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By James M. Peterson
With Easter just a few weeks away, it's time to make last minute plans for Easter and what better way to have a marvellous holiday then to take an Easter break in London. Whether you're visiting the capital as a family, couple or single traveller, London has such a lot to offer there is something for everyone.
This article is aimed at families who are going to be coming to London at Easter.
If you're planning to come down to London by car, the general advice is not to take one. London is one of the best connected cities in the World, and has a massive underground network, making travel in the centre very easy. In the centre there are also traffic restrictions in place which a) stops you coming into town unless you have purchased a congestion charge ticket, and b) makes parking using meters very expensive - a car park near Oxford Street can charge up to �20.00 for three hours parking. Forget about it, get a travel card and take the occasional taxi to lighten the load on those days you go shopping!
So once you've arrived in London, what's there to see?
Top 3 Places for Easter in London
London Zoo - Nearest tube Regent's Park or Camden Town, the Zoo is a lovely day out for the family. The historic Zoo was built in Victorian times (updated of course) and has a massive range of species and animals on show. The Zoo is quite surreal because it is very peaceful and the way the Zoo is structured means that you can get up close with the animals. There are feeding times for some of the larger animals, including the Elephants, as well as some of the smaller but popular ones, such as the Penguins.
Kenwood House - Nearest Tube Archway (then take the 210 bus to Highgate). One of North London's best kept secrets it's where we go to unwind. Its lack of direct transport by Tube makes it quite an exclusive spot. Those familiar with Architecture will not be disappointed by the work of Robert Adam, which is on display at Kenwood House. The house was originally donated by the Guinness brewery owner Lord Iveagh, and we must thank him for that. With the house came paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Constable. The house is in magnificent grounds and has a lovely tea room. For families, and on a hot summer day, there can be nothing more enjoyable then taking a picnic to Kenwood house and sitting out on the lawns taking in the view of the lake. There's lots of space for the kids to run around, and in the evenings of the summer months, there are live music concerts under the stars. Magical.
London Aquarium - Nearest Tube Westminster Bridge (then cross the river Thames). Just a few metres away from the impressive London Eye, you'll find the London Aquarium, where hundreds of breeds of sea and fresh water life are on display. All the action takes place in the basements of what was the old Greater London Council. This is a great day out but a not of caution for people that suffer from claustrophobia, that during the summer months it can get very busy and cramped. However for Easter it's going to be fine and is really worth a visit. It's best to book tickets in advance online as this will help you beat the queues that can form. Of particular note is the underwater tunnel, an area where children (adults too!) can go underneath the great water tank where there are sharks and turtles and exotic fish swimming around. It's like walking around at the bottom of the sea!
If you're a family these are three of many different choices that are available to you if you're planning to come to London for Easter, a large number of hotels and tour operators are offering special rel=nofollow [http://www.lancasterlondon.com/sections/promotions.htm]Easter packages for families.
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