Transportation information needed from South Hampton, England to London...has anyone done this?? Do you need to make prior arrangements or are there cabs waiting at the pier when you disembark?? Also, any info re: hotels would be helpful...Thanks
I believe the train is quicker and definitely much cheaper, the train costs about 18 pounds and takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can board at Southampton Central Station which takes you to Waterloo Station London.
There is also a bus service which takes 2 hours or a little more depending on traffic. I think it's, around 12 pounds per person.
A private car hire will run about 90 pounds and take 2 hours. Hope this helps.
What kind of information do you want regarding hotels?
For the first time I would stay in the Mayfair/Soho zone. It is in the area of Piccadilly Circus (great for people watching, lots of shops, the famous lighted billboard with the fountain) and within a short walking distance to the theatre as well as several museums. Trafalgar Square is also in walking distance from that zone. Terrific central location.
We use Priceline and have won the Le Meridien Piccadilly several times for $150/nt, it is in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. It is a 5* accomodation but in general you can take down one * for US standards and London hotels. What is rated a 4-5* is more like a 3-4* for us spoiled Americans. We are used to new accomodations and that's just not possible when the building you are staying in is more than 100 years old.... hope this helps :-)