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What is the best method to go from LGW aiport to London?

We (me & wife) arrive at the Gatwick Airport (LGW) at 3 PM and we want to go to our hotel on 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF. We'll be bringing 1 medium-large luggage each. What is the best way to go from the airport to the hotel?

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  • Oliver Judge

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    Save by not going on the Express line, and just take National Rail to London Bridge. There is one extra stop but it will save you a bunch of money and put you just over the river. It's a 5 minute walk from there.

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      This is a really bad idea because services to London Bridge are severely curtailed due to work on the Crossrail Development over the next two years! http://www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/london-bridge-rail-station/london-bridge-upgrade-travel-advice · (0 likelikes)

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      The Brighton line (Which Gatwick is on) is unaffected by the works at this time.. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Scott M

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    The "best" method is not the "cheapest" method so without question, I would not take the train unless I had barely any luggage and even then I'd avoid it unless it's absolutely financially necessary. Dragging luggage around train stations and making the several train changes needed to get to your final destination is both cumbersome and a huge waste of your precious time - be it vacation time or business. Whenever I go to London, I hire a car service online. Over the years, I've used http://www.simplyairports.co.uk/ many times. It's terrific and a lot cheaper than a black cab, which no one should take from the airport as the rate will be outlandish. It seems like I always arrive at non-peak traffic times so that's not an issue and since it's a fixed fee, it's fine. The service is reliable, and it is a huge convenience to have your luggage loaded for you and to ride directly to your destination in a comfortable car. They will call you on a cell to verify pickup spots, and I believe you can pay a bit extra to have someone meet you inside baggage claim. Some things in life are well worth the money and this is one of them.

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  • Caroline Chang

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    You can take the Gatwick Express, the train, to Victoria Station, which will get you into Central London. There are also some buses (National Express) that will take you into different places in central London. From there you can take the tube to your hotel. Or, you can also book a minicab in advance from the airport to the hotel.

    Hope that helps!

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  • James Davies

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    Hi Patrick, I always use the Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station. It takes 30 mins and runs every 15 mins. Providing your bags aren't too heavy, you can take the underground (Circle (yellow) or District (green)) lines to the Tower Hill station near your hotel. If the bags are very heavy, a minicab/Uber would probably be the best bet?

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  • Michael Kaldezar

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    Gatwick express to Victoria,fast and not too expensive and then take underground district or circle line to Tower Hill station about 15 minutes. Your hotel is only minutes away. The underground is VERY crowded during rush hours so you may wish to consider a London taxi, more expensive but far more comfortable!

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  • Peter Reinold

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    Yeah train is for sure the cheapest option. If you need a bit more speed you can take the Gatewick Express, but it will cost you more.

    With regular train travel close to where you would like to go you have to travel about 1 - 1,5 hours on train. Depends what connections you take.

    Try this website to get an idea what to choose?

    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

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  • verity till

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    Absolutely tourists use the Gatwick express and locals use the national rail. There's about 15 mins difference and quite a few £££.

    Youll need a direct train from gatwick to london bridge and then hail a black cab from there and ask them to cross Tower Bridge (use the money you saved on the train!!)

    Enjoy!

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    Gatwick express will get you into London Victoria in 30 mins from there you can either travel by tube or, if you have a lot of luggage by taxi

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  • Daniel Reed

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    Heathrow express is a great easy option to get into the city. Takes 15 min to get to Paddington. With only a medium bag each you can take the Tube from Paddington to Tower Hill on the circle line although it can be very crowded from 4-6:30. The other option is take a cab from the Paddington station. A great app is City mapper to navigate as well. They have same suggestions:

    https://citymapper.com/london/superrouter?start=51.471232,-0.45287&saddr=Heathrow%20Airport%20Terminals%201%2C%202%2C%203&end=51.5106718,-0.07814069999994899&eaddr=7%20Pepys%20Street%2C%20London%20EC3N%204AF%2C%20UK

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      These people are arriving at Gatwick not Heathrow · (2 likelikes)

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    The train is pretty straight forward, quick and cheapest option.

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  • Patrick H

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    Thanks all for your answers .. we ended up using blackberrycars from the airport to the hotel

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    • Michael K.

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      never heard of this company, I used to work for Addison Lee the largest minicab company in London and the journey from gatwick to EC3 will take a very long time, the train would have been much quicker, cheaper and much less stressful. · (1 likelikes)

    • Flaykie S.

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      I can't see how one (arguably long) car journey vs dragging luggage around multiple train stations would have been more stressful for them, he made an informed decision based on his research. Patrick hope the arrival was ok, out of curiosity how much did blackberry cars charge for the journey as I've never used them before? · (1 likelikes)

    • Patrick H.

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      Hey Flaykie, I won't be there till May 2015 :) Blackberrycars was a recommendation from a friend of mine. From LGW to EC3, they charge GBP 60 + GBP 7 for airport pickup. Their website is very straight forward. · (0 likelikes)

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