England late September-early October

Old Aug 30th, 2021, 05:42 AM
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bilbo is right

Oxenholme is tiny , you just get off the main line train and cross the platform to the Windermere train.

Preston station is fairly straightforward, around 6 platforms all in a linear layout with a pedestrian bridge which takes you to each platform. Very easy to navigate.
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Old Aug 30th, 2021, 06:56 AM
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@bilbo - oh, I was just addressing the Windermere to Liverpool leg, sorry. (Actually, I quite like the NR site, but you do have to be careful about which station(s) you ask about.)
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Old Sep 29th, 2021, 03:39 PM
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<<Ooh - the Savoy. Its on my bucket list (had champagne there any times but never stayed)>>

Finally JJ I have found something in the UK that I've done and you haven't. I wasn't in a suite though!
annhig & ta3153: I'm (fingers well and truly crossed) going to catch up with you! Just got off the phone with American Airlines and found out the voucher I got for my cancelled trip will stretch a lot farther now. Booked through AAVacations it was originally Business to LHR, Economy Plus back home, and 4 nights at the Royal Horseguards. My new December dates (like I said - fingers crossed the trip can happen) will now cover Business both ways and four nights at the bleedin' Savoy Not a suite for sure but still a bucket list item.
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Old Sep 30th, 2021, 01:50 AM
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Janis: Will keep my fingers crossed that your trip is a go for December. I’m sure you’ll love The Savoy! Be sure to go to the Beaufort Bar while you’re there and sip champagne while listening to the live music. The American Bar was still closed when we were there, but should be open by the time you are there. It’s worth a visit to watch the bartenders at work and to people watch whether you have a cocktail or a mocktail.

So far, thanks to all the great advice from this forum, we have done well with the trains. Hope that continues tomorrow as we head for Liverpool with 2 changes.
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Old Sep 30th, 2021, 07:28 AM
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annhig & ta3153: I'm (fingers well and truly crossed) going to catch up with you! Just got off the phone with American Airlines and found out the voucher I got for my cancelled trip will stretch a lot farther now. Booked through AAVacations it was originally Business to LHR, Economy Plus back home, and 4 nights at the Royal Horseguards. My new December dates (like I said - fingers crossed the trip can happen) will now cover Business both ways and four nights at the bleedin' Savoy Not a suite for sure but still a bucket list item.
That's great news, JJ. 4 nights at the Savoy - be still my beating heart. I only stayed there for one night but I went there on several occasions when there were train strikes in London so I had to get there extremely early to beat the traffic. While I was waiting for the courts to open their doors I would treat myself to breakfast at the Savoy. Looking back I'd probably have done better to stay there as well!
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Old Sep 30th, 2021, 07:32 AM
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ooh -- I totally forgot you are in the UK now. Having a great trip I hope. I have had Champagne there a handful of times but the last time I was in the American Bar was probably 15+ years ago. Probably closer to 20 years. Is the chocolate shop still in the lobby?
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Hi annhig -- we were posting at the same time. If I lived or worked in London I'd be broke with frequent breakfasts at the Savoy or the Wolseley and lunches all over
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ooh -- I totally forgot you are in the UK now. Having a great trip I hope. I have had Champagne there a handful of times but the last time I was in the American Bar was probably 15+ years ago. Probably closer to 20 years. Is the chocolate shop still in the lobby?
The chocolate shop was not open when I was there, but I suspect it will be soon. Kasperís has closed for good. Gordon Ramsey will be opening a seafood restaurant in that space on October 11.

I think youíll get a kick out of this. We usually take Heathrow Express from LHR then taxi to our hotel. But, I have lots of Accor points so decided to use them to have a car and driver from The Savoy pick us up. Driver pulled up in a Rolls Royce! Not bad for free.
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OOH a Rolls - sweet. I'll probably take the tube LOL

(Just a hint for next time -- the HEX + a cab is seldom the best mode to anywhere except for Paddington itself or maybe Bayswater/Queensway area. It is cheaper and is usually faster to just take a pre-booked car service from LHR Arrivals straight to your hotel . . . Of course that isn't for when you have a private Rolls )

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