I know that lots of Brits frequent this board in search of information about trips to America . . . I'd like to take advantage of so many of you being on this board, and I'd like to turn the tables on you . . .
My daughter's scout troop is interested in a trip to London. They're thinking of staying somewhere in Central London, seeing some sites in the city, and taking some day trips out into the countryside (yet returning to the same hotel each evening). Is this a realistic plan? Any suggestions on where to stay? Budget is our middle name.
The Girl Scouts have an international hostel called Pax Lodge, but -- having never been to London -- I have no idea where it's located. Does anyone know whether it's a reasonable place to stay, and whether it's in a good location? Good, in this case meaning both safe and close to easy transportation.
What sites would you recommend for a group of 17-18 year old scouts? I teach British literature, and I know what I would like to see . . . but this is about THEM.
Finally, when's the best time of year for such a trip? I"d like to find a compromise between good weather and reasonable prices. They'll graduate in June 2012, so immediately after graduation is the obvious choice; however, we'd also consider Spring Break (the week after Easter) in 2012. Or early August before they all head out to separate colleges.
Thanks so much for any help you can provide.