Visiting London might not be a big deal to us adults anymore, some of us are used to working down in the big smoke whilst others are used the hustle and bustle from other cities. However, it can be a lot for children to take in, especially if it’s their first visit. For some it might be exciting with lots to explore and exciting things to distract them. However, some might find it a little intimidating, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy it! Just means there are things you can do to help them become a little more familiar with weekends away. With lots of fun activities, kids- friendly museums, and stunning venues, London remains the top destination for a great family staycation.
Book an accommodation close to the center
This is a great option if you have younger children as it can really reduce the amount of travelling around the city you have to do. Handy for popping back in between attractions incase anyone gets too tired and you need some time to freshen up. Having somewhere central to stay, also allows you to plan out your days a little easier as you can be more flexible when it comes to activities. Family friendly options such as the Amba Hotel Charing Cross are great for using as central stays and allow you to get to all the main tourist attractions easily!
Pre-book tickets to attractions
A must if you want to avoid those pesky queues that can build up over school holidays or popular weekends. Pre-booking also allows you to find better deals when it comes to tickets and bundles. Something to keep your eye on when thinking about any attractions the family might want to see. Sites like the London eye also allow you to opt for tickets with fast track options, which might be worth considering If you want to pack as much as you can into your stay!
Learn through play!
London is famous for its family- friendly museums and other attractions that engage children with educational activities disguised as fun games! Places like Kew Gardens, have a lot to offer to those who also like to learn new things, but like to be a bit more hands on when it comes to learning. !
Other places that are similar for activities, include plenty of museums that host hundreds of interactive and engaging kids-friendly exhibitions. At the top of the list is the unchallenged in the gamification game, National History Museum, showcasing life-size models of mammals and dinosaurs that despite their age are still on trend.
Let off the steam!
London is full of city parks where you can really let off the steam! Resembling a sandy beach from the Neverland, Diana Memorial Playground in the heart of Kensington Gardens has it all. If you have a few hours to kill – let your kids hide in teepees and run around the decks of a giant pirate ship. This can be a life saver if your kids have plenty of energy to burn off and you want to wear them out a little before the evening!