Suitcases on the Tube

Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:51 PM
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Suitcases on the Tube

I am in the process of planning a trip to Italy for me and my wife and I am considering flying from the States to London and staying over two nights before continuing on via Ryan Air to Pisa. We travel pretty light, one small carry on suitcase for each of us a smalll back back for travel incedentals. We fly into Gatwick and flyout of Stansted. Is this reasonable amount of luggage to cart around the trains and tubes of London as we go to our hotel from the airports.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 12:56 PM
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When I went in 2001 I had no problems. Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria station (there is lots of luggage room there) and then I took the tube and it was fine.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 01:01 PM
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It doesn't seem like you have too much luggage. Just be aware that that some of the tube stops have very steep esclators. As long as you can manage you luggage on them, you should be fine.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 01:11 PM
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Thany you for the replys. What is the best area of London to stay in to see the major sights?
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The above question regarding where to stay is difficult to answer (or give only 1 answer).

There seems to be plenty of hotels around 1) Earls Court (many of them cheaper but they are farther away to central London - look at a map), 2) around Gloucester Road/Cromwell Road, 3) around Baywater Road, 4) around Victoria station and to some extent Kings Cross, 5) and a smaller bunch around Goodge St and the British Museum. Central London has some expensive hotels like the Lanesborough. One Aldwych, and the Dorchester.

I have stayed at #2 and #3.
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Is Earls court a decent place to stay?
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Old Mar 3rd, 2003, 01:37 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I appreciate the advice. I will be diving into my guide books when I get off work to set all my details straight.
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To: John

Earl's Court is a bit far removed from most tourist sights in central London. The area does boast a large number of less expensive hotels, but you can find lodging for similar costs in more central areas.

Examples: Victoria Station has a number of lower cost hotels surrounding it. And a favorite "budget" hotel--the Travel Inn County Hall--is located literally next door to the London Eye. The British Museum has a number of lower -cost hotel neighbors too.

Hope this helps.

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