London is a fabulous place to travel to and there are tons of family friendly attractions to visit.
London Family Vacation Tip #1
Be a tourist! There are prescheduled London attraction sightseeing tours that you can buy tickets to before you even get there. If you have older kids (teenagers) you could check out the Jack the Ripper tour for a spooky scare, or a bus tour that stops at iconic destinations (Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace) for families with smaller children. The guide makes the tour, so ask for a recommendation from a local or someone who has been on a tour before.
London Family Vacation Tip #2
If you are the kind of family that loves viewing items from history and art, there are many famous museums as a London attraction that can show you the best of both. The British Museum (free) has some remarkable pieces like the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and Parthenon sculptures. The Design Museum holds exhibitions about fashion, architecture, digital design and more. The Natural History Museum (free) offers interactive exhibits about science and nature such as the Dinosaurs gallery, the Darwin Centre Cocoon, and a model of a blue whale. Other notable museums include The London Transport Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum.
London Family Vacation Tip #3
Harry Potter Fans? Go on a Harry Potter Tour where you can see different sites where the move was filmed. Head to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to see costumes and props. Finally, take funny pictures of you and your kids going through Platform 9 3/4 and Kings Cross Station. You could even visit the reptile house at the London Zoo for a chance to speak parseltongue as well as see big and venomous snakes.
London Family Vacation Tip #4
Enjoy the good eats. Cool Mum Hunting made a list of the top ten family restaurants in London. They are not your average chain restaurants either. With different kinds of cuisine you will find something on the list that will please everyone in the family. Definitely look for a place where you can enjoy afternoon tea – a classic London tradition.
London Family Vacation Tip #5
Visit Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard at 11:30 daily in the summer. For a good view, you’ll want to get there early. The pomp and circumstance is fun to watch for people of all ages. The royal palace has been open to visitors in the summer months as well.
London Family Vacation Tip #6
Spend a day exploring at Covent Garden. Covent Garden is an indoor/outdoor marketplace where you can buy fun trinkets and souvenirs at a variety of shops, watch street performers, and taste different kinds of gelato.
London Family Vacation Tip #7
Meet some locals and enjoy nature, art and history at Battersea Park. If you’re lucky, you can schedule a time where there is an activity happening at the park like live music or a BBQ. Young children will love playing at the adventure playground and feeding the ducks.
London Family Vacation Tip #8
Visit one of the Royal Museums of Greenwich – these are amazing for families because they are super interactive. The Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum are two favorites. They offer plenty of adventures like a “Hawk Talk,” dancing and singing with “Nannie the Witch,” and talking to Cutty Sark Characters who act like sailors from a long time ago. You can even make a real weather mobile to take home.
London Family Vacation Tip #9
Explore the city by renting a bike from The London Bicycle Tour Company. You can go on a guided tour, or be more adventurous and travel the city on your own. The company can provide you with a map of cool places to go, and you can drop off your bike at any of their locations.
London Family Vacation Tip #10
Visit Kew Gardens with attractions for all seasons and all members of your family. The gardens are not only beautiful, they are also a great opportunity to learn about Science and Conservation in London.
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