If you’re coming to TweetCamp by public transport, be warned that the Tube service to Richmond, along the District Line, isn’t working from West Kensington, to Richmond.
That said, there are a number of excellent train connections, from Clapham Junction to Richmond, and also from Waterloo. If you are coming by Tube, I would suggest, if possible get the Northern Line, to Waterloo, and then get a fast train to Richmond, or take the District Line to Victoria, or Wimbledon, and then from either of those two stations, get a train to Clapham Junction, and then from there get the fast train to Richmond, or from Wimbledon, there’s also a train that goes directly to Richmond.
Seeing as I live in Wimbledon, if you go after the train to Clapham Junction, then use Platform 5, at Wimbledon, and then head across to Platform 5 at Clapham Junction. If from Wimbledon you choose to take the direct train to Richmond, make sure you have a travelcard or ticket extension that’s valid for zones 3,4,5 and 6 (as the train passes through all of them), and get that train from platform 8 at Wimbledon.
Travel time from Wimbledon is about 45 minutes either way. From Clapham Junction, the fast train will take you about 20 minutes.
Once you arrive at Richmond Train Station, as you come out of the station, you’ll see a huge red sign for McDonalds, pointing you to the left, so follow that sign. Walk along the main road, past McDonalds, until you get to the very end of the road. At one point the road forks, and there’s a Pret A Manger, on the left. Make sure you stay on the right fork, until you get to the end of the road.
At the very end, you want to stay to your left, cross over (you should see a Wagamama’s in front of you – get onto that side of the road), then walk along the road, as it goes uphill, past the All Bar One, and turn right, into a small road, with a Matches, on the opposite corner, and a black Signpost on the corner. Whittaker House, is the big white building on the right, with the Athenian Pillars in front of it, and you go to the door, right at the end of the road, and find your way into Gumtree 😉 We look forward to welcoming you to TweetCamp, once you arrive!! See you all shortly!
If you’re coming to TweetCamp by car, then plan to spend between £10 and £12 pound for parking. Less if you plan on staying less than the full event.
Having scouted out the area, the best value in parking comes from the Paradise Road, Multi-Storey Car Park.
I took a few pics, of the car park, though unfortunately at night, but it’s clearly signposted as you come into Richmond, and just head for the Town Centre.
It should be ok to park your car in there all day, from as early as 7.30am. Just make sure that you leave the Car Park before midnight, which, if you’re driving, probably shouldn’t be too much of a problem 😉
The cost of parking is £7.50 for 6 hours, £10 for upto 9 hours, and £12 for over 9 hours. It’s also just a short walk from Gumtree’s Offices, in Whittaker House, on Whittaker Avenue.
Once you’ve parked here, just come back onto the main road, and keep walking down this road, and just follow it all the way down, to the Odeon cinema, where the road will split into a T-Junction. Take the left fork, (you should be directly opposite the Wagamama’s and have Waterstones on your left, and then walk down the main road, on the left (it’s a good idea to cross over to the other side, at the traffic lights. And then on your right hand side, straight after the All Bar One, you should be on Whittaker Avenue. Turn right down here, and then walk to the end of the road, and you’ll find Gumtree’s Offices, the last ‘Office’ Building, on the right, as the square ends.
Hope that helps, with finding your way here. And if you know of any cheaper parking, that you can use all day, then do let the rest of us know 😉 Otherwise, I’m guessing most folks driving in will prefer the convenience of one car park, where they can just leave their car, rather than having to leave to move it every two hours 😉 If you happen to only be coming for two hours, or want to move your car closer to the venue there is a Basement NCP car park directly opposite Whittaker House, which is open for public use. The only downside with it, is that you can only park in there for upto 2 hours at a time, until 6.30pm. After 6.30pm, it’s a fixed price, for the rest of the evening.
Hope that helps, and isn’t up here too late for you to make use of. See you soon!