Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I do this stuff so you don't have to (you can thank me later)

On behalf of my family and the poor, unsuspecting houseguests whom we subjected to just about the worst tourist activity in all of London this past weekend, I feel duty bound to offer this little public service announcement to all future London tourists.

Admission to Madame Tussauds: a total waste of money

Hours spent in Madame Tussauds: a total waste of time

Photo of my little Einsteins with the big man himself:
still not worth the trip, but damn cute anyway

Even Albert looks a little bored...


Blogger denzylle said...


2:45 PM  
Blogger chichimama said...

Yep. Sorry, forgot to tell you that one. But everyone has to go I suppose....

1:01 AM  
Blogger denzylle said...

Some of the places that *do* get a good press include the London Eye, the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood and the Rainforest Cafe. Kew (Botanic) Gardens and the Science and Natural History Museums all have interactive exhibits for younger children.

Buckingham Palace is open each summer but, in my view, falls into the same category as Mme. Tussauds, expensive and a waste of money. If Julia wants to see where a princess lives, I'd stick with Disneyland Paris (going by Eurostar).

I'm not big on zoos and I've heard good and bad about London Zoo recently. If you check your map, you'll see there's a walk on the edge of Regent's Park that goes right by the side of the Children's Zoo and you can see lots of animals from there (for free) and also baseball on the Fields. And, if you walk by the Canal (or take the Jenny Wren boat) from Camden Lock, you go underneath the Zoo's aviaries.

I took young kids to Glasgow's Planetarium a couple of years ago and it was a great hit but I think London's has now closed.

But please research your trips on line - I'd hate for you to be disappointed on my recommendation.

10:54 AM  
Blogger denzylle said...

Oh, and the London Aquarium.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks for the great list, Denzylle! We've been to quite a few of these already (I'm afraid I've been somewhat remiss about documenting ALL of our adventures here), but a few of your suggestions -- most notably the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood and Kew Gardens -- are new to me and sound like they definitely need to go on our to do list! I've also been wanting to go see the Princess Diana dress collection at Kensington Palace. Yea? Nay?

We did like the London Zoo, by the way (it was a really good size for young kids)... but next time, I think we'll try to see it for free from the Jenny Wren boat... what a great idea!

6:21 PM  
Blogger denzylle said...

You know, I didn't even know there *was* a permanent collection of Diana's dresses at KP so, I can't advise on that one.

Re the zoo animals, it's from the Park that you'll see them for free. From the boat, it's just the birds in the aviary.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I'm sure you'll make the very best of it here in London.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I love Julia's expression in the picture.

5:37 AM  

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