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The Rolling Stones European Tour 2003

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Introduction

These pages will supply information about the cities the Stones will be visiting this summer. To read about each individual city please select the actual city link in the IORR travel guide pages. If you have information for these pages please send e-mail to [email protected].

Nearest big city

London

How to get to the city

Picadilly Line underground/tube approx. 45-60 minutes from Heathrow to central London (price approx. 5 pounds), or the Heathrow Express 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington (price approx 15 pounds).

How to get to the venue

Twickenham by foot

The scenic route from Richmond to Twickenham: Richmond town centre is quite pretty as you probably know, and a route I would suggest is for people to walk is through the town centre and across Richmond Bridge and down St Margarets Road. This gets you to the Chertsey Road, and Twickers is just a couple of roundabouts further down that road. If you yourself know the area then you will know that there is absolutely nothing around the Stadium itself, it really is in a most bizarre location - in a residential area and right off one of the major roads in and out of south-west London.

For streetmaps see also streetmap.co.uk. The POSTCODE that you type in to get you to the approximate area is TW10.

Twickenham/Richmond from Heathrow

There is fast bus that goes between Heathrow and Kingston, it is the 726 Heathrow Express. Both the 285 (which is slower because it twists and turns through the suburbs ans makes more stops) and the 726 Heathrow Express leave from the central bus terminal in Heathrow. The fare for the 285 is 70 pence, the fare for the 726 is 1.40. The 285 takes approx 1 hr 15 mins from Heathrow to Kingston, the 726 takes 45 minutes.

Also, there is another option. There is a tube station very close to Heathrow called HATTON CROSS, there is also a big bus station there. From the central bus terminal at Heathrow there is a FREE bus connection to the Hatton Cross station, because Hatton Cross is technically still within the perimiter of Heathrow. From there you can get a bus direct to Richmond.

The difference between (a) taking either the 285 or 726 to Kingston and then jumping on the train a couple of stops to Richmond and (b) taking the shuttle bus to Hatton Cross and from there a bus to Richmond will be negligible - a few minutes at most.

Twickenham/Richmond by train/tube

Travel information

British Rail trains run from Waterloo Station to Twickenham.

London Transport - bus and underground

Buses

267 runs from Hammersmith to Twickenham

Venue maps

Recommended hotels

Map of London with hotel links Victoria is a nice area that is central to all three venues: Hotels around Victoria Station

Wembley hotels:

Hilton London Wembley Plaza

Ibis Wembley

Twickenham hotels:

The Richmond Hill Hotel (Richmond) or The Petersham Hotel , (Richmond), both these hotels are only 15 mins bus / 30 mins walk from the stadium, and Richmonds a really cool place, with excellent bars/restaurants along by the River Thames....(ask Mick, he lives there!!)

Theres very little accomodation, in Twickenham itself, apart from B and B's , so i'd definetly try out Richmond or nearby Kingston (15 mins further up the river.) Try these sites for local tourist info:

General on hotels

Recommended bars/restaurants

Meeting place for fans

City maps

UK and London maps

Twickenham

Wembley

Tourist links

Other local events

Mick Taylor will be performin at the 100 Club in London, UK on August 28, the day off between the Stones shows at the Astoria and Wembley Arena. Tickets are on sale through Wayahead.com.

General

About London and hotels

The problem with London it is so big. Nothing is really central. It depends on what you like.

Central might be anything from Paddington and Queensway and all the way over to Tottenham Court road. You can follow this in an axis that follows Bayswater Road, which extends to Oxford Street at Marble Arch. And the Central line on the tube is following the same path underground. Queensway, Lancaster Road, Marble Arch, then 2-3 more stops before you get to Tottenham Court Road. It's one hour walking, and it is all central London if you see what I mean.

If you like shopping then may be staying in the Marble Arch to Tottenham Court area and Soho or Picadilly Circus area is ok. But hotels are more expensive these places. Paddington is cheaper, many hotels, a lot of them TOO cheap and dirty, but it is closer to Wembley. There are direct tubes (underground) from Paddington to Wembley, and they take 15-25 minutes, more than one choice.

Twickenham is closer to Heathrow, also close to Richmond. Not many hotels there.

Thanks

Thanks to Linda Raeburn and Paul Strachowski for information!
Additional information by Bjrnulf Vik and Adrian Luscombe.


For more Stones news see IORR 47 of April 2003!


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