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A June 2012 trip to London by Joy S

Trafalgar Square Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Some of the things we as a family with an 8 year old boy enjoyed doing in London

Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square Photo, London, England
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London is a city full of squares which are both landmarks and very famous, but I would say, without a doubt that Trafalgar Square is the best known of all. Its setting is wonderful, right in the heart of London. There are fountains, historic statues and art installations. Sometimes they have event screenings here, with the National Gallery as the backdrop. Nelson's Column takes centre stage right in the middle of everything.We explored some of the side streets that lead off the main square with our 8 year old. We had a closer look at Admiralty Arch as well, before venturing back into the square.When I was young, I remember Trafalgar Square being so full of pigeons you coul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2012

Trafalgar Square
Northumberland Avenue
London, England WC2

Hamleys Toy Shop

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Hamleys Toy Shop Photo, London, England
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It is a couple of years since we visited Hamleys in London, but our 8 year old was so excited that we were going to go there. He did not remember his last visit, but had great expectations for this one.Hamleys is a very famous toy shop with its flagship store on Regent Street. It is said to be one of the largest toy shops in the world, and is a tourist attraction in its own right. As we walked down Regent Street, we saw lots of children holding Hamleys bags, and our son's excitement grew.There are 7 floors in the shop, each one supposed to have different types of toys on each - from stuffed toys on the ground level, Lego and computer games in the basement and preschool toys ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 20, 2012

Hamleys Toy Shop
188-196 Regent Street
London, England W1R 6BT
+44 20 7494 2000

Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

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Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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We went to see the Lion King at the theatre in London quite a number of years ago when it first opened, and well before our son was born. I had always wanted to go back and see this show again, so this trip was the perfect opportunity.We booked the tickets months ago using an on-line booking website. Like all theatre tickets in the West End, they are very expensive, but we decided to treat ourselves and booked seats as close to the stage in the stalls as we could get. We had a marvellous view in row C. We went to the evening performance - it started at 7:30 and finished after 10:00. This is quite late for our 8 year old, but he was so engrossed in the show, he stayed wide awake....Read More

Kings Cross and St Pancras

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Platform nine and three quarters Photo, London, England
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Our son is very keen on the Harry Potter books and films, so we promised him we would take him to Kings Cross Railway Station during our visit to London. Believe it or not, they do actually have a Platform nine and three quarters there!All Potter fans will know that from this platform, Harry took his first steps into the world of magic. At Kings Cross station, they have a sign for the platform, along with a luggage trolley half in and half out of the wall. Bring your camera and take a picture of your children trying to run through the wall. There was a line of children (and adults) being photographed doing just that!It was really easy to find the sign, but apparently it has...Read More

Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Harry Potter Studio Tour Photo, Hertfordshire, England
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The actual studios where all the Harry Potter films were made has now been turned into a tourist attraction. It has been publicised widely in the UK well prior to its opening date, so everybody has known about it and the hype was significant. Our 8 year old has read 4 of the books and seen a number of the movies. I am not a big Harry Potter fan, but was still interested to visit and see what all the hype was about.We booked our tickets on-line months in advance. You cannot buy tickets when you get there - these must be pre-booked. It takes 5,000 visitors a day, but was actually sold out from before it opened until the end of September. Tickets cost £28.00 for adults and £21.00 for ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2012

Harry Potter Studio Tour
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Studio Tour Drive
Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire