I actually have a quick question. Though I do have grand memories from my first time in London; it has been a long time since I have been there, and now I have something I did not back then; a husband and a son. My son will be 15 and I would thoroughly wish to make our vacation enjoyable for all of us. We will be traveling during the off season in Nov, and it will be our son's birthday during our two weeks there...Anyone have any ideas? We planned already on The London Eye; Madame Tussaud's; The Mouse Trap at The St. Martin; and possibly watching a football*British version* match. We will also be wanting a few restaurant/pub suggestions and any help will be appreciated...
Gawolverine you just made me remember to ask something... Will the weather be too cold to go punting? I ask because the last time I was there a friend who was still studying there taught me how to punt and I thought I would now teach my husband and son... I mean in Cambridge of course...that is where I learned and I still remember about some of the areas of the river to take extra care in...
My wife and I have visited London several times and we found some tours that are wonderful. Do your self a favor and checkout 'London Walks'. They offer a huge varieity and we have found the guides to be exceptionally well-versed and helpful.
The walks are great for any age and cover multiple topics. Offerings range from major destinations, Pub hopping, Highlights of the British Museum, or a Jack the Ripper walk in the evening. These are 'Great Fun'!
The Marriott Kensington is very nice. For us, the location in a little quieter part of London and only a block from 'The Tube' was perfect.
You will have a great time!
If you can stay at County Fair Marriott or Grosvenor Place. Both are historical and in great locations. You will want your family to take the Big Red Bus and relax as you take in the sites. It is a great value in a very expensive city. The bus runs right by both hotels.
Avoid taxis and take the subway or train form the airport to the hotel.
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I live in London so I hope I cam be of some help. As there are some similar post, perhaps we can build a destination guide. As many of the attractions are fairly obvious, I will try to provide some local insight (try at least):
Views: View from the Shard, London Eye, Helicopter tour
River trips: Boat trip on the Thames, Tate to Tate, Camden Lock to Little Venice
Bars with a view: Tower 42, Hilton on Park Lane (Galvin)
Theatre: Try Shakespeare's Globe (take the cheap tickets and a bag of beers), Comedy Store, see TKTS
Restaurants: Hawksmoor, Gordon Ramsay @ Claridges, Nobu,Delaunay, Hakassan
Markets: Portobello Road, Petty Coat Lane, Brick Lane, Borough Market
Bonus: Take a walk from Westminster to Tower Bridge (highly recommended)
Hope that helps!