My family of 4 will also be travelling on our own to LDN/Paris in Dec'13 and I'm currently looking into booking hotels & transfers in London and Paris. We have booked our flights directly with airline back in Jun this year. We are on a SIN/LHR return flight as Paris was a last minute add on to our itinerary. I'm travelling with 2 teenagers (12yo & 16yo) and my spouse.
Our plan is to fly into LHR then continue our journey to Paris via Eurostar, stay 2 nights in Paris then take Eurostar back to LDN for 6 nights' stay before heading home in SG. I suppose there are more to see and do in London than Paris for us.
I would greatly appreciate some advices/sharing on the following :
1) Transfer from Heathrow Airport to St. Pancras Eurostar Station
Due to the bulk of our luggage (during Winter season) and travelling with kids, are there any transport that takes us directly from LHR to St. Pancras, like an airport shuttle bus other than the trains?
I've read a lot of the infamous 'black cab' so am rather skeptical in taking them.....correct me if I'm wrong here.
2) tonycoloney2000's sharing were good! Just wondering where exactly are the accommodation you used in London and Paris ? I'm planning to stay in Mayfair too but hv yet to book. My shortlisted hotel is : Holiday Inn Mayfair coz my hubby is rather particular of having daily supply of clean towels, changed bedsheets, 24/7 service and tube station at stone's throw away. Having said that, I do want to keep an open mind of considering a good recommendation for B&B in Paris - being our shorter stay.
3) I have a list places to see and things to do about in London and Paris which are the usual touristy stuff, namely museums and markets. Anything else to add on to thrill my teenagers ? My 12yo wants to see the flagship store of One Direction in London. Is there one ? A friend recommends that we bring them to Trocadero Ctr at Piccadilly Circus, London. Good ?
4) Any recommendation for shopping at reasonable price in London and Paris ?
Thank you in advance for all contributions!!