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So weather.com shows highs in the mid 70's and lows around 60 in London. And cloudy. That's in Fahrenheit because the U.S. still uses the old English system. Don't ask.

What are some recommendations for clothing considering that some folks would prefer to travel as lightly as possible? Should we expect a lot of rain this time of year?

Considering right now it's in the mid 90's where I am I just want to make sure I don't under-dress for this one. Is it breezy by the venue? Or in general at night?

Thanks!

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This is England remember!
Its been raining on and off for over a week now, well this weekend has been OK, quite warm.
I would at least suggest you bring a pack-a-mac, so at least you stay dry.
A little tip for you, never trust British weather!
 
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Today it was a bit of rain, then sunshine. Followed by cloud, then sunshine. To be honest Chris, the weather doesn't know what it's doing here in the UK.


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One of those waterproof macs that folds up really small about the size of a bag of crisps (chips).
I think most camping shops sell them
 

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Most of the event will be covered and there isn't a lot of outdoor walkign to be done, so a light waterproof jacket is you will need. Locals will be the ones with t-shirts and pastey white arms.

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just to reiterate the pac in the bag idea...i work in millets in birmingham and they are very useful things... the cheapest are £20 but they are very handy for such things as CE as they do fold up into a small bag that you can either stick in a ruckasack or click to your belt
 
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Jeremy said:
Locals will be the ones with t-shirts and pastey white arms.
Jeremy
That's right and those of us from the north have a blue tinge to the pastiness.

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Jeremy said:
Most of the event will be covered and there isn't a lot of outdoor walkign to be done, so a light waterproof jacket is you will need.
Yeah, but we'll be there almost 2 weeks and plan to do some out/touristy stuff. Some general weather tips are what we need. Like Chris, it's around 90 degrees F right now in Jersey. 60's-70's makes me wonder if I should pack any shorts at all or just pants, t-shirts, and a light jacket. I guess I can keep the sunglasses home, eh? LOL

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I was gonna go for shorts and t-shirt. maybe a pair of pants or 2...I wanna travel light I plan on bringing alot home
 
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I guess I can keep the sunglasses home, eh? LOL

John

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What are sunglasses?
 
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i was told mid way through the weekend ( 14th) a heat wave is ment to be starting but id bring a jacket too.
 
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i was told mid way through the weekend ( 14th) a heat wave is ment to be starting but id bring a jacket too

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OK....what's a heat wave??
to you that is???
To me, it's over 85 degrees F.......
a polar bear might think over 50.....

to someone from Phoenix, AZ......it's over 120....
lol
 
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malla said:
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i was told mid way through the weekend ( 14th) a heat wave is ment to be starting but id bring a jacket too
OK....what's a heat wave??
to you that is???
To me, it's over 85 degrees F.......
a polar bear might think over 50.....

to someone from Phoenix, AZ......it's over 120....
lol

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Temperature in double figures!!
 

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Honestly, I wouldn't bother about waterproofs. Apart from walking to the hotels you will be under cover the whole time.

T-shirts, a light jacket and jeans/khakis is enough. London is a heat island and is generally warmer than the rest of the country. Plus if you are using the underground you will want to dress light because it gets 10-15 C warmer down there than on the surface, especially in rush hour.

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Oh and for those walking around London, dont forget your tissues!

One thing I hate about London is black boggies!
 
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You mean I can't wear my shorts and sandals, is that it? Oh boy... It's been almost 30º C. here (that's 86º F. for you non-Europeans
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So how about getting from Gatwick airport to Excel? 5 of us are arriving around 7 AM Wednesday at Gatwick, but on 5 different flights. Would it be wiser to hire a van to take us there? The directions on the Excel site sound like an awful lot of train changing. With luggage that kinda sucks.

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Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria change onto District/Circle Line (eastbound). At Westminster change onto the Jubilee Line (eastbound) to Canning Town. From here, change for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for ExCeL.
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The Gatwick Express itself is 14 pounds per person and that's just one leg of the journey. Is the rest all considered part of the Underground? I see where this is taking me based on the
Tubes map but it never hurts to ask a local to verify.

Also, is the preferred way to travel on the bus/tubes to get an Oyster card? We can get that at the airport?

Sorry, I'm a London newbie.


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I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one trying to figure out the train/underground route from the airport Chris. I've been scratching my head on that one for a week now.

Watching a program on London the other week, I saw a fun little fact. A 45 minute ride on London's Underground is the equivalent of smoking 2 cigarettes. Wonderful.
And black bogies on top of that.


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Chris writes......

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So how about getting from Gatwick airport to Excel? 5 of us are arriving around 7 AM Wednesday at Gatwick, but on 5 different flights. Would it be wiser to hire a van to take us there? The directions on the Excel site sound like an awful lot of train changing. With luggage that kinda sucks.

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Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria change onto District/Circle Line (eastbound). At Westminster change onto the Jubilee Line (eastbound) to Canning Town. From here, change for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for ExCeL.
-------

The Gatwick Express itself is 14 pounds per person and that's just one leg of the journey. Is the rest all considered part of the Underground? I see where this is taking me based on the
Tubes map but it never hurts to ask a local to verify.

Also, is the preferred way to travel on the bus/tubes to get an Oyster card? We can get that at the airport?

Sorry, I'm a London newbie.


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OK.........is ANYONE gonna answer this???


I need the answer to that too!! anyone? anyone?? anyone??? pretty please!!!

also........is it 'cash only'?
I'm assuming that they take credit cards......but ya never know......gotta ask....
 

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malla said:
Chris writes......
OK.........is ANYONE gonna answer this???
Jeez dude, chill out. It's only been up a couple of hours. If you are that stressed out about travel should you be coming alone?

To answer Chris' question:

Gatwick to ExCel will take you 2 hours tops. Driving the M25 is about the same duration. For public safety reasons I won't be recommending that a bunch of jetlagged Yanks try to navigate around London!

The Gatwick Express ticket will get you to Victoria for 14 quid. A tube card costs around 3 to 4 quid and you'll need a Zones 1,2 & 3 card to get to ExCel. ALternatively you can ask for a ticket to ExCel when you get to the ticket counter at Gatwick train station and they'll sell you an all-inclusive.

Don't bother with an Oyster card - they are top-up cards that are for local commuters and not tourist travellers.

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also........is it 'cash only'?
Oish. No, we don't accept cash. Since Britain is a third world country and the year is 1884 you must barter using goats and pigs.

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Jeremy said:
For public safety reasons I won't be recommending that a bunch of jetlagged Yanks try to navigate around London!
LOL


I've lived near London for years, and I still get lost.


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Jeremy said:
Since Britain is a third world country and the year is 1884 you must barter using goats and pigs.
I only packed chickens and sheep.


John
 

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You'll be OK John.

3 chickens to a goat and 5 pigs to 8 sheep.

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Jeez dude, chill out. It's only been up a couple of hours. If you are that stressed out about travel should you be coming alone?



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1 I'm not a dude.....


2 Maybe a bit more than a couple of hours....I bumped this up from the bottom


3 I'm not stressed out......and I travel alone all the time....business and pleasure.


4 I DID say "please:


I'm just pressed for time........Today was cleaning, doing wash, quick runs out for stuff that I need have around here for hubby while I'm away..trying to look at the boards for info...
Tomorrow is alot of running around.....getting my nails done...last minute stuff.....and taking some of the grandkids to see Harry Potter....

Try to get some sleep when I finally get home....
Wednesday..get up...shower.....try to get online to preorder the Commander Cody that I'm hoping to pick up at the San Diego Com Con.....throw a few last minute things into my suitcase.....and head for the airport.

so.....to quote you....again....Jeez dude, chill out.

I was just looking for an answer to a question that a few of us needed.

And....by the way......thanks for the answer.

Should be a fun trip.......typical female....I always overpack


I know this will add my usual signature but let me add..
Peace, Love and see everyone in a few days...

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Jeremy said:
Gatwick to ExCel will take you 2 hours tops.
Holy crap! I didn't think it would take that long. What would that be driving-time if we hired a cab? Do they even have vans like that? I think 7 of us will be in at the same time and I know 3 other people that are due in 2-3 hours after us.

Gatwick Express is 35 minutes. Looks like the next 3 train transfers are the bulk of the journey if it's 2 hours. Plus, Gus tells me his coworkers recently had 4 hour delays through customs so I have no idea when we'll finally get to ExCel. We'll be dead tired for sure!


I have the trains figured out. The maps are easy to understand and it makes sense. Not sure I'm psyched about the black bogies. Although I hear the worlds stickiest bogie belonged to Toxteth O'Grady from the USA.

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Oish. No, we don't accept cash. Since Britain is a third world country and the year is 1884 you must barter using goats and pigs.



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ummmmmmm.....I was making sure that it wasn't "cash only"......I assumed they would take plastic.....but just making sure.

and by the way.....I'm not bringing my piggies with me....would never consider using them for barter... Besides they don't like riding in the car...let alone try to get them onto a plane.....
 
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do you take goldfish??? if not what about hedgehogs....

See you all need a personal travel agent like I have...I am traveling with bradg..he is doing all the work...I am along for the ride
 
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ChrisGeorgoulias said:
So how about getting from Gatwick airport to Excel? 5 of us are arriving around 7 AM Wednesday at Gatwick, but on 5 different flights. Would it be wiser to hire a van to take us there? The directions on the Excel site sound like an awful lot of train changing. With luggage that kinda sucks.

-------
Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria change onto District/Circle Line (eastbound). At Westminster change onto the Jubilee Line (eastbound) to Canning Town. From here, change for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for ExCeL.
-------

The Gatwick Express itself is 14 pounds per person and that's just one leg of the journey. Is the rest all considered part of the Underground? I see where this is taking me based on the
Tubes map but it never hurts to ask a local to verify.

Also, is the preferred way to travel on the bus/tubes to get an Oyster card? We can get that at the airport?

Sorry, I'm a London newbie.


-chris
That route sounds right. The Gatwick Express will work well for you I think.
It's a separate company from London Underground - will get you in to Victoria Station the quickest.

7am OUCH you're going to hit rush hour with baggage!
Find a coffeeshop in Victoria Station and chill out!

You will pick up a London Underground ticket from a ticket office when you reach Victoria Station.
Probably recomend a (3day) Peak Travelcard.
Take a look at the tickets section here
web page

Temperature will be a warm mid-70s this the weekend, so you ain't going to need a big coat.
It could rain. Your journey in is all undercover - including a covered entrance to Excel

- Graham
 

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ChrisGeorgoulias said:
Holy crap! I didn't think it would take that long. What would that be driving-time if we hired a cab? Do they even have vans like that?
Yes, you can get 7-seater cabs from Gatwick, but picking up a tai from the airport is expensive. You might want to give a local firm a call and get one of their drivers to pick you up. That way you'll get met by a man with a board. He might not be too happy about having to hang around for an extra 3 hours while the rest of your party arrives though.

Check out the Yellow Pages for more information.

ChrisGeorgoulias said:
Gatwick Express is 35 minutes.
Well in that case Gatwick to ExCel is about an hour and ten minutes. But if you catch one of the regular/non-express trains you're looking at closer to 2 hours.

ChrisGeorgoulias said:
had 4 hour delays through customs
Recent events have tightened up security, so if you haven't been to the UK in the last 6 months yuo might find that you have to get photos taken, finger prints scanned and body cavities excavated.

ChrisGeorgoulias said:
Although I hear the worlds stickiest bogie belonged to Toxteth O'Grady from the USA.
If you really want to impress me, who has the record for the most number of marshmallows stuffed up a nostril?

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Recent events have tightened up security, so if you haven't been to the UK in the last 6 months yuo might find that you have to get photos taken, finger prints scanned and body cavities excavated.
Please tell me you're kidding. No SW convention is worth that.

John
 

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Recent events have tightened up security, so if you haven't been to the UK in the last 6 months yuo might find that you have to get photos taken, finger prints scanned and body cavities excavated.


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I've got no problem with photos and I can even put up with finger prints, but under NO circumstance, and I do mean NO!! circumstance, will I allow any body cavities to be excavated. I'll turn around and get my butt right back on the plane and head home.


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Hi guys!!

JUST got back in from GREECE.. and caught up with the posts here.
As a Londoner, ill try and see if i can help, FEEL FREE to PM me if you have any questions regarding the trip, accommodation, travel etc.

If i was getting there earlier id meet you guys at the airport and take you to you to your hotel, but i get there Thursday night myself.

here goes then:

Weather-clothing - England is unpredictable at best, thats why the folks havent been able to give you any clear answer on what you'll need to wear. But it wont be cold and might rain, so pack light clothes, and something waterproof. As i understand some of you are going to France ( brave) etc, similar clothes will be of use there.

2. Gatwick to Excel, go to Victoria from there get a travel card, OYSTER sucks!! i live outside the Uk now ( 8 years ) and got one to use when i visit ( about 6 times a year), well i got TWO of them confiscated, and one failed on me, after using them for 3 trips TOTAL - you need to mail them off to get them transfered etc. STAY AWAY!!! - DANGER DANGER!

3. Its obviously a joke about the cavity exams, but the security in the UK has caused the airports to be clogged up, thank the lord you arent LEAVING from Stanstead. But you might be there a while....

4. Tubes, you'll get a dirty nose if you use them every day for weeks, but for 2 hours.. unlikely.( they aren't that bad).

5. Nice Young ones quote Chris.

7 of you going by train from the airport to the Excel adds up in costs. £15 train and then the tube fare.

if you want to save hassle you can order a car to take you there... ARNOLDS CARS is the company the firm i work for use, they charge about £100 from any airport to London, dont mind waiting and have carriers for up to 25 people. They are VERY reliable!!

call Mack on +44 115 926 0352

tell them Dean from GAMES WORKSHOP sent you.

youll need to book NOW, ie ahead of time.

i hope this helps someone.

Dean.
 
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The weather in the UK is very interchangeable at the moment, I was in London on Friday 6th July at the Wimbledon. I recommend you bring Jumpers & Jackets, you might get a bit of sunshine, but there is wind & rain. Just look at the Tennis, the first week was very wet.
 
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I'm arriving at Heathrow at 10:30 Thursday night. These are the directions I got from Gus, who's been to London a fair amount, but figured I'd see if there was anything else I need to take under consideration:

"Grab the Heathrow express train to
Paddington, then take the Metro (aka Tube aka Underground) to ExCel. you need to buy a Zone 1-3 ticket."

Todd
 

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Circle or District line is the one you want. Follow the green or yellow signs. Get opff at Bank and then take the DLR to Shadwell, change there for a Becton train and alight at Cusotms House for Excel station.

There is plenty of more info in the survival guide I wrote for Rebelscum.

Jeremy
 
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