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  1. Piccadilly Line to Hammersmith, District Line to Westminster, step-free access to the street, walk over Westminster Bridge to County Hall. It's actually a shorter walk to the hotel than from the Jubilee Line exit on Waterloo Road. You don't want to be trying to change to the Bakerloo Line or the Northern Line.
  2. Rent a car and drive yourself over to the Wairarapa, the wine area around Martinborough.
  3. Do you have a source for this? FWIW, the Wikipedia article on capsule hotels does not mention the word Yotel at all. And this long article about capsule hotels that does mention Yotel explains the differences that there have always been between capsule hotels and the Yotel concept, although it seems that that itself has now branched into at least two different strands, as the airport hotels have been rebranded Yotel Air.
  4. I don't think Yotel cabins have ever been like that.
  5. Which airline was this? I'm surprised that someone would have the cheek to go into a completely different cabin altogether and directly ask someone to downgrade themselves.
  6. For nostalgia, or identification purposes, the BoE has a useful page: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/withdrawn-banknotes I actually paid some paper £10 notes and old £20 notes into my bank account a few weeks back, having found a stash of cash in a drawer at home. So searching is not a bad idea.
  7. No. It's a Sunday morning. Get a car service to take you directly from the airport to your hotel. It'll probably be faster than messing about with the train.
  8. Off the top of my head: The airport specialists include Simply Airports and Just Airports, both of which I have had good experiences with; one day, Simply Airports couldn't take me but proactively suggested that I call Just Airports instead of just saying no to me. Another operator sometimes recommended here is Blackberry Cars. Two long-established London-wide non-specialists are Addison Lee and GLH; and with a tendency to focus on the east of the city centre, you could try Commercial Cars or Carrot Cars (who I think are used quite a bit by people in the financial services industry in Canary Wharf). There are plenty of other recommendations on CC, although if it's a London journey, you need to be careful to filter out the recommended operators that are actually based elsewhere (notably near Southampton) who will only really be interested in journeys to/from their home area.
  9. A nice aircraft today, by the looks of things (G-CIVE). Enjoy the flight and the cruise!
  10. At present, the following seats are not occupied: 11K, 12DEF, 13EF, 15DEF and 15K. However, the seating module that controls seat pre-allocation during the last 72 hours before departure is blocking most of those to public view, and the only seat that isn't blocked is 13E on its own, which may be why you're not being shown anything. But given that number of unoccupied seats and on the presumption that you're both on the same booking, the system ought to try to make sure that you are offered a pair when check-in opens. On the assumption that you will be checking bags, my advice would be to check-in online at the earliest opportunity but NOT to print or download or save your boarding passes. This is particularly important if you don't like the seats you're able to get at first. If you don't get a boarding pass, you may be able to go back to the seat map to change your seat later if something better opens up. However, once you've printed/downloaded/saved your boarding pass, you will lose that ability. You're going to have to stop to drop your bags anyway, so there's no real advantage to printing/downloading/saving your boarding pass. If by that stage you still don't have seats together, it'll be worth asking a check-in agent whether there's anything that can be done. And the last resort, of course, is to ask the cabin crew for help. But I think you'd be unlucky to get as far as having to do that.
  11. First, don't panic. Second, are you on BA207 on 19 February? If so, then every WT+ seat is currently occupied, so there's nothing that the call centre could do for you now anyway. But BA is still prepared to take 6 more reservations in WT+ at present. So there will be some jiggling around between now and departure. I expect many people who've paid for WT+ will be pleased with where they end up sitting.
  12. It's not touchiness. It's because if you don't use the full name of the street, you could go to the wrong place entirely. For example, just as there are many people called Peter, there are many streets called Hyde Park something. So if you just say "Hyde Park", you'll be as lost as if you just ask for someone called Peter. A good friend who routinely does this nearly missed a dinner in his honour because he was on the wrong street and couldn't find the restaurant.
  13. I was curious enough to have a look this morning. Ultimate Hikes says:- For orientation, Ultimate Hikes does the Routeburn from west to east, and the guides were walking in that direction: (Lake) Mackenzie Lodge is the first night's accommodation, (Routeburn) Falls Lodge is the second night, and the Routeburn Shelter is at the eastern end of the track where is reaches the public road. So it does sound like there is some significant damage at the eastern end of the track (as well as the major damage nearer the western end that attracted news headlines).
  14. It depends on what you mean by "well ahead of time". The warnings for Storm Dennis started about 5 days before it arrived. This was unusually long advance notice (and the meteorologists said so) because they had high confidence in the forecasts. There are other times when the forecasts are only really reliable for about the next 24 hours, and even then can ultimately turn out to be inaccurate. There are plenty of days when the drenching that's forecast at 8 am for during the day never appears; there are plenty of other days when the forecasters say in the morning that it should be fine and dry all day and it then ends up pouring all afternoon. So I think you were right the first time when you said that the weather is unpredictable: it can very often be exactly that. I think that the best approach to packing is to consult the weather and the long-range forecasts (ie the narrative description for the next 2-3 weeks) about 4 or 5 days before you depart, and then plan your packing around that. If you try to plan your packing in February for May, the only useful advice is that the weather might offer anything between snow and tropical heatwave, because both of those can (and do) happen in May.
  15. One of the other considerations is what happens if you do miss your Seattle-Kansas City flight, which could happen whether you book the earlier or the later flight. One quick answer is that there is a further Alaska flight that day, departing from Seattle at 1740 and arriving at Kansas City at 2315 (AS434), so you'd still have a decent chance of making it home the same day. You might make a different choice about your connection if a misconnect meant that you'd inevitably be delayed overnight.
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