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    Default Travelling with kids to London

    Going to take the kids to London for xmas with a small trip on the Eurostar to Paris. Never taken the kids before but after advice please:

    - Best and cheapest airline from Brisbane
    - Recommended accommodation in central London
    - Any cost cutters? (travel agent via booking online)

    Thank you for any advice

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    When going to London I normally find Singapore Airlines the cheapest (unless you count Brunei, but I'm not keen to travel with them). Shop around though, as there are always different deals on.

    The Thistle Victoria is pretty handy. It joins on to Victoria Station. So you can get a tube from Heathrow straight there. I stayed there a few years ago and it was good. Rooms were a decent size too, which is unusual for London.

    I always book online and find it to be cheaper. We went to Paris via Eurostar in November, and booked the tickets online too. I can't remember the website, but we looked at a few and picked the cheapest!

    Travel as light as you can, as negotiating all the stairs on the underground and metro with suitcases (and maybe prams) can be a nightmare!

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    I second Singapore Air for being reasonably priced - and they're fantastic! I have never tried booking with a travel agent, apart from our 11 flight honeymoon, but would imagine that online would be easier. The Piccadilly Line, the one that runs from Heathrow, doesn't stop at Victoria, though, so be careful with that. If you're getting the tube I wouldn't want to have to change lines with kids and luggage! You could check sites like hotels.com for cheap hotels and just double check where it is on the tube.

    Hope you have fun - after 2 years of not being there, I'm finally starting to miss it ... a little!

    (Girl X, you made me doubt the tube map in my brain, I had to Google to make sure it didn't stop there! Hehe)

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    Hi there, your trip sounds great. Not sure how old your kids are, but when we travelled to Paris/ Provence with our 2yr old and 4yr old, these are a few things that helped us:
    1. Emirates: we booked online- early bird specials about 6mths in advance. They were cheap. Adults were $1600 roughly (Sydney-Dubai- Paris return) and kids about $1200 as they only charge 75%- not all airlines do this. I love Emirates because it gets the long leg out of the way first. Once you get to Dubai, it is only about 7hrs to Europe. I believe they fly direct from Brisbane now too.
    2. Carry on bags only- yes, it can be done. we purchased the exact measurement cases for Emirates measurements and stuck to the weight limits. When travelling with kids, I believe you get one extra carry on baggage item- all details on their website. So, hen we landed, we walked straight from the airport, rather than having to wait for baggage. We each had one winter coat which we wore on the plane. I always find by far the worst thing about travelling is lugging bags around. Not fun. To be avoided at all costs.
    3. We purchased a 1 month travel insurance policy online- I am sure this is cheaper than buying it through an agent.
    4. We purchased TGV and Eurostar tickets online well in advance. You may even be able to get a package deal for hotel/ EuroDisney/ Eurostar all inclusive. Rail tickets are hugely more expensive if you buy them on the day. Keep an eye on the website for tickets to go online- usually 3-6 months before the travel date.
    5. We rented an apartment in Paris from a website where owner/operators list their properties. This was easy and meant we had bedrooms/ cooking and laundry facilites which were necessities for us. I believe you can do the same ting in London, but I am not familiar with websites for London.
    Have a great time planning your trip!

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    Hi

    I can't comment on accommodation but for the last 5 years, once every 12 months or so I have flown to London Heathrow with Singapore Airlines - cannot fault them.

    This year I am going with Emirates, they were cheaper when I was looking to book. They are also good but Singapore are better I would say.

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    Just something to think about. Sometimes Emirates is that little bit cheaper, but remember if you fly with them that you have two stops and negotiating children at both Singapore and Dubai would be a nightmare. I have been through Dubai a few times and each time I have had to run for my connecting flight.
    Have fun!!

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    Not all Emirates flights have two stops. Mine have only ever stopped at Dubai. The cheaper ones do though!

    Airbnb is fantastic for accommodation!

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    I flew Perth to Heathrow with Emirates at Christmas. It's the 3rd time I've flown with children and the second with Emirate, first was with Singapore. Can't really fault either airline. The flight is never pleasant but you can't really get around that.
    I always book on line. I just find it easier, but we have dual nationality so don't need to bother with visas or anything like that.
    Not sure what age your kids are, but mine were 4 and a half, and 8 months when we went at Christmas. We also went to Disneyland Paris. Figured we were flying all that way we may as well do it. It was well worth it. I def recommend booking hotel in the Disney complex. We booked 2 nights in Hotel Santa Fe (2nd cheapest as you really only sleep there) and got 3 days part entry included - much cheaper than doing it separately and you get to enter the park an hour earlier than the public. Not all rides are open but it does mean the little ones are entertained without queuing. It really was a full in few days, so be prepared. Can't help with Eurostar as we flew to Paris CDG from Cardiff.
    One tip for coats etc, it will be freezing. Colder than I remember. Stock up on thermals and put them all in one of those vacuum pack bags right at the top of your suitcase, so they are easy to access and don't take up as much room.
    Have fun

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    Thanks for that great replies! My kids are 7 and 9 and although I lived in London for 3 years (99-02) it is just so different when incorporating kids into the equation.

    I am also wondering if anyone has let a flat in Paris or London as opposed to hotel accommodation? Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by vixta99 View Post
    Thanks for that great replies! My kids are 7 and 9 and although I lived in London for 3 years (99-02) it is just so different when incorporating kids into the equation.

    I am also wondering if anyone has let a flat in Paris or London as opposed to hotel accommodation? Thanks again
    That's what airbnb does - people's flats generally.

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