London, the UK’s capital city, is jam-packed full of amazing places to visit and things to do. With such a rich history and diverse culture, there is always something new and exciting to discover.
London is also a great place for the whole family to visit. Day trips, afternoons out or even family getaways within the city, there are always plenty of options for both locals and tourists alike to make the most of the wealth of opportunities offered within the capital.
But with so much choice, how do you decide where to visit? Of course, every individual family will have different preferences, which is why the sheer wealth of attractions available within the city is so great. To give you some inspiration and help you decide where to go on your next family trip to the city, here are some ideas.
The Royal Parks
London is home to eight Royal Parks, each of which is beautifully-looked after and great for whiling away a relaxing afternoon in the sun. With lawns, lakes, leisure facilities and hidden gems to explore and discover, the Royal Parks are perfect for a family day trip.
Let the kids run off some steam and explore as you sit back and relax, taking in the atmosphere of the park. Perfect for those sunny weekend days and for using up some of the kids’ never-ending energy over the summer holidays, London’s Royal Parks are definitely well worth a visit.
Did you know that London is home to its very own cable car? The Emirates Air Line is a cable car located in North Greenwich, connecting the Royal Docks near to Canning Town with the Greenwich Peninsula. It spans the River Thames and offers stunning views of the city, as well as being a handy alternative to the tube and a good way to access the o2 Arena.
Although the ride is only a short one, this is a great alternative to beat the endless queues at the London Eye while still offering visitors a chance to see the city from the air. Plus, kids are sure to love the novelty factor of riding in a cable car!
Jack the Ripper Tour
Learning about one of London’s most notorious serial killers throughout history might not seem like a family friendly activity, but it is important to learn about the capital’s history. Choose a family-friendly tour in order to maximise on the history aspect and learn about the infamous Jack the Ripper during an interesting and informative walking tour.
For an additional scare-factor, why not save your trip till the autumn and choose to go on the tour over the Halloween period? After all, Halloween events in London simply won’t get much more exciting than this!
While we’re on the subject of history and culture, London is home to numerous art galleries and museums covering a wide array of different topics. With such a varied array, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste.
Just a quick bit of research is sure to reveal the perfect attraction for you and your family, so why not let the kids pick out something they are interested in and make a day of it? Museums are also a great activity for rainy days – don’t let the weather spoil the fun!
Guaranteed this option won’t be for everyone, but shopping with the kids doesn’t have to be something to be dreaded. The capital has a wealth of shopping opportunities, from designer stores to independent boutiques to bustling markets. If your children aren’t overly keen on the shopping idea, why not combine it with another attraction for a full day out in the city? If you’re really feeling generous, you could spoil the kids with a trip to the world-famous Hamleys toy shop!
Are you feeling inspired? With so many fantastic attractions, London is undeniably the perfect destination for a family trip this year.
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