So you Wanna Come London? Part Deux

So you have bought your tickets, and you are coming to London. How to get to our place from the airport?  We obviously aren’t going to put our address on the internet, but we feel safe enough to tell you that you need to get to the Stockwell Tube Station (as do thousands and thousands of other people). There are basically 4 ways to get to our place from Heathrow. As you would expect, the easier the more expensive. I am going to go over the 4 ways. I suppose that there are more than 4 but I am not going to cover walking, helicopter lifts, teleporting or any other such options.

1.   Black Cab. This term applies to any of the official cabs (they aren’t all black) that you just get in line and hail from right outside the airport. There isn’t an easier way to get here, but you can also have someone killed for what it will cost (especially once you convert it to dollars).
2.    Mini Cab. This doesn’t mean that they are tiny cabs or that they are Mini Coopers. What you will need to do is contact us and tell us your flight details and that you would like a mini cab and we will schedule it for you. There are some that take debit/credit card but there is usually a fee so it would be ideal if you could get enough cash exchanged at the airport to cover the cab. (I will talk more about money exchange later) I took a mini cab to the airport in June and it cost about 35 pounds. It costs a little more to be picked up because of the wait time but Mike got a quote the other day and it was 45 pounds (from Heathrow). I know that sounds like a lot. It is, but this is the best way to go if you have lots of luggage, don’t want to climb lots of stairs with your luggage, are arriving near a rush hour, or will have a problem carrying your luggage from the tube to the flat (which is a good 5 minute walk with no luggage).
3.    Heathrow Express. This is a little cheaper way than a mini cab and quicker option than taking the regular tube, but it is a little more expensive than the tube (15 pounds for the train plus tube charges later on) and you still have the same hassle. If you are in a hurry and have little luggage, this might be a good option. You just follow the signs for the Heathrow Express and buy your ticket and it will put you on a non-stop train to the middle of central London. It will take you to the Paddington Station. From there you will have to take the tube and get on the Circle or District line and head to Victoria. Change at Victoria to the Victoria line and go south on the Victoria line until you get to Stockwell. This will probably save about half an hour from the regular tube, but isn’t much easier because you will have to make just as many changes and at some really big stations.
4.    London Underground. This is the cheapest way. Period. No question. 4 pounds a person. The station is under that airport and there are handy signs telling you where to go. Buy an Oyster card and put money on it (more on this later). Hop on the Piccadilly Line (the only line there) and ride. It will be a bit of a long ride because the airport is a bit west of town. There are several ways to do this. Here are my two favorites. Change at Hammersmith Station and get on the eastbound District line. Then change at Victoria and take the southbound Victoria line train down to Stockwell. I am telling you to change at Hammersmith because the change there is so easy and requires no stairs but only about 5 steps! Or you can stay on the Piccadilly Line until you get to Green Park and take the Northern Line south to the Stockwell Station.

That was really complicated, right? Sorry. I promise that the London tube system is really easy. Really. Everything is so clearly marked that I don’t even get lost! If you choose the tube route, one of us may try and meet you at the airport to make it a bit easier, but that won’t always be possible. I have taken each of the 4 options on some leg or another and I personally recommend 2 and 4. If you have lots of luggage and/or back, knee, hip, or spleen problems, please don’t ruin your whole trip by hurting yourself trying to carry 2 fifty-pound bags up a flight of stairs. However, if you are long on time, short on funds and light on luggage, the tube is easy and cheap. We will send people easier to read directions to our place tailored to whichever way you choose closer to the date of your arrival. If you do take the tube and we can’t get out to the airport, we will most likely meet you outside the Stockwell station. I hope that this was helpful and not too confusing. I just wanted to give people a chance to see the best options and plan/budget accordingly. And if anyone makes any headway on that teleporting option, let me know.


About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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5 Responses to So you Wanna Come London? Part Deux

  1. Cindy says:

    Are you trying to scare off visitors? I hope you can meet us when we arrive or there will be three very confused American women wandering London for hours if not days!!Love you, Mom

  2. JiJi1 says:

    Sounds like they are trying to scare us, but it couldn’t be harder than the DC subway. We survived that!

    Think I’ll save for the Mini cab so we can see some scenery, otherwise by the end of the week I may be acting like a mole. Ever seen a mole? Every time he comes up from the ground he squints his eyes and looks around at everything all funny.

    I plan to pack light though. So maybe the Express isn’t a bad idea. I got a suitcase that is made out of backpack material. Fully packed for a week it weighs 36 lbs. and that’s with 5 pairs of shoes! If I take out 3 pr of shoes, it would only weigh 33 lbs. I bet. I’ll work on it!

    So excited to see come visit!!!!!

  3. Carole says:

    Note to M & A:
    Have traveled with CBS in foreign countries – she does not take public transport. Ask her about the tram in Istanbul. The girl has her reasons.

  4. T-Nutts says:

    So have you just gotten into great shape walking everywhere? I’m so jealous!

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