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London for Families
3rd revised and updated edition
Larry Lain and Michael Lain

5 1/4" x 8" • 288 pages • b&w illus. • maps
ISBN 9781566565349 • paperback • $15.00

" eminently useful guide for planning a first or even second trip to London...of help not only to families but to first-time visitors to London of any age, including college students and seniors. Recommended."
-- Library Journal

" accessible, well-organized and even friendly guide to a fun and hassle free trip abroad. London for Families is a must-have."
-- Independent Publisher

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A guidebook of London designed specifically for families that proves that traveling with the kids can be fun and fulfilling - and doesn't have to cost the earth! Packed with all the essential information you'll need for a trip to Britain's capital city -- whether it's for less than a week or more than a month-- London for Families shows you how to "live like a local." Renting a flat, shopping for groceries, mastering public transportation -- this unique travel guide will prepare you for any eventuality in London and its environs.

The authors give a comprehensive survey of all of London's main attractions, both on and off the beaten track tailored to suit a family vacation. The mummies in the British Museum, the delights of Hamley's toyshop in Regent Street, the hands-on experience of the Museum of the Moving Image, all the sights and sounds of the city are covered here. London for Families explores history and pageantry, suggests walking tours to keep the kids enthralled, and even tells you which are the best parks to relax in for a few hours when the shopping and sightseeing get too much for everyone. There are also detailed itineraries for numerous daytrips outside London-from Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon to ancient Stonehenge.

There are chapters on all the crucial practical considerations of a family vacation: getting there, what to bring, money, food, etc. The book's checklists and worksheets will ensure that your planning is as smooth as possible-and that your trip won't cost more than $50 per person per day. And along the way you'll be entertained by the authors' sharp and witty observations on such topics as London cabdrivers, English pubs, and the locals in your new London neighborhood.

Finally, a glossary will help you decode the bagaries of British English. This book will be an essential part of all family vacations in London from now on.

Larry Lain
is Professor of Communication at the University of Dayton and author of Paris for Families, Boston for Families, Florida for Familes, and Washington DC for Families.

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"This is a 'must have' for the realities of family travel in London. It's engaging, east to read, and full of practical advice and money-saving tips."
-- The Family Paper for North Central Connecticut

"upbeat and practical."
-- New England Booming

"Larry and Michael Lain prove once again that travelling can be fun and fulfilling-and needn't cost a queen's ransom."
-- EWA Publications (syndicated)

Reader Reviews

"What a read! I borrowed your book from the local library but plan to buy it as it has so much useful information (never thought a book could be so useful, I borrowed 10 books but only need 1 - yes, London for Families). Planning such a trip will become extremely easy now. With my own copy I will be highlighting something from every page. Thank you so very much for writing this wonderful book.   I plan to have the family read it and to follow your advice on holidaying with them.   Gosh one read is not enough!!!"

"This book is wonderful! It covers everything...The authors clearly understand what traveling with children is like....THANK YOU Larry and Michael Lain. A must-buy!"

"My family and I made thorough use of London for Families. The information you provided was generally dead-on, and suited us perfectly as a family of four...I found your insights to be excellent: they really help us make the most of our time.  Great job!"

"I find your book "London for Families" perfect for our needs. Thank you. It's the first travel book I've ever read cover to cover."

"Just wanted to tell you how terrific your book is for planning a spring break trip to London with our three teenage boys."

"What a relief it was to discover your book on the shelf ...The information in your books feels like I'm just having coffee with a friend who really knows London. All the "dumb" questions that cross my mind in planning, and never enter into the other guides, seem to be covered in your guide! ...your book has been the best comfort I've found yet!"

"Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your book. Can't tell you how much peace of mind it's given me."

"This is a wonderful book for families traveling to London. I started to panic with the thought of planning a trip to London for my family. After reading this book, I really felt calmer. There is wonderful information for traveling with children and also wonderful general travel information. I even used the travel agent that Larry recommended in his book!"

"Your book was a great gave great hints for travel with the boys."

"I just want you to know that your book has been a WONDERFUL help as I plan my family's trip to London. I had dutifully gone to the library and come home with an armload of Fodor's, Let's Go, picture books, etc., and was getting overwhelmed.  When I happened upon your book at our local bookstore, I was thrilled, and have become more so as I took it home and read it. It has made this adventure seem manageable."

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