London Advice, Please! (sorry, long)

Nov 30th, 2002, 06:39 PM
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WOW! What a wealth of information! Thank you so much... I just began planning this trip yesterday and already have so much wonderful information...

I will definitely plan some day trips from London - to Bath, the Cotswalds, maybe even York.

Thanks to your advice, I did decide to stay in Paris for 3 nights, with a day trip planned to Normandy. I'm going to surprise the kids with that; French is their favorite subject and they will be so excited to finally utilize it around those other than family.

And you have my solemn promise to NOT venture forth behind the wheel of a rental car within the veritable driver's paradise that London appears to be.

Nov 30th, 2002, 07:18 PM
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned, and that was a highlight of our brief trip to London with then 10- and 13-year-olds two years ago, is the Museum of London. Great hands-on exhibits that really enthralled our kids. They also LOVED the Big Red Bus and the Tower of London and the boat ride down the Thames and, as in most places in Europe that we've been with our kids, just roaming the streets and stopping in at the stores and sights we come across. London really is a huge place, though, so it takes some planning - you can't just "wing it" the way you can in, say, Paris. It almost requires planning an itinerary of sorts for each day.

With three weeks, you will surely want to take some day trips. Bath is a good one. So is Cambridge - your daughter will probably decide she wants to go to school there, as mine did on a day's visit - it's a very appealing campus and the town is delightful.

Since you mention that you each have a quirky sense of humour, I would suggest that you try to see some theatre while you're there - not necessarily the big plays in London, but maybe some smaller shows in London or in smaller theaters in towns nearby. It's been a dog's age since I saw regional British theatre, but it was always absolutely wonderful and memorable.
Nov 30th, 2002, 09:00 PM
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What a fantastic opportunity for you and your family! Make sure you buy a good version of London A-Z. Once I was cheap and bought the small version and walked right off the edge of the map!

As to the car biz, I agree with the general consensus, worse than useless for in-town travels as traffic is so frustrating. Fantastic though for getting into the country.

My suggestions are Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Tower of London, London Eye, Boat Ride to Greenwich. Climb to the top of St. Pauls.

Try the London Science Museum, the Natural History Museum is fun also.

The British Museum is a must see. Their library is interesting also and is open to the public.

Buy Time Out magazine weekly so the family can keep up with all the arts events both free and otherwise.

Depending how quirky your sense of humor is you might want to try London Dungeon, tools of torture presented in the most kitschy exhibits ever!

Go to Liberty on Regent Street and walk up to the furniture floor and look down at the kaledoscope of colors in the scarf room.

Have a great time!

Dec 1st, 2002, 04:40 AM
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Sounds like a fabulous trip. No one has mentioned going to the Old Bailey (courthouse)in London. On my first trip to London as a college student, I went and sat in the gallery to watch a trial. It was an amazing & riveting experience. Good educational experience too! Enjoy.
Dec 1st, 2002, 04:54 AM
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I love everyone's ideas! Thank you...

The London Dungeon sounds like wacky fun! And I'm already looking at taking in 3 or 4 theatrical productions...

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