London is one of the most exciting cities to visit in the world. There’s always something on in the capital, and there’s so much to explore that you could spend an entire week there and still come away knowing that you’ve got more to see the next time you go.
Because there’s something for everyone, bringing your kids to London doesn’t mean one child will be enthralled while the other will be bored beyond belief. Split the activities, or find something they both want to see.
There’s incredible culture and history
Kids might get bored in history lessons, but the monuments and castles in London know how to appeal to youngsters; by telling them the gory bits of London’s past! Show them the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, or listen to your guide round the Tower tell you the prophecy about the ravens. There are changing exhibitions at the British Library, ranging from features on comics or children’s books, and art galleries will often have special children’s workshops at the weekends or half term.
There’s a chance to treat them to Hamleys
Hamleys Toy Shop is a London landmark near Oxford Circus, and with floor after floor stuffed with everything from artisanal teddy bears to the latest Lego sets, your kids will be overjoyed to pay a visit. It’s not far from the Montcalm London City hotel, so if you should end up buying a five-foot giraffe toy it’s easy to stow it safely in your hotel room instead of having to carry it around all day.
Sports-mad kids will have a ball
Families with kids who love football should look for hotels in Shoreditch; it’s one easy Tube ride to Arsenal Football Club, where kids will adore the museum and the stadium tour. They can pretend they’re a player heading for the cup final, or just spend time imagining what it would be like to see a live game here. There are plenty of professional teams in London, so you could even visit two clubs in one day.
There’s a magical range of experiences
Journey down the Thames in a speedboat or show your music-mad kids the Hard Rock Café; all experiences they couldn’t have anywhere in the world but England’s capital city. Some of these require booking, but it’s up to you if you want to leave it as a last-minute surprise for them!
A way to have a quick family break in term time
Sometimes you need to get away from life for a weekend; maybe someone’s been ill or there have been other stressful things happening. You might not be able to leave school for a week abroad, but a weekend in London is easy enough to book; just head to the Montcalm London City hotel and find your perfect family suite.
Then, plan out your weekend, whether you want to see something amazing, take it easy, shop up a storm, explore London’s royal parks or see a show. It’s your family weekend—spend it however you want.