The perfect family weekend in London with 8 and 9 year olds 16

As a family we love London and we love visiting, however, as we reside in the frozen North of England it is a long journey and sometimes weekends can be stressful and hectic.  Not anymore as thanks to Superbreak we had the perfect family weekend in London and I want to share with you what made it so special.

Make it for all the family

What made this weekend so perfect (even with Mini feeling under the weather) was there was something for everyone in the family.  We talked about what we all wanted from the weekend before we started planning and discovered that we all wanted to do different things.  Mini wanted to see a show, I wanted some culture, Maxi wanted ice cream at Fortnum and Mason and MadDad wanted a five Guys!

We also knew that we wanted to have fun and some not rush from one things to the next, but we also wanted to make the most of it as we live so far away.  So this was our itinerary

Friday after school

We traveled to London on the train.  I made sure that I packed a picnic for the train and remarkably the boys both fell asleep on the train, which is unheard of! To make life easy we traveled with the bare minimum, in fact we took a couple of rucksacks and that was all.

Mini on the train


My boys are early risers so we were up early and  had an amazing breakfast at the hotel around 7.15am before purchasing day travel ticket the tube (Children under 13 travel free with an adult) to the Tower of London to see the Poppie exhibition.  I was glad that we arrived early at the Tower as when we were leaving the crowds had got quite busy and being early meant that the boys got fantastic views, in fact Mini took control of the camera and took this amazing image.

Poppies by Mini

We then made our way to The Parlour in Fortnum and Mason (which was next door to the hotel) for amazing icecreams before heading to see Matilda the Musical matinee tickets at the Cambridge Theatre.  The musical was breathtaking.  Ity is hard to say just how good it was, but all four of us thought it was the best we had seen and we loved it.  We then went to Covent Garden for burgers at Five Guys before making our way back to the hotel.


Sunday started early for us with another amazing breakfast before we set off to soak up the sights, sounds and smells of Brick Lane for the The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition for our timed entry.  We all really enjoyed the exhibition and again I think going early was a great idea as it was starting to get busy as we left and we all had time to really look and get close to the exhibits.  The models were amazing and the fact that it was LEGO made it really interesting, inspirational and accessible for kids of all ages. Again Mini took control of the camera.

Maxi at the art of Brick

We then popped to a cafr for some lunch before picking up snacks and sandwiches for the train home.


How to have the perfect Family weekend in London

The perfect family weekend in London with 8 and 9 year olds

Use an agent to book everything

We first came across Superbreak when my Brother used them earlier in the year to book his family break to London.  They has such a great time and not only did using an agent take the stress out of booking, it also was less expensive than them booking direct. Superbreak took all the aspects of what we wanted in a weekend and booked everything for us and then sent us the tickets and the itinerary in the mail.

Let the train take the strain

By booking our train travel in advance we had great seats and a table.  Both the boys love travelling on the train and fell asleep going.  I find train travel really relaxing now and there is no worry about finding a parking space in London and for us it is faster than the car.  Plus if you travel as a family you can save money using a Family Railcard. Even better Superbreak booked our rail travel for us with East Coast (even the seat reservations) saving me even more time.

Stay central

Location is everything when it comes to a hotel. We stayed at the 4* Cavendish Hotel (in two rooms) which is in a great location. Easy to access from the Tube, but also within walking distance of some of London’s amazing tourist spots. It was a fantastic hotel with great breakfasts included. The staff were amazing, picking up on the fact that Mini had a temperature just from an instagram picture.  Oh and remarkably Maxi actually slept in past 6am, which is unheard off!

Price: from £1,240 per family (based on a family of four) based on two nights at the 4* Cavendish Hotel, including full breakfast, plus tickets to see Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre and tickets to The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition. Return rail travel can be added. Valid until 12th December 2014 .

You can book online at or by calling 01904 717 359