LHR -> Taj, St. James Court

Old Sep 12th, 2017, 08:56 AM
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LHR -> Taj, St. James Court

Trying to figure best way to get to hotel next month.

Thinking of buying tickets from LHR to Paddington on Heathrow Express. Is that the easiest way to get into London for first timers? We are staying at Taj St, James Court, near St James Park. Heathrow Express has a special of £55.50 for both of us, RT. We would then take tube or taxi to hotel.

Or should we just take the tube the whole way?


Input welcome. Thanks.
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Old Sep 12th, 2017, 09:13 AM
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Look it up on Googlemaps: the hotel is .2 miles from the St. James's Park tube stop on the District and Circle line so if you DO Tube it all the way from LHR that means changing trains.
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Old Sep 12th, 2017, 09:25 AM
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< so if you DO Tube it all the way from LHR that means changing trains. >

By walking a few yards between platforms at Hammersmith. Takes about 10 seconds
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Old Sep 12th, 2017, 09:27 AM
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The HEX makes absolutely NO SENSE for that hotel. Even on sale.

What do you mean by 'best'? Cheapest (doubt it if you are staying at the St James but one never knows) would be the tube to Hammersmith, walk directly across the platform (easiest transfer on the entire tube system - about a 30 foot walk) and board the next east bound train to St James's Park, walk to the hotel. This would also be fastest at some times of the day.

Easiest by far but more expensive would be a car service like justairports.com Door-to-door service for about £35 all in and no schlepping of luggage at either end. This would be slower say during the morning commute but faster say on a Sunday morning or late evening.
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Tube from LHR to Hammersmith, then take the District line to St James’s Park station; about a 5-minute walk to your hotel.
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Old Sep 12th, 2017, 10:19 AM
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Thank you all for your insights, tube it shall be!
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Old Sep 12th, 2017, 10:24 AM
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"By walking a few yards between platforms at Hammersmith. Takes about 10 seconds"

Well, that's another way to say changing trains I suppose
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Nobody has supplied the links to sort this out -- and the rest of your movements around London.
Google Maps is pretty good although lacking a certain amount of precision. www.googlemaps.com
The interactive tools at https://tfl.gov.uk/ are also vital.
If you want to use the Tube etc. you need to explore the ticket prices as well as the routes. London is zoned; one ticket does not cover all. I use an Oyster card, available at the airport. It is an electronic wallet. You load some pounds on it and it calculates your route's fare: Tap to enter the Underground, tap to exit. It has a limit per day so if you move around a lot you may end up going for free on the last trip. It contains a deposit which can be refunded when you leave London. Travelling by train is another proposition which I will leave to follow-up questions.
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