I'm leaving London via Gatwick for home (US) on Jan 3rd and cannot fit in a trip to the Brighton Pavilion while in London. I had the idea to leave London in the early morning of Jan 2nd (apt is next to Holborn tube) via Thameslink from St. Pancras to Gatwick, taxi to a hotel nearby to drop off my bags (which they allow), then get back on the train to Brighton, see the Pavilion, back to hotel for night of Jan 2, going to Gatwick in the morning to go home.
I've gone so far as to reserve a room at a Best Western in Horley. This idea has seemed fine until now...48 hours before leaving for London.
Why Horley? I don't know. I think I got a good rate ($97) and saw it was close to Gatwick. And the Best Western there allows you to store bags early.
Other thoughts welcome and if someone has a smoother way (a different hotel location?) for 2 adults & 2 kids to see the Pavilion, would appreciate suggestions. Thanks.