Perhaps more than any other city in Europe, London is the place to visit with families as there is so much to see and do for children of all ages. From all the different parks in the capital and the walks along the River Thames to the many different shops, museums and places of historic interest, you’ll never get bored on a visit to London.
Families in particular are always conscious of costs and exploring London can be done very cheaply. Unlike most other cities throughout Europe (and the rest of the World for that matter!), all museums in London can be visited free of charge – the Imperial War Museum, the National History and Science museums and the Victoria and Albert Museum provide hours of interesting and free fun for children. Likewise, the myriad of majestic parks throughout London provide free entertainment for the family. There’s nothing better on a sunny Summer day (and yes, we do have good weather in London!) than sitting with a picnic in Green Park or strolling through Hyde Park with the scenic Serpentine Lake and the neighbouring Kensington Palace Gardens with its Diana Memorial Park, an amazing kiddies playground with free admission which was constructed shortly after the death of Princess Diana as a tribute to her. If you feel like venturing out of the main centre, you can head for Greenwich Park with truly spectacular views across the Docklands area of London and home to the Royal Observatory and famous Greenwich Meridian Line, from which the World’s time is set.
London has so many different attractions too, many of which offer cheaper family entry – the famous Madame Tussauds has been making waxworks of the famous people for more than 150 years. There’s the iconic London Eye providing great views across London and nearby on the Southbank, both the London Dungeon and the London Sealife Centre. Bought in advance, all these attractions offer discounts and even fast track entrance to avoid the queues! Likewise the Tower of London with its 100 year old history is great for children as is the botanical Kew Gardens and Kensington Palace, erstwhile home to Princes Diana. A 3-Palaces pass can be bought online offering entrance to all three of these attractions at savings on normal prices.
Perhaps the best way to see London is on an open top bus where you can buy hop on hop off tickets giving you the flexibility to take your time and see London at your own pace and also saving money on normal bus and tube fares in the process! There are also out of town day tours to famous places like Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Stonehenge, with reduction on ticket prices for families and children. The new Harry Potter exhibition opened recently by Warner to the north of London is also well worth a visit and can be reached inexpensively on public transport.
London has many different restaurants to entertain families and young people. Giraffe is a small chain of children friendly restaurants throughout the capital. There is also the Rainforest Café which is great for kids as is Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café too. On every street corner in London you’ll also find a pub and these are great places to have lunch or an early dinner before heading off to the theatre with a great selection of eye watering dishes at cheap prices. The musicals in London are world famous and there is a fantastic choice at any time available with shows to suit all the family. Booking online in advance particularly for midweek performances offers great savings on normal prices, even for all the latest shows coming to London.