Families planning a trip to London are in for a treat, with an array of attractions for kids young and old, as well as plenty to keep mums and dads entertained during their stay.
Great fun for everyone
Some of the most popular attractions in London are suitable for visitors of all ages and this is great news for families that might be slightly restricted on the things they can get up during their stay, especially if they have very young children in tow.
There are the staples of any trip to the capital, from a ride on the London Eye to a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. However, mums and dads might also enjoy a break from the norm and focus on making their trip truly a vacation to remember.
Families might like to take a cycling tour of the capital’s many attractions, go rollerblading in Hyde Park, check out the Horrible Histories attraction at the newly revamped Imperial War Museum, enjoy a night-time safari at the London Wetlands Centre or find out about the natural world during a trip to London Zoo.
The itinerary for any family getaway to the capital really can be as varied as people want it to be, as there is something for everyone to get excited about during a break in London.
Fun can come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to a visit to London, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t learn something while also having a great time during their stay.
Indeed, the capital offers a wide range of educational attractions that can help to spark the imaginations of young ones, as well as give them some valuable lessons that could stand them in excellent stead as they get older.
Many of the capital’s best museums are targeted at kids as well as adults and some standout options for families include the British Museum, with its array of wonders from the natural world, to the Bank of England museum, where young ones can learn all about the value of money – bars of gold are on display for all to see, while kids will also learn about how the pound sign came to be.
Other options for inquisitive minds to explore include a visit to Europe’s largest preserved WW2 warship, the HMS Belfast, as well as delving into the wonders of science at the Science Museum – guests are treated to an audience with famed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel during the visit and much more.
Plenty of options for teenagers
Older kids – particularly teenagers – can sometimes be a nightmare to cater for when it comes to finding them something they can be enthusiastic about when planning a trip away with the family.However, London offers such a wide variety of attractions for visitors of all ages that there really is no excuse for families not to do something that is appealing to everyone.
Thrill seekers looking for a unique view of the capital might like to book a speedboat tour of the River Thames, while anyone looking for some retail therapy might like to check out the latest gadgets at the Apple Store on Regent Street or see the latest fashions in Portobello or Old Spitalfields.
Youngsters might also enjoy a visit to the world famous Madame Tussaud’s waxworks museum or catching a show at one of the capital’s many theatres – the West End can be a particularly promising destination for those keen to find the latest performances.
Some of the most highly-rated shows currently being put on in London include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre and Matilda: The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, although there are plenty more options also available.
Don’t forget mum and dad
After a long day entertaining the kids, there are also a wealth of opportunities for mum and dad to find some fantastic places to visit in London – all of which are family-friendly but with a slightly more adult focus.
Camden Market could be the perfect choice for families seeking a bite to eat or a taste of the eclectic side of the capital.
It offers an array of vibrant eateries serving up all manner of goodies for hungry families, while the myriad stalls and shops will mean visitors of all ages will be well catered for when it comes to picking up a perfect memento of their time in the city.
Other great options could be the chance to take part in a real-life adventure game at ClueQuest – visitors have to work out how to escape a locked room, with a series of puzzles testing their mental agility – while the Tower of London offers a wealth of history and intrigue that mums, dads and kids of all ages will love to find out more about during their stay.