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    Overnight stay, Kings Cross/TowerBridge, anywhere in between

    Hi guys,

    Have to travel down to London for an interview and will be staying overnight on the 27/01. Will be arriving at Kings Cross around 6pm, and have to be at Tower Bridge for the interview at 10am the next day so just looking for a convenient and cheap hotel for the night. I have been a couple of times but have always stayed at a friends' house so don't have any experience.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers

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    Try using travelsupermarket and trivago. I live nearby and suggest either the premier inn on Tower bridge road which is from £79 on venere/expedia/hotels.com a few mins walk from the bridge itself on the south side - or Think apartments on Bermondsey street - on hoteltravel.com you can get a 1 bed apartment for £74 which is as good as you'll find for a place close to the city on a workday. Bermondsey street is a 5 min walk from London bridge which you can get to on the northern line from KX and also you'll be able to walk to tower bridge in the same kind of timeframe in the morning. The only problem with the premier inn is that its a bit of a walk from the nearest tube and will require a change of underground line from KX, to tower hill which is on the north side of tower bridge. If you have quidco use that too as you'll probably get close to 10% cashback depending on which hotel website you use to buy.

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    big_lloyd

    Try using travelsupermarket and trivago. I live nearby and suggest either … Try using travelsupermarket and trivago. I live nearby and suggest either the premier inn on Tower bridge road which is from £79 on venere/expedia/hotels.com a few mins walk from the bridge itself on the south side - or Think apartments on Bermondsey street - on hoteltravel.com you can get a 1 bed apartment for £74 which is as good as you'll find for a place close to the city on a workday. Bermondsey street is a 5 min walk from London bridge which you can get to on the northern line from KX and also you'll be able to walk to tower bridge in the same kind of timeframe in the morning. The only problem with the premier inn is that its a bit of a walk from the nearest tube and will require a change of underground line from KX, to tower hill which is on the north side of tower bridge. If you have quidco use that too as you'll probably get close to 10% cashback depending on which hotel website you use to buy.



    Thanks for all that, I'll have a look.

    Another option is to travel down on the morning to save a bit of cash, do you have any experience of what it will be like trying to get from KX to Tower Bridge at that time of the morning? I'm pretty confident managing the tube/changes. Google maps says a half hour commute from KX to the office @ SE1 2AU, just by CIty Hall, seem reasonable?

    Thanks again
    Edited by: "JoshJoshJosh" 29th Dec 2015

    I used to travel on the northern line regularly to work, it will be cramped if you go before 9am on the tube although slightly quieter after 9. Its only about 5 stops to London bridge from KX so wont take too long to get there on the northern line (10-15mins). If you do travel to London bridge, you can walk along the river or down Tooley Street and again that's less than a 10 minute walk to city hall. Bear in mind prices of trains at that time in the morning can be pretty pricey as its peak time, however unless you're travelling from a long way away it should still be cheaper than getting a hotel.

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    big_lloyd

    I used to travel on the northern line regularly to work, it will be … I used to travel on the northern line regularly to work, it will be cramped if you go before 9am on the tube although slightly quieter after 9. Its only about 5 stops to London bridge from KX so wont take too long to get there on the northern line (10-15mins). If you do travel to London bridge, you can walk along the river or down Tooley Street and again that's less than a 10 minute walk to city hall. Bear in mind prices of trains at that time in the morning can be pretty pricey as its peak time, however unless you're travelling from a long way away it should still be cheaper than getting a hotel.



    Cheers, I've stumped for that in the end, coming from York so it's only cost £45 with my railcard. Bit of an early start but I will hopefully get a better nights' sleep in the comfort of my own bed . Need to top up my oyster before I go, £10 will cover it I guess?
    Edited by: "JoshJoshJosh" 29th Dec 2015

    JoshJoshJosh

    Cheers, I've stumped for that in the end, coming from York so it's only … Cheers, I've stumped for that in the end, coming from York so it's only cost £45 with my railcard. Bit of an early start but I will hopefully get a better nights' sleep in the comfort of my own bed . Need to top up my oyster before I go, £10 will cover it I guess?



    Yes, should do - as long as you remember to tap in and out. Will be two single journeys in zone 1 so wouldn't imagine it being more than £5 in total. Fares going up in Jan so not sure on precise amount. I'd advise topping up beforehand as all oyster card points at tube stations by major rail stations are busy. Alternatively if you have a contactless debit card you can just use that instead.

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    big_lloyd

    Yes, should do - as long as you remember to tap in and out. Will be two … Yes, should do - as long as you remember to tap in and out. Will be two single journeys in zone 1 so wouldn't imagine it being more than £5 in total. Fares going up in Jan so not sure on precise amount. I'd advise topping up beforehand as all oyster card points at tube stations by major rail stations are busy. Alternatively if you have a contactless debit card you can just use that instead.



    Thanks. Anything nearby other than Tower Bridge that is worth checking out? I'll probably have a couple of hours to spare before my train back home.

    Depends how much cash you have to play with! Obvs going up the shard is pricey but a cheaper alternative would be to go and grab a beer in the bar in Sushi Samba near Liverpool street - its on the 38th floor next to the gherkin so you get good views for the price of a beer which is about a tenth what it costs to go up the shard! Probably have time to see most of the tower of London, but again like most touristy places its a lot of money to get in. Depending on the weather you could just walk along the river/jump in a boat and see most of the sights - you could always walk from City hall down the river towards embankment past the globe/southbank and see the sights that way and then get the tube to kings cross from there (may require a change) or depending on your interests you may want to get the tube straight back to the station and visit the british library which is between Euston and kings cross. Theres so much to see and do, it just might be a push to properly see something in 2 hours!
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