Travelling in London Below
Get on the London Underground. Mind the Gap. Gap are a species of vampire Grimm that inhabit the London Underground tunnels and have resisted all attempts at extermination. They drop down on unsuspecting passengers and suck them dry. Whenever you hear the words "Mind the Gap", look up.
First: You want the DLR to the Prince Regent stop. Write this on your arm in permanent marker.
Second: As soon as you get into London, score a Tube map.
London Underground is awesome for getting around in London, but there
are many different lines. You can find tube maps at every station.
There's also an app for 'droid or iThing, but paper maps don't run out
of battery. TfL has an online version
Third: For getting around on the Underground, go to a station. The ticket you want is a London Travelcard. That will give you the run of the entire Underground for one day. An alternative is an Oyster Card. You buy one, put money on it, and tap in and out on the yellow circles on the gates. I don't use one, but it shouldn't be more than ten pounds, or "Quid" as the locals call them. Apparently, you can get back any money on your Oyster Card when you are finished with it.
So how do we get to RTX from various places?
The DLR is the Docklands Light Railway, and you use London Underground tickets on them. Travelcards work. Oyster cards work.
Try to get to the front and you can pretend to be the driver. The things
are fully automatic. There is also a station called "Custom House For
ExCel". Do not be fooled. It's closed. Prince Regent is what you want.
If you are flying into London City Airport, you will be pretty much landing on top of RTX. You want the Prince Regent station, which is not on the same line as London City Airport. You take the DLR from the airport to Canning Town, change there for Prince Regent.
If you're flying into Heathrow, you can either get on the London Underground, take the Piccadilly Line (Dark blue) to Holborn,
change there to the Central Line (Eastbound), to Bank, and from there
get on the DLR. You may have to change at Canning Town depending on
which train happens to be going first. An alternative is to take the
Heathrow Express, which takes you from Heathrow to Paddington Station
in a mind-churning 15 minutes. But don't go to Paddington, get off at Ealing Broadway. From there, get on the Central Line (Colour-coded red) Eastbound to Bank, get on the DLR and ride to Prince Regent.
If you find yourself at Paddington Station anyway, take the Bakerloo line (Brown) to Oxford Circus, From Oxford Circus take the Central Line Eastbound to Bank, and from there get on the DLR to Prince Regent.
If you're joining us by Eurostar, you'll end up in King's Cross St. Pancras. From there, find the Circle Line (Yellow) Eastbound, go to Tower Hill or Bank, again get on the DLR and ride to Prince Regent.
ETA: Sadly, the DLR doesn't seem too go straight from Bank to Prince Regent. You have to change at Shadwell, (or anywhere up to Canning Town) to a line that goes to Becton.
Food, glorious food
mentioned by Mr. Gavin Free on the last Podcast, ExCel is in the middle
of nowhere. But fairly close to the ExCel is the Millennial Dome. There
the hungry traveller may find a wide variety of eateries. If you climb to the top of the Dome in your cosplay, I want to see pictures! There is a
fun way to get there, if you have ten quid to spend. Take the DLR to
Royal Victoria (two stops West of Prince Regent) and get on the Emirates
Airway cable cars. That will get you a trip over the River Thames, and
then you can walk to the Millennial Dome. Not cheap, I must say, but you
can tell your friends that you have been in the London UFO.
So that's it, I think. Also, this stuff is correct to the best of my knowledge, which is limited. Don't blame me if you end up in Hackney.