As we were not quite sure which zone our lodge was situated within London, hubby decided to pay the 'congestion fee' just to be on the safe side. The fee was 8 pounds per-day.
The journey to London from Bristol normally takes about 2 hours but during peak hours (before 9.00 a.m on weekdays), it can take up to 3 hours just to reach the place.
Thanks to the satnav, we were routed to our lodge via another long-winded way, which was, however, outside the congestion zone. Buat rugi je bayar congestion fee! But as hubby was saying, it's our 'learning fee' :).
As we arrived early, we decided to check into our room. 10 pounds melayang... (another 'learning fee" :)). Lesson learnt: it doesn't pay to be early (when you check-in) or late (when you check-out) in this part of the world (Malaysia boleh pulak... Huhuhu...). Just be on time! :) On the bright side, the lodge has its own car park (quite rare for a budget hotel in London) and the parking fee for guests was only 5 pounds for a whole day. So, after unpacking our things and having a light snack, we were all geared up for London.
As advised by a 'Londoner' (thanks, Lena :)), we bought off-peak day travelcards from a neighbourhood store, which enabled us to take any available public transport (bus and tube) within the zones covered by the tickets (ours was for zones 1-2). The price for a one-day off-peak travelcard was 5.60 pounds for an adult, and 2 pounds for a child between 11-15. Kids below 11 travel free with an adult.
From the Battersea Travelodge, we took the famous red double-decker bus (no. 44) to Victoria.
At the London Victoria Station