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"Sandwich Generation" trip to London w/ G'ma & pre-teen

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My husband and I (late 40s) will be visiting London with our 12 year old and my 74 year old mother next July. Our son will travel with his professional choir and sing and stay at Salisbury Cathedral until the 26th of July. The rest of us will arrive in London on July 19th and stay around Salisbury until the 26th. We had planned to take a Disney Cruise on the Danube but that may not be happening now - I won't know for sure until April 1. We all fly home from London on August 6. On the chance that we'll need alternate plans, I'm beginning to do some research and our possibilities are wide open.

My husband was thinking we could visit several countries in Europe - I'm less sure. I'm nervous about spending too much time moving from place to place and navigating luggage for all four of us. I concede that my anxiety is because for the past 6 months of planning, I've had it in my head that the nice Disney people were going to handle all of that and now I'll be on the hook for it!

Does it seem reasonable to stick around London for 11 days? Or is that overkill? Should we plan to see some other places? Chunnel to Paris? Hop a flight to Ireland? Scotland? Wales? What would you do? My mother and son have only been to Italy before so we have a lot of possibilities and they are up for adventure.

My mom is in decent shape but does tire out and will want some low key options. She's very independent so won't mind if we occasionally head out on our own (or park her in a cafe mid way through site-seeing and let us keep going.)

So far I know the Harry Potter Studio Tour is definitely on our list in London (frankly even if we do the cruise) and I understand we need to book that in advance. My family loves theatre so we want to hit a show if possible. Our son will likely be tired of looking at the inside of a Cathedral but we'll drag him to Westminster. The British Museum and Tower of London are on our list too.

I'd love suggestions on cross generational activities in London as well as any thoughts on (easy-ish) travel from London. Travelers advice warmly received!

Thanks,
MK

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