London is a tourist city, with 30 million visitors enjoying the sights and sounds of London each year. From young to old and from every corner of the planet, tourism is a vital lifeblood of London, and the city is all the better for it. London has created a tourist economy that will cater to the interests of almost every taste there is, which is why it’s such a great holiday to take with children.
With that in mind, the sheer scale of London and the many choices you have for outings will mean that if you are booking hotels in London with your family in mind, you might have to take some extra steps to cater to everyone’s needs. This blog will provide some key tips for tourists planning to visit London with children.
Book A Hotel with Breakfast
With one meal less to think about, the variety of breakfast foods available at the Grande Royale Hyde Park hotel will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. With a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day, you’ll feel more than ready to embark on your family London adventure.
With pushchairs and tired legs yearning to be carried, you’ll want to pack strategically for your day out in the city. Too many bags, paired with several children to watch over can end with lost luggage.
Many Museums Are Free
With many located close to 4 star hotels in London, the iconic museums of the English capital make for great days out for adults and children alike. The likes of the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum are all easy to reach via zone 1 train stations and are completely free of charge for permanent exhibitions. Whilst touring and temporary exhibitions may require a paid admission to enter, the likes of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaur gallery and the Science Museum’s interactive and incredibly child friendly Wonder Lab are completely free of charge.
And You Should Stagger Your Visits
With many of the city’s most famous art galleries and museums free of charge to visit, they are also incredibly big. Don;t expect to tackle every gallery in the British Museum or V&A in one day, especially with children. The fact that these museums are free means that you can enjoy them for shorter periods of time and return another day.
Buy Tickets Before You Arrive
Nobody wants to be stuck in a long queue with restless children and crying babies, especially not the parents! Make sure that you buy your tickets for attractions such as the London Eye and Tower of London in advance so as to ensure swift entry. With so much to see and do with kids in London, you’ll be grateful for the time you’ve saved.
Utilise The Many Parks
London is well known for its 8 royal parks, and as many people know, young children love the great outdoors, especially if there’s a nearby playground. Match fun with sightseeing with a trip to the Diana Memorial Playground or Serpentine boating lake in Hyde Park or explore the many wonders of Greenwich Park in southeast London. These large green spaces are perfect days out for families in the spring and summer time.