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What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:18 am

Hi, We shall be in London for 5 days in Christmas. My son is 10 (and so lovely, of course...). Question: nice places to visit with him. Yes, yes, I know there are a lot of travel guides about London but, anyway, I would be grateful for all kinds of clues. Thank you in advance
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What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:32 am

Well, the locals have found The Tower will keep them occupied for a very long time.
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RE: What To Do IN London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:43 am

The science Museum is a must!

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitors/index.asp

Next to it is the Natural History Museum which is also worth a visit and has a Christmas ice skating rink:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

This site might have some ideas:

http://kids.visitlondon.com/

and, of course, The London eye big wheel:

http://www.londoneye.com/

Have a Great trip!
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:53 am

My favorite is the RAF Museum at Hendon. A ways out but doable by Underground.

http://www.rafmuseum.com/london/index.cfm

And depending on your tastes and the patience of your child, there is likely age appropriate live theatre...
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 2:10 am



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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:10 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):

I know some 10 year olds that could be annoying even with, uh, er,... with the product you picture....
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:13 am

ANCFlyer: Wonderful !!!! (Sorry but it took me at least 10 seconds to realize what was the meaning, must be the age...) Regards
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:25 am

Quoting Spantax (Thread starter):
What To Do In London With A Child?

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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:26 am

The Aquarium is an interesting place for a 10-year old to visit. There might also be some plays around that can be appealing to children.
 
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:44 am

If your child has asthma be sure to bring his inhaler. I have mild asthma and hadn't had an attack for 3 or 4 years....until I showed up in London. It was like a ran a marathon through a hay field, I guess my Canadian lungs (used to pure, clean air) couldn't handle the soupy London atomosphere hehehe. Just a heads up.

It's a great city otherwise though!! Tons to see and do.


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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:48 am

Well, why don't you simply ask him. You might be surprised at the responses he will give you about interesting things to see in London.
 
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:09 am

Ill throw in Oxford Street.
Home to Hamleys, the world famous toy shop.

Defiantly recommend the science museum for anyone with kids.

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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:26 am

Dear all, thank you for your ideas (even the birght one with the tape...). Of course, Science Museum and Natural Sciences Museum come directly to mind; the same with Hamleys, but the Aquarium is not bad either. What I would like to know is if the London Eye Big Wheel is worth the price and the queues (I tried once some years ago but had to give up due to this). Regards
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:48 pm

Quoting Spantax (Reply 12):
What I would like to know is if the London Eye Big Wheel is worth the price and the queues

A qualified yes. You will think it's worth it, whether a child would I'm less certain about. But it might be an idea to do it first, because you'll be able to point out all the places you're going to afterwards, and that might maintain an interest.

Another suggestion would be the Imperial War Museum in Southwark. Lots of toys in there for a child to see, and of course, like all London Museums, it's free.
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:54 pm

The Wax museum.
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RE: What To Do In London With A Child?

Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:06 pm

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 11):
Ill throw in Oxford Street.
Home to Hamleys, the world famous toy shop.

Regent Street, actually  Wink

A boat trip down to Greenwich is a good way of seeing the London skyline and there's plenty to see and do once you get there.

The "Eye" is great, particularly if you get a clear sunny winters day.

"Changing the Guard" at Buckingham Palace. 11.30 every other day. Lots of stomping about to music.

Whatever you chose make the sure the places will be open. Some operate restricted hours over the Christmas / New Year period.

Enjoy!

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