If you’ve been planning a trip to London for some time and want to get the kids excited for their upcoming break in the capital, why not treat them to a new book? There are several excellent books available to download and buy which promise to give your offspring a great introduction to the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
With titles suitable for all ages and reading stages, take a peek at our pick of nine of the best books currently available – not only will they get them bouncing with excitement but each book can also help you to plan which landmarks you’ll want to visit during your stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
A much-loved character that parents with small children may well remember from their own childhood, Paddington Bear is perhaps one of London’s best-loved fictional characters. Making his way from Peru to Paddington Station where he gains his name, Paddington is adopted by the Brown family and goes on to have many adventures in the capital.
A perfect book if you’ll be heading to our discount hotels Bayswater via train, be sure to stop off at Paddington station where you’ll find a bronze statue of this cuddly and cute literary character as he welcomes visitors to the city.
Madeline in London
A true classic and part of the ever-popular series of Madeline books, parents may recognise this title from their early childhood and enjoy reading it to their own children before heading off for a stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
In this book, Madeline pays a visit to the Queen and gives a great introduction to the royal family and their London residences to young children. This book is a wonderful read together title and the perfect book for slightly older children to read by themselves before their trip to the city.
The Story of London
Perfect for older children, The Story of London is filled full of facts and interesting notes about some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, making it a great read if you want to plan your visit to attractions together during your time at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
It also offers children the chance to share some of their new-found knowledge with the rest of the family as you tour around the city and can help give them a new interest in the history of London.
Katie in London
One in a series of popular books for kids, readers can join young Katie and her brother Jack as she takes a tour of the city with a little help from one of the Trafalgar Square bronze lions. This is an excellent book if a stop off at Trafalgar Square is on the cards as children can meet the lions that call this iconic part of the city home in person and get a few photographs during their visit.
Trafalgar Square is easy to reach from either our discount hotels Bayswater or the Grand Royale London Hyde Park via Tube, so be sure to add a visit to the lions to your itinerary.
The Queen’s Hat
Full of thrills and spills, this quaint and beautifully illustrated book showcases many London landmarks during a chase around the city to retrieve the Queen’s hat. With plenty of local characters to meet and magical encounters which use the city as a backdrop, this book is ideal for active young imaginations and for inspiring the next generation of travellers.
If you haven’t yet finalised the places you’ll be visiting, why not recreate your own Queen’s hat tour so that you can visit all of the landmarks in the book during your visit and help bring the book to life?
A Walk in London
This book is particularly useful for single parents bringing their child to the city for a break at our discount hotels Bayswater as it follows a mother and daughter duo as they travel around the city on foot.
Complete with lovely illustrations, introductions to some of London’s most famous landmarks and some interesting facts suitable for young children, this book is a must for little families paying a visit to the city together.
Maisy Goes to London
A firm favourite with early readers, Maisy Goes to London offers a cute and colourful introduction to several popular modes of London transport as Maisy Mouse makes her way around the city via the Tube, a double-decker bus and even a water taxi on the Thames.
Featuring several important London landmarks that are sure to be on your must-see list, this book offers an excellent way to start and familiarise younger children with the city before your stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
All Aboard the London Bus
A children’s book with a difference, All Aboard the London Bus uses poetry to excite and engage young minds. As the famous red double-decker bus travels around the city and stops at some of London’s most popular attractions, children will be able to discover some wonderful facts about the crown jewels and other landmarks that they may well be planning on visiting themselves during their stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.
Just be sure to book a London bus tour during your stay so that your children can enjoy the sights of the city without tiring out those little legs and give them the opportunity to enjoy their own bus adventure.
The London Noisy Book
If you’ll be staying at our discount hotels Bayswater with toddlers, then the London Noisy Book is an excellent choice for the journey to the city.
Filled with interactive sounds from the animals at London Zoo, Buckingham Palace and the horn of a packed London bus as it whizzes around the city, this book can help to familiarise little ones with the sights and sounds of the city before they arrive.