Arriving in London can be overwhelming, use this day to explore and get your bearings.
Start your week with a London Tour on a Big Bus. Kids will love being on board and an open deck in the sun is even more fun. Because you can hop on and off, you can take things at your own pace, visiting different attractions on the way.
Freebies with the ticket include walking tours, a Thames cruise and a reward voucher book. Make sure you check their website for different offers throughout the year which include 2 for 1 deals.
There’s so much to do with kids at London’s South Bank.
Kick off with a trip on the London Eye and get some of the best views in London. To save some time, book in advance as queues are rubbish when you’ve got kids.
After the Eye, the Sea Life London Aquarium is just a stones throw away. Here kids can get up close to loads of amazing sea creatures, including sharks…
If sharks aren’t scary enough for you and your kids, then the London Dungeon is right next door. Enter if you dare. Younger kids and any one of any age who is easily frightened should probably avoid!
In the afternoon take a trip down the Thames on the London RIB Voyages. Fast, furious and loads of fun; board the boat just next to the London Eye.
London’s been around since the Roman times, it is just full of history to learn.
Start the day outside Buckingham Palace. Peer through the gates and make sure you pose for a picture on the iconic Victoria memorial Statue.
Just round the corner are the Churchill War Rooms. Where you can explore the former Prime Minister’s secret bunker and see his life and times at The Churchill Museum.
After eating a packed lunch in St James’ Park head to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben for a photo opportunity on Westminster Bridge.
The head down to Westminster Pier and catch a City Cruise down the River Thames. You and your kids are bound to learn loads about London from the fun commentary. Another great opportunity for photos. Look out for HMS Belfast and the Globe Theatre.
Spend the afternoon at the Tower of London visiting the Crown Jewels. Prepare for the queues but trust us it’s worth it. Kids will also enjoy the FREE Yeoman’s Tour where you can learn about the Tower’s incredible history. Look out for reenactments of famous tower residents too.
Alternatively, you could visit the glass walkway at Tower Bridge. Another great photo opp – pretend you’re levitating high over the Thames. Don’t forget to visit the engine room as well.
London has so many great markets to visit.
Spend the morning at Camden Market, which is loud, bustling and has something for everyone. In amongst the clothes and nik-naks there are loads of stalls selling food so it’s worth staying up here and grabbing some lunch.
After that jump on the Northern Line and head to Leicester Square which is just a 5 minute walk to Covent Garden. There are loads of stalls to browse through here both in and out of the covered market. But kids will love it for the endless stream of entertainers who perform here.
If it’s raining the London Transport Museum is tucked in the corner of the piazza and well worth a visit.
Head back to Leicester Square and just behind the tube station is London’s Chinatown. Perfect for an evening meal of dim sum and crispy pancakes.
It’s the end of the week and funds are running low so today we’re going for cheap and cheerful!
It’s easy to spend the rest of the day in here as it’s home to the Diana Memorial Playground, the Serpentine Gallery (check suitability for kids) Kensington Palace or for small fee you can hire a boat and take a jaunt on the Serpentine or ride on the Solarshuttle.
Finally head to Queens Ice and Bowl and end the day either knocking down pins or falling over on the Ice Rink.
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