London is a great destination for kids. There are parks perfect for pretending to be pirates in, dinosaur museums that will teleport you back in time to when the T-Rex reigned supreme, and three-storey high toy shops ready to amaze and wow.
The only problem is, there is so much to do in London, where do you start? How do you get the most out of London during your trip? How do you ensure that your family vacation is as perfect as it can be? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are a few quick tips on places to go, things to do, and simple things to consider that’ll make your family holiday one to remember.
- Hotels are important!
It may sound simple, but a good family holiday starts with a good hotel. Treat your children to an exciting stay at a luxurious hotel with plush bedding and all the gizmos and gadgets. They’ll be wowed from the moment they arrive in London!
Also, staying at a hotel in Central London is incredibly useful as it means you’re only moments away from all major London attractions. Places such as The Montcalm Royal London City Hotel provide quick and easy access to everywhere in London, whilst also providing exceptional customer service.
Tip: Find a hotel with great London hotel special offers to add some really sparkle to your trip away!
- See a West-End show
During your family London adventure, why not see a dazzling West-End show? There are lots of family friendly musicals that would certainly add a bit of showbiz pizzazz to your trip.
Matilda the Musical, performing at the Cambridge Theatre, is a story about a little girl who is determined to rewrite her own story that has already been decided by her horrid parents and teachers. This Roald Dahl adaption has colourful characters, incredible music and a big, big heart. Performances are usually on in the evening, but there are also matinee shows at different days during the week.
Another play that’ll knock your socks off is the new smash-hit show, School of Rock. Inspired by the film starring Jack Black, School of Rock follows the story of Dewey Finn. Dewey is a rock-god-wannabee (and a bit of a loser) who gets kicked out of his group and looks for other means to win The Battle of the Bands, with the unexpected help of a class of ten year olds. All of the kids play electric guitars, keyboards and drums – and they rock!
There are several other theatrical productions perfect for your kids (Aladdin the musical, The Lion King and Wicked to name a few). Check out ticket sales online!
Tip: Buy your tickets online, or via ticket apps on your phone, as this will be easier and cheaper than buying at the venue. The sooner you buy your tickets, the cheaper they’ll be.
- London parks are the best
Take advantage of all the gorgeous parks that adorn London. Hyde Park is a gorgeous 350-acre wide reserve that is perfect for a serene lazy-day stroll, or a relaxing afternoon picnic.
It is also home to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, which was built to pay tribute to the late Princess and express love of children. This playground, just south of the Serpentine Lake, was built upon the original Peter Pan playground that was erected during the lifetime of famous children’s author J.M. Barrie. It’s most iconic feature is the full-size replica pirate ship that stands impressively in the middle of the site. There are also swings, slides and other playground facilities for the whole family to enjoy.
There are several other magical parks to explore during your trip to London.
- Feed some animals at a city farm
Treat your kids to a farm trip!
At a city farm, your children can play, pet and feed all the animals there - that include rabbits, pigs and even a llama or two if you’re lucky! The animals at the zoo are usually a bit too big and scary to do cuddle…
Deen City Farm, located near Morden in South London, is a wonderful place for all the family. This picturesque farm has a fantastic gift shop selling children’s books, homemade jams and other deli treats. There are around 150 animals that live at Deen City Farm, including alpacas, goats and a friendly barn owl. You can go pig feeding, pony riding and lamb cuddling. What could be better!
Remember, Deen City Farm is only one of many city farms available for you and your family to visit.
- Get magical with Harry Potter
If you’re children are Harry Potter fans – well, you’ve certainly come to the right place! Have a family outing to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studios in Watford, or take a picture at the famous 9 and three-quarters platform at King’s Cross Station. There is a wealth of magical, wizardy and witchy things to do in London!