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where would you recommend going in London for valentines day for a couple and child?

realfriendlyman Avatar
9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
I know this isn't great but my gf is refusing to go out for valentines day unless we bring along her 11 year old son, so i was wondering if anyone has any recommendations to make the night special and keep her son occupied in london?

Any help will be grately appreciated, as i've thought of several places but now they've gone out the window, as they're not suitable for children.
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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#1
[url]www.buyagift.com[/url] sell tickets for various london attractions, and there is a voucher available, the tower of london family ticket includes unlimited river cruises, worth a look :)
#2
loupomm
buyagift.com sell tickets for various london attractions, and there is a voucher available, the tower of london family ticket includes unlimited river cruises, worth a look :)

And you could always ask if they could lock the kid in the tower for the night or just chuck him off the boat in to the Thames.:whistling:
Only kidding.:p
#3
bazr
And you could always ask if they could lock the kid in the tower for the night or just chuck him off the boat in to the Thames.:whistling:
Only kidding.:p


HEHE, believe me, i would if i had the option :giggle:

Just playing, i did actually recommend a babysitter or he could go over to one of his friends houses but my gf believes he should enjoy special occasions as well, so it's really complicated matters.

I'll check out some places but i don't think he wants to go on a boat cruise :-(

Thank you for the help so far, can people also please leave the direct link, so i could checkout the place they recommend :thumbsup:
#4
Don't know if this would be any good to you but what about the following five attractions

1. Battersea Park Children's Zoo
2.London Aquarium
3.Clown Town This super recreational area near Wood Green offers kids and adults a place to stretch their legs and sample different sporting activities.
4.Firepower From sling-shot to missile, this museum traces the evolution of artillery and really is explosive in content. Housing Europe’s widest variety of historic and modern artillery, Firepower charts 600 years of artillery development both comprehensively and entertainingly.
5.London Wetland Centre
a good website http://www.londontown.com
#5
In all honesty you will not be able to beat the museums and art galleries. Cheap if not free and most entertaining for all.
There's a list of them through the link below with some other useful info:
http://www.soon.org.uk/britlond.htm

and here:
http://www.zyra.org.uk/musart.htm

and lastly (but possibly the best) here:
http://www.londontourist.org/museums.html
#6
loupomm
[url]www.buyagift.com[/url] sell tickets for various london attractions, and there is a voucher available, the tower of london family ticket includes unlimited river cruises, worth a look :)


Hi mate,

Thanks for the tip, do you have a direct link to the product, as i can't seem to find unlimited river cruises on the website, as even if i don't take the kid along, i think it would be great for other important people in my life?

I really appreciate your help mate.
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realfriendlyman
Hi mate,

Thanks for the tip, do you have a direct link to the product, as i can't seem to find unlimited river cruises on the website, as even if i don't take the kid along, i think it would be great for other important people in my life?

I really appreciate your help mate.


doesnt look like they offer the tower of london with unlimited rides anymore, they do it with 1 sightseeing river ride, or they do a hopper pass which is unlimited river cruises,

cant seem to get a direct link, the item is called a family hopper pass,(Ref-3152) its £25 for a family ticket, dont forget the voucher if you go or it, the also do a london pass which includes river trip:

Your London Pass is valid for a day and includes free entry into 60 top London sites including:
The Tower of London,
HMS Belfast,
St Paul's Cathedral,
London Zoo,
and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
Also included is free entry to Thames river trips and discounts for film processing, meals out and top price theatre tickets. In short, it's everything you need to make the most of your family visit to London, all at a great, all inclusive price.
#8
loupomm
doesnt look like they offer the tower of london with unlimited rides anymore, they do it with 1 sightseeing river ride, or they do a hopper pass which is unlimited river cruises,

cant seem to get a direct link, the item is called a family hopper pass,(Ref-3152) its £25 for a family ticket, dont forget the voucher if you go or it, the also do a london pass which includes river trip:

Your London Pass is valid for a day and includes free entry into 60 top London sites including:
The Tower of London,
HMS Belfast,
St Paul's Cathedral,
London Zoo,
and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
Also included is free entry to Thames river trips and discounts for film processing, meals out and top price theatre tickets. In short, it's everything you need to make the most of your family visit to London, all at a great, all inclusive price.


Thanks for all your efforts mate, i've left you positive rep for the advice and will consider it, does anyone else have any other suggestions before i make any decisions?
#9
at the risk of starting a riot - I would state that some days are for grown-ups! You can always take him out somewhere at the weekend as a treat but does he really have to come out on Valentines Day? As much as I love my son (and he is the most important thing in my life) he also knows that sometimes I need time for me and if i had someone special in my life then to be spoilt just a little bit on one day of the year is something he would understand and want me to have. Birthdays and Christmas and all that jazz are family time but Valentines day is for lovers!

..................... hark at me the old romantic (and single to boot!!! (or maybe thats WHY!!!!!!))


dont you think youd both enjoy it more if it was specific instead of 'please all'???
you could always take a mate of his out at the weekend so he has some company of his own age (or maybe his gf if he's got one!)
#10
Aquatic
at the risk of starting a riot - I would state that some days are for grown-ups! You can always take him out somewhere at the weekend as a treat but does he really have to come out on Valentines Day? As much as I love my son (and he is the most important thing in my life) he also knows that sometimes I need time for me and if i had someone special in my life then to be spoilt just a little bit on one day of the year is something he would understand and want me to have. Birthdays and Christmas and all that jazz are family time but Valentines day is for lovers!

..................... hark at me the old romantic (and single to boot!!! (or maybe thats WHY!!!!!!))


dont you think youd both enjoy it more if it was specific instead of 'please all'???
you could always take a mate of his out at the weekend so he has some company of his own age (or maybe his gf if he's got one!)


Hi mate,

You know what, i actually said exactly the same things to my gf, it actually turned into an arguement because i wanted her to feel special on the most romantic day of the year.... i don't know how i'm supposed to make her feel as special as she should when it would require to be set up for a PG audience.

This has left me very frustrated and i almost broke it off with her because of this because it means that i'm never going to enjoy a big occasion on a one on one basis until he gets considerably older.

She has explained to me that it's been just her and her son on so many occasions and she's never denied him of a special day together, so she doesn't want to start now until he's old enough to enjoy them without her.

Any advice on this subject would also be appreciated because i think it will ruin our longterm future, especially if she gets the baby that she wants from me.
#11
well if you watch all these relationship problems you have to set ground rules for relationships. You arent excluding the son - you are actually making a special 'family day' because of it. Ask him what he'd prefer - a mate and a day when maybe they can decide what it is they would like to do or valentines day with you and his mum. I know what my son would choose! They arent stupid at that age and if things are explained properly then there is no reason he would feel left out or resent having you in their lives.
I'd want my fella (if i had one!) to sort something special for valentines and if he planned something for the weekend for my son I'd love him all the more.
Maybe a sleepover at a mates would satisfy the son on the night? and that same mate could come out at the weekend??
My opinion is if you dont sort it now it will be a far greater problem in the future
BUT IT IS ONLY MY OPINION! dont blame me if i'm wrong - I dont know you or her and i'm only saying what I would like.
LOTS and LOTS of LUCK and I hope you find the right solution
xx
#12
As a mother myself im split here,

my kids are very important and any man in my life would have to accept them as much as they do me, maybe you g/f feels including him will help you bond, if you have a future that is important,

breaking it off with her i feel would be very selfish,and i think maybe pressuring her will only make her feel your making her choose, and be careful, any good mum would go with her child, i think your over reacting over this, yes its a 'special' day but its not the end of the world.

i suggest try a compromise, do something together during the day but maybe something for the 2 of you in the evening?

get her son involved, get him alone and talk to him, maybe ask him to suggest somewhere him mum would like to go? if he feels hes helped organise something special for his mum he will want to help out by staying with a friend?
#13
loupomm
As a mother myself im split here,

my kids are very important and any man in my life would have to accept them as much as they do me, maybe you g/f feels including him will help you bond, if you have a future that is important,

breaking it off with her i feel would be very selfish,and i think maybe pressuring her will only make her feel your making her choose, and be careful, any good mum would go with her child, i think your over reacting over this, yes its a 'special' day but its not the end of the world.

i suggest try a compromise, do something together during the day but maybe something for the 2 of you in the evening?

get her son involved, get him alone and talk to him, maybe ask him to suggest somewhere him mum would like to go? if he feels hes helped organise something special for his mum he will want to help out by staying with a friend?


Hi there,

Don't get me wrong, i completely do understand but it's the compromise that frustrated me even more.
We can't actually go out properly in the evening because it would be a school night and he would be too scared to sleep without us around and his mum doesn't want him to sleepover someone elses house on the special day, so we would have to come back by very early evening.

We've actually now decided to go out for lunch at Blue Elephant restaurant, which is truly amazing and then spend the evening at home with her son.
I just want to make sure people do understand that i am very considerate to the son and we've got such a close bond, so much so, he told me i'm his best friend and he loves me but not only that, that he also wishes i was his real dad.

I have actually made a lot of sacrafices and to be honest, i had the worst new year i've had in my life because i tried to accomodate them both but it is difficult to always try and compromise and be understanding.

Thank you to everyone for all the help, on top of booking the restaurant, i think i might book one of Loupomm's suggestions for the weekend to make it special for him or take him and some of his friends to Namco on the embankment, which includes bowling, arcades, bumper cars etc, so i hope that's exciting enough for him.

What does everyone else think and do you think i am being selfish with my feelings?

P.S there's no point asking him what he wants to do because his answer is always "i dunno" lol, so i have to try and make life exciting for them and show them all the great places i know of in London.
#14
ok, worth a suggestion, my kids are off school that week, half term, however this differs throughout the country and my kids are always gagging to stay at friends, but i guess eall kids are different, good luck anyway, hope you all have a good time :)
[helper]#15
realfriendlyman
especially if she gets the baby that she wants from me.

Didn't realise you were thinking of spending that much!!!

Seriously the last thing you want to do is argue over it. Its obvious you care for her and you care for the child and thats what you need to focus on. I don't mean to sound cliched but having kids is the hardest thing in the world. It effects your relationship, your health, your happiness and your wealth but they are the best thing in the world. I know that you want to demonstrate how much you care for her but at the end of the day she is not going to be happy if she is brooding about her child at home with a baby sitter. If you gave her an ultimatum she would choose the child - any parent would and thats not trivialising the bond you and her may have. Maybe she is holding on too tight but thats a battle for another day....

I think most of the things suggested would be good - river trip, Lond aquarium, HMS Belfast. Have a good day. (if you have a Tesco club card - I think you can get the river cruises cheap...)
#16
I think youre being very considerate.
I asked my son this morning what he thought - He said he'd be fine with me going out on my own on valentines and would choose a day out at the weekend with a mate but all kids are different. Its not that he wouldnt want to come but he understands I need grownup time sometimes.
Hope you have a lovely time - get the pinny on and do the candlelit dinner at home (or send out for takeaway and forget the cooking)
#17
Aquatic
I think youre being very considerate.
I asked my son this morning what he thought - He said he'd be fine with me going out on my own on valentines and would choose a day out at the weekend with a mate but all kids are different. Its not that he wouldnt want to come but he understands I need grownup time sometimes.
Hope you have a lovely time - get the pinny on and do the candlelit dinner at home (or send out for takeaway and forget the cooking)


Hi there,

Thank you for the response, i'm not too sure if the kid does actually want to tag along but i think it's more of my gf's own preference, which i have to accept.

I think we're now going to take him to the cinema during the evening and get take-away after we have our romantic lunch (don't know if it really will be romantic during the day though) and then do something over the weekend, which will most likely be someones already mentioned suggestion on this topic or to Namco, to play until his hearts content.

I do hope my gf will alter her thinking for the following year or i'll have to find her son a gf :p

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