Paddington to hotel transportation

Aug 14th, 2014, 06:44 PM
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whoa - what was condescending? I seriously did not mean anything AT ALL condescending or snarky. If that is what you thought, sorry.

I honestly meant . . . you of course will do what you decide is best, but all of us are trying to help you.

You posted >>Since there were two pitches for the same service, I wonder ….<< . . . so it seems you feel some of us are schilling for justairports. Nothing could be farther from the case. It is just that they are about the most well known car service, are VERY reliable, and are usually the cheapest. And w/ your self-stated mobility issues, IMO you really should at least consider them.

But again -- you will do what you decide is best.

(Yes, a few Fodorites do post snarky 'non-advice', but none of those have posted to your thread)
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Aug 14th, 2014, 06:48 PM
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Hey, were are here to offer advice, and I imagine all of us here have done the various options available concerning transport from LHR to London. Over the years I have taken taxis, the various shuttle options, the tube, various car services and years ago there was a double decker bus that went into London. If you choose not to follow the advice of all most every poster here that's fine but to be called our advice condescending is unfair.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 12:35 AM
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>>If you have mobility problems DO NOT take the tube. <<

That was my instinct, since as someone who isn't mobility-impaired I haven't looked at it in any detail, and only know how stairs can crop up all over the place. But I did a bit of checking, and found this very detailed guide to precisely how to avoid stairs at King's Cross, complete with actual distances on the level, and the like

Looks to be as though that site would be a useful resource for anyone else with similar issues:
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Aug 15th, 2014, 12:41 AM
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Alan, you have gotten some great advice here. Otherwise you may have taken the HEX and tube to Goodge Street, and would have been faced with many stairs and long walks.

This may be helpful:

You're welcome.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 12:42 AM
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Taking the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow, change at Leicester Square for the Northern Line and get off at Tottenham Court Rd or Goodge Street.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 07:19 AM
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It won't be too much longer till Heathrow enjoys the same direct rail access to central London that Gatwick does now, It's worth paying a little more to fly to Gatwick for the rail service which runs practically under the terminal to 6+ stops in central London.

Tube: the cars are noticeably smaller than say a similar metro system in DC, with claustrophobic passages to and from some platforms. The cars are often quite hot (any time of year) as well. Not good for rush times with baggage, or any time with too much baggage.

BTW: A lot of London is "extremely expensive" so get used to it.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 09:04 AM
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Alan_CT, everyone's just trying to help you.

janis, are you bringing gas on your trips to save money these days? "fuels sized suitcases."

I know, I know, I shouldn't make fun of auto-correction, but sometimes I can't resist.
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Aug 15th, 2014, 09:08 AM
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Aug 15th, 2014, 04:18 PM
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Thanks for all the advice and assistance, it is appreciated. Just remember that expecting people to follow your advice leads to resentment when they don't. So feel good about offering it, and let the chips fall where they may, which looks like King's Cross Station!
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Aug 15th, 2014, 06:12 PM
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>>Just remember that expecting people to follow your advice leads to resentment when they don't. <<

OMG -- you really think that???

Those who have posted either live in London or visit several times a year and are only trying to help you. None of has any 'ownership' of your decisions . . .
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