Planning a Trip to London

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Mummy has been to London quite a few times before with the others and has travelled and stayed in different places. She is planning her first trip on her own with us, and it is my first visit too.

london

Now Mummy is fine travelling on her own with us, she has taken us to Cardiff, Manchester, CenterParcs and Menorca. But London? We are staying for three nights, in two hotels.

south beach tenby

There is no where quite like London. It couldn’t be more different than where we live in West Wales!

Mummy has driven all over Menorca, and has driven in Orlando too, but is a bit nervous about driving around London. So, train or car?

Travelling by Train

If we drive to Port Talbot Parkway Station the train goes straight to Paddington Station – it is two and a half (ish) hours. We can leave the car there. It is about an hour and a half from us to Port Talbot. It is then a half hour walk from Paddington to our first hotel The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

We will then have to travel across London, by tube and train to our second hotel the Travelodge at London Docklands, with our luggage, then travel back into London to spend each day.

We checked Taxi costs – to get us all across London is about £35. We checked on-line – we can pre-book too so we would know the exact cost.

Once we are on the train at Port Talbot, we are on it, no changes, straight through.

But we have to manage 3 days of luggage for 5 of us, and a pushchair – and me!

Getting to Paddington from the Docklands early enough on Saturday might be tricky.

 

london congestion charge zone

 

Travelling by Car

Mummy needs to think about The Congestion Zone, charges, and times of charging.

It is £11.50 a day, Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm. She has worked out that we do not need to drive through it, we can drive along the boundary almost!

In the car we can leave, stop and start when we want to. I can have a sleep. We can take whatever we want to.

Both hotels have parking, so that won’t be a problem.

After much thinking, and looking at Google Maps, Mummy has decided to drive.

The trickiest part will be driving from Kensington to the Docklands.

She is spending time looking at maps, checking out apps and searching for places to go.

So far…

1. We are thinking of setting off Tuesday late afternoon, stopping at Leigh Delamere services, to get a head start.

2. If so, we hope to arrive in London 10-11am Wednesday.

3. The hotel are letting us check in / leave our luggage from 10am, and park the car.

4. We will head into London 🙂

5. Back to the hotel for an early evening meal.

6. After dinner we will enjoy our family suite in the hotel.

7. On Thursday we can leave the car at the hotel until 6pm so will have another full day sightseeing. We have already decided we all want to go on The London Eye and The Natural History Museum

8. After 6pm we will drive to the second hotel.

9. On Friday we will head, by train and tube into London again, and back. We are not sure what we will do yet.

10. On Saturday we will leave after breakfast, and make our way home.

Things to do before we go…

1. Check the best way to travel around London – and whether to buy pre-paid travel cards.

2. See what there is to do near each hotel, to limit travel time and tube changes.

3. See if there are any special offers on any attractions.

4. Join the AA (just in case).

5. Pack!

Have you been to London? Have you any tips to share?

Linking up to Binky Linky, PoCoLo and The List linkys.

24 Comments

  1. I hope you have fun!

    This app might help you – http://bubeleapp.com

    It tells you all the family friendly things to do around London 😀

    i can’t wait to take my little one when she’s a bit bigger. I do miss being around London.

    Chloe
    x

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  2. I’m not far from London but I’ve been in a bit of a quandary about taking the car or train too as we want to visit friends as well as some sights.
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  3. oh i do wish we could get to london in less than a days travel , its such a long day we would have to stay over as a holiday for few days to make it worth it but theres so much to do it would be worth the while

  4. Sounds like you’re well organized! We may be making a trip over there sometime over the next few months, as hubby is in London almost monthly for work and we just might decide to tag along 🙂 I’ve pinned this…there are some handy tips here! #PoCoLo
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  5. Quite a minefield a trip to London with little ones I think. We enjoy going now with my son, but we are close enough to daytrip.
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  6. We are going to London in July and it will be my toddler’s first time in actual London (Wembley stadium for Mr Tumble didn’t count!). We only live 2 hours away but haven’t decided whether to drive or take the train, I’m also a bit worried about taking a buggy on the tube! x
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  7. I am sure you are going to have a very enjoyable trip.There is so much to see and do in London.
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  8. My husband learned to drive in London so he’s confident driving but although I am not a fan of the train I think if you book your seats in advance it’s easier to get there by train
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  9. I am planning a trip to London in the summer so this is really helpful. I hope you have a fab time.
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  10. I live in the heart of London and I have to say it’s quite easy getting around by tube. Not always easy with a pram but if your toddler is able to walk most of the day then I’d say ditch the pram (or at least have it folded up while in the tube stations, it’ll just make things easier for you!) There is so much to see and do: pretty much all the museums are free (the transport museum which is fab has a £15 entry fee for adults though), the Diana Memorial Playground near Bayswater is really nice, Hamleys if you dare, Regents Park and Hyde Park boating if it’s a nice day, Battersea Children’s Zoo, the London Zoo (very expensive!) and so much more! Hope you had a fab time!! x #TheList
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  11. It took me a while to feel brave enough to take the kids to London but it was so worth it when they had a fabulous time
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  12. We love travelling to London and have done it both by car and on the train and it is a LONG way for us. I think I prefer the trains at the moment

  13. I love taking my two to London and have done it on my own a good few times now.

    Have fun x x
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  14. Blimey, your Mum has quite a challenge on her hands there! Good for her. I hope you all have a great time. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  15. Superb planning , you tell your mummy she is a Super clever little sausage
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  16. Have a fab time when you get here x
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  17. Your mummy sounds very organised. I’ve been London when I was younger with the school to see a show and also went last year for the first time on my own. I travelled by train and tube and really enjoyed the experience! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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  18. It sounds like you are all going to have a great time! Enjoy.

  19. Looks loads of fun enjoy yourselves thanks for linking to the Binkylinky
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  20. We have several trips to London planned and not been as organised as you though x
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  21. We love popping into London, for me I just make sure i know which tube stops i need and how close they are to the hotel. hope you have fun x
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  22. Lots to think about planning a trip to London. We lived there for 20 years and worked there every day until recently so we do go there less often now. POD has been to London once and it does take more organising. We need to take her back really at some point!
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  23. Hope you have a brilliant time. We love London and try to visit as often as we can. I think it sounds more daunting than it is and I bet you find it easier than you imagine, I hope so!
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  24. This so super organised!!! I tend to tip up somewhere and then go, urgh, what now? You will have such an ace time 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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