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London tomorrow - for 5 days ( 2 kids, low budget). Top 5 things to do?

London tomorrow - for 5 days ( 2 kids, low budget). Top 5 things to do?

Apr 8th, 2006, 06:49 PM
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On the 2 for 1 just use your hotel address, and when it asks for what train station just put in any one. Of course you do need to have a train ticket as well, but if you buy a travelcard that will work. The 2 for 1 says it doesn't work for kids, but actually it does. If you are one adult travelling with two kids, you can get one of the kids for free.
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Apr 8th, 2006, 09:21 PM
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"Re: My Fair Lady. Where do you get the tickets? Assume its TKTS in Leichester Square?"

Difficult since it closed 3 years ago.

Current popular musicals would include Mary Poppins and Billy Elliot, among others. Both of those shows tend to sell out so would not be available at TKTS. You should book them directly w/ the theatre box offices.

But lots of shows are available every day ate TKTS. BTW it is Leicester Square - pronounced "Lester"
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Apr 8th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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My kids 10 and 12 loved the London Dungeon. I hated it.

For all 4 of us, our favorite meal was at the Churchill Arms Pub. Inexpensive Thai food. Near the Notting Hill Gate tube stop.
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Apr 8th, 2006, 09:38 PM
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You've gotten great advice so far!
Our kids (then 11 and 14!) loved many of the above mentioned activities (Covent Garden, Tower of London, British Museum). For the British museum, do some research to find out what you want to see ahead of time. We picked out the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and the Egyptian wing. They were all hits for the kids.

Things not mentioned that they also enjoyed included the Cabinet War Rooms (interesting for adults, too!) and a boat ride town the Thames.
We took it after seeing the Tower of London back down to the Westminster Bridge. It was also a great break from walking.

Make sure you also make it to Trafalgar Square. The kids had fun climbing the lions, and it's a great photo op.

Also fun is a romp through Harrod's.

I've heard the wax musuem is fun (Madame Tousseud's), but we skipped it due to lack of time and extra $$.
London is very expensive.

Have a great trip!
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Apr 8th, 2006, 10:27 PM
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> Make sure you also make it to Trafalgar
>Square. The kids had fun climbing the
>lions, and it's a great photo op.

I agree. I always have a photo of me climbing on the lions everytime I get to London. I'm 52 going on 10.
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Apr 9th, 2006, 12:34 AM
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Cute, artvark. My husband climbed the lions,too!
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Apr 10th, 2006, 01:37 PM
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If your kids like hands on Science Museums, then I would pass on the one in London. My kids actually ASK to go to Science Museums during our travels, but the one in London they found "boring." There is an area that had hands-on science, but a lot of the museum is displays under glass. (The first this, the first that.) Unfortunately, kids who are 11 and 14 (mine were similar ages at the time we went) may not be as interested in reading this information and would prefer to try it out for size like they could in the science museums in Ontario, Boston, NJ, CA, etc.
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