Tuesday, 14 May 2013

London's Calling...(2)

Our only full day in London and a bit of forward planning would not have gone amiss. My daughter really wanted to go to Madame Tussauds, while my son wanted to go on a city tour on a red, double decker bus. There were lots of leaflets at the hotel, but it was difficult to figure out how to  do both things best. If I had spent a little time studying this online before we left, I would have seen that there is a combined CityTour/Tussauds ticket, which is cheaper than buying the 2 things separately. But what if my children had changed their minds before we arrived in London?? I had imagined there would be a concierge service at the hotel, but, maybe in these days of booking everything in advance online, that is very much a thing of the past. Please bear in mind the last time I was in London as a tourist was 1996! Yes, way back in the Olden Days when they probably didn't even have Starbucks, let alone WiFi! But, I digress. In the end we bought 1 day Travelcards for the Tube for zones 1 and 2 (from the man at the ticket window Jennifer, - not from the scary-looking machines) and zoomed off to Baker Street to see what the queue at Tussauds was like. It was a 3 hour wait:{ However, just along from Madame Tussauds was a souvenir shop with an office of "The Original Tour" inside, where we asked for advice on the best way to spend our money, ermm, time. The lady there was very helpful and sold us tickets for the city tour with "free" river cruise, actually at the same price as the advanced booking price online.

London with kids
 She then told us to get off at Trafalgar Square, go into their office there and purchase Madame Tussauds tickets from them, slightly cheaper and with priority entrance, then hop on again and continue the tour. So, that's what we did and it worked out perfectly! After a couple of hours on the city tour bus, we hopped off and used our Tube tickets to take us back to Madame Tussauds, where, brandishing our tickets, we had the briefest of waits. After rubbing shoulders with all kinds of celebrities (albeit wax ones!) we hopped on the Tube again to Green Park and walked through a very green park to look at Buckingham Palace. Then back on the Tube again to Tower Hill, where we (and about 500 other tourists) boarded a river cruise down the Thames.

London with kids
As the boat made a stop at the London Eye, we got off there

London with kids
and 2 mins later were relaxing in our hotel room. We'd had a lovely stay and definitely want to return again soon to see some more of the sights. And go shopping!!


Kalea said...

Looks like you had a great time!

A girl running said...

We did the same thing! It was disheartening to see that long line, but didn't take long to go in with the priority ticket.

London was so exciting!


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