Mummy has been to London quite a few times before with the others and has travelled and stayed in different places. She is planning her first trip on her own with us, and it is my first visit too.
Now Mummy is fine travelling on her own with us, she has taken us to Cardiff, Manchester, CenterParcs and Menorca. But London? We are staying for three nights, in two hotels.
There is no where quite like London. It couldn’t be more different than where we live in West Wales!
Mummy has driven all over Menorca, and has driven in Orlando too, but is a bit nervous about driving around London. So, train or car?
Travelling by Train
If we drive to Port Talbot Parkway Station the train goes straight to Paddington Station – it is two and a half (ish) hours. We can leave the car there. It is about an hour and a half from us to Port Talbot. It is then a half hour walk from Paddington to our first hotel The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.
We will then have to travel across London, by tube and train to our second hotel the Travelodge at London Docklands, with our luggage, then travel back into London to spend each day.
We checked Taxi costs – to get us all across London is about £35. We checked on-line – we can pre-book too so we would know the exact cost.
Once we are on the train at Port Talbot, we are on it, no changes, straight through.
But we have to manage 3 days of luggage for 5 of us, and a pushchair – and me!
Getting to Paddington from the Docklands early enough on Saturday might be tricky.
Travelling by Car
Mummy needs to think about The Congestion Zone, charges, and times of charging.
It is £11.50 a day, Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm. She has worked out that we do not need to drive through it, we can drive along the boundary almost!
In the car we can leave, stop and start when we want to. I can have a sleep. We can take whatever we want to.
Both hotels have parking, so that won’t be a problem.
After much thinking, and looking at Google Maps, Mummy has decided to drive.
The trickiest part will be driving from Kensington to the Docklands.
She is spending time looking at maps, checking out apps and searching for places to go.
1. We are thinking of setting off Tuesday late afternoon, stopping at Leigh Delamere services, to get a head start.
2. If so, we hope to arrive in London 10-11am Wednesday.
3. The hotel are letting us check in / leave our luggage from 10am, and park the car.
4. We will head into London 🙂
5. Back to the hotel for an early evening meal.
6. After dinner we will enjoy our family suite in the hotel.
8. After 6pm we will drive to the second hotel.
9. On Friday we will head, by train and tube into London again, and back. We are not sure what we will do yet.
10. On Saturday we will leave after breakfast, and make our way home.
Things to do before we go…
1. Check the best way to travel around London – and whether to buy pre-paid travel cards.
2. See what there is to do near each hotel, to limit travel time and tube changes.
3. See if there are any special offers on any attractions.
4. Join the AA (just in case).
Have you been to London? Have you any tips to share?