Keeping the family happy whilst visiting London isn’t that hard on paper. When it comes to the crunch though, finding events and activities to keep both old and young happy can be very difficult indeed. Whilst many 5 star hotels in West London will undoubtedly cater to all needs, there is more to London than just great accommodation. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best parts of the city to visit with family, especially children. Whatever your needs, there’s always a great event or activity in the city.
Base din Regents Park, London Zoo is the oldest zoo in the world whilst also boasting one of the largest arrays of animals for any urban zoo out there. With a reptile house, elephants, tigers and a whole host of interactive exhibits and daily public animal feedings, London Zoo is a great day out for all the family. London Zoo is open from 10am till 4 pm every day of the week.
Based on the South Bank, the London Eye is a 36 capsuled 135 metre high ferris wheel in central London. Located near Waterloo station, the London Eye takes about half an hour to make a full turn, giving you the chance to get some breathtaking views over the city. If you and your family or friends are visiting the city for the first time, then a trip on the London Eye is the perfect way to get your bearings over the massive expanse of the city.
Another southbank gem, the London Sealife Centre is an indoor aquatic discovery suitable for all ages. Here you will find oceans-worth of exotic sea creatures, ranging from shark tank’s to beautiful coral reef. The sealife centre is open from 10am till 5 pm every day except Saturdays, when it is open from 9.30 am till 6 pm.
Madame Tussauds is a famous wax model exhibition based just off of Baker street. This extensive museum is dedicated to lifesize replicas of some of the world’s most famous celebrities and historic figures. All family members will undoubtedly find Madame Tussauds to be a lot of fun, limited exhibits promoting new films and musicians with unique displays. This world famous wax museum is open from 10am till 4pm every day except Sundays, when it is open from 9.
Based on the South Bank, the London Dungeon is one of the best places to learn about the more grisly side of London’s history. If you’re looking for a great way to learn about history in an interactive way, then the London Dungeon and its visceral rides and actors will grip you with their tales of Guy Fawkes, the black plague and Jack the Ripper.
Museum of Childhood
Base din Bethnal Green, the Museum of Childhood is an offshoot of the Victoria and Albert Museum. With a range of permanent exhibitions, this museum gives guests at luxury hotels room guests a chance to get out into the East of the city and learn about the history of play in the UK as well as the evolution of the toy industry, Not only is this a great museum for kids, it’s completely free to explore! With great cafes and the Bethnal Green tube just round the corner, this museum is the perfect afternoon out with the kids.