Left for the train station at 11 am and barely made it on the train because of all the hard-core security and check-in procedures. We thought it would be like a regular international train but it was just like going through the airport.
The train went through the Channel Tunnel and only took about 2 and a half hours.
We got to London, got cash, bought Oyster cards for public transport and then took the subway to the Willesden Green stop and, as we were instructed, called the hotel people to pick us up. The hotel turned out to be a cozy, little studio apartment in an old brownstone building in a nice little neighborhood. The girl who picked us up was from Uruguay and she set us up in the apartment.
In the afternoon went to the local supermarket to buy dinner of instant spicy Indian food in boxes which were delightful.