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1 hour ago, 12thman said:

Looking for moderately price hotels in London England. Also any suggestions for getting from London to Southampton cruise port?

 

For accommodation, check out Premier Inns. They are a budget chain but the quality is consistently reliable:  https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/home.html

For a range of transport options, check out London Toolkit: https://www.londontoolkit.com/

The cheapest transport option is the National Express coach service. Advance booking is advisable and the earlier youbook the cheaper the price: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en

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46 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

For accommodation, check out Premier Inns. They are a budget chain but the quality is consistently reliable:  https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/home.html

For a range of transport options, check out London Toolkit: https://www.londontoolkit.com/

The cheapest transport option is the National Express coach service. Advance booking is advisable and the earlier youbook the cheaper the price: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en

Thank you!

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I second the Premier Inns recommendation.  But depends on how long you are staying in London, what you plan to do while you are there, and what you consider moderately priced.  Personally I love my neighborhood so would also recommend the Hilton London Tower Bridge.  Walking distance to Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the Shard, Borough Market.  Close to the Jubilee line which takes you quickly to Westminster and Waterloo (near London Eye, trains to Southampton, trains to Windsor if you wanted a day trip there).

For trains from London to Southamption,  which is what I would do personally, look at South Western Railway.  Direct trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Southampton Central and take around 1 hr 20 mins.

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1 minute ago, berkeleykel said:

I second the Premier Inns recommendation.  But depends on how long you are staying in London, what you plan to do while you are there, and what you consider moderately priced.  Personally I love my neighborhood so would also recommend the Hilton London Tower Bridge.  Walking distance to Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the Shard, Borough Market.  Close to the Jubilee line which takes you quickly to Westminster and Waterloo (near London Eye, trains to Southampton, trains to Windsor if you wanted a day trip there).

For trains from London to Southamption,  which is what I would do personally, look at South Western Railway.  Direct trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Southampton Central and take around 1 hr 20 mins.

Thank you. We will probably be arriving about 9 days before the group cruise out of Southampton. Not sure the train is the best option if we have roughly 6 pieces of luggage. Anyone know how to find taxi rates from London to Southampton? The ride share limits luggage to 2 pieces per person if I read it correctly?

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A 9-day stay might make it worth your while to consider Air bnb or some other form of apartment accommodation, but I'm afraid that is outside my limited experience of London. 

A taxi will be astronomical so I'd forget that idea, but there are a number of private car companies that regularly do the London to Southampton run. You should be able to find details of them on the London Toolkit site.

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4 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

A 9-day stay might make it worth your while to consider Air bnb or some other form of apartment accommodation, but I'm afraid that is outside my limited experience of London. 

A taxi will be astronomical so I'd forget that idea, but there are a number of private car companies that regularly do the London to Southampton run. You should be able to find details of them on the London Toolkit site.

Thanks for the information! Never used an Air BnB. Have to look into that. Used the London Toolkit to find the ride share didn't see private car service but I'll check again. 

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Just a note, if you have not stayed in a London hotel before.  As a GENERAL rule, the rooms are much smaller than we, Americans, are used to.  I made a horrible choice for my hotel a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE London...but the hotels....not so much.  I vowed never to stray from an American big-name brand again.

I was hoping for a quaint local hotel and got a run-down, no-elevator broom closet.  Be careful.

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Hey,

 

I have to say I’d avoid premier inn and travel lodge in the city. They are older buildings that are noisy and run down. Most are not even that cheap either! The tower bridge hotel mentioned is nice, stayed there last Christmas. Citizen M also do some nice rooms at reasonable prices. If there are that many of you I’d consider an ‘owners direct.com’ place on the outskirts near a tube or train line and commute in. If you stay on the outskirts you’ll find a transfer in a mini bus that can take you all and your luggage. We live 180 miles from Southampton and are paying £500 for 6 of us and our cases next August. That’s for a return, not one way. 
 

hope this helps,

 

Nikkoo

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6 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Just a note, if you have not stayed in a London hotel before.  As a GENERAL rule, the rooms are much smaller than we, Americans, are used to.  I made a horrible choice for my hotel a few years ago.  I absolutely LOVE London...but the hotels....not so much.  I vowed never to stray from an American big-name brand again.

I was hoping for a quaint local hotel and got a run-down, no-elevator broom closet.  Be careful.

Thank you for information!! Are you going on this group cruise?

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1 minute ago, Nikkoo said:

Hey,

 

I have to say I’d avoid premier inn and travel lodge in the city. They are older buildings that are noisy and run down. Most are not even that cheap either! The tower bridge hotel mentioned is nice, stayed there last Christmas. Citizen M also do some nice rooms at reasonable prices. If there are that many of you I’d consider an ‘owners direct.com’ place on the outskirts near a tube or train line and commute in. If you stay on the outskirts you’ll find a transfer in a mini bus that can take you all and your luggage. We live 180 miles from Southampton and are paying £500 for 6 of us and our cases next August. That’s for a return, not one way. 
 

hope this helps,

 

Nikkoo

Hello Nikkoo,

Yes, getting everyone's opinions is helpful as it's just my wife and I going. We've never been outside the states except for Canada. Thank you!

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If it’s just the 2 of you you’ll struggle to get anywhere with 6 cases. Public transport is ok with 2, maybe 3 but more than that is a pain. A lot of tube stations don’t have a lift also, so lots of stairs!

 

I thought there was more of you to be honest but something like this, found after a 30 second search...

https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p8049136?adultsCount=2&noDates=true
 

is a 5 min walk from tower bridge and looks nice enough. LOADS to choose from and I picked this almost at random, I’m recommending the site not this particular flat!

 

Have fun what ever you do, London is my playground and am here everyday for work!

 

Nikkoo

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11 minutes ago, 12thman said:

Thank you for information!! Are you going on this group cruise?

Are you referring to the northern Europe one that Matt just announced ?  Unfortunately, not at the moment.  Our cruising lives for 2021 are going to have to slow down due to our planned move to Florida.  After that though....no holds barred !!!

Right now, the only group cruise into which we are booked is the New England cruise on Brilliance next October.

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Thanks for asking this!  I have a (non-cruise) trip to the UK in February, so I've been working on trying to figure out how to manage hitting five different cities in five days.  I was recommended Premier Inns by lots of folks as it appears to be the equivalent of our US Holiday Inn but I'm also traveling with a party of four, so that makes finding accommodations a little more difficult as most double bed rooms I am finding are just two twins over there!  I haven't traveled outside of the US apart from cruises before, so this is all new to me as well.

At least by the time the group cruise rolls around I will have experienced it once and have a bit of an idea what to expect!

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27 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Are you referring to the northern Europe one that Matt just announced ?  Unfortunately, not at the moment.  Our cruising lives for 2021 are going to have to slow down due to our planned move to Florida.  After that though....no holds barred !!!

Right now, the only group cruise into which we are booked is the New England cruise on Brilliance next October.

Looks like many cruise days in your future!! See you hopefully on the Brilliance. 

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8 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

Thanks for asking this!  I have a (non-cruise) trip to the UK in February, so I've been working on trying to figure out how to manage hitting five different cities in five days.  I was recommended Premier Inns by lots of folks as it appears to be the equivalent of our US Holiday Inn but I'm also traveling with a party of four, so that makes finding accommodations a little more difficult as most double bed rooms I am finding are just two twins over there!  I haven't traveled outside of the US apart from cruises before, so this is all new to me as well.

At least by the time the group cruise rolls around I will have experienced it once and have a bit of an idea what to expect!

When you get back maybe you can give your experience. I'd be interested. 

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1 minute ago, 12thman said:

When you get back maybe you can give your experience. I'd be interested. 

I will share anything that I learn (from a US traveler perspective).  It's going to be a little bit of a difference as I'm planning to pack for this week in just a backpack ?  Should be quite the challenge as we're talking February in the UK..but I don't want to be dragging a suitcase around as I hop trains, planes, and buses to get around.  I feel like the Fjords cruise travel will be much more relaxing and less logistical coordinating.

FYI for air travel, I just booked my flight to London.  The prices dipped to their lowest point about 45 days ago..so that makes it at about around 120 days out that I saw the lowest prices.  I didn't jump on it then and regret that, but fortunately the prices haven't gone up too much.

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1 hour ago, AshleyDillo said:

I was recommended Premier Inns by lots of folks as it appears to be the equivalent of our US Holiday Inn but I'm also traveling with a party of four, so that makes finding accommodations a little more difficult as most double bed rooms I am finding are just two twins over there! 

True, even travelling just me, husband and son can be difficult because they'll want us to book two rooms for 2 adults + 1 small child.  I think it is common in Europe in general that the default is a 2 person room rather than a 4 person room.

Bring your own washcloths - that's not really a standard thing in hotels here.

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We stayed at the Lime Tree Hotel in London last fall and loved it.  It is very convenient to two tube stations and within walking distance of a lot.   They have varying room sizes depending upon the number of people you want per room.  We had two rooms that comfortably slept 3 people each.  I spoke with a woman who was in a single room.  The staff is very nice, and breakfast is included each morning (a rarity in London), which was a real convenience.

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2 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

I have read this catching others by surprise before!

They also don't do ice in their drinks.

This is really a thing!? I'm supposed to pack my own washcloth to take a shower and dry myself off!? The ice thing I knew about. 

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4 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

We are booked on this cruise as well. I've heard that flying into Heathrow is an absolute nightmare. But flying into Southhampton would require 2 stops.  Frankly, I'm not sure which is worse.   Both issues will stress the hell out of Mr SpeedNoodles, who is terrified of flying. 

You have an option for Southampton? Couldn't find that when checking air fares for same time next July? Only option was Heathrow. Have you been to London? It's our first time and seems like it's going to cost a pretty penny to pull this off.

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