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London with 12, 10 and 8

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London with 12, 10 and 8

I get the chance to bring my kids to London for 3 days and I have not been there in about 15 years. I am so excited but I know things must be quite different from when I was there last.

I am looking for a medium-priced hotel that is central to the Theatre District (we will be attending the Harry Potter show at the Palace Theatre). I have stayed near the British Museum in the past and that was always a good choice. But I am wondering if there may be some newer, more classic London types of places to stay that would be fun for my kids. Any hotel suggestions?

Also...if anyone has gone recently with similar aged children, I would love any suggestions. I would love to get a theatre tour of the Globe or the National. We will do just a little bit of museum time so I have to be selective to keep them engaged. High Tea one day at a fancy hotel would be fun.

I am grateful to any suggestions and ideas!

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1. Re: London with 12, 10 and 8

Hi, no advice on hotels. But for activities, the favorites of my girls who were 9 at the time (and we traveled with cousins ages, 8, 11, and 14) were the Tower of London (really appeals to all ages and a great place to run around a bit), the London Eye (we only went on this because the kids wanted to go and we all loved it - great views), and the Harry Potter Warner Bros. studio tour (takes a half day plus - but was really cool even for the adults).

One thing to remember is that a lot of museums and sites have scavenger hunts for children, which can make less "child-friendly" sites more exciting. One of my favorite places is Westminster Abbey, which I think might have not been the most thrilling place for kids. However, there is scavenger hunt (that was surprisingly difficult at times) that got kids of all ages involved.

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