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Old 19 March 2012, 14:24   #1
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going to London

Hi guys

Sorry but I have a question that somebody living in the Uk can probably solve.

I want to go to London during Eastern Holdidays with the family. I would like to go with my own car trough the Chunnel and then to London.

Now here's my question: I would like to go as far as possible and then park my car during several days in a secure way (car park) and take the local train to London. I know I can take the Thalys from Brussels but I want to go to to the South coast afterwards for a couple of days. So the Thalys is not an option

So can anyone help with a location to park the car and the train to London??????

thx very much
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Old 19 March 2012, 14:41   #2
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Perhaps Gatwick Airport. Lots of parking and direct trains to London. Don't know about the parking costs though.
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excellent suggestion from Erin , Gatwick Airport is pretty much en route and has good train links to Central London ( Gatwick Express is 15 mins but a bit expensive), you can get the concierge parking service , they have offices near the train terminal and it's much cheaper than the short term car parks and is secure. I've used them a lot and they are a really good service. Gatwick also makes is easy if you are coming out of london on the train and then picking up your car to drive to the South coast , it's 30 mins to the M3 , M4 or M5.
Don't forget to visit Devon if you are over here !!!!
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Old 19 March 2012, 16:59   #4
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We recently flew out of Heathrow, stayed 1 night at the Sheraton Skyline & had a weeks parking at the hotel for 90. If you want to stay at a cheaper hotel you can get the price down to around 65 for hotel & 7 nights secure parking. We booked with these & chose "undercover hotel"
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Old 19 March 2012, 17:26   #5
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Now depends on where you want to go in London and what you want to do ..

Theres a few very secure car parks by Aldgate East station that come in at 13 a day which is also just outside the congestion charge zone.

If you are after an appartment, I would absolutely thoroughly recommend the following: Serviced Apartments In London, Serviced Apartments London, Short Let Apartments London - Think Apartments London*|Think

And Parking is 10 a night .. its 5 minute walk from London Bridge. (Actually I live in these during teh week, and it's where I am tonight!)
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Old 21 March 2012, 03:48   #6
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hi guys

thanks for the tips!!!

it seems a very busy period (Eastern) since at Torquay there seems no longer B&B that have rooms left to accomodate 2 adults and 2 kids (8and 10)

if you have some other lovely places (in the neigbourhood of Torquay) let me know. If you were ribbing that time I would like to meet you as weel (not my rib with me though)
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Old 21 March 2012, 04:13   #7
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You can always park your car at my place, 2 minutes from the M3 and 10 mins from the M25. I live 15 minutes from Woking that has a 30 minute service to London with several trains an hour. Torquay is 260km 3 hours 15 minutes (mostly motorway and dual carriageway).

I would suggest you decide where you want to stay in while visiting London and then decide on car parking.
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try Bicester Oxon regulare train service to london, there is the M40 direct to London if required, there is the A34 south duel carrage way to the M27 Southampton/ Pommpy or weymouth west country , I have room for one car one my drive if required but if you staded in the local hotel parking is free anyway (big car park)
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