London to Basingstoke routes

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I have booked a Super Off Peak Single from Sheffield to Basingstoke via London. I have to call in at Kings College Hospital on the way. The usual stations I use for that are either Loughborough Junction or Denmark Hill. If the time is right I would then go on from Denmark Hill via Clapham Junction to Basingstoke. I am trying to minimise any extra spend on travel within London. How far can I go within London on that ticket? What are the permitted routes through south London?

I know from experience that similar tickets have allowed me to exit at Brixton tube station (from where I would get a bus), but would prefer the simplicity of getting a train from St Pancras Thameslink southwards.
 
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By asking for Sheffield to Basingstoke "via Elephant & Castle", I can get Sheffield-St Pancras-Elephant & Castle-Waterloo-Basingstoke itineraries for that ticket. I haven't managed to come up with an itinerary that gets you any closer to KCH.
 

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I'd use Thameslink to Elephant as Romilly suggests, then bus to KCH and back to Waterloo - 68 or 468 both ways. You'd not be limited to the Basingstoke trains which call at CJ then.

Note that the Elephant-Waterloo leg is listed as a "transfer" in NRE, though I'm not sure whether you could still use the cross-London leg of your ticket for that or if it would be used up by St Pancras - E&C.
 

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I'd use Thameslink to Elephant as Romilly suggests, then bus to KCH and back to Waterloo - 68 or 468 both ways. You'd not be limited to the Basingstoke trains which call at CJ then.

Note that the Elephant-Waterloo leg is listed as a "transfer" in NRE, though I'm not sure whether you could still use the cross-London leg of your ticket for that or if it would be used up by St Pancras - E&C.

Re your last question the ticket won't have been through any tube barriers if St Pancras to Elephant is done by Thameslink so I assume would work Elephant to Waterloo on the Bakerloo line.

To minimise costs ensure Oyster PAYG used on the bus....
 

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Thanks for your help. I was already on the move south of Leicester when I read your posts, so I booked a single online from EPH to LBJ, to be picked up at St Pancras, having checked that the first connection there was a Sutton train. I walked out of LBJ straight on to a no 45 bus to KCH.

I'm sitting in the Phoenix at Denmark Hill station (always a temptation after the Hurley-burley of KCH). The barriers at St Pancras rejected my through ticket but I was waved through anyway. I will Oyster my way back to EPH but will try the through ticket on the Bakerloo barriers there. Thanks again.
 

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Excellent boozer the Phoenix. I'd forgotten that there are trains from Denmark Hill to E&C, hence the bus suggestion. I think the bus would take a similar time overall though.

To minimise costs ensure Oyster PAYG used on the bus....

Oyster or contactless are your only options unless you've a pass of some sort! Both £1.50.
 

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The Sheffield-Basingstoke ticket worked the barriers OK at Elephant and Castle tube station (and of course at Waterloo).

I have a Concessionary Pass so buses cost nothing. However, I was keen to see how far my through ticket could stretch. I saved a princely 25p on the Denmark Hill to Waterloo journey (discounted with a Senior Railcard).

The convenience of using Thameslink from St Pancras is persuasive. There are tiny savings available from nuancing the journey further but I think it's a bit too much hassle.
 

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I booked a single online from EPH to LBJ, to be picked up at St Pancras, having checked that the first connection there was a Sutton train. I walked out of LBJ straight on to a no 45 bus to KCH.

I presume you mean LGJ (Loughborough Junction), rather than LBJ?
 
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