Travel & Accomadation for Virgin London Marathon 2013 advice wanted

Hello,

I realise this post may be a bit late but was hoping for some advice on where to stay in London which is convienient for the Excel centre to register and for the race day itself. I will be travelling on the Saturday & leaving for Shropshire (home) on the Sunday after the race. Any and all advice welcome. Thank you

Martin

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  • I always stay in the centre of London. Travel to the start is 20 mins or so from Charing Cross - thousands do it so just follow the procession. Then you might even be able to nip back to the hotel for a shower and pick up your luggage before leaving.



    Registering at Excel isn't too bad either - its all on the train from the city centre too.
  • My advice would be to stay in a hotel. You get a bed to sleep in and sometimes breakfast and other meals. You need your hotel to be in London.
  • You should travel by train. One that goes from Shropshire(home) to London. Once in London there are trains that travel under the ground, except ironically, near the Excel where they travel above the ground.
  • Thanks for all the above but has anyone got any hotel recomendations? 

    Is it right you can travel free of charge on underground on race day?

    Thanks again

    martin

  • David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

    . Personally I never understood why people are so desperate to have a hotel right by the course, but hey ho each to themselves.

     

    But as you still haven't got in, It would hardly bother you

    Travel Lodge Docklands or Travel lodge City Airport are we have stayed when doing it over the years.. But they will have sold out in November....

  • I think the underground is only free after the race! 

  • Flo Po wrote (see)

    I think the underground is only free after the race! 

    Nope Free when you produce your number

  • At this stage - its what hotels have got any rooms left I think.



    Yes the train is free to the start - at charging cross te numbers are so big that it couldn't work with out of towners trying to buy tickets on the morning.
  • My advice would be to use the internet to look for availability for hotel rooms.
  • thanks again to all.

    not having used the rail links in London much, what is the best station to get to to be able to access the start at Greenwich Park. How far is it to walk from the station?

    Also getting to the Excel to register, which is the best station to get off at?

    Martin

  • Martin Richardson 2 wrote (see)

    thanks again to all.

    not having used the rail links in London much, what is the best station to get to to be able to access the start at Greenwich Park. How far is it to walk from the station? Also getting to the Excel to register, which is the best station to get off at? Martin

    The DLR station at the Excel is usually the best one to get off at...........

    As for access to Greenwich park, Rather depends on which start you are on

     

    Suggest you have a good read of the VLM website and then come back if you haven't found the answers

  • +1 for the best station for Excel is Excel.
  • Excel the best station is Custom House.

  • The trains to the start begin at x

    Charing cross. You don't need to worry what stop to get off. It's all in your info pack you get when you register.
  • We always stay in Premier Inn greenwich or Novotel,they do bump up prices but very convenient,leisurley  breakfast then easy walk to start in about 20 mins.Easy to come back after race train from Charring Cross Train station about 15 mins. Travel on marathon  day is free if you have your race number on.

    Book your tickets now from home,they are cheap at the moment but will go up closer to the date,we got 2 return Monday to Friday from West Wales for £58 for 2 adults..

    Greenwich is also good for spectating if you have friends with you.

  • Loftus Road Runner wrote (see)

    Excel the best station is Custom House.

    That would be "Custom House for the Excel"  ?

    Call me odd (You're odd Dave), But if I was travelling to the 2nd largest exhibtion arena in the UK to register for the VLM to find my way there I would :-

    a) Look on the VLM site

    b) See if the Excel has a web site with a "How to get here" tab

    c) Look at the TFL tube map (which is a misnomer as the Excel is on the DLR)

  • It'll be the one all the runners are getting off at.
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