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Feb 12th, 2007, 11:56 AM
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Google maida vale london uk to gatwick airport london uk and press "Maps" for driving directions.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 12:06 PM
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Yikes. That's not a pretty picture.

"At Lombard Roundabout, proceed in a full circle for four hundred seventy rotations until you run out of gas" more like it.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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Only 40 steps.

Anyways, Marriott's website suggest taking M25 and then M4 to get from Gatwick to the hotel.

What do the Londoners think about that instead of A23?
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Feb 12th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Well, thank you for all your advice. Sorry to those who were offended my mispellings certain places, but thaks for correcting me.

I really thought we were trying to plan this trip out, but I guess we didn't realize just how serious the driving situation was in London. The brace that our daughter will be wearing is because of a skiing accident that happened in January in which she broke her leg, this was after we had booked this trip. So the trip was planned well in advance without the knowledge of the walking limitations of our daughter.

Anyway thank you for all the advice, even the rude comments. It helped us decide that we are going to stay in the countryside for the entire trip and bag going into London.

If there is a way to stop this message or any other message please let me know how to do that.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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Oh, no; I think you're making a terrible mistake. London is a fantastic, unmissable place. It's just a terrible place to drive a car. It is, however, a fantastic place to get along without one, even in a leg brace. You'll miss out on the unrivaled walking, but there's much to see that doesn't involve walking too.

Google for "limited mobility" london and you'll come up with lots of resources, including a Rick Steves book. There are guided tours at http://www.disabilitytravel.com/ for instance. Depriving your daughter of London because you can't easily drive across town is cruel!

Actually, now that I think of it, hiring a wheelchair in London makes more sense than hiring a car. That way you can go for walks without hurting her.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 07:42 AM
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First of all, Marriott Maida Vale is a misnomer. It is NOT in Maida Vale, but in Kilburn. The closest tube is Kilburn Park, about 3 min walk from the hotel.
However, it's a slight uphill, and there are no lift at the station so I don't think it will be easier for your daughter. The most mobility-impaired friendly way to get around would be either taxi (an expensive and unnneccesary option) or bus. The hotel is served by either 16 or 98, both are frequent services (though southbound gets crowded 8:15-8:45 Mon-Fri). 414 does NOT stop at the hotel as it turns toward Warwick Ave.
From Gatwick, use a car service if you don't fancy taking a train to Victoria and take a taxi from there. We would not consider driving THROUGH London or around M25.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 08:09 AM
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Planksters --

Glad to see that you've returned and maybe there's hope for changing your mind yet again...

I guess I don't understand your logic. You're willing to "bag" London altogether, but you're not willing to take all of our advice (that's been given on several threads) and book a more centrally located hotel for nearly the same price as the one in Maida Vale, one where you can take a short cab ride to the sites or hop on a nearby bus?

"Bagging" London -- one of the greatest cities in the world -- is nuts to me, especially since there have been TONS of supportive posts with helpful suggestions to ease your journey with your daughter.

All of it has been said before -- there ARE budget accomodations that are more than fine in the city, you just have to look. I gave you one suggestion already, the St. Margaret's Hotel in Bloombury.

So why not listen to us?

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Feb 13th, 2007, 08:12 AM
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Marriott.com places the property at Plaza Parade, shown by the arrow in this map: http://tinyurl.com/2od6sv

Another view: http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/Dow..._MaidaVale.pdf

Planksters can get around fine on city buses (see TfL map for locations) without resorting to the Tube. The #16 or #98 will take them to Marble Arch, and they can get virtually anywhere from there without another change. The #16 will also take them straight from the Marriott to Victoria for their Southern Train to Gatwick.

Marble Arch: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/buses/spiders/...rchdr-2168.pdf

Tourist sights: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/pdfdocs/cen_bus.pdf

DLR (to Greenwich): http://www.tfl.gov.uk/dlr/pdf/network/zones.pdf
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Feb 13th, 2007, 08:56 AM
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London is actually easier to get around if you're disabled than more rural parts. For a start it's flat.

Secondly the public transport system is pretty accessible - especially the buses. Also all major public buildings have to have a level of accessibilty
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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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Right I live in Kilburn. And own a car. And often go to Gatwick.

Firstly, by Marriott saying that the Marriott Maida Vale is in Maida Vale they should be done under the trade descriptions act. It's on the Kilburn High Road. Now, there's nice bits of Kilburn (my bit!), but the Kilburn High Road is the pits. Drunken old men, aggressive youths and scruffy Pound shops litter the door of the hotel. Don't do it.

Secondly, I drive around London a lot. I know the streets. If I say so myself, I'm a very good and very confident driver. And about every 2 years, when I've forgotten how I felt the last time, I make the mistake of driving to Gatwick. Usually thinking 'oh, it's ok, it's early Saturday morning, I'll breeze through). And every time, I kick myself. Driving across London is a nightmare at any time of any day traffic, confusing road signs, no major highways. South of the centre is even worse.

Do yourselves a favour. Don't miss out on London. But DO treat yourself to a taxi to Victoria and get the train to Gatwick.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:22 AM
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I think we have all given this guy enough advise (in several posts). He is going to do what he wants to do .. let's all move on.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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I'm thinking that the only person who can help the Plank family avoid a totally unnecessary bad time is to go see an actual human travel agent, who should be able to easy digest the vast amount of limited-mobility London travel information that's available for them. For a start, I know there are numerous hotels that are specially equipped.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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The more information we provide, the more informed will be plankster's decision. If you don't want to contribute, don't. But there is no point to instructing other posters to stop.
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