We are a family with 2 kids, ages 7 and 9. We are planning a trip to London in the end of Sept into October. The dates I have in mind will have us there from Sept 23 to Oct. 6. We travel often and we take our kids. So I am not too worried about them. I am worried about public transport, we were in Rome almost 2 years ago, and thankfully we did not take them. We got around fine, but don't think I would have been able to take subway with the kids.
Here is where I am stuck:
I am planning on staying in London for 6 nights. Is staying in the docklands/excel area ok?
I have found a good deal on hotels. I don't mind not being right in the center of everything because we will be going every which way to see what we want to see. However it is important to have restaurants and bakeries within walking distance. I do not know the hotel yet, since it is a hidden deal on ho*wire.
We want to see the usual sights. However kids want to go to Zoo, aquarium, and museums also. So logistics and itinerary of these places will be a different post.
We are planning on spending one week outside of London. Here is where I am stuck. We would arrive at Gatwick airport. I want to rent a car. I am planning on renting the car from the airport.
I need opinions on where to stay so that we are about an hour drive from these attractions;
we will be going to LEGOLAND one day, Windsor castle, Stonehenge, and spend the days touring the Cotswolds.
Do I stay 2 nights near Windsor.
Arrive around 10:30 am, pick up rental car. Drive to Windsor hotel. Relax and maybe go see Windsor Castle in the afternoon. Day 2 go to LEGOLAND.
Next day drive by Stonehenge on way to Cotswolds. Then stay the other 5 nights in Costwolds. Return car and take train into London?
Or, (this is what I would prefer, especially with kids) find a place in South Cotswolds, stay full week in one spot. Drive to all of the places we want to see from there. Then head into London?
I know what we want to see and do. However DH and I would like to not move around too much because of the children.
All input welcomed.