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Least expensive way to get from LHR to County Hall in London??

Least expensive way to get from LHR to County Hall in London??

Jan 11th, 2001, 09:11 PM
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J
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Least expensive way to get from LHR to County Hall in London??

I've read how expensive the taxis are so that option seems to be out. What other options would we have from LHR? We will be staying at the County Hall Travel Inn.
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Jan 12th, 2001, 01:20 AM
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With luggage but watching my money I'd buy at the Heathrow underground station a ticket for a single trip to Hammersmith and a travelcard for zones one and two, for a day or a week. For a week if I were to be in town four days or more: for a day if in town three days or less. The weekly card needs a passport photo and a small form, which the ticket clerk will give you.

Now, the Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith, cross the platform, the District Line to Westminster, go up to the street. You are at a station entrance facing Big Ben. Don't cross the road. Near the entrance is a bus stop, marked for busses numbers 12,53,109, and 211. Your travel card is valid for busses. Board any one of these, show your card to the driver or conductor, and cross the river eastwards. You want the very first stop. Press the "stop" button in case the next stop is a request stop. Leave the bus, thank the driver, and walk northwards on Belvedere Road along the east side of County Hall.

You say "options", in the plural. Let me see.

For the last bit over the bridge, instead if a bus you could walk or take a taxi at three pounds.

You could take an Airbus from any terminus at Heathrow to Victoria, with interminable views of dreary suburbs, and change at Victoria to a bus number 211 for County Hall.

You could take a bus to Feltham station and a suburban train to Waterloo, whence you could walk or taxi at three pounds or take bus number P11 or 77 one stop to County Hall.

For ten pounds you could take the express train in 15 minutes to Paddington station, then bus number 7 to just short of Oxford Circus, and change to bus number 12 or 53 to County Hall. Instead of the 12 or 53 you could hire a cycle rickshaw, but it would cost you dear. Instead of the usual double decker busses from the street at Paddington you could take the single-decker that goes from inside Paddington station to inside Waterloo station, then walk, taxi or bus one stop to County Hall.

I'd like to get you there by boat down the Thames, but there isn't one. There are helicopters for hire, a la James Bond, to near his HQ at Vauxhall, but they might cost more than a taxi, and Smersh may have their sights on you.

Please write if I can help further. But I think I've run out of arrival ideas.

Welcome to my multi-route city.

Ben Haines

 
Jan 12th, 2001, 07:26 AM
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God, a million buses! I'd just get the Heathrow Express train to Paddington (very fast and relaible), then grab a cab from there,
 
Jan 12th, 2001, 09:35 AM
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J: It's my fault for showing off. Reading my note fast, Kate sees a million busses. If you will read just the second paragraph slowly you'll see that there is just one bus, over the bridge from Westminster to County Hall. The express train to Paddington is fast and reliable, but ends the wrong side of central London. The route with a ten pace change over the platform in Hammersmith is more direct, cheaper, and ends just over the river from County Hall. A taxi from Westminster to County Hall may be ok, if a three minute bus ride is a problem, and if a three pound fare is no problem. But you did, rightly, exclude taxis as too expensive.

Not sure where God comes into this.

Ben Haines
 
Jan 12th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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sue
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surely a minican prebooked is the best way if you are 2 or more people
 
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