Most of us have visited it for studies, excursions with friends or even with our other half. But what happens when the time comes to visit it with the children? London should be divided into regions to make the visit interesting for the whole family without getting exhausted in travel. We’ve put together the best family-friendly activities in each area to make your next trip more accessible, even if it’s just a short weekend getaway.
During the day, take a walk from the Covent Garden, where children will watch many jugglers and street performers and continue to the fascinating Transport Museum. A walk from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace is also essential. It is impossible not to be impressed by the gothic Abbey of Westminster, where all the official ceremonies of the British monarchs take place. Older children will enjoy the walk on Carnaby Street, Soho’s legendary pedestrian street with its many shops.
Also in southwest London, there are many free museums such as the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science. Of course, you will also go to Hyde Park, the massive park-symbol of the city that hosts over 4000 trees. There you will skate, boat on Lake Serpentine or feed the ducks. A unique experience for the whole family will be to watch a show in the West End like “Frozen” or “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
This green area of the city is home to artists and intellectuals as well as celebrities who prefer it for its quiet, well-kept streets and houses in Hampstead and Primrose Hill parks. Both parks are famous among local families for picnics and games with panoramic views. Do not miss the unique atmosphere of Camden Market, the largest market in London, where your children will indeed find something to buy. Of course, you should not miss visiting the Zoo, one of the most famous in the country, at the northern end of Regent’s Park.
You will reach here crossing the Thames from Westminster Bridge or Millennium Bridge. The famous Tate Modern awaits you with free admission and the highly impressive Aquarium that hosts hundreds of marine species from sharks and piranhas to seahorses. The boys will not resist a walk on the nine decks of HMS Belfast, the historic ship of the British navy that has been anchored in the Thames since 1971 as a floating museum.
Older children who are not easily intimidated will experience the challenge in “The Dungeons” to face Jack the Ripper or medieval torture to raise the adrenaline to new heights. Alternatively, do not miss the leisurely stroll with the London Eye to explore the city from above and take plenty of souvenir photos. From the South Bank, you will take the boat to Greenwich, where there is the historic observatory and the Greenwich Meridian from where all time measurements worldwide begin.
Kids will look at vegetables differently, with a visit to Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, the garden that looks like a small oasis on the old Eastern Curve Railroad. Here, they will learn everything about growing and caring for vegetables, while if they are hungry, they will taste an excellent pizza baked in a wood-fired oven with homemade lemonade.
Those children who prefer animal companionship will be thrilled with Spitalfields City Farm, where they will have the opportunity to care for pets such as donkeys, rabbits, chickens and sheep. However, the area’s hot spot is none other than the Museum of Childhood, ideal for the whole family. It is one of the best museums in the world of its kind and houses everything related to children’s play, from cars, figures and dollhouses to clothes and collectable board games.
We see that the city of London on all four horizons presents a huge variety of activities and locations to enjoy your vacation with your children. Of course, because we are talking about one of the largest cities in Europe, your travel from place to place is something that should concern you. Of course, public transport is always a solution, but ideally, you are offered the solution of a rental car for you and your family. Searching for a car hire in London is an easy task by choosing the services of Enjoy Travel, locating and renting a rental family vehicle, which will offer the required space and comfort to all your family members, throughout the duration of your visit, in the city of London.