As you will know if you read my blog on a regular basis, I am a mommy who is passionate about travel. I believe that it’s important to travel as a family, so that your little ones can get out there and see everything that the world has to offer.
There’s one place that I have been wanting to take my family to visit for a while, and that’s London. As one of the world’s most famous cities, it’s a place that I think it’s important for my children to see. While I am not planning a trip at the moment, hopefully, within the next couple of years, I will be.
Although we won’t be jetting off to the UK just yet, I thought that I would create a guide to planning a family trip to London. So that when I do start getting organized for it, I have everything that I need.
If you’re thinking of taking your kids to London soon, make sure to have a read of this:
Don’t stay in a hotel
The hotels in London are amazing, from The Hilton to The Ritz, there are lots of beautiful places. However, with little ones in tow, staying in a hotel isn’t a good option. You won’t have enough space. You won’t have an area to cook food, should you want to. And, if your children are too loud, they’ll upset the other guests.
The best option for staying in London with children is getting a short let on an apartment or house. This will give you and your family all the space that you need, including a kitchen for cooking in. Lots of kids are fussy when it comes to food, which is why being able to cook for them, yourself is important.
Choose the location of your accommodation carefully
If you plan on spending a lot of your trip in central London, stay near the center or a tube or bus station. Taxis can be incredibly expensive, so the best way to get around is by tube - aka, subway, or by bus.
Although you want to be near the city center, you don’t want to be staying somewhere that has bars close by. As this could mean that you and your children are woken up late at night.
Book a tour of the city
You will no doubt want to see and do everything, but as with any location, you will need to be choosy about what you do. Start your trip with a tour of the city. So that even if you don’t explore every sight and attraction, you get to see many of the most famous ones. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, The Gherkin, and Westminster Cathedral are just a few of the many sights you will see.
While you might like the idea of going on an old-fashioned red bus tour of the city, for the kids, a London Duck Tour is the best option. These amphibious tours are fun and a little bit different to your average bus tour. It’s worth noting that as these tours are super popular, they can sell out weeks in advance, so booking before is important.
Pick age-appropriate attractions
London has so many fantastic attractions. However, they are not all suitable for children of all ages. So before booking tickets to attractions, make sure to check whether they are suitable for your little ones.
For younger children, exploring the city’s many parks, including Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is a great day out. For older children, Madame Tussauds and London Dungeons are exciting days out.
Activities that the whole family will enjoy include taking a trip to the National History Museum, the Science Museum, and a ride on the London Eye. There are also lots of family friendly restaurants that the whole family will love. These include Spaghetti House and Planet Hollywood.
There are so many amazing things to see and do in London, that I couldn’t pack everything into this guide. Hopefully, the tips and ideas above will help to get you started planning an amazing family trip to London.