Three days in London

Mar 19th, 2014, 01:16 PM
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Basically we will have 2 full days in London - Sunday and Monday. Which day should we reserve for the Harry Potter Tour and which day for the city of London? I was thinking that I should take the Harry Potter tour on Sunday and avoid lines for London tourist attractions by visiting on Monday. Let me know whether this is a good plan.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 01:28 PM
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Don't miss Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. You can take their picture at the trolley.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 01:37 PM
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Which of London's MANY tourist attractions were you thinking of visiting?
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Mar 19th, 2014, 01:52 PM
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You might want to get a family room at a YHA hostel. www.yha.org.uk The Kings Cross/St. Pancras hostel is very close to St. Pancras.

What do you particularly want to see in London?

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Mar 19th, 2014, 02:48 PM
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>>try using Priceline in London<<

That's not really an option unless you book two rooms. Priceline deals ONLY in doubles in London. And even on PL, two rooms will be over your budget.

The Harry Potter studio tour will eat up most of a day so you will have almost NO time at all for London. Seems a waste to spend the $$$/£££ to stay in London and only see 2 or 3 of the major sites.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 03:08 PM
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My mom and I recently visited London 4 days 3 nights. We flew in on a Sunday morning, and we stayed at a hotel 10 minutes walking from the Victoria Tube station, so after checking in we walked back to Victoria and took the Tube to Baker Street (we are big fans of Sherlock Holmes as well!) then on to Kings Cross to get our photo with the HP trolley, and last but not least we explored Piccadilly Circus. Monday we had a bus tour of the city. I would recommend this method to families because it's convenient and you're able to see many of the aforementioned NUMEROUS historic sights! Whether or not you decide to purchase a tour, you need to prioritize and pick things based on your interests. Museums? Architecture? Politics? Churches? London has SO much, it would be literally impossible to walk and enjoy everything the city (and don't forget The City) has to offer. Tuesday was our day at Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter tour. My mom and I were back in London at 5 pm after a glorious day, so you would still have time for last jaunt through the city (i.e. ride the London Eye or visit Piccadilly Circus or Trafalgar Square) It's phenomenal and your kids will not be disappointed, I assure you! No matter what day you go it is going to be packed, so just pick one.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 03:09 PM
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Sadly enough...our main reason to stop by London is because of the WB Harry Potter tour. I ordered a guide book and will have to read it and figure out what else to do once it arrives. Any suggestion about what we must cover would be greatly appreciated.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 03:14 PM
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Seriously, this is not a plan. We're trying to help you here - a short list of London's top attractions would take five days to cover and you're mentioning seeing "London tourist attractions" as if you'll be visiting a small town in Kansas.

And going to the Harry Potter studio tour will cost about $150 for the family on admission, plus train fare (tack on another 10-15 each), just to walk around the sets like they're part of a museum.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 03:16 PM
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Whoa.

Are the heirs savvy enough to send on their own so you and the spouse can do something interesting?
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Mar 19th, 2014, 03:18 PM
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>>Any suggestion about what we must cover would be greatly appreciated.<<

There are hundreds of 'worthwhile' sites and literally scores of Major sites. So no way anyone can tell you which 2 or 3 (that is all you have time for) should not be missed. What are you interested in? I suggest maybe you read about London in the 'Destinations' link at the top of this page and wait for your guide book to arrive to read up some more.

For instant many (probably most) would say the Tower of London is an absolute must . . . But it eats up half a day and maybe you aren't interested in castles/and history. Others might say the British Museum is a must -- but again it is a half day sort of site . . . and maybe you aren't big into museums . . .
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Mar 19th, 2014, 04:19 PM
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There are only three 'musts' in London! Seriously janis makes a great point - no one can tell you what you must be and will like - if you want to know what are the most popular tourist sites that is easy to find - stats that is but that does not mean you may not, with your interests, find other things that please you more - like if a Wimbledon Tennis buff a trek out to Wimbledon for the museum there and to see the Centre Court

Horticulturalists will love the Royal Kew Botanical Gardens but others will find it too time consuming to get to and stroll around if not interested in its unique long history and the unique eclectic flora found there.

Or the newly re-opened Sherlock Holmes Museum, etc.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 04:33 PM
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For me, Westminster Abbey is at the top of the list, and from there you will walk by Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the Thames. Also very close by is the Churchill War Rooms.

Other walks are past Buckingham Palace and through some of the parks--St. James, Hyde, Kensington, Green, Regent's for Queen Mary's rose gardens--Oxford Street for shopping, Harrod's, the British Library, St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the theater, afternoon tea. As everyone is saying, it just depends on what you like.
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Mar 19th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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For me, Westminster Abbey is at the top of the list, and from there you will walk by Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the Thames. Also very close by is the Churchill War Rooms.

Other walks are past Buckingham Palace and through some of the parks--St. James, Hyde, Kensington, Green, Regent's for Queen Mary's rose gardens--Oxford Street for shopping, Harrod's, the British Library, St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the theater, afternoon tea. As everyone is saying, it just depends on what you like.
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Mar 20th, 2014, 03:01 PM
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Thinking of staying in the King's Cross area now since it is where we will be arriving from Paris. The station is also convenient to get to Heathrow airport. Beside, that's where platform 9 3/4 is
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Mar 20th, 2014, 06:10 PM
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King's Cross is not too far away from Euston Station, which is the station you will travel from to get to the Harry Potter Studio tour.

Don't feel like you have to apologize for stopping in London because your kids want to see the tour. The next time I go to Paris, one of my highlights will be to buy some spoons and a specific flavor of potato chips if they're still available.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 04:23 PM
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Thank you for pointing us to Eurostar. For the first part of our trip, we are going to travel from Brussels to Paris by train. Eurostar does not cover this route. Can you let us know how to book train ticket for this leg of our trip?
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Mar 21st, 2014, 05:10 PM
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For all you need to know about buying train tickets in Europe, go read seat61.com. It will also fill you in on the main trains, although you can find schedules for ALL European trains at bahn.de
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Mar 22nd, 2014, 12:39 AM
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I think you should also make sure you make yourselves (the teenagers as well) familiar with the Transport for London visitors' guide:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/15101.aspx
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Mar 22nd, 2014, 12:55 AM
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for trains from Brussels to Paris

www.thalys.com/be/en/
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Mar 24th, 2014, 05:36 AM
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Hoai is it just the four of you? (You, your partner, and two children?) Please let us know what kinds of things you are interested in (museums, parks, cathedrals, history, etc.) and we can help point you towards some great sights for your other two days (Studio Tour will take almost a full day).
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