London Journals

Short but Sweet in London

A June 2004 trip to London by dina4

Quote: London was our gateway to Europe last summer, and we had about 48 hours to make the most of our short stay. Our children, 11 and 14, loved London as much as we did. With careful planning, you can see the best of London in a very short time!

Short but Sweet in London

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Some of the highlights of London for our family included visits to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, and the Cabinet War Rooms. We also enjoyed strolling around the city, through Covent Garden, along Whitehall, down to Trafalgar Square, and within London's lovely parks. Shopping at Harrod's was amazing, and a relaxing cruise on the lovely Thames is a must!Quick Tips: Dealing with jet lag: As tempted as you might be to take a nap after you arrive in London (our flight from L.A. arrived in the afternoon), do everything you can to stay awake as long as you can! We checked into our hotel at 2pm, dropped our bags, had a quick lunch,...Read More

Park Lane Sheraton Hotel

Hotel | "Park Lane Hotel"

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Our "suite" (tiny by American standards) overlooked gorgeous Green Park. The hotel was beautiful and clean, the service was excellent, and there were many luxury amenities. However, other than sleeping and showering, we spent hardly any time in our hotel.

The hotel is very conveniently located in the heart of the city. Park Lane is also close to a Starbucks, which is great for a quick breakfast, and to the TUBE. We were able to get everywhere from the Tube stop, and walking around Mayfair was lovely. If you have plenty of time, long walks can take you all the way to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminister Abbey, and the Parliament Buildings. I would definitely stay there again.

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Park Lane Sheraton Hotel
PICCADILLY
London, England
44-207-4996321

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After exploring the Tower of London, our family of four needed to get back to the Westminster Bridge area. Next on our agenda was seeing Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings, and walking down Whitehall. We could have taken another cab or hopped on the tube, but instead we opted for a lovely cruise along the Thames. We bought tickets and boarded at the dock right in front of the Tower of London. The ride was so serene and so beautiful! We enjoyed a great narration of the sights on either side of us with interesting historical backgrounds (as well as corny humor!). And... we got to sit and REST after a lot of sightseeing. It truly was an extremely pleasant experience. We got off at Westminster...Read More

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Cruise on the River Thames
Tower Bridge
London, England

British Museum

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There are so many wonderful museums in London, so you really need to narrow it down when travelling with kids in order to make it enjoyable for everyone. We chose the British Museum, or as one of our friend's son's pointed out, "The Museum of Stolen Artifacts." The best way to see this museum with kids is to decide ahead of time what you want to see, go straight to see it, enjoy it, and leave. The museum has a great website, so you can check out what you're interested in and be prepared. (We had five kids with us, ages 14, 13, 12, 11, and 10--not all ours!) We all enjoyed the Egyptian wing with the mummies and the Rosetta Stone. We also enjoyed seeing the Elgin Marbles, as we knew were la...Read More

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British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

Original London Walks

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Attraction | "A London Walk"

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We took this walk in the late afternoon on a weekday, so the hustle-and-bustle of London was lots of fun to watch. Start at Westminster Bridge, enjoying the view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the middle of the bridge, and then walk back towards the city. The view up and down the river from here is gorgeous as well. At Parliament Square, you can also get a glimpse of the two white towers of the beautiful Westminster Abbey (definitely worth a visit!) In Parliament Square, there's a famous statue of Winston Churchill and other important dignitaries. As you start your stroll down Whitehall, you will see all the most important buildings in London--ministries of f...Read More

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Original London Walks
PO Box 1708
London, England NW6 4LW
+44 20 7624 3978

Cabinet War Rooms

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"Never was so much owed by so many to so few." - W. Churchill
The War Rooms were Churchill's underground headquarters for fighting World War II. All the rooms are perfectly preserved, so you become completely immersed in what it was like from 1939 to 1945 in London. There is an excellent audiotape tour that takes about an hour. It gives all the interesting historical details you would want to know.

My husband and I took five kids to the Cabinet War Rooms (ages 10 to 14), and it was a big hit for everyone! We adults felt we experienced an amazing slice of history. The kids thought it was "really cool."

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Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps
London, England SW1A 2AQ
+44 20 7930 6961