The Grainstore Apartments

4 Western Gateway, Excel Royal Docks, London, E16 1DR, United Kingdom
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National Express from heathrow to Luton

by Cricket808285

We are arriving in Heathrow on a Saturday morning in August. I was going to book tickets on the shuttle to the Luton Airport but heard that Heathrow takes forever with customs and not to book in advance. Is the shuttle ever full or can we rest assured to get a seat when we are ready?

Re: National Express from heathrow to Luton

by leics

It isn't a shuttle as such, it is a scheduled long-distance bus (coach) service.

And yes, it can be full although I have no idea how often this might happen. It is best to book in advance, imo. If, by chance, you miss your departure you will get a seat on the next available coach.

Allow yourself at least an hour and a half from landing time (which is not gate time) to get through immigration and baggage reclaim (which can be slow, because Heathrow is huge and incredibly busy, but is not always thus) and find your way to the central bus station. That is the advice which National Express gives anyway:

You might like to allow a little more if you have not flown into Heathrow before.

Coaches depart roughly every hour+10 (which gives you an idea of demand) so you have plenty of options.

Re: National Express from heathrow to Luton

by cubsur

This is a useful page

Re: National Express from heathrow to Luton

by leics

Do allow plenty of time for the transfer itself. There can be traffic congestion, even on Saturdays.

Re: National Express from heathrow to Luton

by Cricket808285

Thanks Leics. My son went to Heathrow last summer and it took him 3 hours to get done so he didn't want us to book a time. They say that there is a charge to change times and so I thought perhaps waiting might be a better option but if they are sold out, that would be worse! I guess there is no sure way.
Thanks again.

Re: National Express from heathrow to Luton

by leics

No-one can be certain how full the coaches will be, no.

But your son was very unlucky indeed if it took him 3 hours to get from plane to outside the airport. That is not the norm.

Travel Tips for London

ATM - Cheat Sheet

by irvbur

Although ATM machines are to be found all over, the transaction is always in local currency. BE PREPARED. For example, do not go up to an ATM and think you'd like to withdraw $500 worth of local currency. You first must know the amount in local currency that $500 will buy. I always carry a currency cheat sheet when travelling. In addition to ATM transactions, it's also easier to bargain and make purchases.

For a cheat sheet go to to

It's a phone booth with a little surprise...

by spgood301

Here's a look at a London phone booth. Indeed, they're an icon of London - you know you're in London when you see one.

But if you go inside one of them, be careful. You may see something you don't expect.

Oh my...

Use the TUBE. Learn it,...

by Michael_D

Use the TUBE. Learn it, embrace it, love it. The TUBE is your best friend in London. Study the tube map and integrate it into your daily no time youll be a pro. The London tube is not the best in the world, nor the prettiest, nor the most efficient. It was , however the largest and first of any large city. It will save you time , money and comfort. Its as much a tourist attraction as Big Ben many trains have you seen that has its own poster and is considered artwork? Staying in Hampstead Heath and being so far underground at the tube stop that you had to take a rather long elevator to street level.The Sherlock Holmes silouettes on the tiles at the Baker Street stop..many good memories.

But the best was the time in 1985 when a blatantly American girl noticed the Westminster stop and blurted out accross the train car...'Ohhhh is the stop for like Big Ben and like everythinggg?' in a squeal of orgasmic proportions. I looked at her and said..'Yes...better hurry before the doors close.' At which she leaped out of the car and dashed up the stairs with an alacrity and squeal factor of 10.
As she dissappeared up the stairs and astonished/reserved riders exchanged smiles, I sighed said calmly..'In NY,,she would have been mugged by now...' which everybody laughed soundly.
Fun stuff that tube;-)

Theatres - St. Martin's

by yooperprof

St. Martin's Theatre on West Street, in the West End, is a major attraction with its own entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since 1974, it has been the home of "The Mousetrap," the longest running play in history - as the sign says, now its 57th year! It's now as much a part of the London scene as the ravens at the Tower, or Eros in Piccadilly Circus.

The Theatre is owned by the Willoughby de Broke family, and was opened in 1916. It was designed by the architect W.G.R. Sprague. Sprague also built the nearby "New Ambassadors Theatre", which is where "The Mousetrap" debuted in 1952.

Those Bloody English

by gilabrand

Oooh, a British accent. Americans just melt at the sound of it. Never mind if it’s RP (received pronunciation, also known as the Queen’s English or BBC English), Yorkshire, Cockney or Liverpool. To an American ear, all British accents are immensely charming.

After all these years in the company of Brits, I can do a passing imitation. But even if you can’t get the accent right, you can use certain words that will Britishize your speech.

For starters, add the word “bloody” to whatever you are saying – bloody hell, you’re bloody right, you bloody well do that. Once you’ve got the hang of intensifiers like “bloody” and “jolly” (as in “jolly good”), you’re on your way to speaking British.

Here are a few more:

Bugger off – get lost
Chuffed – pleased
Mobile – cell phone
Car supermarket – car showroom/dealership
Snog – kiss
Spot of tea – cup of tea
Ta – thanks
Ta-Ta – good-bye
Dodgy – rundown
Flat on – hurry up/ get going
Savoury dishes – non-sweet appetizers or main dishes
A tad – a little
Thanks awfully – thanks a lot
Brilliant – beautiful/great
Gone off - spoiled
Mucking around - goofing off
Mac - raincoat
Brolly - umbrella
Nutter - crazy person
Public school - private school
State school - public school
Plaits - braids
Toff - upper class person with sniffy views about the "lower classes"
Braces - suspenders


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Address: 4 Western Gateway, Excel Royal Docks, London, E16 1DR, United Kingdom