London Family Vacation is Welcome in this Great City
Presented by Bobby Blueblood
London England is one of the most popular travel destinations for a family vacation. London is not only affordable, but your children will be given the opportunity to learn about its history and culture as well. Although affordable, just remember the American Dollar is continuing to go down in value so that effectively raises the cost of things in most countries, including England. There are some great deals available for summer travel. Here’s a quick look at a few hotels and attractions that you and your kids will enjoy.
Some Facts about London
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Area: Greater London 609 sq mi
Elevation:79 ft (24 m)
Population: – Greater London 7,355,400 (2006 estimated)
– Greater metropolitan area 12–14 million
During your London family vacation note that London has four World Heritage Sites: The Tower of London; The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church; the historic settlement of Greenwich; and the Royal Botanic Gardens. London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. London’s popularity has increased over the years.
The Rubens at the Palace is a family hotel located at Buckingham Palace Road and within five minutes walking distance of the Palace itself. It is less than a quarter mile from the Victoria Tube and has the following conveniences: Air conditioned rooms, non-smoking rooms, TV, cable TV, mini bar, coffee or tea, roll away beds, and cribs.
The other family-oriented hotel is the Millennium Hotel, located in the Mayfair section of London. The hotel overlooks Grosvenor Square and the services are similar to the Rubens and include: air conditioned non-smoking rooms, cable TV, restaurant, baby sitting services, roll away beds, mini bar, tea and coffee, and cribs.
There are a myriad of venues in London, including: Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, The Changing of the Guards, and the London Aquarium, a Cruise on the River Thames, and many other attractions. In addition, children will love Chessington World of Adventures which is only 12 miles from London and has wonderful rides, games, and many adventures.
Shopping is an experience in London and one that the entire family will look forward to. From Harrods to Camden Town, Regent Street to Convent Garden; there is a treasure-trove of items you and your family will almost surely find appealing.
Getting around London can be easier than you think if you purchase the London Pass. It allows for free entry to over 50 attractions, and includes a free 160 page guide-book. Moreover, if you are a holder of this pass it allows you to avoid the waiting line. At £12 a day, this is a great and inexpensive way to visit all the important sites and attractions during your stay.
Dining in London can also be affordable if you take your time to find the right places. There are restaurants around the theatre district that offer pre-show menus at special prices. So too, here is a partial list of restaurants that offer meals for £15 and under: Jimmy’s in Chelsea, Fire and Stone in Covent Garden, Embassy London in Mayfair, Tiger Tiger in Soho, to name a few. Also check with your hotel concierge for suggestions as well.
Pick up a copy of Rick Steves’ book; Europe through the Back Door 2008. There you will find some invaluable tips for locating the best family style hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more.
A London family vacation is family travel at its best. If you are signing up for a London package, be sure to inquire as to the type of documentation the family needs as well as any other information pertinent to the trip such as vaccinations for your children as well as for yourself. London England is an historic city as well as one you will enjoy for any vacation, whether for yourself or your family. Take advantage of the hospitality of this great city and map your plans to visit soon.
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