London With The Kids!
So you’re ready to take a BIG trip with your little ones, but where to go? Many expert travelers suggest London where the language barrier is minimal and fun. Kids of all ages love the castles and towers, museums and parks, and of course the double decker buses.
Here are some suggestions to make your trip easier:
Available for 1,2,3, or 6 days and includes 60 + attractions. Never wait on a line and enjoy perks along the way, even at free sites. (All Hallows by the Tower Church is free but with this pass you also get a special guided tour.) Some of the most kid-friendly sites are included in the pass: London Zoo, London Brass Rubbing Centre, Chistlehurst Caves, the Cartoon Museum, Pollock’s Toy Museum, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, London Bridge Experience.
Most are free and many cater to children. At the Horniman Museum, set on 16 acres, there are many hands-on activities, a nature trail, beehives and aquarium. The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood has Legos, activity stations, games and a sandpit alongside historical toys on display. The Science Museum has more than 50 hands-on exhibits. (These are all free, as are the Tate, Tate Modern and the British Museum.) The London Transport Museum charges a fee but kids can ride on real buses and trains.
Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard (free), daily at 11:30 at Buckingham Palace. (Go early to get a good spot. It gets crowded in good weather.) Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and the London Eye are all icons of the city. (There is a steep charge at the London Eye – about $30 for adults – but free street performers are always around there.) Double decker buses cost around $3.50 to ride (sit upstairs for the best views) and can take the place of pricier bus tours. Beautiful parks are free too and great for picnics (Hyde Park, St. James).
Unique walking tours include a Jack the Ripper walk, ghost hunting and a Harry Potter tour. Harry Potter Studios can also be visited where the films were made. To avoid the charge in Westminster Abbey, go for a service when it’s open for free. The highlight for many families is a Thames River Boat Cruise (included in London Pass). Day trips outside of London are always possible to Windsor, Hampton Court, etc.
PREPARE FOR THE TRIP
Parents: do some research on line or at the library, call the British Tourist Board for free maps and brochures
With the Kids: Watch a Harry Potter film, practice Cockney slang (“apples and pears” are the stairs, “storm and strife” refers to a wife!) Older children can look at maps, learn the money system (British pounds). Younger ones can read the adventures of Paddington Bear.
Any experienced travelling parent will tell you – the more prepared you are, the easier the trip.
Most of all, be open to an adventure and make some memories with your children or grandchildren.
For more information about London, CLICK HERE. Cheers!!