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driving to London for Prologue - where to park ?

edited June 2007 in Pro race
I'm driving to London from Liverpool on Saturday morning to watch the prologue, and staying over Saturday night. Hotel is on Knightsbridge, so assuming I won't be able to get near it in the car.

I'm guessing that the best option will be to park somewhere in north London and get the tube across. Any suggestions for parking overnight ? Thanks

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  • 16mm16mm Posts: 545
    There is a car park at stanmore tube (2 mins from J4 M1), that if I recall is quite cheap, but I've only parked up to 1am. Stanmore to the centre of london is about 40 mins on the tube.

    mike
  • ian_oliian_oli Posts: 763
    Err, Liverpool and take the train?
  • Take the train ? No because a) no guarantee of getting there on time, b) œ120 return is the cheapest ticket, or œ410 if I want to choose what time I travel back the next day.

    Sadly car is cheaper, faster, more reliable. think you're forgetting which country we live in

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  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    You could have got a much cheaper ticket if you had booked in advance (unless you are bringing family with you).

    You will probably have to park outside central london and get the train in. If you go down to Surrey Quays there is lots of free on street parking, you can then catch the tube back to the hotel.
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  • mossycpmossycp Posts: 233
    Saver return comes out at œ59.70 when I do a search on National Rail site

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  • Really ? thats not what I get if I search for an early departure. I did try booking 6 weeks ago but the cost was actually higher ! not sure how thats possible.

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  • bofbof Posts: 372
    If you have to drive to London at least spare us residents even more congestion and park by a tube station on the A40 or the M1. (Hillingdon gets you with no/one change to Knightsbridge and then you can walk)
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  • Thanks for the tip, any ideas time wise on the tube from Hillingdon ? Bringing Mrs T so she'll demand an ETA at the shops

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  • ian_oliian_oli Posts: 763
    I have found the service from/into Euston pretty reliable the last year or two - agree before that it was hopeless - and who's to say you wont get a mega jam on the M1, like the last time I had to use it.
  • no guarantees I know, but at least you have an option to re route in the car, once the train stops, thats it.

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  • bofbof Posts: 372
    Dunno, google tfl and tube - it will also tell you about weekend closures of which there have been a few lately.
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  • mossycpmossycp Posts: 233
    Standard Saver/Cheap day return on the 03:38, 06:15 or 06:33 from Liverpool to London Euston œ59.70. The 06:15 will get you into London at 09:15 so only 2hrs 56 mins.

    I would always travel by train if I can. It's much easier and more relaxing than sitting in traffic queues, worrying about where to park, worrying about whether the car will still be there when you get back, being absolutely shattered when you arrive.

    Maybe another option is to drive to somewhere like Peterborough and train from there?

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  • alan_shermanalan_sherman Posts: 1,157
    Phone hotel and check what parking they may have or recommend nearby. If cheap enough then i don't think it would be too bad to drive in as you won't be coming into London at rush hour. GPS and/or a good navigator saves a lot of aggro.

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  • pauluscppauluscp Posts: 2,530
    The time from Hillingdon to central London is about 40 minuits. You could park at High Barnet station on the Northern Line which is 40 mins away from Charing Cross and Whitehall.

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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    We booked 3 months ago from Liverpool on the Friday and back on the Sunday.

    Best price we got was the œ60 return. More expensive than the car, but hopefully nice and easy. Touch wood.

    If I drive down to London - I stay outside in Slough and just get the train in. Nice and easy, and hotels are cheaper.
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  • polglasepolglase Posts: 223
    I'm getting the train on the Friday with wife and kids and returning on Monday. Booked a family ticket for œ115 return for the 4 of us. Parking the car at home is the best bet!
  • K BlackwellK Blackwell Posts: 1,539
    I used to park my car up at Epping (just off the M25) in the station. The tube can get you into the centre of London from there. I think it takes about 45 minutes.
  • I live 30 seconds from the Stage 1 route, about 1 mile after the neutralised zone. In a road with parking which is free to non-residents at weekends. I'm beginning to think I could have made a killing by renting the house out and going away for the weekend...
  • zimzum42zimzum42 Posts: 8,294
    Park in Westminster zone B, north of the marylebone road, west of baker street.

    No restrictions at the weekend, and you can park on single yellows......

    And then you can walk down to the prologue......



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  • The High Barnet option is quite good - I've had friends from Manchester do that before.
    For more info about where to watch the race in London, check out the free 68 page Tour guide we're bringing out with the Guardian on Monday (2nd July). Should be a good read

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  • hevipedalhevipedal Posts: 2,475
    There's a large carpark at Watford Junction; just off the M1 so it's a straight drive down , off the M1 at Junc 5 and into the station. Then train to Euston and London at your feet.

    And I don't mind you driving into Watford, I want the global warming back I'm fed up up with this cold summer............


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  • DomTDomT Posts: 648
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by 16mm</i>

    There is a car park at stanmore tube (2 mins from J4 M1), that if I recall is quite cheap, but I've only parked up to 1am. Stanmore to the centre of london is about 40 mins on the tube.

    mike
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    Do what Mike says (or similar)... it's really not worth driving into London.

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