Since Xmas the reliability on Southern (thameslink or via Victoria) has improved substantially.
There's been the odd day here and there (weather issues mostly) but nothing compared to the misery Sept - Dec last year. (strikes, cancellations, overtime bans)
Thanks for the help all, think i've found the best route for me, i'll bump the thread if I need any more help!
I only commute 2-3 times a week but I've very rarely had problems since Christmas to be fair. Odd 10 minute delay but nothing major, and certainly have not had a cancelled service (touch wood....)
That London Bridge service from Hove you can probably just about get a seat most days, may take a bit of 'training' to work out where the sweet spots are. Any station after you're pushing it.
Steve Parish - CPFC2010900k people in Bromley & Croydon, almost double pop of Manchester. Bigger than Norwich & Ipswich. Fickle fans in terms of attendance, cup games increased attendance do not help.