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A Half Term Staycation with the Kids: London

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When I was 20 I moved from Australia to London all by myself. It was a wonderful year filled with wonder & awe on each corner. Have you considered a trip to London? It doesn't have to be a chore with kids, as Catherine reveals. 

While some families will be jetsetting off to warmer shores this half term, others will choose to stay closer to home, and why not? The UK has so much to offer people of all ages, that sometimes a holiday abroad isn’t needed.

While London has an array of attractions to suit all ages, the thought of travelling into London with the brood, especially during half term, fills parents with dread. There’s nothing worse than tackling heavy traffic with a car full of bored kids. The good thing is, this doesn’t have to happen. You can find some great deals from Travelodge on Heathrow hotels in Terminal 5 – why not fly into, and stay, in the capital and avoid the roads altogether? With plenty of domestic flights scheduled to land in Terminal 5 every day, you can visit the capital from UK destinations including Manchester, Edinburgh and beyond.

The advantage of staying in Heathrow is you will likely save substantial amounts on accommodation compared with if you booked your family to stay in the city centre. That, combined with excellent transport links, mean that whatever your plans, you’re in a prime place. Central London is easily accessible via the underground, should you wish to enjoy the city’s attractions, including Madame Tussauds, the new and improved London Dungeons and the incredible London Zoo.

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In fact, with so many attractions on the outskirts of London, you and your brood may not even have to head into the city centre during your visit. There’s plenty to keep occupied with without the trusty sightseeing even having to enter your itinerary plans.

Windsor and Eton railway is a mere 6 miles away and, with the help of a shuttle bus, puts you on the doorstep of the family favourite, LEGOLAND. The Star Wars experience, Miniland and the superb rides make it a perfect day out for all the family. If you have little ones, it’s an ideal theme park due to the number of rides that are suitable for kids under 1.1m tall – even The Dragon can be ridden by 4 year olds, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.

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With Windsor Castle nearby, you can make the most of your day in the area by seeing this impressive fortification as well.

Alternatively, if you have bigger kids, Thorpe Park is just a short distance away, in Chertsey. Perfect for the adrenaline junkies in your brood, there are plenty of thrilling rides to choose from, including Stealth, Colossus and SAW. We all know how expensive theme parks can be – particularly when you have a large family to consider. Take advantage of any discounts you can find, such as the ‘Adults Go Free’ deal via Kellogg’s and Tesco Clubcard offers to save much-needed cash.

Wherever you choose to visit with the brood, make the most of the quality time you have together before work and school commitments get in the way again. With great deals from Travelodge on Heathrow hotels in Terminal 5, it’ll be a budget-friendly trip too.

Catherine Lavinia is a freelancer in advertising and marketing.  She likes travelling with friends and taking pictures (places, people, nature). Her favourite books are "Wuthering Heights" (Emily Bronte), "Vanity Fair"(William Thackeray), "Utopia" (Thomas More).

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