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    Hotel advice - London with tube access

    OK I thought i'd be a good hubby and book a weekend away to London for the wife's birthday. Booked the train tickets ages ago - nice and cheap then.

    I have since discovered it's the same bl@@dy weekend as the London marathon, and reasonable priced hotels are like hen's teeth!

    Not knowing london at all i'm after a bit of advice on hotels maybe in the outskirts of london with good tube access in? The rail tickets I bought were non-refundable so it's either loose £100 on them or find a reasonably priced hotel.

    I'll pay up to/around £200 ish for the 2 nights.

    Any idea's ?

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    Good luck on that one.

    We've got friends running in the marathon and decided a long time ago to give up on staying in London that weekend as the prices seemed to have doubled.

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    Yeah I had noticed. Think i'm just going to have to take a hit on the rail tickets

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    Premier Inn and Travelodge often have some good deals for weekends.

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    Have you considered staying say 20-30 mins outside of London and getting the train in/out every day?

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    Soulfish I have considered it, hence the post, I have no clue about london and transport etc so looking for recommendations

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    Stevenage is a 22 minute train journey on a fast train that doesn't stop going in to King's Cross if that's any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    Have you considered staying say 20-30 mins outside of London and getting the train in/out every day?
    That's an excellent idea - the original poster could probably do worse than Woking, which has trains direct to Waterloo every 15 minutes taking maybe half an hour to get in (as much time as you'd take on the tube anyway). Walk out of Waterloo station and you're right on the Southbank, next to the London Eye and other attractions - you can walk over and watch the marathon, too. London will be heaving for the marathon, and the trains will be packed by the time they get in, you might have to wait for a bit until a train with space on it turns up.

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    Have you looked out around Surbiton way? Rail links are good and it isn't somewhere that people might think of staying. We stayed out at Twickenham for the Olympics due to shortage of good hotels and that was fine too - we went into central London from there with no trouble- looking on Trivago there seems to be some vacancies
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    Stay in the south, somewhere near a rail station as South London has an extensive rail network instead of the Tube. Zone 6 means you can get a travel card too to save fussing around with Oyster. Croydon/Purley are within the London travel zones and sit on the Brighton mainline giving 24/7 rail travel 20mins or less to London.

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    Come to Hatfield, about 20 mins on the fast trains.

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    If you're wanting underground access, this Holiday Inn is only ~25 minutes away from Central London, and the hotel is just opposite the station. (Holiday Inn Express London-Wimbledon-South, London, United Kingdom - 420 Guest reviews. Book your hotel now! - Booking.com)

    If its marathon weekend, you'll be restricted on where you can go with road closures etc.

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    Agree avoid the centre and you will probably do much better, look at the tube map and do zone 4 and outwards and you will be better.
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 24th March 2014 at 03:59 PM.

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    1. Connect a hose between your car exhaust and your living room to provide the air quality.
    2. Cover floor in litter from take-aways to provide further aroma and a similar feel underfoot.
    3. Invite lots of complete strangers into your home to push and shove and stare blankly at you when you speak to them.
    4. Watch the marathon on TV.

    Saves on hotel bills.

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    Check the Hilton website and look for weekend deals. We've had the Hilton weekend breaks cheaper than the permier inn. Hiltons are used a lot by buisness travellers and can be very quiet at the weekends, So unless there's an England match or something on, you might be able to get a bargain.

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