If I had a Tardis, this wouldn't be a problem...
April 16, 2012 2:50 PM Subscribe
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "very safe" and with going-to-11 being "the most crazy," how insane is it to try to get into London from Heathrow to do some light sightseeing on my way back home to the US. (I've read the previous questions, but needed some clarification about some of the issues!)
posted by jph to Travel & Transportation around London, England (39 answers total)
Complexity Level: 6.5 hours (arriving 8am, departing 3:30pm for the US/home) + Olympic Games opening a week later.
Mitigating factor(?): I'll be flying from Paris to London that morning, rather than flying into Europe from the US or elsewhere. Could a "domestic" European flight hasten my departure from the airport to grab one of the many modes of transit into the city center? Or is it pretty much one-size-fits-all passport-check and customs stuff no matter from whence you've come? Will Olympic travel make this a totally bad idea? I'll be there July 17, so just before the games begin.
Really, I'd just like to jog by the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. I'd like to take a picture of a guard at Buckingham Palace. I'd like to see Tower Bridge and Big Ben. Eat a meat pie or something. And if I run into Hyacinth Bucket or Dawn French, then that would just be icing the crumpet.
I don't think I'm asking for all that much, really. Just a little taste of London. I'm a big boy. I can handle myself on public transit. I am flying solo, so I can move as quickly as my little legs will carry me. Worst case scenario, I'll just book a lounge at the airport for six hours and it wont be the end of the world. But I'd really like to make this happen if it is possible given the constraints of the time-space-travel continuum.