I am doing a 5 trip with my daughters (13 & 16).
First question is where to stay - considering AYH Central London hostel. 5 nts in a 4 or 6 person women's dorm room with ensuite bath is $400 on hostelworld.com - is that a reputable booking company? Has anyone stayed there? The reviews make it sound more family friendly, and I think the experience would be interesting for my girls. Alternatively, Parkwood Hotel triple is $560 (but up 4 flts with no lift and shared bath). Both locations look pretty good. Any other inexpensive suggestions?
Second - what to do?
We get in on Sun at 8:00 am. and leave Fri morning. Sunday we need to do something active and outside - maybe visit speaker's corner in Hyde Park. I am looking at Frommer's recommendations of what to do in 3 days, but will cut out some I know the girls won't like and add some shopping - they love outdoor markets & bargaining. Definitely want to do Tower, London Eye, British Museum, London Museum, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's. Afternoon tea is a must (maybe even twice). Might do a play one night and a walking tour another night.
What about a 1/2 day trip to Windsor Castle? Is it worth it? Is Windsor better or another castle?
I think on Tues I would like to do a day trip to Stonehenge, Salisbury & Bath. What tour provider is good & economical?
On Wed considering trip to Stratford Upon Avon, but not sure - advice?
Thanks for any & all advice.