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London tea & other adventures with the kids

Old Apr 8th, 2016, 06:29 PM
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We've done the bike tours with young kids and they have been great. The younger ones went on a tandem behind the adults and the older ones rode solo. Usually, the guides are experienced at making a path that minimizes traffic time - through the parks and bike paths as much as possible.

Do you have Harry Potter fans? We've done the studio tour (a bit of a pain to get to, but we did it when we had the car) which was a big hit. We also had half the family do the Muggles Walking Tour, which is very well done.

Have you booked the London Eye? Our kids loved it.

If you go to the Tower of London, go over to St. Katherine's Dock and have a meal at the Dickens Inn. Family friends and fun to walk around that area.

We are an active family - so have done some off the beaten track things - like the flying trapeze set up in Regents Park. They also liked the "escape the room" which is pretty much in any major city now.

One of our kids' favorite things (the 6 yr old is too young though) is Up at the O2, when you get to climb over it. Amazing view from the top of the O2!

The British Museum is pretty amazing. We also did a private tour in Greenwich - visiting the Prime Meridian, then down to the Maritime Museum ending at the Cutty Sark.

The idea of visiting a bookstore is a great one - we've found some interesting and fun stuff that the kids have enjoyed - one series they may enjoy is the Mr. Gum books. (check it out for reading levels - it might be in-between yours though).

We actually never did tea. I just couldn't get thrilled about dressing up to sit in a restaurant when there is so much to DO. I understand why some do it... just not our thing.

click on my name - I think I have trip reports out there....

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>>I just couldn't get thrilled about dressing up to sit in a restaurant<<

Absolutely no 'dressing up' required . . . unless one goes to the Ritz or Savoy etc.
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For a less formal experience, with good scones and clotted cream and beautiful surroundings, try the V&A, which is fabulous museum as well. If the kids are female they may enjoy the costume section.
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Conrad London St James has themed afternoon teas- one was Snow Queen . Probably a new theme now . Claridges segregates parties with children and offers a special menu for children aged 5-10.
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For tea this is a good site

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Thanks, jamikins, very useful, very shortly.
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Just to throw another plus comment in for Hampton Court for kids. When I was there, I wished I had kids with me. It is so well presented with lots of fun-oriented things to do.
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Forgot to mention Beas Bakery. Casual small place where you can have a full afternoon tea or just a scone or cupcake.

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Thanks everyone. Amazing suggestions as always plus so many things I have never heard of/read about.
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