London Gatwick another thought

Old Feb 10th, 2007, 08:28 AM
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London Gatwick another thought

Would it make sense for us (we have a daughter who wears a brace-limited walking). Drive from Wiltshire County to our hotel Marriott Maide Vale (staying here for 68 pounds a night, that's why this hotel). Pay the 17 pounds a day to park the rental car. (same price to rent car for 5 days or 7 days, so no extra cost keeping the car) Never drive the car again until we leave very early Saturday morning and drive around the city to Gatwick to catch a 1230 flight. The cost to leave the car would be 51 pounds for the three days. This would be verses the cost of the express trains and cab fares. We were thinking this might be less stressful, but maybe the thougth of driving from Maide Vale area to Gatwick on a Saturday morning is not doable. Can you drive around the outside of London from Maide Vale and get to Gatwick or should you drive through the city on a Saturday? How much time do you think that would take on a Saturday morning? Any advice is welcome, even the "are you insane" comments.
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 10:14 AM
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You don't SOUND insane. ;-)

Actually, it is just over 30 miles, through downtown London, from that Marriott to Gatwick. Not sure if it is practical to drive "around" central London from that location, because you would have to drive fairly far out of the direct line between Maide Vale and Gatwick.

All things considered, Saturday early morning would be one of the best times to make the drive--no commuting rush hour to deal with.

But still, unless you are a well-seasoned big city driver, experienced in London geography...whew...the drive could be a real challenge. It is a 4 mile taxi ride to Victoria rail station, then the Gatwick Express (or regular train) to the airport. That would be my choice.
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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KidsToLondon -- This is one of five basically identical threads the OP started about this problem. Take a look at the other threads to see what recommendations have already been offered
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M-a-i-d-a Vale
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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If you drive through the city you will miss your flight, full stop. In fact, judging from your posts, I think it's highly unlikely that you will ever reach Gatwick at all. I would not be surprised to hear that after getting trapped in the wrong lane a hundred times, you end up further from Gatwick than when you started, five or six hours later.

Seriously: go to a large bookstore now and buy a copy of "London A-Z" (NOT a tourist map of London, they don't show enough detail). This is a small, fairly thick wire-bound book of map pages. Look at it very carefully. Follow the routes you're thinking of. Realize that you will be traveling very slowly on the yellow streets, you won't be able to drive at all on the white ones, and EVERY SINGLE JUNCTION will be a nightmare of confusion.

Why do you want to take on this kind of Sysiphusian task?
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