it seems that the underground schedule may be modified by engineering work during this time period also so I am not sure how that might affect the journey.

We hope to carry on our luggage so it shouldn't be too difficult to manage (though navigating a lot of stairs would certainly be a bummer)

Sorry for all of the questions. I have not traveled to London in many years - any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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