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London - where can we stay outside centre?

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MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 19:56:19

I'm taking the dcs to London for a few days. I'd like to take the car as we're going to do Harry Potter studios on last day then drive home (I haven't even looked where it is hmm)

Anyway where can we stay where we can get access to the city directly for 2 days and then to HP studios

Thanks in advance

Jubaloo442 Sun 17-Jul-16 20:04:01

Watford? More likely to find a hotel with parking and that's where HP is. Fast train to Euston is 20 mins, underground / overground longer at 45-50 mins.

lifesuckssometimes Sun 17-Jul-16 20:08:07

Anywhere on central line for easy access to west end, central London.

newroundhere Sun 17-Jul-16 20:14:53

How about Ealing? It's on the Central and District lines as well as the direct train into Paddington (less than 10 minutes). It's on the right side of town for Harry Potter world, probably 30 mins drive from Watford in clear traffic (NB bear in mind that traffic is almost never clear....).

feesh Sun 17-Jul-16 20:20:41

The Holiday Inn Express in Apsley - it's really near the studios and it's super close to Apsley station for trains into Euston.

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 21:17:55

Great thank you I'll take a look at Watford

It's just even the travelodges/premier inns are £300 for 3 nights and there's no parking

Just 20 mins by train into London???

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 21:19:59

Is it the holiday inn Hemel Hempstead

TheRealAdaLovelace Sun 17-Jul-16 21:22:12

the Elstree Inn at Borehamwood

BetsOriginal Sun 17-Jul-16 21:27:36


BetsOriginal Sun 17-Jul-16 21:27:52


underneaththeash Sun 17-Jul-16 21:34:08

Slough is horrible - I really wouldn't recommend staying there.
Second staying in Watford.

sparechange Sun 17-Jul-16 21:36:43

Where are you coming from?
Egham and Staines are just off the m25 and have trains to London, plus are an easy drive to HP
Lots of hotels around there

JacketPoTayTo Sun 17-Jul-16 21:38:35

Twickenham is nice and you can get to Waterloo on the fast train in about 15 minutes.

SimplyNigella Sun 17-Jul-16 21:38:50

The Hilton at Watford is fine, some of the rooms a little dated but plenty of parking.

Otherwise, how about the Doubletree at Ealing Common? Again, plenty of parking, close to several tube stations and not too far to drive to Watford on the way home.

Balletgirlmum Sun 17-Jul-16 21:40:48

We stayed at a premier inn just outside Harpenden that had parking at the hotel then parked at Harpenden station to take the train into London.

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 22:25:38

Coming from Cardiff so m4 m25

So which would be best bet Watford?
Travelodges are cheap there but there's a mercure St. Albans with a pool
Don't want to spend more than £70 a night

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 22:26:28

Also how would I know where the 'fast train' stops?

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 22:27:12

Sorry am great getting around by air
Train and bus not so much as I drive everywhere

Balletgirlmum Sun 17-Jul-16 22:30:03

The Harpenden trains next stop was St. Albans & you would probably get a better choice from there.

BetsOriginal Sun 17-Jul-16 22:32:47

Fair point re Slough - I haven't a clue! Am watching this with keen interest because I'd like to bring my DC to London for an overnight but don't know where to stay. Someone I know mentioned Slough. Happy to give it a miss though smile

MozzchopsThirty Sun 17-Jul-16 22:33:46

There's a premier inn Ealing which is £73 per night plus £10 parking per night
I suppose it would depend on cost of trains etc

Jubaloo442 Sun 17-Jul-16 23:08:44

For train stops I'd check national rail, but if you went for Hilton or Holiday Inn in watford, or Jury's Inn (I think, this is just from memory) they are on the road to the main station. Should have parking too but not sure of prices. Fast trains 18-20 mins, slow trains are Overground and 50 mins. You'll know by the number of stations shown on the departure board for each train. You can use contactless / oyster so pretty straightforward. St Albans also lovely, more historic, not sure about links to central London though.

Jubaloo442 Sun 17-Jul-16 23:09:43

Plus you can then take shuttle bus to HP studios from outside watford junction station.

Atlas15 Sun 17-Jul-16 23:10:17

My sister works at a hotel in Dagenham she says that there are a lot of London tourists staying there because it's cheaper.

newroundhere Sun 17-Jul-16 23:11:22

Ealing is in Zone 3 so you are in travel card territory. You're probably 10-15 mins walk to Ealing Broadway staton from the Premier Inn.

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