Spring Break in London

I've been to London many times, and am always looking for new places to visit and new sights to see. One constant is the theatre, I never visit without seeing a live show. Learn about some unconventional things to do.

Le Cafe Du Jardin

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by CUL8R on May 8, 2006

This is a small French bistro on a corner with lots of windows to people watch. You can order off the set menu or you can order á la carte. My friend enjoyed pea and sweetcorn risotto, and a grilled breast of chicken with couscous. My son had creamy broccoli soup and a half order of sage gnocchi with marscapone. I dined on buffalo mozzarella with sun blushed tomatoes and a half order of thin pasta with smoked chicken, chili & roasted peppers. Whoever said English food was terrible?!
Le Cafe Du Jardin
28 Wellington Street
Covent Garden, London
+44 020 7836 87690

Imperial War Museum

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by CUL8R on May 8, 2006

This museum is not as popular as the Cabinet War rooms, but is equally as interesting. It covers the conflicts involving Britain from WWI to present day. There is a sobering Holocaust Exhibition that uses historical material to trace the rise of the Nazi party to the amazing stories of perseverance from actual survivors. This exhibit is not recommended for children under 14 however, my 11-year-old son was fine. We could have spent all day here.
Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
London, England, SE1 6HZ
+44 (20) 7416 5000

Mary Poppins

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by CUL8R on May 8, 2006

This is not a Disney version, nor is it as fun. The 1st act drags rather slowly and most kids were getting antsy. The 2nd act was much better—more lively and faster paced. Overall it wasn't very supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Prince Edward Theatre
Old Compton Street
West End, London, W1V 6HS
+44 20 7447 5400

London Ducktours

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by CUL8R on May 8, 2006

This was so much fun! Our tour guide was full of life—funny and very knowledgeable. The tour starts out on land and visits such sights as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Then there is a dramatic launch down into the Thames for a whole new perspective. The whole tour lasts about 75 minutes. Reservations should be made in advance, however, the day we went there happened to be some no-shows so they let us on.
London Duck Tours
55 York Road
London, England
+44 020 7928 3132

Hever Castle

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by CUL8R on May 8, 2006

Anne Boleyn may have left her head at The Tower of London but she left her heart at Hever Castle. So did I after spending a glorious sunny day at this childhood home of Boleyn. The castle is located 30 miles south of London in the picturesque Kent Countryside. The grounds surrounding the castle are spectacular, and the gardens contain sculpture and statuary dating from Roman times to the Renaissance. When you tour the castle you will find a superb collection of Tudor portraits, two rare prayer books signed by Anne herself, and an exhibition of elaborately costumed figures from the court of Henry VIII. You will also see how the purchase, and subsequent restoration by William Waldorf Astor, changed the castle from trash to treasure. During the warm months, adults and kids alike will love the unique "splashing water maze" on Sixteen Acre Island. Bring towels and dry clothes as you will get very wet. Take a picnic or eat at one of two on site restaurants and plan on spending the day. You won't be disappointed.
Hever Castle & Gardens
Village of Hever
Edenbridge, Kent


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