London visiting - Parking / overnight advise please

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  1. tonka

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    Half term next week. Was going to do Eurodisney but thats now called off..

    SO ! Planning to go to Legoland, where we have overnighted before on their car park.
    May also try and go to Chessington and Thorpe park as kids have annual passes and we have never been..

    The little ones also want to visit London, maybe just for a day. Train in, wander about and train out in the evening..

    Can anyone recommend / advise somewhere either to overnight or safe place to leave van for the day. Obviously near a train station.
    Maybe even a secure car park ?
    We are NOT CC or C&CC members.
    Ideally west / south west of London area and inside M25..

    LEZ not an issue as we are Euro 5 :thumb:
     
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    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Thanks on the offer :thumb: Will let you know once I have sorted exactly what we are doing.. Ref Lea valley... Looks good.. Pity and annoying that they charge peak rates for kids holiday week at the end of October..:Angry: As there may be 3 adults and 2 little kids, works out almost £45 a night.... :Doh:
     
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    Low Emission Zone

    If driving to London, I'd check if you are driving through a low emission zone and if you are excempt.

    I didn't know anything about this and in my first week as a motorhome owner I have just been hit with a bill for £3,500 for being in the zone all week and not paying it everyday.

    I'd kinda seen the signs but I thought it was all about lorries and big trucks not a little fiat ducato. But apparantly I weigh over 2.5t and am not exempt. They will accept £1,750 if I pay withing 14 days. Seriously the only way I can get that kind of money is to see my new motorhome.

    The biggest problem is it stretches into Essex and Herts and is massive so you basically have to pay £100 everytime you set foot off the M25. Not a happy newbie. :Angry:

    B.
     
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    Perhaps I should have read your post more carefully where is said LEZ was not an issue. Apologies. Was trying to help and then noticed that you guys were excempt. Have a great trip.
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    After a while on here mate you start to know all the common issues and problems. Another benefit of being a member. :thumb:
    As soon as anyone mentions London and motorhome I always think LEZ..
    Bad news if they are going to chase you on those demands.. !! :Eek!:
     
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    Your gonna love Chessington since they have now finished Zufari:thumb: we take the little one there all the time, maybe you could contact them about over nighting there, then catch the train into London from Chessington North train station, 5 minute walk away.
    Loads of new animals, Rhinos, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers, Leopards etc etc:thumb:
    Queue up early for Zufari you will not regret it:Smile:

    ZUFARI safari ride new for 2013 at Chessington in Surrey, UK

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    I would check with Legoland first. I asked about motorhome parking a month ago and their reply was
    At least Legoland answered. I also asked Chessington & Thorpe Park (amongst others) and, whilst Chessington sent an acknowledgement, Thorpe Park haven't even done that.
     
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    I have got the delights of Alton Towers next week:Sad:
     
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    If it's wet

    If it is wet then the Warner Bros Studio Tour the home of Harry Potter has ample free parking for visitors. Just a couple of miles from M1 junc 6 and Junc 20 on the M25.
    http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
     
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    My brother went there a couple of weeks ago. He said it was really good
     
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    Do you think they may not like you....:Eeek:

    I emailed 10pm last night and JUST had this...

    "Thank you for your email, we will be happy for you to stay again. " :BigGrin:

    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    We stayed in May for 2 nights, gravel parking. Noisy with Planes etc BUT free and great for an early start..

    Just confirmed for Monday night... :)
     
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    Will get on the case now.. Could be ideal.. :thumb:
     
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    According to their website, now closed for the winter until May 1st 2014.

    I had a look, because we are planning to do much the same thing in about a month's time. I'll need to check the various transport links carefully though, as we need electric wheelchair accessible transport. Not every station is easy, although at first glance, Ponders End (handy for the Lee Valley site) looks as if it might be ok.
     
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    You might be right :Laughing:
    Enjoy your stay.
     
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    We have dial a ride here in Waltham Forest so try contacting them, they may be able to help with journeys Also some of the buses have wheelchair access contact TFL for details of their accessible bus services.

    Hope that helps

    Again nothing stopping you parking near us xxxxx
     
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    I was looking forward to going for a long weekend,including a couple of nights at the splash landings hotel,Would have been great !
    However kids want to go to Searles as the dancing and penny machines are more fun :Doh:




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    If you are at searles this weekend come find us on pitch 115. Just look for the large fun flag.

    We always support their charity weekend.

    If you are there for halloween they are having a caravan event for charity again this year, we provided loads of props for it but wont be there to see it.
     
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    You could park at Bagshot train station, not many miles from Legoland and has a half hourly service into London Waterloo. It has a small car park which is either free to rail users or £1 per 24 hours, not certain which. The journey in is a bit slow, about 1hr 15 mins to 1hr 30mins. Sorry don't know the prices but I'm sure the Network Rail web site will give those.
     
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