London - Euston to Waterloo

mudcow007
mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
edited May 2013 in Commuting chat
right then London folk

next week i will be traveling down to your fair city on one of branson's finest pendolino's, from Euston i need to get to Waterloo - im thinking of using the tube but...can i take my bike with me on the tube?

from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"
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  • cyclingprop
    cyclingprop Posts: 2,426
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right then London folk

    next week i will be traveling down to your fair city on one of branson's finest pendolino's, from Euston i need to get to Waterloo - im thinking of using the tube but...can i take my bike with me on the tube?

    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"

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  • Ian.B
    Ian.B Posts: 732
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right then London folk

    next week i will be traveling down to your fair city on one of branson's finest pendolino's, from Euston i need to get to Waterloo - im thinking of using the tube but...can i take my bike with me on the tube?

    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"
    No, basically not within the circle line and not on the "deep" tube lines outside that.

    But more importantly, if you have your bike with you, why would you want to use the tube?
    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"
    Never heard of it!
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Ian.B wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right then London folk

    next week i will be traveling down to your fair city on one of branson's finest pendolino's, from Euston i need to get to Waterloo - im thinking of using the tube but...can i take my bike with me on the tube?

    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"
    No, basically not within the circle line and not on the "deep" tube lines outside that.

    But more importantly, if you have your bike with you, why would you want to use the tube?
    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"
    Never heard of it!

    Grately in the Test Valley? Are you sure via London is the best route?

    EDIT: turns out that is the best route. Shit. But no, you cannot take your bike on a Tube that will take from Euston to Waterloo. Cycle it, it's only 2miles.
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  • tgotb
    tgotb Posts: 4,714
    Options:
    1. Ride the bike. It's probably not much more than a mile and easy to navigate, will probably take you about 10 minutes.
    2. (Assuming you have lots of luggage and don't mind leaving bike locked up) - Lock bike up at station, take luggage to Waterloo on tube and leave in left luggage office. Return to Euston by tube or Boris Bike to collect bicycle. I did this once (Paddington-Liverpool St), mostly because I really wanted to cycle through London. It worked, but was a big faff.
    3. Pile the whole lot into a black cab. Plenty of stories of people with major mechanicals using a cab to get themselves and their bikes home, so shouldn't be that hard to get one to take you. Short trip, so shouldn't cost much.
    4. (Assuming too much luggage to ride) walk, pushing bike. 40 mins max, I reckon, and quite hard to get lost.
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    its to do my sportive in Wiltshire, i will be traveling around 23.30, i'm worried bout riding as i will have use battery power on my lights which i will need at 2am when i start the sportive...

    might just buy some cheap nasty lights to chuck when i get to waterloo

    starting to get messy all of this grr
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  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    mudcow007 wrote:
    its to do my sportive in Wiltshire, i will be traveling around 23.30, i'm worried bout riding as i will have use battery power on my lights which i will need at 2am when i start the sportive...

    might just buy some cheap nasty lights to chuck when i get to waterloo

    starting to get messy all of this grr

    It will take you 10mins to cycle Euston-Waterloo.

    You could maybe - although IMO it's a lot of faffing - walk to Kings Cross from Euston and take a Thameslink train to Blackfriars. Then walk down the cut to Waterloo.
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right then London folk

    next week i will be traveling down to your fair city on one of branson's finest pendolino's, from Euston i need to get to Waterloo - im thinking of using the tube but...can i take my bike with me on the tube?

    from waterloo i then need to go to somewhere called "Grateley"

    Grateley in Hampshire is the next stop after mine, and no you cant take your bike on the tube but you can cycle across or walk if you have the time, you can take you bike on the SW train from waterloo but get there 15-20 mins before its due to leave so you can fit it onto one of the two bike carriage spaces. Those B some hellishly busy trains in peak be warned and leave plenty of time.

    FYI there's two Grateley's villages right near each other be sure you know which one now :wink:
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    ahh crap dont say that im awful at directions an get lost in car parks n stuff

    all i know is im going to tedworth house in Wiltshire!?
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,062
    mudcow007 wrote:
    its to do my sportive in Wiltshire, i will be traveling around 23.30, i'm worried bout riding as i will have use battery power on my lights which i will need at 2am when i start the sportive...

    might just buy some cheap nasty lights to chuck when i get to waterloo

    starting to get messy all of this grr
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    when you say travelling at 23.30 you mean on the bike not training to get a train?

    last train from waterloo i think is about 23.30 and its not pleasant they call it the vomit comet, for good reason.
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    itboffin wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    its to do my sportive in Wiltshire, i will be traveling around 23.30, i'm worried bout riding as i will have use battery power on my lights which i will need at 2am when i start the sportive...

    might just buy some cheap nasty lights to chuck when i get to waterloo

    starting to get messy all of this grr
    they
    when you say travelling at 23.30 you mean on the bike not training to get a train?

    last train from waterloo i think is about 23.30 and its not pleasant they call it the vomit comet, for good reason.

    wait until they cop aload of my hairy legs in lycra...

    i think train from liverpool to euston gets to london for 22:15 then get to waterloo an i think im booked on for 23:40 to get to Grateley for 1am...nice
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  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    Disposable lights here
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  • Ben6899
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    Which sportive is this? Does it start in the very early hours?
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    cheers for the linkage rubertoe

    the ride is the Help the Heros "Dawn Raid" id link to it but their site is crashing (i think its due to the soldier being murdered)

    it starts at 2am, to get to london for 10am
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  • tgotb
    tgotb Posts: 4,714
    If the only reason for not riding is saving your batteries...

    Wear cut-off jeans, remove your helmet, and swear like someone suffering from tourettes. This will allow you to ride without lights.

    It really is just a 10 min ride, especially at that time of night; surely you can spare that much battery power?
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    i think im just over worrying to be honest, im taking my moon light an also my magicshine aswell

    i dunno what time it will start to get light in the morning...
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  • t4tomo
    t4tomo Posts: 2,643
    its a dead easy ride - pretty much straight. head out of right hand doors in Euston onto the road and head staright across Euston road down gordon street, bear right at Byng place and then left when you hit Gower Street, then head for Endell street when you hit the big junctiopn at Shaftesbruy avenue - head pretty much straight down thru covent garden and you hit the strand at Waterloo bridge. 15 mins tops.

    I imagine it will get light pretty quickly plus you'll be in a pack of bikes. MAgic shine might be too bright, stick it on low otherwise youll dazzle evry one
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  • tgotb
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    t4tomo wrote:
    its a dead easy ride - pretty much straight. head out of right hand doors in Euston onto the road and head staright across Euston road down gordon street, bear right at Byng place and then left when you hit Gower Street, then head for Endell street when you hit the big junctiopn at Shaftesbruy avenue - head pretty much straight down thru covent garden and you hit the strand at Waterloo bridge. 15 mins tops.

    I imagine it will get light pretty quickly plus you'll be in a pack of bikes. MAgic shine might be too bright, stick it on low otherwise youll dazzle evry one
    Wouldn't it be easier to head straight down Kingsway at that time of night? By the time it stops being a straight line (Aldwych) there are signposts to follow for Waterloo.

    In any case, print out a map (or use your fancy electronic navigation device of choice) and you'll be fine...
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  • itboffin
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    mudcow007 wrote:
    i think im just over worrying to be honest, im taking my moon light an also my magicshine aswell

    i dunno what time it will start to get light in the morning...

    dude in London we have street lights at night :lol:
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  • stuaff
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    +1 for the comments about those lights being overkill (using a Hope Vision 1 for the commute these days...never above level one though!). It'll be getting light by five and more than bright enough by six so you won't need them for long anyway.

    I agree, just go down Kingsway. Route one approach more than sensible at that time of night.
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  • mudcow007
    mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    Thanks for the route planning guys

    ive only been to london a few times an each time i have been, ive got completely lost

    they are the only lights i have to be honest, i think i will pick up some bobby dazzler cheap uns from planet x though for the euston leg of the trip/ spares

    its going to be dark on them there country roads out of wiltshire, the plan is to keep everything on low to conserve juice in the batteries anyways to be honest.

    going to feel weird digging all my lights back out, i thought my twilight commutes were over..
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  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    the PX lights are actually pretty good, they will be fine for an urban commute (I use them on that exact route from Euston to Waterloo Bridge).

    Like has been said - head out of Euston - straight over Euston road and down kingsway till you see the signposts for waterloo station.
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  • t4tomo
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    My route avoids the worst of the drunken mini cab drivers! but yes take left exits out of Euston is a straight run to the Aldwych down a pretty potholed manholecover infested road. :D
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  • elbowloh
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    Just to let you know, Kingsway is not called Kingsway at the Euston Road End. It's called Southampton Row, it then becomes Kingsway halfway down.
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  • tgotb
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    itboffin wrote:
    dude in London we have street lights at night :lol:

    Whaddaya mean, "we"?
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  • warreng
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    just bloody pedal south until you hit the river - it's about 2 mins
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