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This was what we did in the end on Tuesday: We left our hotel at about 8am, took a tube from Paddington station, got off at Bond Street. It was an experience taking a tube in the rush hour. There was a toy store just out of Bond Street station exit, but it was still closed. So we decided to walk down to Grosvenor Square. It was drizzling, so we took a ...


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Take some peanuts, feed the squirrels and birds in Hyde park.


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From Paddington station hop on the Bakerloo line to Waterloo, from there it's not far to walk to the London Eye. But the eye is not my suggestion for entertaining a 5-year old. This is: http://www.londonducktours.co.uk/


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I'll answer as a father. I assume you are not stingy and you are willing to make your little boy happy. Also I assume you are talking about the US embassy, you haven't mentioned which embassy but it's the one that comes to my mind when you said Grosvenor Square. Hamleys My children feel in heaven when I take them there. The shop isn't available everywhere ...


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As a former resident, I feel I should mention Little Venice, which is a very short walk from Paddington Station: There are no activities tailored specifically to 5-year olds. However the canal-boat lined Regents and Grand Union Canals running through the middle of the streets is certainly an unusual and memorable sight. Its a quiet, peaceful corner of ...


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Bet you wouldn't have guessed, visiting horse stables -- In the middle of London! A gem of London that's 5 minutes from Paddington station in direction of Grosvenor Sq. The area doesn't really have a huge selection of children's activities nearby, maybe toy shopping on Oxford Street... but, the stables are entertaining and educational for the young. ...


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Grange Park is a 20 - 40 minute bus journey (16) down the Edgware Road to Kilburn (Much longer from Oxford Street/Marble Arch). It's not the most exciting park in London but it's decent for a child. In the summer there is a large water fountain/sprinkler play area that the kids love. In addition to the childrens park, there is a tennis court, an astroturf ...


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I'm surprised no one has suggested Paddington Station itself. Paddington Station is the very same that gave Paddington Bear his name, so there are tons of shops and statues to keep a young child fascinated. If you plan to do the sightseeing and shopping on the way back there is no way you'll miss your train, as you are already at the station.


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Go a bit South to Kensington, you'll find the Natural History and the Science museum there. There are a lot of hands on activities suitable for children there.


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I'm not sure how you define "close", but three or so hours is enough time to hop on a tube and get to the London Transport Museum, which if your five year old is anything like my four year old is an amazing museum. The museum houses a large collection of authentic and replica trains, busses, trams, taxis, and other vehicles. Some examples: It also ...


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There are several spectacular or weird and wonderful statues in the Marble Arch - Hyde Park area which I imagine would interest or amuse a 5-year-old. Dunamis - Park Lane. A 9 meter tall statue of a man holding an elephant balanced on its trunk (apparently, this one is for sale). It's towards the bottom of Park Lane, so a very slight detour, but probably ...


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Marble Arch might be quite impressive for a 5 year old? If you've got time to go round Hyde Park, there's the Diana Memorial Playground on the North-West corner (Marble Arch and Grosvenor Square are by the North East corner, or on the South Side there is the Science Museum and Natural History Museum on Exhibition Road - they have the advantage of being ...


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Few options for you in situation : 1/ Call the airline directly. They might be able to make a phone booking that will allow bypassing this online booking issue. 2/ Use a 3rd party website to perform the booking that also won't have this kind of problem. I would really discourage you to input wrong details for the sole purpose of going through the booking ...



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