One day they want to go to the zoo; we will take them there and pay for them and leave them for the day with a picnic and then collect them. Meanwhile we'll probably go to Wahacca and to Sir John Soanes, plus maybe the National and Portrait galleries.
Any ideas for the other days please? I imagine it'll be a mixture of doing things together and them going off for a couple of hours. In the evenings, we'll stay together.
Agh - can the cable car fit in there anywhere? I still need an events manager! We also need to do the tourist walk of Trafalgar Square to the river to Number 10, Buck Palace, Piccadilly I guess, for cheesy photo opportunities?
Thanks AnuC but no iphone (no phone at all, in fact!).
Hello! If you're in London for that long, then it'll be very useful to have this app that we use with you. It's called Haystacks and it's available for the iPhone. It is specifically for London and lists thousands of locations and hundreds of events searchable by area or what's near you. We use it and many of my friends do too. Hope you have a good few days!
arrival day - Spialfields/Shoreditch maybe? next day - dump them at the zoo for the morning whilst dp and I go to Primrose Hill and then meet them and go to Camden possibly. We could maybe fit something else in too then? next day - the Harry Potter tour and something else? Last day - National/Portrait/Carnaby Street for them and Liberty for me/Covent Garden / maybe China Town
I need an events manager now though to fine tune it all!
DrWitch - I want a mixture of them going off together and us doing things altogether. If it was my two dds I would let them go off, as dd1 is v used to the tube. But dd2 and her friend are not used to London and don't want to just go off altogether.
Spitalfields market is worth a visit - there's usually a lot going on there.
You probably don't want to do too much museum-ing but I would recommend the Museum of London, which is also very handy for St. Paul's and also not a million miles from Tate Modern, the Globe etc. I was passing the MofL the other day and just dropped in, as I had some free time. I hadn't been for years but it was fascinating.
A tip - Sir John Soane's Museum gets horribly crowded. I tried to take a visiting friend there on a Saturday and there was a queue of an hour to get in (I was as I've always just strolled in with no problem). The helpful guide said the best time to go was when they open on a weekday, ie 10 am. It's closed Sundays and Mondays.
Another tip if you're having a southbank day - they often have food markets on round the back of the Royal Festival Hall. Real mixture of food so pretty sure you'll find something for everyone there - and tables at the end of the market to sit and eat. If you dont find anything you like, there's a Canteen there (which serves Fish and chips among other things).
If the weather has warmed up the rooftop garden on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall may be open - is lovely and in summer there is a bar up there so you can people watch the people ambling by below.
I took my 10 yo DD for a day out to London in half term. As we come from Essex, our route was train to Stratford then DLR to cable car across to Greenwich North. Followed by river bus one stop to Greenwich to visit the observatory then home the easy way.
There's another Monmouth in Covent Garden, and in Bermondsey.
Primrose Hill is a ten minute walk at the very most from the zoo. You can easily walk to Camden from P.H too.
You can get to Shoreditch and Spitalfields directly on the tube now - the East London line - but most people walk the five minutes from Liverpool Street. Otherwise get the 8 or 242 bus from the west end.
Maybe dp and I could go to Primrose Hill when the girls are at the zoo, and then all go to Camden later? Is Primrose Hill walkable from the zoo? I'm scared of London buses but don't mind the tube at all!
Spitalfields and Shoreditch on the list - now need to get my head around where they are and how to get there.
Not bothered about shopping centres at all - Covent Garden and Carnaby St and around there will be fine for them.
I need somebody to plan it all day by day for me now!
And last but not least of my hot tips, at Detroit Bar in Seven Dials (just up from Covent Garden) you can get a cocktail (for you and DH) and manicure (for DD & friend) for £12 on a Wednesday. I swear this is the best bargain in London at the moment. It's an amazing bar with great drinks. DH and I went there so often (pre-children) they named a cocktail after us in honour of our engagement (sadly no longer on the menu!). Ask for a rose petal martini - like liquid Turkish delight!
St Christopher's Place is a little pedestrianised square with a fountain in the middle just off Oxford St (literally just down a tiny blink-and-you-miss-it alleyway) has loads of teen friendly food options, pizza express, carluccios but in a much nicer setting than Oxford St itself.
I'm sure someone will have mentioned it - DD climbing on me and refusing to sleep = not reading all responses, but the London Dungeons is open now near the London Eye, and I imagine 16 yo's may enjoy both, so you could kill 2 bids close together there