Although I was born just outside of London and I have a lot of family still living there, I confess I haven’t been back to visit for far too long. Days out in London with the kids can be action-packed but the capital has a lot to offer so it’s good to plan ahead and come up with a rough itinerary so I spoke with my cousin on what they recommended visiting to ideally keep everyone happy. This is what she recommended…
As far as attractions go, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are the museums, from Science to Natural History, which can keep kids of all ages entertained for a full day and most come at a little or no cost to enter.
The South Kensington area has also been suggested as a good starting point as there are a string of good museums on one street and the option of a picnic in Kensington Gardens afterwards. Then we could visit the stately palace itself and stop by the Diana Memorial Playground with the younger ones.
Fans of the grisly (and only for older kids) will enjoy places like the Tower of London and the London dungeon. With interactive exhibits and 3 themed rides, the Dungeon is perhaps more suitable for over ten so that’s both my two covered.
Of course there is the famous and nearly impossible to go wrong with London Zoo; its handy location in Regents Park and the exciting animals – from llamas to Asian lions – make for an unforgettable day out. If underwater is more your scene, try the Embankment for a close encounter with the sharks at the London Aquarium, not being a water-lover I might skip this one.
As you can see there are so many ideas to choose from that it’s obviously best to consult the experts and see where your children want to go. Whether they’re into gruesome history, adventure play or exotic wildlife, there’s plenty of potential for a thoroughly enjoyable trip.