Sure, there are the smoky temptations of Leicester Square and Mayfair clubbing nights, but what about tourists with families? Surely your two-year-old can’t pull off a fake ID and try to look 18. But that’s the beauty of the capital this summer—there’s so much family fun waiting for you traveling folk! Whether it’s a 6 hour flight or a staycation, London has it all.
If you’re planning to save in this department, don’t bother coming. Anything under £80 per night is considered a good deal. Although London hotels prices range from £40 a night to a £3500 penthouse, you should make sure you book in advance. The capital is expected to contain an extra one million visitors due to the Games this summer.
The London Eye
The obvious first choice for many tourists, the London Eye is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel standing at an astonishing 135 metres high. Get a bird’s-eye-view of the capital with your family—in a way, you are literally seeing all of London this way! Be wary of buggies, though. There is no place to store them and you cannot take them onto the ride.
You can’t miss the usual landmarks that give London the reputation it has today. Head over to the Big Ben, or more commonly known as the Clock Tower, and take some pictures for the family album! Don’t forget the Tower of London, either. The historical palace dates back to 1078 when William started the grand creation. While you’re exploring history, you might as well get a glimpse of St. Paul’s Cathedral—dating back to the late 17th century. The ‘mother church’ of London sits at the highest point in the city at Ludgate Hill.
Landmarks, however, are overrated and can lose their touch. Let’s get to the fun stuff…
Regent’s Park is one of London’s Royal Parks and now officially known as ‘The Regent’s Park’. It is part of the City of Westminster and is home to Regent’s College and the London Zoo. Grab your family and easily spend a whole day here that promises to make a great campfire story!
Start off at the London Zoo which contains over 16,000 animals for your kids to explore and discover! View fierce gorillas in the Gorilla Kingdom and come face-to-face with all types of animals. Remember to get there through the London Waterbus Company’s canal boat services from Camden Lock or Little Venice to add a little extra fun!
Spend the rest of the day letting your children explore the four playgrounds throughout Regent’s Park. If you didn’t get a chance to get in the water before, do it now in the main lake with boating in the summers. July and August is the perfect time to visit with puppet shows, music, and other lively activity buzzing around the Open Air Theatre.
London has a variety of museums that are well suited for children. To make it even better, most are free entry and offer different activities especially for kids! From T-Rex’s to crocodiles, the Natural History Museum will keep the children entertained for hours. Don’t miss the Darwin Centre which hosts a science lab for 7 to 14 year-olds.
Not a history fan? Don’t worry; delve into 16 acres of green perfection ideal for picnics and family day-outs at the Horniman Museum. Entry is free and includes a range of free kids’ activities including an aquarium and an interactive Nature Base. If your family is in a relaxed mood, then the Horniman is a must-go!
If you’re in the capital over the weekend, head over to the Museum of London which is loaded with family events on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free as well, so take the children through a chronological journey through London’s history—from the lands before time to Roman rule to the current day.
Want something more educational? Make your way to the Science Museum, filled with family friendly exhibits and displays—and for free! Explore galleries dedicated for children under 5 and interactive activities suitable for teenagers.
London has endless family-fun activities waiting for you moms this summer! The capital will be filled with fellow tourists due to the Olympic Games—it’s a destination you can’t miss!
Sohaib Siddique is passionate about experience and adventure travel and works as a freelance writer. When he isn’t around and about, you’ll find him pushing the limits on his bike or stuffing his face with his food obsession.