London, with kids--fine tuning my list

Old Jan 17th, 2015, 02:33 AM
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if the kids get jetlag you need to be out in what passes in London for daylight. The daylight lets your body clock reset. Being inside is not a great answer.

Walk along the Thames?
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 06:15 AM
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Glad you are including the ROYAL MEWS. Do not confuse this with the HORSEGUARDS MUSEUM (less interesting to kids perhaps) which is nearby on Whitehall.
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 09:55 AM
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Thanks Janis... yes, agreed. I'm just leaving lots of padding so we have flexibility to add/subtract things as we go, leave time for food, and have an out if the kids get overwhelmed. Since Big Ben and Parliament are walk-bys, we could do them on either of those 2 days. And I was anticipating a wait at the London Eye if we just walk up to the queue without a reservation. Maybe we'll luck out.

Of course, I suppose if we really jammed through our list, we could potentially end up with a free morning to take a quick trip out to HCP... but I know better than to do that.

Also, if we want to get a 7 day Travelcard (which I'll need for the 2 for 1 at the Tower), I need to figure out the easiest location for that---either the day we land, or in the morning *before* we get to the Tower.

And I'm going to go back to all of your recommendations for afternoon tea and overlay a place or two where we can work that into the schedule.

Thanks all, for your help and guidance!
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 10:11 AM
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Be sure to take the kids to one West End Theatre play - something for kids like Lion King (not sure it is still there but an example of a kids' liking play) - the theatre is often as good an event as the play. Check out discounted theatre tickets on the day of the show at TCKT discounted Ticket Booth in Leicester Square.

Windsor Castle may also wow the kids - a short train ride away.
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 10:12 AM
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>>And I was anticipating a wait at the London Eye if we just walk up to the queue without a reservation
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 11:56 AM
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I say hooray for you for nixing a theater trip if your crowd is not into it.

Oxford St is quite the zoo, so you might want to keep thinking about the shopping destination. I personally am not much of a shopper but I found it enjoyable to visit the shop of the National Trust in the old Blewcoat school that is just off St James Park, in the direction of Victoria Station. Although the shop does not carry all the items sold by the National Trust, it carries many distinctive ones and some of high quality at fair prices. A cut above tourist tat as a souvenir of London. Plus the building has an interesting history that your children would no appreciate
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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Typo alert! My last sentence was meant to be "that your children would no DOUBT appreciate" Sorry!
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Old Jan 17th, 2015, 11:49 PM
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Thanks again to all of you for bearing with me on this.

Sandralist... I love the idea of the giftshop you suggested. I'm going to include it on my list and make sure we check it out for souvenirs.

Re: Shopping... I'm actually re-evaluating. This may be one of those things (like the HoHo bus) that I've gotten into my head we "should" do on vacation with the girls. But the truth is, we aren't really "shoppers," even at home. And I'd never tell a SF tourist to spend a half of a day of a 5-day visit wandering around Union Square. At the very least, I know we'll probably check out Liberty's, since we don't have anything like that here in California. But we don't really need to do much beyond that.

For a minute this afternoon, I actually thought that a free half day meant we could get out to HCP... but then I came to my senses.
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Old Jan 18th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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You already have a great plan put together, but I thought I'd throw one more idea out there. When we took our kids to London, they really enjoyed Greenwich. We took a boat out and the train back. They thought standing on the prime meridian was a blast and they also liked the maritime museum. The Cutty Sark wasn't open when we were there, but sounds like a fun thing to see as well.
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