♦ Getting to the St Giles Hotel from Heathrow Airport
The ticket sales centre at Heathrow T5 © london-hotels.co.uk
The St Giles Hotel is just 100 metres from the Tottenham Court Road tube station. Unfortunately, as we were travelling in from London Heathrow (T5), we could not access this station direct and being fully loaded with two suitcases of 20+ kilos each we decided to avoid tube changes at rush hour. We therefore decided to use the Piccadilly Line from inside the airport terminal to Covent Garden. It cost £5.70 each and took around 35 to 40 minutes.
The luggage areas are located either side of the entry doors are are clearly marked © london-hotels.co.uk
We could have used the faster Heathrow Express direct to Paddington Station but we find it too expensive as it incurs getting a taxi across London at a cost of around £12. The single fare on the Heathrow Express is £21 per person. (There is a Duo offer where you can buy two return tickets for £50).
Inside each carriage there are designated luggage areas which can be found either side of the entry doors. As Heathrow is the train's departure point, its almost always simple to get seats right next to your luggage.
As for navigation, there are route maps in every carriage and its very simple to follow the trains progress.
The map in every carriage shows every station on your route © london-hotels.co.uk
From Covent Garden, we took a taxi which cost £5 and dropped us right at the front door of the hotel. A total travel time from Heathrow of around an hour. It had been a stress free and cheap journey.
♦ Alternative route options
The above route suited us best as we had two large cases and did not want to change tube line to access Tottenham Court Road.
Here are some other routes you could take:
1. By Tube: Heathrow - Leicester Square - Tottenham Court Road
If you have light luggage then this is a better proposition as when you emerge from the station at Tottenham Court Road, you are 100 metres from the St Giles Hotel. The only issue here is that changing train from the Piccadilly Line to the Northern Line at Leicester Square can be a hassle.
2. By Tube: Heathrow - Russell Square
If your luggage is fairly portable then this is the way to go. No changes, just alight at Russell Square and its a 900 metre walk to the south west
3. Heathrow Express: Heathrow - Paddington - taxi
The Heathrow Express is the fastest transport from the airport to central London, taking 21 minutes. From Paddington station you can take a cab to the hotel which will cost around £12. The only drawback is that the Express service is expensive and by the time you have got a cab will be not much faster than the route we used.
The Piccadilly line connects all Heathrow terminals including Terminal 5, with frequent services to central London between 05:00 and 23:40 (Heathrow Terminal 4 station closes at 23:35 Monday to Saturday, and 23:15 on Sunday).
Heathrow Express operates four non-stop trains per hour to and from Paddington. Trains depart from Paddington between 05:10 and 23:25 and return from Terminal 4 between 05:23 and 00:01 and Terminal 5 between 05:07 and 23:42. Journey time 15-20 minutes. There are three stations at Heathrow, Terminals 1, 2, 3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. Passengers for Terminal 4 must change at Terminals 1, 2, 3 for the free and frequent transfer service to Terminal 4. Travelcards and Oyster pay as you go are not valid on
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