Originally Posted by bmwrider79
We are planning on renting a car to use. I know we drive on the wrong side of the road an all on this side of the pond. But I am not un comfortable with the idea of driving on the left side of the road. Should we pick up the car near Heathrow or should we take a train to Deal and rent a car there?
Either way will take quite a long time. It would probably be a bit cheaper to hire a car but you then have the prospect of driving right round London on the M25, which is always busy and often slow, and then a trudge down the M20. I find that motorways can be very boring. Depending on how long your travel time to London will be, you could be tired and you really need your wits about you as you'll be getting used to our traffic. I'd be tempted to take the Heathrow Express into London Paddington, which is far quicker than using the Tube, and then use the Tube to go to whichever station you need for the Deal (or wherever) train. That way you can snooze if you need to. If you want to have a couple of nights in London I suppose there's an argument as to whether to do that at the start or end of your trip to maximise your time and save on train fares. Either way, if it were me, I'd take the train to and from the airport and hire a car close to your hotel in Kent.
On a side note the wife would like to visit some of the attractions of London. Such as the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey etc.... So the big question is how many days should we allow? I know one day will only allow for so much.
We are both fans of Gordon Ramsay. So we would might want to take in a lunch or dinner at one of his places. Yes I checked the menu 18 pounds for lunch is more than I typically pay for a plate of dinner and all but.... Or is there some place else that is better for lunch or dinner and a good drink.
You need two full days to see that lot and do them justice. The Houses of Parliament (Big Ben is at one end of it), Whitehall, Horseguards Parade, The London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey are all within easy walking distance of each other. There are tours of parts of Buckingham Palace at certain times of the year but not always so you may end up just seeing it from The Mall and St James' Park. The Changing of the Guard is well worth seeing. An open-topped bus tour would be a great taster and give you a feel for the place. Some use DUKWs and take you along the River Thames part of the way.
If you stay overnight then do take in a show. There is something for every taste and every pocket. Ticketmaster
will help there. The West End theatres have a well-deserved reputation. Some places have arrangements with restaurants to dine after the show, which could make a very romantic evening for you both.
Eating out is not
a problem in London. There is everything from a KFC to 5* Michelin places that need a mortgage to eat there! Take your pick!