Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

1st time to London, just under 2 days, 2 kids, 1 mother in tow, 1 hotel room, 2 advil

1st time to London, just under 2 days, 2 kids, 1 mother in tow, 1 hotel room, 2 advil

Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 10:11 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1st time to London, just under 2 days, 2 kids, 1 mother in tow, 1 hotel room, 2 advil

I will be traveling with my mother and two kids (aged 8 and 6) to a family wedding in Ireland in mid June. We thought it would be fun to round out the trip with a visit to London. Despite growing up in Ireland, my mother has never been to England, nor have I.

Here's my plan:

6/25 (Monday), arrive at Heathrow (10:15 am) from Dublin via Aer Lingus, staying at Hilton London Metropole near Paddington. drop bags at hotel (or get early check in) and immediately head out to sight see for a few hours (Trafalgar, Westmister, Downing St.), then over to Harrods before letting the kids swim the evening away at the pool.

6/26 (Tuesday), pick up the double decker tour bus at Marble Arch and tour the city. I would like to hop off the bus to see: Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Westminster, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul's. Evening: back to the pool for the kids to unwind.

6/27 (Wednesday): early flight out of Heathrow back to Boston.

I'm an art and history buff, so I would love the museums, but don't think my kids would tolerate more than an hour. Of course, if my mother wants to cut the day short and take the kids back to the hotel, that would be fine with me.

Is my itinerary crazy? Too much? Also, if you could recommend a bus tour company, that would be great!
Liam is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 10:25 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 19,881
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You could do Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Westminster as part of your first day as they are in easy walking distance of Trafalgar Sq, that would give you half a day more to investigate somewhere like Tate Britain / Globe Theatre or to spend some time in the British Museum.

Can't see the point of the hop on hop off bus trip as you are only doing 2 areas of London - City & Westminster. You may as well use the Tube or ordinary London buses to get to them
alanRow is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:01 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,450
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
Not much point in going to the Tower unless you go inside (you can't really see much from outside). But visiting the Tower really requires getting there at opening time to avoid the huge lines. If you ride the hop-on-hop-off bus you won't get to the Tower until later.

Walking around Westminster on day one will let you see Downing St (you really can't see anything except an iron gate across the street and the police guard) Trafalgar Sq, Buckingham Palace, and the Eye. They are all pretty much neighbors of each other - plus Big Ben, St James Park etc. The kids might enjoy seeing the horses and carriages at the Royal Mews (just behind B'ham Palace) and/or the wonderful Princess Diana playground in Kensington Gardens which isn't far from Paddington.

Instead of swimming (which they can probably do at home) I'd take them to Kens Gardens for the playground, or rent row a row boat on the Serpentine in next door Hyde Park, or maybe take a boat ride on the Thames.
janisj is online now  
Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 06:43 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 411
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I took my then 6 and 8 year to London last June. Mine really enjoyed the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum (if you are pressed for time, just go to the fun section in the basement for an hour). The playground area with the pirate boat in Kensington park is just a short walk away from both.

They also really enjoyed the Tower of London. We arrived just before opening, and were out by lunchtime. It was one of their favorite activites in the nine days we were in London.

I would definitely also take them on the London Eye the last evening. It is fun being able to identify the buildings you have visited. In June you will have daylight longer, so you could (if you wanted to) pack a lot in a day. Big Ben and the Parliament buildings are right across the river.

Mine did tolerate the non-art museums in London, but I had told them what we were going to see, so they knew what to expect. I had shown them some of the highlights online before going, for example in the British Museum. But with just two days, I think you already have enough planned.
poutine is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 06:57 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 68,450
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
"The playground area with the pirate boat in Kensington park" (This is Kensington Gardens and the Princess Diana Playground mentioned above)
janisj is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
nadak
Europe
11
Feb 25th, 2016 03:46 AM
fnbj
Europe
51
Nov 5th, 2010 03:42 AM
RosieR
Europe
9
Feb 14th, 2007 03:21 AM
westaussiegirl
Europe
18
Nov 25th, 2005 07:58 PM
MoeDogger
Europe
8
Mar 16th, 2004 05:32 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:18 PM.