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michaeltharme 2 Jan 2008 06:33

Accomodation - Heathrow
 
We're arriving at Heathrow late in the afternoon of Sunday 4 May '08.
Can anyone recommend a cheap overnight bed close to the airport?
We're catching a train to Felixstowe the following day to pick the bike up.
Thanks in advance
Regards
Mick & Colleen

EMBEE 2 Jan 2008 08:02

Why not try one of the central London youth hostels? The Heathrow area is barren and any accommodation tends to be very expensive. In London you will have the option of doing something in the evening, a greater range of venues for meals and will be closer to your departure station for Felixstowe (Liverpool Street??).

Simon Kennedy 2 Jan 2008 16:37

Agree. And Heathrow is on the metro link into London.

Smon

Hustler 2 Jan 2008 16:56

Yup, get yourself to London town to find a hotel.
Much better bet than Heathrow and you need to be there for Felixstowe connections anyway.
You could find a hotel here - http://www.laterooms.com/
And yes it's Liverpool Street station to Felixstowe.
Have fun.

michaeltharme 2 Jan 2008 19:47

Thanks guys. Will do some searches. Cheers.

Tony P 2 Jan 2008 21:53

There is a Motor Lodge being built next to Uxbridge Underground/Metro statio that should be open by then. "Rooms from GBP26.00" the sign says.

This is 20 minutes by bus (about GBP1.20) from Heathrow but the Metro journey takes far longer and costs far more.

I am back in the area this weekend and will update you.

EDIT - Travel Lodge not Motor Lodge

michaeltharme 3 Jan 2008 00:51

Thanks everyone.
New plan - if we get in early enough (and not too stuffed) - we'll catch the train direct to Felixstowe and bunk down there for 2 night before picking the bike up.
That way, I can get a days surfing in . . . :eek3:
Cheers
Mick

Hindu1936 4 Jan 2008 11:55

Since you are arriving late in the afternoon get onto the subway and transfer to the victoria line and take it to the northeast end. (walthamstowe?) catch the #215 bus out to lee's camp site and throw up a tent for 7 lbs a spot. to catch the bus cross the street and go to # 6 or 9 stopsign. if you are going to wander around London for a few days get the bus/subway day card at the campsite. campsite has showers, rec room and small store where you can buy your stove gas, beer, etc.

Walkabout 4 Jan 2008 12:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaeltharme (Post 166212)
Thanks everyone.
New plan - if we get in early enough (and not too stuffed) - we'll catch the train direct to Felixstowe and bunk down there for 2 night before picking the bike up.
That way, I can get a days surfing in . . . :eek3:
Cheers
Mick


You have a great sense of humour Mick and you are going to need it if you go into the north sea in May (or any month for that matter!).

Nor is Felixstowe reknown as the surfing hotspot of the UK!!
You could do some ship-spotting at the port.

Wheelspin 4 Jan 2008 13:36

Dave is quite right.....no offence to residents, but Felixstowe is not exactly on the recommended tourist trail !

Not sure where you head afterwards, but if you have a couple of days to kill - try getting off the train at Colchester - the Essex/Suffolk border area is quite attractive in May. Constable Country and all that..... Its directly on your route anyway. I might even be able to swap you a room for one in Oz one day :)

michaeltharme 4 Jan 2008 19:32

I think we all gotta have a sense of humor doing the things we do, otherwise we wouldn't do what we do.
I got a photo of me at age 6 swimming in the water off Penmaenmawr, North Wales (surf wasn't up that day). I was in Nepal last year and camped in -25C temps. Friends think I'm mad, but at least I can say I've been there and done it, and experienced every moment. That's what were all about . . .

Cheers

Walkabout 4 Jan 2008 19:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaeltharme (Post 166585)
I think we all gotta have a sense of humor doing the things we do, otherwise we wouldn't do what we do.
I got a photo of me at age 6 swimming in the water off Penmaenmawr, North Wales (surf wasn't up that day). I was in Nepal last year and camped in -25C temps. Friends think I'm mad, but at least I can say I've been there and done it, and experienced every moment. That's what were all about . . .

Cheers


Fair enough; don't forget your "I spy container ships" book in that case.


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