A family weekend away may not always conjure up images of a trip to the city with your brood, yet London provides the perfect venue for children of any age. The UK’s capital has so much to offer young families, and what better way for school age children to learn about the heritage of our fabulous country than being immersed in city life for a day? Of course, we know that children need plenty of activities on their itinerary to prevent the dreaded phrase ‘I’m bored’ during your visit, so we have come up with some top must see hot spots for families to keep you and your little ones suitably entertained.
The National Gallery is our first pick for parents looking for half term activities for their children. Every day there are fantastic workshops where children can get creative with crafts, and every weekend the gallery hosts the Magic Carpet Storytelling Sundays for the under 5s, between 10.30am-11.00am and 11.30am-2pm in the Pigott Education Centre Foyer. For the budding artists and designers there are also Drawing and Studio Workshops available for 5 to 11 year olds each Sunday and during the half term holidays.
Another uber popular attraction for adults and children of any age is the Sea Life Centre. Right in the heart of the city, this amazing underwater experience take you on a journey through the ocean to see the most breathtakingly beautiful sea creatures up close and personal. The iconic glass tunnel walkway provides visitors with a unique view of life under the sea for green turtles, sharks, octopi and much more, and with plenty of interactive displays and activities along the way, visitors young and old will have an unforgettable experience.
A trip to London wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the internationally renownedHamley’s Toy Store. With shelves packed to the rafters with every kind of toy imaginable and superb displays and activities, your little ones will be putty in your hands at the thought of having their very own supermarket sweep in this magical store.
Talking of magic, now one does it better than Harry Potter, so if your little muggles are Potter fans then a trip of the Harry Potter London Bus Tour is a must. The tour itself is 3 hours on a superbly comfortable air conditioned coach which will whisk you away on an adventure to see first-hand the London filming locations including the famous Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, 121 Grimmauld Place and many more famous landmarks.
With so much to see and do, you would be hard pressed to squeeze it all in to one day, so make a weekend out of your visit to allow your little ones plenty of time to rest and recuperate between activities, and what better place to stay than the Grand Royale in Hyde Park. With several tube stations within easy walking distance you will be perfectly located in the centre of London to reach almost any part of the city by underground in minutes.