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Old Nov 17th, 2015, 06:33 PM
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I love the idea of an overnight to London. I suggest staying in Bloomsbury, convenient to St Pancras, the British Museum and not far from Covent Garden. Loved the Montague on the Gardens hotel but our double room was small, don't know about triples. Had a huge triple years ago at Millennium Bailey's in Kensington. Also check out the Grange Hotels Bloomsbury.

We really enjoyed the Transport Museum in Covent Garden even without kids. Are your kids Harry Potter fans? I would not miss Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross. Prebook the London Eye before you go.

I haven't done this tea on a classic London bus but it looks fun. If you book for 12:30 it could serve as lunch and give you a look at the city. http://www.bbbakery.co.uk/afternoon-...-tea-bus-tour/

Please post when you return to let us know what you and your children enjoyed.
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Old Nov 17th, 2015, 06:45 PM
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A double at the Montague is above the £250 price point. A triple would be more.
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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 01:32 AM
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I too recommend an overnight.

IMHO if you can only do one thing in London, it would be the Tower. Great for all ages.

After that, it depends on whether you're into history, art, night-life, shopping, etc.


BTW...if you buy Eurostar tix enough in advance, it's about $100 round-trip.

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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 08:24 AM
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I recommend travelodges a lot on here -- but I try to post advice that fits the OP/plans/situation -- not just rolling out the same info for everyone.>

More info the better IMO if not in your prescriptive take - folks bat about budgets often when they are fairly clueless and really are saying we are prepared to expect to pay xxxx$ but if they realize they can get a perfectly safe and clean and modern room for much less they may want it.

And many others tag along on these threads - try to be a less prescriptive IMO and give a broader range for folks to consider - they may want to spend that money saved on other things.

You give great great advice but sometimes too prescriptive and too less say biased as well.

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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 08:24 AM
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I was at St. Ermins last month. I'm assuming that they can get away with two doubles. I used slightly different dates.
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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 12:16 PM
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Thanks again for all these suggestions. Since our lodging is free in Paris, I'm willing to splurge a little for this one night>

Good idea but think with just one day/night there how much time will you be in the room - I'd certainly consider taking in a West End family-oriented play like the Lion King - if still on - or other things kids that age would love. Going to a West End theatre in London to me is a great experience - casual attire just fine.

I'd really consider staying right near St Pancras station where you arrive and depart from - saving time traveling to hotels elsewhere.

Location may trump a ritzy hotel.
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Old Nov 18th, 2015, 08:19 PM
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Searching Expedia tonight I found a triple at Montague on March 21 is $350 without the ability to cancel; $450 if you want to be able to cancel, close to the top of the budget. Grange Beauchamp is $258 for 2 queen beds, free cancellation.
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Old Nov 19th, 2015, 04:39 AM
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Have a look at these at these websites that I always recommend for searching accommodation. You can put in your preferences for cost, location, star rating (yes, I know it's different in the UK) etc.

www.londontown.com
www.lastminute.com
www.laterooms.com
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Old Nov 19th, 2015, 04:44 AM
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Forgot to mention taht I always enjoy this hotel, right by Tower Bridge.

http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/unit...wer/index.html

It's easy strolling to Borough Market, The Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, plus there are a good number of very good restaurants around and about on both sides of the river. There's also a river boat stop right outside for trips down to Greenwich etc.
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Old Nov 21st, 2015, 03:34 PM
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Thanks again to everyone - I decided to go for a more budget option that was close to St. Pancras, so we can drop luggage when we arrive by Eurostar on Tues AM and we can leave our luggage when we check out Wed AM before we take Eurostar back on Wed PM. Ended up booking the London St Pancras Premier Inn.
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Old Nov 21st, 2015, 03:42 PM
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Good choice. It is brand new and has fairly spacious rooms and nice bathrooms. Close to the station and the British Library. Very good location for transport.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2015, 09:44 AM
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Makes total sense - yes good choice - saves a ton of time over going to some hotel you must take a tube or taxi too - boom hit London, drop bags and get going and save a few hundred quid to boot.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2015, 10:47 AM
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PQ: I know it's been a while, but even Premier Inns aren't as cheap as you may think. Most central London PI's run between £160 and £200 a night, so yes, will save a fair bit, but not a 'few hundred'
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