A Family Weekend In London

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Guest Blog Post: In this article our Online Marketing Manager Khalid Amin reviews his recent family trip to London…

Shrek The Musical

Apartments for weekends away are the future! They are particularly handy if like me you’ve got a young family but feel like enjoying your weekend break with a glass of red wine after the small people have gone to bed. We stayed at Think Earl’s Court Apartments, a great location just a ten minute walk from both Earls Court and High Street Kensington. I much preferred the gentle walk to High Street Kensington tube through the stunning villas, mews and roof gardens of the Royal Borough of Kensington. Think Earl’s Court is also handily placed next door to a 24 hour Tesco for breakfast and pretty much anything you neglected to take with you. In our apartment we got 2 bedrooms and a great living and kitchen area. It was far more spacious than many central London hotels.

The real fun started early on Saturday morning with a trip on the fabulous London Eye. It’s a good few years since I’ve been on it but it remains one of the best things to do in London. The kids loved it, the only comparison they had was the big wheel at Bridlington so the 135 meters of the London Eye won hands down. They particularly got a kick out of looking for the Queen in a window at Buckingham Palace. She wasn’t in! The London Eye 4D experience was new to us and is a short but impressive 3D film complete with wind, bubbles and mist that bring the story to life.

We then sauntered down the South Bank towards Hungerford Bridge to cross the river to see the main event of the day at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Covent Garden. We were the proud owners of 4 matinee tickets to Shrek the Musical, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film. Now I’m more of a play man than a musical fanatic but I hugely enjoyed the show as did my wife and kids. Cast highlight for me was Richard Blackwood as the donkey but my daughter was a little bit mesmerised by the beautiful princess Fiona, now played by Carley Stenson. She was still wearing her Princess Fiona ears on the train home on Sunday! If you liked the film, you’ll love the musical.

Natural History Museum London

We spent Sunday morning at the ever impressive Natural History museum, a few hours just doesn’t do the museum justice due to the sheer scale of the exhibits but we thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a great exhibition in the museum gardens of award winning wildlife photography with some truly stunning photos. The mammals, particularly the life-size model of a blue whale really impressed the kids as did the ever popular dinosaurs. In terms of things to do in London, this has to be one of the best days out around.

My travel tip for the weekend is take the bus. You see far more than on the tube and seem to walk far less. In fact a single bus fare in London was cheaper than in York, now that surprised me.  Don’t forget to buy an Oyster Card, it’s far cheaper than buying a travel card when you arrive.

London is a world class city and this was a brilliant weekend break, both parents and kids had a ball.  It’s being spruced up in preparation for the Olympics as we speak so it’s a great time to visit. Think Apartments, Shrek The Musical, East Coast Rail tickets, London Eye tickets and Oyster Cards are all available from our website or over the phone in the call centre. Find out some more information about the latest London hotel breaks we have available.

Think Earls Court Apartments,181 Warwick Road,Earls Court,London, Greater London, W14 8PU. Shrek the Musical,Theatre Royal Drury Lane,Catherine Street,London,WC2B 5JF,

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