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.
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.
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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