Trouble in London next week

Mar 26th, 2009, 08:32 AM
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The National Express coach runs frequently between Heathrow and Central London. I see NO NEED to buy tickets in advance.

Where is your final destination in London? The National Express coach does not serve T4, so you'll have to drag yourselves to the Central Bus station and then take the coach. There is a tube station at T4.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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We are staying a block from Victoria Coach Station. So for the lower cost and ease of no train-tube transfers we thought bus would be easiest since we'll be beat from the overnight flight.

Do we take the Heathrow Connect to Terminal 1,2,3 and walk the remainder to the Central Bus Station? Ticket window must be here?
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Mar 26th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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http://www.nationalexpress.com/Airport/heathrow.cfm

There is a ticket counter at the Central Bus station.

If you take the tube, you can change at Hammersmith Station for the District Line to Victoria. My understanding is that at Hammersmith Station, all you need to do is walk across the platform to the other side with no stairs or long walking involved. Victoria Station has escalators. But of course, the Victoria rail/tube station is a good distance from the Coach station.

In a sense, you're trading between:
Getting from T4 to T1,2,3 to Central Bus Station
vs
Walking from Victoria Rail Station (instead of coach station) to your lodging
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Mar 26th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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I her that Obama is flying into Stansted, after Bush closed Heathrow they banned all US presidents. Anyone know if that is right?
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Mar 26th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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"Will train & tube be so limited due to G20 "

No, no, and no again

For crying out loud, will you all stop behaving like a bunch of old ladies? Or rather, like a bunch of silly little girls, because I know not one single old lady who'd allow herself to over-react as hysterically and wimpishly as some of you are

Don't waste energy checking on tube disruptions There won't be any.

Don't fantasise about railway stations getting cordoned off This is a working city. We didn't stop people coming into work when Hitler, the mad Irish or the towelheads were bombing us: we're certainly not going to close for the sake of a few smelly sandal-wearers

Just go about your normal life If your plans included City Airport it might be a bright idea to change them. Getting a bus through The City might not be advisable. CW's chums might close a few tube stations (so stay on to the next one and walk).But otherwise, unless you want to watch CW and his thuggy friends making life difficult for the unwashed, life will go on almost as normal.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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So, why would a bus be unadvisable?
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Mar 26th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Lear8118: >>So, why would a bus be unadvisable?<<

Flanner said "Getting a bus through The City might not be advisable." He meant "The City" -- nothing at all to do w/ Victoria, or anywhere your coach would be traveling through etc. The City is basically the financial district .

But I'd probably take the tube to Victoria anyway. It would be faster than the coach.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 10:36 AM
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To clarify -- my comment above about heading west to Kew/HCP was not due to personal danger in the main tourist areas in central London. It was mainly due to potential disruptions on tube/bus lines that can have a domino effect. If it was me, I'd just plan that day to head west and have less chance of having to divert because of police action, demos, or whatever.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 04:40 AM
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I suspect that what will happen is similar to what happened last time these people managed to get out of bed. They will be allowed to march and assemble in clearly defined area. These will obviously be no-go zones just through weight of numbers - surface transport won't be able to get through.

As for the tube, realistically we are only expecting trouble at the Canary Wharf area. So it could well be that that is closed off. This isn't the end of the world as there are other options (DLR).

In fact this couldn't have come at a better time. We have to practice for 2012 don't we?

BTW despite what the yanks might think - this isn't about Obama one way or the other. The main protests are about globalisation, climate, third world debt and the usual dreadlocked white idiots who just think life in general is unfair.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 04:51 AM
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I may be there for the shoe toss. However, I'm going to avoid the paint ball throw since I never hit my targets anyway.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 05:46 AM
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Hippies? Towelheads? While I appreciate the British art of verbal swordplay, the Fodors message boards have become increasingly toxic. Editors, it's time to yank this thread.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 09:00 AM
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Mersyheart: How come I never see you complaining about the virulent racism in the lounge and even in here, especially the islamophobia?

Grow a thicker skin my dear. Or at least be consistent.
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Mar 27th, 2009, 04:19 PM
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That's a stiff upper, flanneruk!

We will be in town Sunday through Friday AM, but staying in Mayfair. Don't really have anything in the City on my to do list, so should be fine, yes?
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Mar 28th, 2009, 02:55 AM
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"While I appreciate the British art of verbal swordplay"

You call it "verbal swordplay". I call it childish teenage style sarcasm. You know the kind most other nationalities outgrow when they turn 18!!!LOL
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Mar 28th, 2009, 03:24 AM
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A young relation of mine works at Canary Wharf, not as a banker btw and their department has been told to dress down and not to open their Blackberries in public ;-)
The worry is that they might end up barricaded into a side-street by CW and his mates for hours on end.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 04:45 AM
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Corli: Only teenagers use phrases like LOL. Well teenagers and pig-ignorant yanks it seems.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 05:16 AM
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and not to open their Blackberries in public >>>

This is good advice at any time. Not because it makes you a target, but because it makes you look like a ringpiece.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 09:37 AM
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"Corli: Only teenagers use phrases like LOL. Well teenagers and pig-ignorant yanks it seems."

Don't get your knickers in a twist Scotty!! Only teenagers and pig-ignorant limeys go around being sarcastic CONSTANTLY. Give it a rest please.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 10:26 AM
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Hey corli, please seek professional help for your anger!
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Mar 28th, 2009, 08:25 PM
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Demonstrations have already started, but peacefully: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7968721.stm#top
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