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    Kids might like the EYE - a huge ferris wheel on the Thames.

    The Tower is a must, however the Beefeater that was leading us in really creeped my youngest out with all the gory stories

    Is a bit out of London, but we spend a day at Cambridge and went Punting on the Cam. My daughters really liked it.
    They also liked the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. We went at noon, so we saw the whole guard mount, complete with band - nobody does ceremonial like the British. It was very crowded though

    If you do a parliament tour - Westminster Abbey is just across the street - It is a not free ( IIRC it was 25 pounds for a family 10 yrs ago)

    I really liked the Imperial War Museum, but I'm not sure how kids would like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
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    Really? All that loot from the colonies? The Magna Carta? The Rosetta Stone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I didn't even last an hour.
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    GM, if your kids include teenagers, definitely do the British Museum. Our kids ranged from 14-22, and even the surly youngest didn't complain. Well, not too much. It is an amazing museum. And it's free!

    Westminster Abbey is also excellent. Younger kids will do OK with the audio tour.

    The Tower of London is also recommended. A lot of neat history and walking around.

    Then after you've done the historical sites, treat your kids to go see Wicked or some other play. After 10 days of historical site-seeing, it helped take the edge off our younger ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Really? All that loot from the colonies? The Magna Carta? The Rosetta Stone?
    I would have definitely done the Magna Carta if it was there. What kind of loot did I miss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    Kids might like the EYE - a huge ferris wheel on the Thames.

    The Tower is a must, however the Beefeater that was leading us in really creeped my youngest out with all the gory stories

    Is a bit out of London, but we spend a day at Cambridge and went Punting on the Cam. My daughters really liked it.
    They also liked the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. We went at noon, so we saw the whole guard mount, complete with band - nobody does ceremonial like the British. It was very crowded though

    If you do a parliament tour - Westminster Abbey is just across the street - It is a not free ( IIRC it was 25 pounds for a family 10 yrs ago)

    I really liked the Imperial War Museum, but I'm not sure how kids would like it
    Agreed on the Abbey. It's my #1 favorite stop in London. Not sure if younger kids would fully appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Yeah, we know. This will be your epitaph when CS disappears!

    GM, if your kids include teenagers, definitely do the British Museum. Our kids ranged from 14-22, and even the surly youngest didn't complain. Well, not too much. It is an amazing museum. And it's free!

    Westminster Abbey is also excellent. Younger kids will do OK with the audio tour.

    The Tower of London is also recommended. A lot of neat history and walking around.

    Then after you've done the historical sites, treat your kids to go see Wicked or some other play. After 10 days of historical site-seeing, it helped take the edge off our younger ones!
    My kids loved the tower as well. We also took them to see Warhorse and Phantom of the Opera. Other than my daughter throwing up outside the theater in a shoulder to shoulder crowd we had a great time and the kids enjoyed it.
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    My kids loved the tower as well. We also took them to see Warhorse and Phantom of the Opera. Other than my daughter throwing up outside the theater in a shoulder to shoulder crowd we had a great time and the kids enjoyed it.
    There are a few plays that kids would enjoy. We saw Lion King last time we we're there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I didn't even last an hour.
    Mrs. Diddley was complaining about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Really? All that loot from the colonies? The Magna Carta? The Rosetta Stone?
    If a family is in London, I think it's parental malpractice not to compel one's kids to spend at least one hour in the British Museum. Mine weren't thrilled at first, but years later they still speak of the items you mentioned, the Elgin Marbles (aka the Parthenon Sculptures), mummies, fantastic artwork, and other loot (much of which really ought to be given back), as well as the original handwritten songs, lyrics and doodles by Lennon and McCartney. I also liked the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of Big Ben. the rosy red cheeks of the little chil-dren.

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    One other thing that my wife and girls liked (because they love horses) was Trooping the Colors on The Horse Ground Parade. Not sure how often if occurs but it is close to the Churchill War Rooms.
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    My daughters (17 and 13 at the time) really enjoyed the British Museum and the 3 (Wicked, Spam-a-lot and one I can't remember) plays they saw in the West End. My middle daughter was/is a theatre nerd. I was in Normandy with my brother that weekend, so I wasn't able to do either (priorities you know )

    My wife found an apt just down river from Parliament we were able to rent for the week were in London proper - and with a Tube pass everything was easily reachable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Mrs. Diddley was complaining about that.

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    Thanks, guys. I have five kids ranging from 10 mos. (when we go) to 17 years old, so I think we'll do some divide and conquer to keep the little kids entertained and the older kids engaged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    Thanks, guys. I have five kids ranging from 10 mos. (when we go) to 17 years old, so I think we'll do some divide and conquer to keep the little kids entertained and the older kids engaged.
    Have you gone yet? and what did you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Really? All that loot from the colonies? The Magna Carta? The Rosetta Stone?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    I would have definitely done the Magna Carta if it was there. What kind of loot did I miss?
    Just saw this, and point of clarification : The Magna Carta is in the British Library, not the British Museum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    Just saw this, and point of clarification : The Magna Carta is in the British Library, not the British Museum.
    Interesting. It (one of the original copies at least) used to be in the British Museum. When I was there 20 or so years ago, I asked one of the staff members "What do you think is the most valuable item in the museum" and he answered the magna carta, which we immediately located and viewed. Maybe it was a temporary exhibit or something.
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    My 30 year old daughter - who lives with us - just got back from two weeks London/Paris. I asked her how she liked The Tower of London, and she said "what's that?" I proceeded to tell her a little history and how our family once lost our sister there, and when we finally found her, she was in the same cell (with the Beef Eaters) where they kept Oliver Cromwell. She said - "who's that?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Interesting. It (one of the original copies at least) used to be in the British Museum. When I was there 20 or so years ago, I asked one of the staff members "What do you think is the most valuable item in the museum" and he answered the magna carta, which we immediately located and viewed. Maybe it was a temporary exhibit or something.
    Isn't there like 15 versions of the magna carta? It took them a while to get it right. The British should have just lopped off King John's head and got rid of the monarchy while they had the chance.

    I thought the crown jewels and the tower of london were pretty cool. Also, Winston's war room. On one trip to London it was during the Queen's Jubilee and Buckingham palace was open for tours (2015, I believe). The Queen has a lot of nice art in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Isn't there like 15 versions of the magna carta? It took them a while to get it right. The British should have just lopped off King John's head and got rid of the monarchy while they had the chance.

    I thought the crown jewels and the tower of london were pretty cool. Also, Winston's war room. On one trip to London it was during the Queen's Jubilee and Buckingham palace was open for tours (2015, I believe). The Queen has a lot of nice art in there.
    He died to quick for them to do that, plus they tried that with Charles I and it didn't work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Isn't there like 15 versions of the magna carta? It took them a while to get it right. The British should have just lopped off King John's head and got rid of the monarchy while they had the chance.

    I thought the crown jewels and the tower of london were pretty cool. Also, Winston's war room. On one trip to London it was during the Queen's Jubilee and Buckingham palace was open for tours (2015, I believe). The Queen has a lot of nice art in there.
    Wikipedia says there are 4 contemporaneous copies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    Wikipedia says there are 4 contemporaneous copies.
    Yeah, I still think the crown jewels are more valuable.
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    Isnt there a copy in Salisbury? Go there to visit Old Sarum (a twofer for fans of ancient roman forts and Lord of the Rings) and see the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Isnt there a copy in Salisbury? Go there to visit Old Sarum (a twofer for fans of ancient roman forts and Lord of the Rings) and see the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral.
    There is a copy in the United States Capitol... You don't have to go all the way to London or Salisbury to see it. If you go to London see the crown jewels and how they tortured all the commoners over at the tower of london instead. Also, the Palace of Westminster is interesting to tour as well. You can see how the Lords are still screwing over the Commoners.
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