The English capital is historic, cultural, and packed with sight-seeing opportunities; think Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Oxford Circus, to name just a few. The iconic red buses, and the frenetic fast pace of life will certainly greet you when you arrive, and whilst ticking the sight-seeing attractions off your list are definite must-dos, if you’re travelling with kids then you need to factor in a few activities to keep them occupied.
Thankfully, London is packed with many attractions and activities for kids, and here are just five of them.
The world famous waxworks of famous celebrities are fantastically realistic, and the kids will love having their photo taken with their favourite star. There are often voucher deals available for this attraction, so simply keep your eyes open, because a little money saved is always a must.
Again, this is another attraction it is possible to find money-off deals for, but aside from that, older kids will love this place. Basically this is an attraction which recreates historical events of the dark kind, using rides, special effects, and some live actors, and there are several recreations and rooms dedicated to famous crimes and individuals, such as Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, and Sweeney Todd. Perhaps not one for the younger kids, but the older ones will love it.
One of the most famous sights on the London skyline, the London Eye is a huge Ferris wheel which stands on the banks of the River Thames. Pre-book your tickets to save time in the massive queue which always forms no matter what the time of day, and pray for a clear day because the views are simply breath-taking from the highest point.
Street performers in Covent Garden
They say the best things in life are free, and the street performers and buskers in Covent Garden are just that! Exploring the city on foot is a great way to stumble upon some unexpected entertainment, and this picturesque part of the city is home to mime artists, singers, actors, and all manner of entertainers, which the kids will love to watch.
West End Shows
Of course, London is known for its theatres and the many shows playing throughout the year. On the same par as Broadway in New York, you will find some of the biggest productions in the world here. Kids will love the audience participation side of many of the shows, so simply ask them which one they want to see and set to work on finding tickets. Of course, always buy tickets only from reputable sources, and certainly not from street vendors, as there are a few touts around the city.
London is a wonderfully vibrant and energetic city, and laid-back is not a term which anyone would ever dedicate to it! Kids will love the fast pace and the colourful atmosphere, and these few attractions will certainly keep them occupied as you explore.