One of the first items on your
weekend in London planning itinerary should be finding
accommodation near to where most of your London destinations lay. The
reasons are that travel in London, unless you perform amazing feats of
scheduling, can cost quite a bit and take a big chunk of time out of your
London weekend holiday. The London Underground and Bus services, although wonderful forms
of transport around huge London city, are not cheap.
So the best advice is to list all the sights you want
to see on a weekend near London and places you want to visit. Mark them on a
of London and then go looking for suitable accommodation near to all of them
or at least not so far away that you cannot get to them for hours at a time. Travel in London
will excite and fascinate you and the kids for a few days but after a while
it will become tedious and a strain. Limit this by selecting your
accommodation in London with care.
The famous writer Samuel Johnson once said "When a man is tired of London,
he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford."
Obviously, three hundred years ago a man wasn't expected to drag his family
along on a weekend in London. On the
other hand, the only real entertainment options for kids in 17th century
London were picking a few pockets or being stuffed down a sooty chimney
stack with a broom, and, let's be honest, they could just as easily be doing
that back home. Today London offers far more child-friendly attractions!
The London tourism industry has developed to cater to family needs and
budgets in huge leaps over the past few hundred years. There is now any
number of attractions specifically tailored to meet the squealing,
screaming, whining, pouting demands of children, as well as special
activities for children at many major London sights.
The secret of success for family weekdend outings in London seems to be to tell them
as much as you can about the attractions and history of the city, and then
let them take the lead. More often than not, they will get the biggest
thrills out of familiar favourites
going to some of the museums and art
galleries (don't push this too hard as kids can get bored with
"old stuff' very quickly)
going through the London Dungeon (they will
want to go again. Be warned!) and staring up as Big Ben strikes
London is a fun destination to share as a family, and despite the
concerns of many parents, it doesn't have to break the budget. There are
many great places to visit and cost effective ways to them. There are family
cards such as London Pass that offers a very cost effective way to do and
see many things in and near London, keep the kid's entertained and also
activities that cost nothing like visiting museums and parks near London.
Either way you should do your research before you arrive in London as
planning on the spur of the moment is a sure fire way of costing you more
than you bargained for.
Cheap flights from London make London and ideal gateway to
Europe and beyond. If you are in transit, looking for stop-over
accommodation near a London airport, search for "accommodation near Heathrow
airport" and "accommodation near Gatwick airport"