If you’re looking to enjoy a fun family day out in the Big Smoke, it’s worth putting together a little itinerary so that you can make the most of your trip. Know which tubes to catch, where to get off and where to go for the most entertainment. There’s something for everyone in London. So here are five activities to keep in mind.
1. A West End Adventure
Visit London’s world famous West End and see what all the fuss is about for yourself. With bright lights, plenty of eateries and a wealth of family theatre shows to choose from, you’re sure to be in your element. If you’ve got little kids, The Tiger Who Came to Tea will be back in London for the summer months, so don’t miss your chance for plenty of clumsy chaos as a very hungry beast takes to the stage. Suitable for kids aged three and above, this is a much-loved production based on the popular children’s book by Judith Kerr.
2. The Natural History Museum
The great thing about London is that there are loads of free activities to enjoy at your leisure including a wide range of museums. One of the best museums the city has to offer is the Natural History Museum. From dinosaur skeletons and fossils of marine reptiles to minerals, gemstones and rocks including gold, you’re sure to find something that fascinates you. Don’t forget to see how you measure up against a blue whale in the Mammals Gallery.
3. Picnic in a London Park
London has all the well-known restaurant chains as well as an array of independent eateries. But sometimes it’s better to keep things simple by picnicking in one of London’s Royal Parks. There are eight in total, covering a whopping 5,000 acres. So whether you want to eat sandwiches by the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park or climb to the top of Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park for an epic view of the city, you can. Keep a lookout for squirrels in St James’s Park and maybe even grab an ice cream in Kensington Gardens.
4. Watch the Canal Boats at Little Venice
If you arrive at Paddington Station, the first thing you should do is try to find the life-size bronze statue of Paddington Bear. It’s really cool and perfect for fans of this marmalade-loving bear. After that, make your way to a quaint part of London called Little Venice. This is just a stone’s throw from the station and is home to pretty little canal boats and eateries. It’s great to watch the boats make their way up the Thames towards Camden Lock.
5. See the Street Artists in Covent Garden
A family day out in London doesn’t have to be expensive. Head to Covent Garden and soak up the bustling atmosphere, market stalls and street artists that dominate this well-known area. Kids will love seeing the entertainment of the day and will probably talk about all the various acts they’ve seen on the way home. There is often a pop-up shop or two in the Covent Garden area too, so keep an eye out for these.
Head to London and enjoy a day out to remember. Don’t forget to check out what’s on in the West End and book your tickets today.