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    How to get into London from Southampton

    I live in Southampton and want to take my grandson to the London (Kensington) museums in the half term holiday next week.

    Train and coach are stupid prices. So I thought we would go by car.

    I would rather not drive into London. Is there any way I can drive so far, park at a reasonable price and take the Tube into London?

    I could drive up either the M3 or the A3(M).

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

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    I haven't lived in hampshire for the last 18 months, but have you tried megabus and if it still exists megatrain?

    i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you like...?

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    jackvdbuk

    i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you … i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you like...?



    Not very HUKD community of you.

    It should be free.

    Banned

    just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a public car parks will cost ya about £10 then get the district line to south ken which is 8 stops i think

    I did similar recently.

    Drove to Houslow West tube station (M4 junction 3) - approx 1 hours 10 minutes drive
    Off-peak parking (arriving about 10:30 am) was £4.50
    Off-peak travel card cost £8 for the day - Tube into central london about 50 minutes.

    Obvously more expensive if you do it during peak hours (which I think is before 10 am).

    Ten years ago I would have parked at Woking (50 mins drive, 30 mins on train to Waterloo) but in those days it was £4 to park and £8 off-peak return. Those prices have since almost trippled which is outrageous.

    Longcross - just off M3, ideal on weekdays
    en.wikipedia.org/wik…ion

    PARKING IS FREE!
    Edited by: "ghinzani" 17th Feb 2011

    F15H_FAC3

    just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a … just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a public car parks will cost ya about £10 then get the district line to south ken which is 8 stops i think



    I would go with this.

    Paradise Road multi-storey car park
    Paradise Road
    Richmond
    TW9 1SQ

    Walk down to Richmond Tube/Train station and buy a one Day TravelCard.



    Edited by: "Acx" 17th Feb 2011

    buy train tickets in advance for bargains, or megabus/greyhound

    Drive to uxbridge, i think there is a place you can park there for free - can get you the details if you want. Then tube from there takes about 50mins to kensington on a direct tube. (piccadilly line if I remember correctly). If you want more help with this route let me know and ill get you the finer details.

    ghinzani

    Longcross - just off M3, ideal on weekdaysPARKING IS FREE!

    There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless you want to stay in London overnight.

    DLM

    Not very HUKD community of you.It should be free.



    yeah free is fine aswell, no problem, we have a free parking space usually

    Banned

    Once was staying down that way, and ended up parking at Guildford station (big car park), and getting return into london waterloo for under a tenner.


    Edited by: "vibeone" 17th Feb 2011

    nick1austin

    There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless … There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless you want to stay in London overnight.



    Kids, day trip, job done!

    Have you tried greyhound and megabus? Or even the funfares on national express?

    Yes Greyhound did do Portsmouth/Southampton to Victoria station for £1.

    just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to Heathrow....will save you money on parking + no buses and train will be used

    addjon

    just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to … just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to Heathrow....will save you money on parking + no buses and train will be used



    Except Heathrow is in Middlesex.

    Original Poster

    Acx

    [quote=F15H_FAC3]I would go with this. Paradise Road multi-storey car … [quote=F15H_FAC3]I would go with this. Paradise Road multi-storey car parkParadise RoadRichmondTW9 1SQWalk down to Richmond Tube/Train station and buy a one Day TravelCard.



    Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.

    A couple of queries, please:
    1. Does that car park get full? I note it has about 340 spaces.
    2. Is it 'pay on exit' with credit card, or is it 'pay and display'?

    Thanks again.
    Edited by: "renard" 17th Feb 2011

    renard

    Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.A couple of … Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.A couple of queries, please:1. Does that car park get full? I note it has about 340 spaces.2. Is it 'pay on exit' with credit card, or is it 'pay and display'?Thanks again.



    No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a problem getting in.
    England are playing France at Twickenham on Sat 26th so I would avoid the area on that day but any other day you should be fine.

    Pay on exit. On entry you get a ticket at the entrance barrier which you keep for the day.
    On leaving you have to pay at a machine before returning to your car.

    Sorry I cant remember if the payment machine has a pay by card option on it, I think it has but I cant be 100% on that point.

    Edited by: "Acx" 18th Feb 2011

    Original Poster

    Acx

    No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a … No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a problem getting in. England are playing France at Twickenham on Sat 26th so I would avoid the area on that day but any other day you should be fine.Pay on exit. On entry you get a ticket at the entrance barrier which you keep for the day. On leaving you have to pay at a machine before returning to your car.Sorry I cant remember if the payment machine has a pay by card option on it, I think it has but I cant be 100% on that point.


    I am extremely grateful for all this useful information. Thank you very much for your help.

    Original Poster

    To everyone who has responded to my request for information - thank you for your time and assistance.

    It has now become a toss-up between the museums and Doctor Who at Olympia - that's kids for you!!
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