However, DD's best friend moved away recently and it's easy for us both to get to London so they can have a day together. So 2 mums, 2 11 year old girls and my DS who is 8. My DC LOVE London. I hate crowds but I'll do it for them!
Drop in chocolate making at the chocolate museum, Brixton Bricklive Lego festival at the Saatchi gallery Henna party at museum of London www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=128409 Harry Potter exhibition at The British Library Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V and A Interactive singing Christmas tree at the V and A V and A museum of childhood
Winter Wonderland is crowded hell on earth but if you've never been it's definitely an unusual experience for central London and the kids will love it - and there's mulled wine to keep to grown-ups happy. Nothing comes cheap though (although entry is free) and don't think you can save money by taking your own drinks in as these have to be thrown away at security (the official line is to prevent acid attacks but I think it's just price gouging really).
(I was there yesterday with some overseas friends who hadn't been before - to my surprise, they really enjoyed it).
If it's a Sat or Sun, it will be BUSY. Sometimes so busy that they close Hyde Park Corner tube station because of the overcrowding. During the week it's not as bad - until the schools break for Christmas of course and then the hell really begins....
There can be big queues at the entrances because of security checks so be prepared for that.
We actually went for Sun lunch at Hawksmoor in Knightsbridge first.
But in the past when I've eaten at Winter Wonderland, we always get a bratwurst (you'll see them everywhere!) as they're very good. My friend's DH was drooling over them yesterday but just couldn't face more food after a Sun roast (and Christmas pudding!) at Hawksmoor. He is determined to go back another time just to have a bratwurst.
We've been on Boxing Day and 27th Dec in the past. Always very busy (even the Boxing Day when there was a tube strike). It gets busier as the day goes on. A lot of people arrive mid-afternoon with quite a few adults going there for the drinking as it's very pretty with the lights once it's dark.