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    Who is going?

    If you wish and you are going, I can relate some interesting information that has come my way as far as being a fan at London.
    I have stopped ranting on "the brand X" forum but would be glad to add you to the list of friends who are going and I can send out any info I find out.
    Or I can just post it here. Also I would appreciate any info you folks have as far as being a fan there. A person who lives there would
    be ideal.....
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    Chris definitely share the info I think it did well in the SKAM forum before the event.

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    Even those of us who are not going would love to hear the details!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Even those of us who are not going would love to hear the details!
    exactly!

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    Right now, the organizers pretty well have their head up their...err....this is a family forum, isnt it? There are some very nice hotels near the small arena that are full of skaters, coaches, and tour folk. All are full.
    The rest of us are at cheep but nice hotels clustered around the White Oaks Mall, four miles south. I think there are about 15 hotels and motels there. The bus system runs every half hour but of course is made for the locals
    and its capacity is unknown. There are cabs ($20 a pop) but what is going to happen when 1500 fans want to go four miles south of the arena, all at the same time, at 10 pm? I am hoping to share rides with those in my
    hotel or one near mine who will have cars for $10 each way. I am not getting much out of the organizers or the tourism bureau in the way of info about a possible cab stand, shuttle, etc. I have repectfully and politely requested
    them to do an analysis of their transportation system as it exists today and ask themselves what will happen when we all show up. Boston, Bless them, has already promised a shuttle for the two mile journey to and from the
    hotels to the arenas (two miles). I suppose the worst case is I hopefully find a cab and pay $40 a day. If there is a cab stand, some of us can share the expenses. Anyway, if anyone is going and has a car, I have cash.....

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    In terms of traveling there, would it be feasible to drive from Buffalo? It looks like it'd be a 2.5 hour drive, and I could rent a car to go over there. Would there be parking near the arena?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    If you wish and you are going, I can relate some interesting information that has come my way as far as being a fan at London.
    I have stopped ranting on "the brand X" forum but would be glad to add you to the list of friends who are going and I can send out any info I find out.
    Or I can just post it here. Also I would appreciate any info you folks have as far as being a fan there. A person who lives there would
    be ideal.....
    chris
    I am from London and going to the event, how can I help you enjoy your experience here?
    I saw some of your messages about transportation and I can say if you are driving you can find parking you might need to walk a bit but it is doable.
    Cabs will be waiting out front of the arena, we don't have cab stands, there are lots of other places to get bus tickets then just the mall. I have also heard that some of the hotels are offering shuttles to the event.

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    waterblades, thanks so much for the info.

    It's good to hear that there will be shuttles.

    And Welcome to Golden Skate! Post long & often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    waterblades, thanks so much for the info.

    It's good to hear that there will be shuttles.

    And Welcome to Golden Skate! Post long & often!
    You are very welcome, I will try and answer as many questions about London as I can. Just be sure to check with your hotel on the shuttles.

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    Thanks! I appreciate your polite offers. Some of the bigger hotels might be offering shuttles.....and of course Dash Tours has theirs. After some studying, I think I can figure out the bus system to go into the arena during the day and coming home each day, my friends and I can take cabs if available. No car. Is tipping the same in Canada as it is in the US? I have heard one doesnt tip in Europe. The arena tells me that there will be an info desk that will call cabs if needed. Anything you can think of that would be useful for us accidental tourist would be appreciated....it seems that most of the 10 hotels four miles south at the White Oaks Mall are full, so there should be lots of folk to ask questions of!
    Quote Originally Posted by waterblades View Post
    I am from London and going to the event, how can I help you enjoy your experience here?
    I saw some of your messages about transportation and I can say if you are driving you can find parking you might need to walk a bit but it is doable.
    Cabs will be waiting out front of the arena, we don't have cab stands, there are lots of other places to get bus tickets then just the mall. I have also heard that some of the hotels are offering shuttles to the event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    After some studying, I think I can figure out the bus system to go into the arena during the day and coming home each day, my friends and I can take cabs if available. No car. Is tipping the same in Canada as it is in the US? I have heard one doesnt tip in Europe. The arena tells me that there will be an info desk that will call cabs if needed.
    1. Yes tipping is the same as in the US.
    2. Every descent hotel in the City is booked.
    3 .Bus system, is pretty easy to use, your hotel should be able to point you in the right direction to get to the bus stop. Our bus pick up stops have blue markers, when going to the arena take the northbound, and home southbound. I am not sure how many people they hold but they are pretty big and some are the double length ones.

    If your hotel is on wellington rd south, I would suggest you cross the street and catch the bus at White Oaks Mall 13 picks up at the Mall, 4A and 26 walk all the way across the mall and parking lot to Jalna and there is a bus pick up for them. nice and easy there is a central pick up location for 13, you can pay in coin 2.75, or buy tickets in the mall or many locations once downtown near the arena. Ask your hotel to point you in the right direction, I would say 10min walk from the couple of hotels right across the street from the Mall.

    13 Wellington don't take 13A unless you want a bus ride thru the neighbourhoods, once on the 13 it's about a 25min bus ride, get off at either Wellington and King, stop just after the underpass(there is an bright green and blue sign in the median that says London) once off the bus, you want to walk west 3 blocks, about 5mins and you will be at Budweiser gardens. West on either King St or DundasSt will get you to the arena. To take the bus to the hotel walk back Wellington Rd, but don't cross the street.

    4A Oxford East, don't take the B it will take longer, once on the 4A Oxford it's about 25mins downtown thru the neighbourhoods, get off at Richmond and King(just after the underpass) or Richmond and Dundas main drop off, go west one block. To take the bus to the hotel walk east to Richmond Rd, either at King or Dundas.

    26 Jalna about 30mins, get off at Dundas and Richmond, main drop off location, walk one block west to the Arena. To take the bus to the hotel walk east to Richmond Rd and Dundas.

    For those at Wellington and Exeter you can take a bus too but the hours are limited contact LTC.

    You can call the LTC 519- 451-1347 or email for more information ltc@londontransit.ca

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    I was wondering if anyone has advice for finding a hotel. My friend and I realized recently there were tickets left for worlds and that we would be able to take time off at the end of the competition week. But obviously, all the hotels are booked right now. I was surfing online and saw that there are still tour packages being offered that include hotels, which would seem to mean that there are still hotel rooms that are unbooked in London. I also read online that sometimes hotels reservations get cancelled closer to the competition date by skating federations. Any advice about where to stay, where to look and as to whether there's any truth to hotel accommodations opening up last minute?

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    My friend was able to book at the first of the month tickets and hotel through Dash for just three days. unless you're driving, the fact that they provide transportation to and from the arena pretty well compensates for the extra cost. Uniworld is the same. the deadlines have passed but they may still have hotels on hold, or they may have drop outs. Otherwise, if the hotels are booked, you could check the BandB's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axel Rose View Post
    I was wondering if anyone has advice for finding a hotel. My friend and I realized recently there were tickets left for worlds and that we would be able to take time off at the end of the competition week. But obviously, all the hotels are booked right now. I was surfing online and saw that there are still tour packages being offered that include hotels, which would seem to mean that there are still hotel rooms that are unbooked in London. I also read online that sometimes hotels reservations get cancelled closer to the competition date by skating federations. Any advice about where to stay, where to look and as to whether there's any truth to hotel accommodations opening up last minute?
    It is my understanding that all the major hotels are booked that week, maybe you can call/email around and get on a wait list.

    The Hilton and Delta are where the skaters and ISU are staying.

    Here is a link for some B&B i have no idea if they are booked solid or not.

    http://www.bbcanada.com/ontario/sout...ontario/london

    Other places to look if you don't mind a drive all listed around 45mins to 1hr to the arena in is St. Thomas On or Woodstock Ontario, Port Stanley B&B, Grand Bend B&B. I live in the city and it takes me 20mins, just for a reference.

    Good Luck! I really do find it hard to believe that all the rooms are actually in use at this point. I think the list of who is competing is due in this week so there is bound to be a few rooms freed up. Try contacting skate Canada too. Or sign up for the tour group if you want to come to every event, then they will get you too and from the event with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axel Rose View Post
    I was wondering if anyone has advice for finding a hotel. My friend and I realized recently there were tickets left for worlds and that we would be able to take time off at the end of the competition week. But obviously, all the hotels are booked right now. I was surfing online and saw that there are still tour packages being offered that include hotels, which would seem to mean that there are still hotel rooms that are unbooked in London. I also read online that sometimes hotels reservations get cancelled closer to the competition date by skating federations. Any advice about where to stay, where to look and as to whether there's any truth to hotel accommodations opening up last minute?
    I heard on the radio today that some hotel room have opened up.

    Try looking it up form the Tourism London website I found a few.

    http://www.londontourism.ca/Visitors

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