Deal Request: Easter Break in London

Hi All,

One of my readers requested a deal for an Easter trip to London for himself, his wife and 3 daughters travelling on the 2nd April returning on the 5th.

It occurred to me that even during my former life as a travel agent, I never had to put an itinerary together for a UK break, so here goes.

I am assuming that the customer would rather not drive as finding places to park in the capital can be a pain as can finding a London hotel with car parking space over the Easter weekend.

If the customer books quickly they can get Super Off Peak Return Tickets on Midland Mainline between his home town to London Euston for only £77 for the whole family!

Itinerary as follows:

Outward – Friday 2nd April 2010
Depart Arrive Seating Travel by
10:03
Stone
12:49
London Euston
London Midland
Return – Monday 5th April 2010
Depart Arrive Seating Travel by
16:46
London Euston
19:28
Stone
London Midland

Ticket details

SUPER OFF-PEAK RETURN £77.00

  • 2 Adult(s) Full Fare @ £22.00
  • 3 Child(ren) Full Fare @ £11.00

Check details on the TheTrainline.com. May also be worth checking Raileasy as well, just incase they have access to different fares.

Hotel Deals in London at Easter.

London obviously isn’t the cheapest place to find a hotel, price can vary enormously dependent on location, seasonality, demand, star rating, board basis etc especially when you are looking for 2 rooms or 1 large family room. I will assume you are travelling on a budget (so you can save money for food and attractions).

Booking.com is reliably well priced due to the flexible approach it takes with Hoteliers. I have taken a look at which family rooms they have on offer during this time and a couple stick out as being reasonably suitable:

Colin House has a  Bedroom suitable for 5 people working out at £557 for the 3 nights. It is a cheap and cheerful hotel located close to Victoria coach and train stations, so is a short tube ride from London Euston if you decide to take the train to London. Location wise it is a short(ish) walk to Green Park and Westminster (Big Ben, Houses of Parliament etc)

Kensington Park Apartments is located near Kensington High Street, Hyde Park and Knightsbridge (for Harrods). It has a 2 bed apartment available for £567, with a cot for the baby offered complimentary.

The others available during this time are either more expensive or located in East London, Canary Wharf which I do not feel is a very tourist friendly area to be based. See the full results for 1 room options here.

2 room options on Booking.com are more abundant, although admittedly this could me a much more expensive option. If you sort the search results by price you get a few hotels that I would say are quite far from the centre. It’s prob best to use the map function to see where the hotels actually are.

The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington is a nice 4 star hotel located close to Paddington station, making it reasonable for access to the centre, however this one works out at 2 rooms at £387 each for the 3 nights.

The Citadines Apart Hotel Barbican is relatively central and is working out at a similar prices for 2 studio rooms in this modern hotel.

The Hotel Ibis Earls Court is a reasonably priced 3 star hotel close to Earls Court and West Brompton thus providing quick access to the centre (2 rooms from £690)

This search here looks only at hotels meeting your criteria near Euston Station, so you do not have far to travel when you arrive.

I tried to do the same search criteria on lastminute.com but it was hard to do as their max number of people per room is 4 (it doesn’t account for those looking at a quad room plus cot).  The only real option on this site is to look for 2 rooms. They have 38 hotels returning in their search results versus 106 on Booking.com. Usually they have some good Top Secret Hotel deals but on this occasion only 1 result comes back and the price is close to £1400!

It is always worth checking their site when it times to book though in case they have any lastminute availability of cheap rooms.

Things to do in London with the kids during Easter weekend

I actually covered this a fair bit in this post here.

But for non Easter activities I would recommend the Science Museum or Natural History Muesum. You could easily spend a day split between these museums stopping for lunch in the middle and best of all they are free. The Imperial War Museum is also a favourite of mine as discussed here.

Theatre in London is always great, you could risk grabbing tickets from the Half Price Ticket Booth in Leicester Square, but a wiser move would be to order tickets in advance from lastminute.com (something they do very well!) or Ticketmaster or Viagogo.

London’s Parks are fantastic to walk in, although this is very dependent on the weather. Green Park is nice with views of Buckingham Palace, Regent’s Park is my favourite, but best in Summer.

South Bank has plenty going on, and you can walk from Embankment across Hungerford bridge and then walk all the way to the Tower Bridge with fantastic views along the way (plus you could stop at the Tate Modern or cross back over and visit the Tower Of London).

The London Pass can help you save money, skip queues at lots of major tourist attractions and includes a free Thames river cruise. Use londpas05 at checkout for a 5% discount.

For restaurant reviews check Trusted Places – it appears to be a bit less biased than other places.

Hope this info helps you to book your trip!

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One Response to “Deal Request: Easter Break in London”
  1. Great post! Really full of information. I’ll be heading over there by Easter this year. Thanks for sharing!
    -Natalie

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