Thrilled about going to London!!!

Old Sep 29th, 2001, 04:12 PM
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I know the place Joann is talking about-a tea and pastry/small sandwich cafe..it is good, but better for outdoor dining, November may not be hospitable for outdoor tea-the area is known as Kew Gardens,Richmond,the Botanical Gardens are there and are the Botanical Gardens of Kew..try to go into the Gardens, the Conservatory with the exotic plants and palms is hot and steamy and will be great on a damp London afternoon.See the plant that opens once every so many years, it is huge, and when open it smells like a corpse! That is what they told us, happily, it was not open when we were there. But I am sure your son will love the idea!
 
Old Sep 29th, 2001, 07:41 PM
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C- LOL - I cannot wait to tell son about the plant that smells like a rotting corpse! Gross!!!! I guess we better see that before we have lunch? or after we make pigs of ourselves? hahahaha - But on a serious note - I think it would be great to go to Kew Gardens....weren't they King Henry's?
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 01:50 PM
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BATH ITINERARY <BR> <BR>Today I received an excellent article from Frommers about what to see in Bath on $44.10 a day. <BR> <BR>http://www.frommers.com/destinations.../10-01-01.html <BR> <BR>Passing it on...
 
Old Oct 1st, 2001, 04:20 PM
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Places to have Afternoon Teas <BR> <BR>Reviews: <BR> <BR>http://www.taste.co.uk/eatingout/fea...l?portal=#ritz
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2001, 06:24 AM
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Stephanie, My favorite place for a formal multi-course tea is the Lanesborough Hotel. The Conservatory is beautiful and I'm sure your son would be impressed walking through the dramatic lobby. If you can handle another beverage-even if it is just for the experience-go to the Grenadier Pub afterwards. He would love the back alley walk-to this very atmospheric pub-when you exit the Lanesborough. You turn left when exiting the hotel and take your first left. At the end of the alley turn right onto the next alley which looks like a dead end. At the end is a small path leading to the pub. For reassurance verify with Lanesborough doorman. If you do not want a full tea, my two favorite choices are the Stafford Hotel in St. Jame's or the Basil Street Hotel. The <BR>Stafford shows a full and a cream tea on the menu, but you can request just a pot of tea if you wish. Less formal and usually with a number of locals is the Basil Street Hotel..Old timey, relaxed, and you can order as much or as little as you want. <BR> <BR>Have fun. <BR> <BR>linda
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2001, 06:29 AM
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By the way- The Grenadier has become a popular tourist spot. Perhaps this is why they said nothing when I went there last November with my 13 year old son. He did not go up to the bar, but grabbed a seat. Be prepared for a reminder that he is too young, but we did not get one. Even if it happens, you will not reallly be very parched and you will get a look at this cute and supposedly haunted pub. We both had orange lemonades. <BR> <BR>linda
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2001, 09:18 AM
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Jayne - I enjoyed reading the articles from the links submitted - thank you - <BR> <BR>Linda - Thank you for your ideas for where to have tea - sounds great - and I know my son would love to be "thrown" hahaha - out of a haunted pub!! <BR>
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2001, 01:50 PM
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Another restaurant idea: Wok-Wok, similar to wagamama, but without the communal tables. Asian-type food. We didn't see a Yo! sushi in london but did see one in Edinburgh--the sushi goes by patrons on a conveyor belt, pretty neat. Your 11 year old might like that.
 
Old Oct 4th, 2001, 07:40 PM
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Pete - thank you for your information about Wok Wok - I will make sure to keep it in mind if we can find it
 
Old Oct 4th, 2001, 08:26 PM
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Funny how some people hit the jackpot with responses, while other people's posts go unanswered or beget bizarre replys! Stephanie has gotten so much wonderful info. here, she hardly needs mine! But this thread is really a good example of this board at its best, chock full of enthusiastic recommendations one cannot glean from travel books, so here's my two cents based on a 1999 trip to London with our (then) 11 and 9 year old kids and what they report they most enjoyed: <BR> <BR>1. Tea at St.James restaurant at the top of Fortnum & Masons. <BR>2. Lunch in the Harrod's food hall counters. <BR>3. Tower of London, including the Ceremony of the Keys. Yes, a bit low-key, yet it was the mystique, late-night hour, and history that made it appealing. <BR>4.Riding in those great London taxicabs. <BR>5.Riding the underground <BR>6.The Royal Mews <BR>7.Fish & chips in a pub (some are certified by the gov't as acceptable for kids) We found one via a search function on www.Londontown.com that had a back room and piano player/singalongs! <BR>8. If it's not raining, the double decker 'Round London or Big Bus orientation tours are great for your first day in town (we also took the one in Bath and loved it) <BR>9. Feeding pidgeons in Trafalgar Square <BR>10.Climbing to the top of St. Patricks Cathedral. <BR>11. Mummy's in the British Museum. <BR>12. Brass rubbing in the basement of St. Martin's in the field. <BR>13. Museum of natural history. <BR> <BR>I'm sorry we didn't know about Wagamamas. Have a great trip!
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 05:39 AM
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Stephanie, I actually ate at a Wok-Wok in Edinburgh but saw on their menu that they are a chain (like yo! sushi and Wagamama) and have several locations in London. I got these locations from their website (www.wokwok.co.uk): <BR>SOHO 10 Frith Street, London W1 T: 0207 437 7080 <BR>FULHAM 140 Fulham Road, London SW10 T: 0207 370 5355 CLAPHAM 51-53 Northcote Road, London SW11 T: 0207 978 7181 ISLINGTON 67 Upper Street, London N1 T: 0207 288 0333 KENSINGTON 7 Kensington High Street, London W8 T: 0207 938 1221 <BR> <BR> <BR>
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 06:09 AM
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Leslie, I cannot agree more with you and thank you for your input. Everyone, including you, have been most helpful and extremely pleasant! <BR>Pete, thank you for the address!!! Every weekend passes and the countdown is minus another week till take off!! In little less than 6 weeks, my son and I will be on a jet plane headed for London - to a vacation that beats all!! We have decided on one thing, we are going to do our best to get tickets to see Mama Mia - looks great!
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 06:41 AM
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Hi Stephanie, <BR>My son will be 11 in 2 weeks and has been going to London with me since he was 4. So, its always a challenge to find new places. When we went at the end of August I brought him to the Imperial War Museum for the first tim e. He loved it. The submarines, tanks anks and battle gear thrilled him. There is also an exhibit there called the 1940's house which shows what it was like to live in the 1940's. He couldn't get over the fact there were no TV or computers!! The blitz experience at the museum is quite interesting also. The other place he loves is the London Planetarium and Madame Tussauds. You can buy one admission ofr the both and go to the Planetarium first, this way you avoid the long queues at Madame Tussauds. Once your done in the PLanetarium you simply walk in a back entrance to the wax museum. <BR>I would also recommend two restaurants to you. One is my favorite Chines which is called Hong Kong London and is in CHinatown, the other is Porters at 17 Henrietta St. POrters is typical British food (like Roast Beef, Meat Pies, etc) and it is also a nice place for tea. <BR>If you do any of the museums, such as the National Gallery, the V & A or the Tate be sure to ask for a children's guide. It's wonderful. You follow trails around the different galleries and look for different pieces of art, hidden treasures, etc. It makes culture fun, even for 11 yeqar olds. <BR>njoy yourself in my favorite city. Our next trip back to London is over New Years Eve. Can't wait. <BR>Pat
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 06:47 AM
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Don't forget that in November it will be easier to get into the more popular shows. You'll have to take him to at least one theatre.
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 06:52 AM
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Stephanie, I forgot to add the online London theatre guide URL. <BR>It is at http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/ <BR>includes reviews etc. <BR>You and your son can have fun deciding what to see.
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 07:14 AM
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I am not going to London and have nothing helpful to add... I just wanted to say that reading this post and all of the suggestions from all of these kind people, who are obviously enjoying themselves helping you, is a pleasure! I wish that people were always so kind and concerned with each other as the ones I have seen here~To all of you, Thank you for restoring a bit of my faith in the kindness of people and To Stephanie and her son-how can you not have a wonderful time with this kind of send off?~~~~~~
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 08:36 AM
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Sylvia, thank you for the link to the site for the theater - perfect. I grew up in the NYC vicinity, and will agree with you in the importance of getting to the theater! My parents taught me to love and appreciate the theater, including Ballet and Opera and just hearing the symphony! I also try to teach this to my son. <BR> <BR>CF - I think it is great too and thank you! Most of all I think it is wonderful that I am not alone in wanting to share my world travels with my son....
 
Old Oct 5th, 2001, 10:56 PM
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Here's yet ANOTHER esoteric tip...since it's always so hard to squeeze dinner in before the theater, make your big (late) afternoon tea the day you go to the evening theater. You'll be dressed right and so stuffed you won't mind skipping dinner! <BR> <BR>By the way, does anyone know if the play "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" is still playing. It's a riot - even an 11 year old would enjoy.
 
Old Oct 6th, 2001, 07:08 AM
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S-See the New York Times Travel section for this weekend, there is a supplement with things to do in London-The Tate Modern for kids! Will someone please take me to London for my birthday??????
 
Old Oct 6th, 2001, 01:10 PM
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company is on at the Criterion Theatre until 6 Jan. I also see that the same company is doing The Complete History of America (abridged) on Tuesdays only, same theatre. If its as good as their Complete History of the World, it will be brilliant!
 

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