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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry PotterShort Breaks with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter highlight

Good To See is proud to offer Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter, one of our special tour short breaks with hotel accommodation in nearby Watford. With tour times available throughout the weekend you can tailor-make your weekend break… read more

Price: From £65pp

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Bateaux London Dinner Cruise Premier Upgrade

Bateaux London Dinner Cruise Premier UpgradeShort Breaks with Bateaux London Dinner Cruise Premier Upgrade highlight

Good To See is proud to offer Bateaux London Dinner Cruise Premier Upgrade, one of our Cruise short breaks in London…. read more

Price: From £150pp

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Family Half Term Breaks in London

For the Whitsun Half term, or, for that matter, any half term, come to London with the family to enjoy a short break full of world-class attractions, famous museums, memorable sites and the best shows and musicals in the world.family half term breaks in London

Don’t take ALL the children?

It is easy to entertain the kids in London and it needn’t cost an arm and a leg, but book quickly as family rooms are very popular at these times of year and they are not very plentiful: especialy if you have a large family!

Family rooms for two adults and one or two children can be a great deal, with the children only paying for meals as taken but if you have more children then you are looking at an extra room and doubling the costs!

So, only take two of your children or leave an adult behind and take three:  a hard decision but one that could save you at least £100 per night, if not twice that!

Joking aside, I now don’t know any hotels that offer accommodation for families of 5 or more in one room – you will have to look for dorms in hostels or a triple and a double room. Hotels offering accommodation for familes of four are more plentiful: The Travelodges offer excellent deals for basic accommodation.

Probably my favourite though is the Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury – central, great facilities, good rooms, handy for the train stations too!

Otherwise Novotel hotels offer good deals and look for hotels out towards the city and the Excel centre offering great deals when the business men are not around.

Save Money with Free Attractions

You can save money during the day by visiting the many free events and attractions that take place round the city. Many of the nations biggest and best museum are free. The  Natural History Museum, the British Museum, The Science Museum, the Horniman Museum or the V&A Museum of Childhood. All of them don’t cost a penny to get in and will provide many highlights for your London visit.

The London galleries like the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery are also free, so if you want to see som famous paintings spend an hour or two perusing their magnificent halls.

Of course the kids nee to blow off steam! London boasts an excellent range of free parks: Hyde Park, Regents Park, Green Park are all close to the centre.

When you do pay, buy packages

Many attractions will band together to offer discounts – the Three Palace Pass taking in Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London offered by www.royalbreaks.co.uk, or the Ultimate London Break which you can find out more about at http://www.theatrebreaks.co.uk/london-breaks/ offered by Theatre  Breaks including The London Eye, Sealife, Madame Tussaud and the recently re-opened London Dungeon which is now down by the Thames and the London Eye having moved from London Bridge.

Family Shows

Of course, in the evening, head to London’s West End to take in a show or a film. There are many family-orientated shows in London at the moment: however old your children! Roald Dahl’s Matilda is the most popular recently,  but Disney’s The Lion King is still packing them in and the Spice Girl’s new musical, Viva Forever, is great fun for fans old and new. For older kids, Billy Elliot and Wicked are great shows, as are Mamma Mia and Stomp.

If you want to throw in a bit of education with your theatre going, why not head to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre or watch the fantastic War Horse at the New London Theatre, based on Micheal Morpogo’s best selling children’s novel about a young lad whose horse is taken from him to help th ewar effort during World War One.

Of course these shows are quite expensive, but avoid Saturday nights, look out for cheaper seats, refuse to pay large booking fees and if you haven’t booked ahead, check out TKTS in Leicester Square for some last-minute deals and you may be able to save a little money!

Half Term Break breaks can be booked at http://www.theatrebreaks.co.uk/half-term-breaks

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Stay For the Weekend: Visit Birmingham

Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom besides  London. As such, Birmingham has a lot to offer those who come through and visit. With a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, culture, sport and nightlife it’s the perfect short break destination.

Birmingham boasts several world class football teams, with two currently enjoying Premier League status – West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. Consequently a lot of people visit the city for the match and decide to stay on for the Weekend. One of the city’s major draws in Cadbury World, but it also hosts the National Exhibition Centre, National Sealife Centre, The Bullring and ThinkTank, the science museum.

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Nearby Premier League clubs: Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion

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Have Fun in Birmingham

With beautiful architecture, ranging from contemporary buildings to structures that have been standing for centuries, Birmingham is an architect’s dream for building study. However it also has a lot to offer those who simply want to have some fun!

Birmingham Symphony Hall

One of the most popular attractions to visit in Birmingham is the world famous Symphony Hall. With capacity to hold over 2,000 visitors, the venue holds concerts in a diverse range of genres, including Jazz, Classical, and Pop.

One of Birmingham’s most famous landmarks is the Old Iron Bridge. This impressive structure is the world’s first iron bridge, making it an internationally renowned piece of engineering history.

St Paul’s Church and St Philip’s Cathedral are fantastic opportunities for those wanting to see some of Birmingham’s older architecture. England is filled with beautiful religious architecture, and Birmingham doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Blakesley Hall and St Chad’s Cathedral also offer great sights for the more architecturally inclined traveler.

Birmingham is known for its high quality shopping centre. There is something for everyone at the Bullring, a nationally renowned mall that caters for all budgets and styles. The centre of town also offers  a plethora of eateries for foodies visiting the city.

Birmingham is one of those cities that make taking a quick pass through extremely difficult, as it has so much to offer. You could easily spend a week in the city and still only have seen half or less of what it has to offer. Thus, it is important that you plan out what it is you want to see before you stop off in Birmingham. It will allow you to get to the things you want, and see a historic piece of the industrial revolution. It may even give you the perfect reason to come back again later on.

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