We got some cheepo Travelodge rooms so ar taking the kids (DD 6 and DS 5) to the big smoke for the first time! We're staying 2 nights/3 days in Covent Garden, so quite central.
Anyway, want ideas about what to do with thm - so far defo going to Nat Hist Museum and doing an open top bus tour. What else should we do? Don't mind spending SOME money but can't be doing 3 or 4 big attrctions per day!
Is the Planetarium any good? They both loved the one in Birmingham. Boat trips? Which is the best Park - they're free!! Any other museums?
Are any of the shows worth a look?
Also, eating out? Looked at the Rainforest Cafe and nearly fainted when I saw the prices. Again, don't mind a slight splurge, but don't want to feel constantly ripped off. Was thinking of doing picnics for lunch and tea out (we're veggies).
We did a boat trip from Westminster to Kew gardens last year, which was great - as were the gardens.
Is there anything worth seeing at one of the London theatres? We went to a matinee at Sadlers Wells, which we both enjoyed and I felt was a good 'London' experience. Children's tickets were half price, so it really wasn't too deadly.
If you are going to spend money, I'd do the aquarium. I went before the renovations and really enjoyed it, and it's supposed to be even better now.
Ours actualyl have enjoed st pauls cathedral too. Great view of London from the top too.
London zoo is great, but is really a full day in itself, so might not be good on limited time.
Best market is borough market, lovely food, and the kids enjoy all the tasters on offer.
st james park has a nice little playground and you can watch the changing of the guard there. Hyde park has the princess diana park but that tends to get Very Busy. battersea Park is probably our favourite, but is a bit further out. Big adventure playground there, and a childrens zoo, boating lake, etc.
last time we ate out in london it was at a tootsies. They are brilliant for kids, menu designed by annabel karmel. Huge portions, and very reasonably priced. Decent veggie options too.
When are you going in August? After 14th it is Kids week (actually a fortnight). Check out Kidsweek.co.uk. Lots of theatre based kids activities -often free! AND under 16s get a free theatre ticket with each paying adult. Brilliant deal! I have seen lots of shows with my dcs over the past few years with these deals. Lion King might be best for 5 and 6 year olds.