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natlee
20-04-2012, 16:39
My baby and I should be there July and (a good part of) August, any of you there around that time and/or have any tips as to what to do and where to go with a 6.5 year old? We'll be out of the center, and free (and bored) weekdays, and possibly some Sundays. I can only hope I'll be able to work out how to use the metro lol

Tony P
20-04-2012, 16:55
An enchanting place, I enjoyed as much as a child as I did taking my own children and more lately various visitors, is Bekonskot Model Village.

http://www.bekonscot.co.uk/

It was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's ToyTown and Noddy books - she lived next door and got the idea looking over the garden fence.

It is not on the regular 'tourist circuit' but everyone I have ever taken there (both adult or smaller people) have found it one of the most memorable visits of their trip to England.

In the old market town of Beaconsfield, about 50km west of London, it is half an hour by train from London Marylebone Station close to Baker street.

Tell me your 6.5 year old didn't like it and I will refund the admission charge!

natlee
20-04-2012, 16:59
Oh wow! Thank you very much! :)

peppermintpaddy
20-04-2012, 17:01
Well natlee,the olympics start the 28th july-so there will be plenty of street theatre and other corporate funded freebies around London.....for me the best thing in London is The British Museum,you could literally spend days in there....and its free!

robertmf
20-04-2012, 17:23
Post us a picture of you on the London Eye (http://www.destination360.com/europe/uk/london/london-eye-millenium-wheel) :mml:


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natlee
20-04-2012, 17:32
Post us a picture of you on the London Eye (http://www.destination360.com/europe/uk/london/london-eye-millenium-wheel) :mml:


:10641: It would look EXACTLY like that! Been scared of those since I turned 18 or so, and that was quite some time ago! :D

MickeyTong
20-04-2012, 17:35
You can spend a whole day in Hamleys Toy Shop (and wish you were rich...)

http://www.hamleys.com/

http://www.timeout.com/london/kids/

robertmf
20-04-2012, 17:51
It would look EXACTLY like that! Been scared of those since I turned 18 or so, and that was quite some time ago! :D

... MickeyT might tell you, "Confront your fears" ;)

I look forward to a photo of you & child taken at the top of the London Eye :clown:

:tgif:

Sparafucile
20-04-2012, 18:01
London is full of parks and gardens - great places to go with kids :)

A couple of ideas...

... Regent's Park (nearest Undergrounds would be Baker Street, Great Portland Street) is very varied - there are beautiful areas with flowers etc, and also fields to play football and other games. But the nicest area within Regent's Park is Queen Mary's Rose Gardens (it's at the centre of Regent's Park). As you might guess, there are beautiful roses there - also a nice lake where you can feed the birds, and there are several fountains. Entrance is completely free :)

If you don't mind going towards the West of London, then take the green tube line to Kew Gardens, and visit - Kew Gardens. It's London's main botanical gardens. There are astonishing plants, huge greenhouses, and some unusual things to see (like the Chinese pagoda). Strongly recommended! Entrance is a few pounds per person.

MickeyTong
20-04-2012, 19:28
... MickeyT might tell you, "Confront your fears" ;)

I look forward to a photo of you & child taken at the top of the London Eye :clown:

:tgif:


90 minutes in a queue to buy a (pricey) ticket, then 90 minutes in a queue to get on the Wheel......great views of London, though.

Judge
20-04-2012, 20:29
Do you and your daughter like tea and cakes ? If yes , you could treat your daughter(and yourself) to an afternoon that she'll never forget..
Afternoon tea at the Ritz..

http://www.theritzlondon.com/tea/menus-en.html
Half price for kids...

http://www.theritzlondon.com/faq-en.html

or at the Savoy
http://www.savoy-experiences.com/thesavoy/afternoontea/afttea.htm

robertmf
20-04-2012, 21:25
London is full of parks and gardens - great places to go with kids :)

A couple of ideas...

If you don't mind going towards the West of London, then take the green tube line to Kew Gardens, and visit - Kew Gardens.

I was going to suggest Kew, too; but I'm not sure about the attention span of a young'un. Perhaps a zoo would be better :question:

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robertmf
20-04-2012, 21:27
Do you and your daughter like tea and cakes ? If yes , you could treat your daughter(and yourself) to an afternoon that she'll never forget..



Yes :) Harods for the tea (and shopping shopping shopping ...) (http://www.harrods.com/visiting/restaurants/georgian-restaurant)


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Samodika
20-04-2012, 22:38
I was going to advise parks and Kew, and also Natural History Museum. Or you could go to Brighton - around 1h on train from London Bridge - you will see some sea )
I am not sure yet if I am in London in Jul-Aug, but if I am, will be glad to show the city (as much as I could already explore myself)

Judge
20-04-2012, 22:42
Yes :) Harods for the tea (and shopping shopping shopping ...) (http://www.harrods.com/visiting/restaurants/georgian-restaurant)


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Although I have never been in Harrods, I hear that it's worth going just to visit the toilets... It's all marble and gold,plus it's free ..

Samodika
20-04-2012, 22:54
Although I have never been in Harrods, I hear that it's worth going just to visit the toilets... It's all marble and gold,plus it's free ..

Hmmm... I haven't noticed neither marble nor gold... but yes, it's free )

natlee
20-04-2012, 22:56
I was going to advise parks and Kew, and also Natural History Museum. Or you could go to Brighton - around 1h on train from London Bridge - you will see some sea )
I am not sure yet if I am in London in Jul-Aug, but if I am, will be glad to show the city (as much as I could already explore myself) Thanks, and let me know if you're still there :)

Judge
20-04-2012, 22:57
Hmmm... I haven't noticed neither marble nor gold... but yes, it's free )
I was told wrong then...maybe you went to the wrong Harrods...:jester:

In this picture, can't see the gold..
http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2635270690088853992wJJWpe

Samodika
20-04-2012, 22:59
I was told wrong then...maybe you went to the wrong Harrods...:jester:

In this picture, can't see the gold..
http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2635270690088853992wJJWpe


Must be wrong Harrods then )))

Tony P
21-04-2012, 03:01
We are digressing from the original request and not thinking what a 6.5 year old would like.

Other than the funfair on the remaining pier, the child's only real interest in Brighton would be the sea, but the beach is largely stones not sand.
Harrods toilets would be wasted, unless the child had an urgent need of their function rather than the decor.
Hamleys would leave the child frustrated. Even if Mother's credit card can stand it, there are baggage limits on flying back!
Kew would be just 'trees and plants'.

At that age they want activity, action, participation and quickly changing variety to hold their attention.

Children's Theatre Activity Workshop ? But is English the first (only) language?

What about a Childrens Farm ?
This one http://www.oddsfarm.co.uk/ is about 10km from the Model Village in Post 2 but would require a car or taxi to get there.

TolkoRaz
21-04-2012, 10:19
Take her to see a Westend Threatre show (musical) - your 6 year old would really enjoy 'Cats' or 'Matilda' :)

And the Sea Life Aquarium would also be a good one for a rainy day (there'll be plenty of those during an English Summer - I hear it frequently rains over the Summer months, so take at least 2 umbrellas, you are bound to loose one!) ;)

http://www.visitsealife.com/london/

NotMe
21-04-2012, 11:08
Probably, you could ask someone from your friends or just acquaintances, who lives in London or nearby and has a car, to show you and your daughter some interesting local places, which could be interesting to you and your child.

I am sure, they will not mind to devote weekend to both ladies. :)

Samodika
21-04-2012, 14:03
We are digressing from the original request and not thinking what a 6.5 year old would like.

Other than the funfair on the remaining pier, the child's only real interest in Brighton would be the sea, but the beach is largely stones not sand.
Harrods toilets would be wasted, unless the child had an urgent need of their function rather than the decor.
Hamleys would leave the child frustrated. Even if Mother's credit card can stand it, there are baggage limits on flying back!
Kew would be just 'trees and plants'.

At that age they want activity, action, participation and quickly changing variety to hold their attention.

Children's Theatre Activity Workshop ? But is English the first (only) language?

What about a Childrens Farm ?
This one http://www.oddsfarm.co.uk/ is about 10km from the Model Village in Post 2 but would require a car or taxi to get there.

I went to Brighton last May with a friend of mine and her 7yo son - everybody enjoyed the trip; so this was not just an advice for an adult

martpark
21-04-2012, 19:41
Take her to see a Westend Threatre show (musical) - your 6 year old would really enjoy 'Cats' or 'Matilda' :)

And the Sea Life Aquarium would also be a good one for a rainy day (there'll be plenty of those during an English Summer - I hear it frequently rains over the Summer months, so take at least 2 umbrellas, you are bound to loose one!) ;)

http://www.visitsealife.com/london/

Umbrellas are not used in Britain, in general. Also there's a drought on.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/16/drought-fears-revive-memories-1976

TolkoRaz
21-04-2012, 20:36
As an afterthought, this website details museums etc suitable for children, may be it will be of interest to you and your 6 1/2 year old 'baby':

http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/culture/best-london-museums-for-kids

:)

TolkoRaz
21-04-2012, 20:38
Umbrellas are not used in Britain, in general. Also there's a drought on.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/16/drought-fears-revive-memories-1976

As for martpark's advice, check this website for London weather - it looks wet to me!

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/51.508129,-0.128005

As I wrote, pack an umbrella or 2! ;)

Tony P
21-04-2012, 21:17
I remember 1976 - the south had no rain for 45 days in July/August.

Rain doesn't solve a drought in UK.

It has to fall in the right places first. London rain goes straight into the Thames and out to sea. Domestic and industrial water supplies come from further inland - and it has to be the classic "right sort of rain".

Matt24
21-04-2012, 21:35
If you have access to a car ,

Chessington world of adventure / Lego land
Windsor Castle - all one day doable


if you leave early enough it's a gorgeous drive about 2 hours to Warwick Castle - Brilliantly done, Knights in armor and all manner of archery and stuff


Thorpe Park - tires them out for days

For no reason I have ever been able to understand - Peppa Pig world near Romsey was the best thing my daughter ever ever saw - we took her there from 4 years old she's now 13 going on 35 and still raves about it - again it's very handy for the New forest - lots of ponies and pretty villages, and Beaulie the National Motor Museum, which is also very well done and has spectacularly good catering - and Broadlands which is this monster park

I prefer Eastbourne to Brighton, if you want a day on the beach it's just a lot less crowded and great fish and chips - if you fancy some bonkers east end charm cockneys on the lash, take the train from Stratford and head out to Clacton or Southend.

Sparafucile
21-04-2012, 22:02
Umbrellas are not used in Britain, in general. Also there's a drought on.

British technological development has now advanced to the stage where there can be a hosepipe ban in the middle of flooding.

martpark
21-04-2012, 22:18
As for martpark's advice, check this website for London weather - it looks wet to me!

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/51.508129,-0.128005

As I wrote, pack an umbrella or 2! ;)

Ten days does not a summer make. According to your logic, weather in July for Moscow will be this: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Moscow+Russia+RSXX0063

As someone who has worked a number of summers in London, umbrellas are not needed. A coat/anorak with a hood is a better plan.

Disco Kings
21-04-2012, 22:45
natlee! You'll be there for your birthday! Where am going to keep the SUV I was going to buy you?

Ps, don't mention this to Not Me!

NotMe
21-04-2012, 22:51
natlee! You'll be there for your birthday! Where am going to keep the SUV I was going to buy you?

Ps, don't mention this to Notme!

Pardon?

How is NotMe involved here?:suspect:

I am afraid you confused me with someone else. ;)

Disco Kings
21-04-2012, 23:32
Pardon?

How is NotMe involved here?:suspect:

I am afraid you confused me with someone else. ;)

Could be, I got so many women going on I forget sometimes. I thought I had to buy you a SUV to go with the dress, shoes, coat and bag I was buying you. If it wasn't you then who?

NotMe
21-04-2012, 23:46
Could be, I got so many women going on I forget sometimes. I thought I had to buy you a SUV to go with the dress, shoes, coat and bag I was buying you. If it wasn't you then who?


It was on-line joking idle talk and nothing else, isn't it? ;)

At least for me, because i can allow to buy me the mentioned above things only someone, who is close to me.

Disco Kings
21-04-2012, 23:52
It was on-line joking idle talk and nothing else, isn't it? ;)

At least for me, because i can allow to buy me the mentioned above things only someone, who is close to me.

I was on line joking, but now I'd like to get closer to you. Not many girls like you.

robertmf
21-04-2012, 23:53
... I thought I had to buy you a SUV to go with the dress, shoes, coat and bag I was buying you. ...

... and all the items have to be colour-coordinated :11088:

Disco Kings
21-04-2012, 23:58
... and all the items have to be colour-coordinated :11088:



No, I remember she wanted the SUV to clash.