|Re: HHC2007 in London, October 13-14, 2007|
Message #6 Posted by Dan M (Vermont, USA) on 27 Apr 2007, 9:38 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Howard Owen
The last time I was at Imperial College :-) I had a very pleasant and relatively inexpensive stay at the Baden-Powell House. This is a hostel -and more- run by the Scouts ("Boy Scouts") in London. It is adjacent to both Imerial College and the Subway stop from Heathrow. It helps, price-wise, if you are a "member of the Scouting family," but it is not necessary. The worst of it was I didn't have any extra time to hang out there. I instead lollygagged around with a bunch of calculator nerds, go figure.
The accomodations were clean, comfortable, friendly, well-priced, etc, etc. Very nice.
I don't know the details, but was clued in by somebody on the plane, to avoid the "Heathrow Express" if you arrive at Heathrow airport and are going to go near Imperial College. Yes, it is much more expensive and moves faster, but it drops you off at Paddington Station which is at least one train/subway transfer away from where you want to be. And, if it is morning rush hour when you get there, which it easily can be, and if you have one or more pieces of luggage with you, and if you are tired from being on an airplane all night, you are far better off taking the much cheaper and slower Subway from Heathrow directly to your destination. I have no idea about public transportation options at any of the other London airports. Heathrow has always worked well for me, or worked well enough, anyway.
Have a fun time this fall, I will miss both meetings, as far as I know.