London happens to be a really awesome place for families who are out on a break as there are many cool stops for those who are planning to spend quality time together. With attractions that could draw in even parents who have small kids, it is certainly nice to go around the city and explore with the youngsters in tow. For those who are interested in some clean fun while gaining appreciation of London’s authentic side, here are some suggestions.
The London Eye, Southbank
Observation decks are quite a thing especially when you are in a city as iconic as London and by being in one of the world’s largest observation decks, you will surely have an experience that is hard to forget. Inside one of the pods in the wheel, there are also interactive screens where you can get some insight on the landmarks that come into view. The ticket for the London Eye is actually joined with the London Dungeon, the wax museum in Madame Tussauds., and London Aquarium.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 1 Piccadilly Circus
This museum which is filled with oddities is quite a hit and there are a lot of eccentric things that you can find here. If you are following the show, you should expect nothing but the most extraordinary things displayed here. Spread over 6 floors and with more than 700 artifacts, it would surely be cool to go through the items here and they are open till midnight.
The Shard, Joiner Street
So much for those who love views overlooking the city skyline, there isn’t any better pace to get a glimpse of what London is like from above than The Shard. This building is considered to be the Western Europe’s tallest structure with a height of 310 meters. You can relish the experience at the kaleidoscopic lift which is quite high speed. Operating schedules vary so be sure to check it out and booking in advance is highly recommended.
Tower of London, Tower Hill
Much of the macabre and gory history that surrounds the country happened in the Tower and it is well known for being the sight of many torturous deaths. Nevertheless, this is a landmark that has been growing in popularity and to brush up on some British history with the kids, it would be cool to enjoy the free guided tour that will bring you to the Traitor’s Gate, the Bloody Tower and the home of the Crown Jewels known as the Jewel House.
Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street
Built in 1535 to Henry XVIII, this Tudor home still has retained its highlights despite the fact that the mansion has changed hands over the years. This stately home has been passed on to merchants, Huguenots looking for refuge from France and even squatters. In each room, you can find a treasure chest which is the perfect way to tell kids about the home’s history. Last Sundays of the month is free family days and the house has a really charming room tea room.
Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath
This mansion which was built during the 18th century is sitting at the edge of Hampstead Heath and it has been renovated just last year to make it more accommodating to families. With its Storytelling Sundays that are targeted to kids 3 and up, children will experience multisensory and interactive sessions to share stories behind the home’s important furniture and art collection.
London is not just a city to appreciate history, art and architecture; it is also perfect for families. With so many destinations that cater to families and the small children, London is certainly one of the best cities for a family getaway.