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Is One Day in England Possible? #259916
07/05/2021 09:50 AM
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I am a US vaccinated person heading in late August to the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. My flight arrives in London early in the day. The flight to Brussels leaves at 7 pm. Can I go out and spend the day in London?? I have tried the embassy sites and they make no sense.

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Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #259933
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As it stands, today, no you can't. England runs a Green, Amber, Red classification for arrival from overseas. At the moment, any country you have been to in the last 10 days has to be on the Green list to avoid some form of quarantine. USA is currently on the Amber list so if you leave the airport you will have to have a test and then isolate in a place of your choosing for 10 days. Also more tests required during that period. This is the UK government page that provides the rules and regulations... https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england .

Will the rules have changed by the time of Spa (I've always wanted to see the Spa GP but haven't yet made it!), probably. Keep an eye on the web page for updated info.

Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #261840
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I know the feeling, had the same chance at Paris, turned into a nightmare getting back to CDG in time. Had already been to Paris and just wanted a fast refresh of seeing the eiffel tower and arc.. Wish I hadnt.

Odds are if COVID did not exist and you had nothing to carry around all day ( could store all in locker at airport but passport/wallet) at best I could see you seeing nearby Windsor Castle.

Flying out of Heathrow is a chaos of different terminals and nothing easy no matter how many times you've been.

If you did store stuff fast, took the express train to London, You might get a 1 loop double deck bus ride and some bad fish and chips.

Any other more optimistic opinions with/without covid?

Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #262926
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Don't do it! We did it in Milan and it was a disaster! No time for anything...
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Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: irina] #262929
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A LONG, LONG time ago, way pre-Covid, we spent a day in London, during a connection time for our flight to South Africa. Took the double-decker bus, everything. It was well worth it. Maybe times like that will come again..


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So, glad I searched here. We too, have a 12 hour layover in London on our way to South Africa. From researching tours etc, timing is iffy to get to and from airport.
I came to conclusion double decker hop on hop off may be our best bet to see as much of London as we can. Did you just hail a cab from the airport or arrange special transport to and from?


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Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #317935
04/15/2024 02:47 AM
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Hi Diane. I presume you are coming to Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW). Either way, best method of getting to central London is the train. Either Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express.

Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: toast] #317974
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Diane--we got a day room at a hotel by the airport and their concierge helped us out with getting onto the double decker bus. I think we took the train but not sure. I'm glad we did it, as I don't know when/if we will get back there. Enjoy!


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Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #318031
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You can do it. We took Heathrow Express and got on the Blue “Big Bus London Tour”. You can buy your bus tour ticket online ahead of time.

Re: Is One Day in England Possible? [Re: Maitre_Jim] #318901
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Actually, your best bet to get into central London from Heathrow is the new Elizabeth Line on the tube. A similar amount of time as the Heathrow Express, but with many very convenient stops. No need to buy tickets, just tap in and tap out with a contactless card in both directions. If you want to see some specific things, you can just take a regular bus (also tap in but no need to tap out) and sit upstairs. Here's a good bus map for central London: https://content.tfl.gov.uk/bus-route-maps/key-bus-routes-in-central-london.pdf

Alternatively, just go into London, choose a picturesque area, have a nice meal and a pint at a pub, and walk around a little. It would break up the trip! The Tottenham Court Road stop would be a good one for this--not too far from Covent Garden, Soho and the British Museum.

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