A busy city break in London as a family can be difficult to plan, but with the right guidance, you can get it right. Carefully choosing your accommodation and planning your activities in advance will make your trip so much easier when you finally get there. If you are thinking about visiting London. then you’ll want to know family-friendly places to stay and eat and activities that will be enjoyed by everyone. Here are some great tips on how to plan a family weekend in London.
Do you want to stay in a hotel or an apartment, luxury or basic amenities? You should consider the type of place to stay that will suit your family and your needs. If you have young children an apartment or rental might be good for having facilities for preparing food and drinks for kids and have a home from home environment. Whereas if you are looking for a break with older children, you may want to enjoy a family room or even separate rooms.
Then you need to decide on the location. Do you want to be in the heart of the city or further out to make the price a bit cheaper? Most things to do in London with kids have a central location and this might have an influence on where you stay within the city. When thinking about the location you must weigh up the travelling you will need to do when visiting different sights including the cost and time this will take.
Once you have decided what kind of place you want to stay in and where you can search for the best deal to suit your budget.
The easiest way to get around London is by tube. The London underground is well connected from the main train stations to all over the city and the maps are easy to read and well signposted too. It can get busy, so may be difficult with younger children. Take your time and keep everyone close and you will be fine.
If you want a more touristy way to see the main sights, you can book a ticket for the hop on hop off bus tours. This is great for kids because they avoid the rush of the tube and you are taken to all the top places to visit. If the traffic is busy though you might be on the bus for a long time.
Some places are easy to walk to so walking is an option. Driving should be avoided where possible due to charges, traffic and high parking charges. Taxies can also be really expensive especially at busy times.
As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to do during a family weekend in London, but what are the best family things to do? Here are a few places to consider visiting as a family visiting the city.
One of the best museums in the UK, the British Museum has a vast collection of objects, art and artefacts from all over the world. One of the top exhibits is the Rosetta stone which made the translation of Egyptian Hieroglyphics possible.
The Egyptian exhibit itself will be loved by children due to the sheer size of some of the partial temples and statues found here and of course the interesting mummies.
There is a children’s area where you can find tables to eat packed lunches and lockers for luggage or pushchairs that you can’t bring around the museum.
A big hit with families, this popular London attraction is fun for the whole family. With life-size waxwork models of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, you can faux meeting royalty. Whilst the superhero fans can meet their idols in the Marvel universe and enjoy a Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie.
There are fourteen interactive areas and models of British favourites as well as celebrities from across the world. An exciting thing to try is the Star Wars experience, so if you have any budding Luke Skywalker’s or Rey’s in your family this will be an awesome thing to do.
One of the best-known sights to see in London is the famous tower and dungeons. It is an interesting place to visit for both adults and children as there are elements that will intrigue all.
Of course, the crown jewels are one of the top things to see here, guarded by the beefeaters they are found at the top of the tower. Get here early for a quieter visit as it can get quite crowded when the large tour groups arrive.
Then there is also the white tower, the Chapel of St John and the Royal Armouries. Plus look out for special family events which mean there’s even more on offer for kids to enjoy.
This tour is a must for all Harry Potter fans young and old. Take a walk through the Forbidden Forest, Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and Platform 9 ¾.
Explore the real-life sets and see the costumes and props that were used in the films. Highlighted exhibits include the golden snitch and the glass jars in the potion’s classroom. You can also learn about will learn about how special effects used to make the Whomping Willow to the Invisibility Cloak in the films come to life.
The studios are around 45 mins to 1-hour drive from the centre of London, but you can also book on a tour which includes transport depending on your needs.
KidZania is an amazing pretend play centre in the heart of London, where kids can try sixty different job-based adventures.
Play settings include a fire station, a hospital, a police department, radio station and an aviation academy. Child guests are also given kidzo currency to use to pay for certain activities and products or save them in the bank.
If you have young children, this a great place to bring them for the day if they need to run off some steam. Not only will they tire themselves out, but it is great for learning about teamwork, communication skills and using numbers and currency.
As with all cities, it can be hard to decide where to stay and what to do when you have children in tow. But hopefully, this has helped you with what to consider in the planning process and given you an idea of what you can do with kids in the city.
There are many other things you can do, including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Legoland Windsor and of course, lots of grand toy shops to explore.
London is a diverse and exciting place to visit and as you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do on a long family weekend in London. All you need to do now is start planning!