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Arriving at Gatwick

From US next week and staying in rented flat in Marylebone (Manchester St.) and have a couple questions; 4 of us and booked Southern rail into Victoria Station. Whats the best bet to get from Victoria to Manchester St.? Cab vs tube/bus advice with fair amount of luggage but we have no mobility issues. - are Gatwick ATM's available and fair priced or should I go somewhere else? -favorite, not fancy places in Marylebone area to eat & visit? First time in London for all of us and super excited. Taking the Original bus tour first 2 days to get around and see sights. Booked a Christmas concert at Royal Albert Hall. -looking for a good place to do a nice tea for 5 of us. Ideas? Thanks!

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Tom, With a group of four (and hauling luggage), I agree with the others that Taxi would probably be the best option from Victoria station to Manchester Street. The London Cabs are VERY roomy and the drivers are exceptional at getting anywhere in London via the quickest possible route. Of course, no one can predict traffic. Happy travels!

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I think your best choice for transportation from Victoria Station is a Taxi. The closest tube station to Manchester St looks to be Bond St or Baker St. You'd have to make one change to get to either and still probably have a 3 or 4 block walk. The good thing about London taxis is that the drivers are honest and will take you the shortest way...... it's not that far to your hotel.

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Yes there are UK Bank ATMs at Gatwick, they do not charge withdrawal fees. Do not use the ATMs linked to the travel money bureau eg Travelex, Moneycorp etc, they charge fees. Anyway, all ATMs should tell you whether they are adding a fee before you complete your transaction. At Gatwick North Terminal (Gatwick has two terminals) there is a bank ATM just after you clear Immigration/Passport Control and before you go down to the Baggage Claim/Customs Hall. Or was two weeks ago!

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The closest you can get direct from Victoria by bus to Manchester St is the corner of George St and Gloucester Place (route 82). However, this is still a few minutes walk away, and buses aren't in general good for a 'fair amount of luggage' that you say you have. All ATMs at Gatwick Airport are free of service charges according to the operator's website, so you just need to be concerned with your own bank's fees, if any.

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There are lots of places with great food in Marylebone, particularly along Marylebone High Street and the side streets off of the High Street. The Ginger Pig is a butcher that has prepared foods for takeaway (try their sausage rolls) and La Fromagerie has wonderful cheese and a communal table where you can get wine, cheese, charcuterie, and other things. They are both on Moxon Street. La Fromagerie The Ginger Pig I also like Vinoteca on Seymour Street. It is a wine bar, but they also have very nice food in a relaxed atomosphere. Vinoteca