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London with family - 3 generations in one go!

27 May 2009  Easter holiday, kids need action
3.0 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

London sightseeing at ease

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: London
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors, Theater
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Novotel Paddington Hotel London
    London, England

    Touring London at ease for a week. We chose a relative new hotel the Novotel Paddington. We enjoyed the stay there, the location was great, the rooms were clean, new, sound proof. The breakfast was expensive so we only ate there twice, the rest of the stay we went to the nearby Pret-A-Manger or Starbucks.

  • 2. Sightseeing in London

    Our Easter vacation was meant to have fun all of us together, grandparents, parents, and 4 kids age 18 15 12 and 6. In spite of the fact that we all have been to London before we decided to do all the famous tourist attractions. We bought the Oyster card
    for 5 grownups, the teenage girls needed a daily card and the small boy of 6 did not need to pay at all.

    We went to the Tower Bridge, went inside saw the sights. We went to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard but it was too crowded, you really need to come early to catch a place where you can view the parade. We took the train to Greenwich and back by boat (expensive and not that much fun). Up on the London Eye. Its quite an expensive attraction for 8 people and am not sure if its that exciting. We saw the Modern Tate museum which we liked and the kids loved the Science museum. We strolled through Covent Garden (had coffee and cake there and bought some funny T-shirts) the Borough Market (had breakfast there see review), an interesting tour inside the Bank of England, Trafalgar Sq. and Piccadilly circus. Took pictures of the Gherkin - the famous glass building that looks like.....never mind.

    We did go shopping once along Oxford street - no fun at all its too crowded for us but our teenage grand-daughters did not miss one shop.We went to the Westfield mall with its 265 stores, lots of restaurants and cafes, all in all we liked it there and spend a day doing all the above.

    We ate at various restaurants. Pizza and pasta were the favorites but Chinese and hamburgers were on the list too. English breakfast at the Borough Market, Sandwiches and coffee at Pret-a-Manger, nearly all restaurants got a separate review under London restaurants.

    We met friends who live in London, this is always a refreshing happy gathering. The kids met some "real English" types and we enjoyed seeing our friends.

    We did go to one show, Billy Elliott. The kids liked it and understood it as they saw the movie. We liked it too.

    All in all, in spite of the lower exchange rate of the pound, its still a quite expensive holiday. I am sure one can sleep at cheaper hotels, and eat fast food or buy food and make the vacation more affordable.

  • 3. Visiting Windsor Palace Stonehenge and Oxford

    We wanted to make at least one tour outside London. We finally agreed to visit Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge. We couldn't find a tour the suited us and as we were 8 people, after a quick search of the Internet it was obvious that we could hire a private van with a chauffeur and pay the same as for the tour. We got an early start and off to Windsor Palace, we did not need a guide we just walked and toured and saw all we wanted. From there to Oxford, the university and chapel etc. by the time we reached Stonehenge it was closed (they close at 5 p.m.) but we could see the site from the road, took pictures. We were a bit disappointed somehow we expected a much larger site, still very impressive. I think for a group of 6 and more people, hiring a private car with or without a chauffeur is a good solution. You have your own privacy, do what you want with your time. Its true you miss the guidance, but the kids would have been bored to death (their English is not that good).