With the big smoke on our doorstep and the school holiday in full swing, I’ve compiled a bucket list of fun things for us to do in London this summer. Have a gander and let us know your thoughts of the best things to do & see in London ☺
My sister in law from Holland recently stayed with us and during their trip they went to the Rainforest Café (located two minutes from Piccadilly Circus) which she said it was amazing. The Rainforest Café brings together the sights and sounds of the Amazon Rainforest to London ☺ so making it a really cool experience for kids (and adults if you’re a big kid like me ☺) The venue is brought to life by elephants, gorillas, jaguars, crocodiles and butterflies, together with tropical fish tanks, an indoor waterfall and thunderstorm all adding to the exciting dining experience. My SIL picked up a 10% discount card outside Hamleys so worth taking a trip to Hamley’s just incase ☺ Website: click here.
Hamley’s, based in Regent Street is Britain’s most famous and greatest known toy shop and is a truly magical experience for kids (less so for parents when you come away £££ lighter!) It’s best to go first thing in the morning to avoid the mass crowds. There’s so much to see with staff demonstrating the latest toys to onlookers. Price wise it’s definitely more expensive than your average toy shop so you’re definitely paying for the experience so it’s probably wise to set a budget before you set foot in the shop ☺ Website: click here.
British Film Institute Imax Cinema
This is the MOTHER of all cinemas ☺ The IMAX cinema in the South Bank district of London, just north of Waterloo Station has a 20 metre-high screen, showing large-format feature films and documentaries. Tickets are pricey but from my research it sounds like it will be a unique and memorable experience and I imagine 3D films would be awesome!! Website: click here.
This is a must when sightseeing in London! Be prepared for it to be busy as there are always lots of tourists, but hey you’re in London so it’s kind of expected ☺ Website: click here.
The streets of London can get very busy so take a breather and head to the South Bank. It can get busy around the London Eye but once you’re past it there is lots of room to stroll along, snack on street food whilst enjoying the view of London (Tate Modern, Big Ben, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral etc) across the River Thames. A variety of entertainers, musicians, and food trucks line the riverbank so there’s plenty to do, see and eat ☺ The atmosphere is always great and for me South Bank is a great place to hang out in the summer (reason below ☺) Website: click here.
Take a ride on the London Eye
I have a soft spot for the London Eye as this is where Mr Chiltern Chatter proposed to me ☺ We did the champagne ride and I have to say it was a very enjoyable experience ☺ We’ve since been on with the kids and they really enjoyed it too, pointing out famous landmarks – not quite the same as quaffing champagne and chocs but still enjoyable ☺ If you book in advance and combine with other attractions you save money so worth doing your research before you book. Website: click here.
Tower of London Glass walk way
If you’re struggling to think of something new & exciting to keep the kids entertained then a trip to London’s Tower Bridge glass walkway could be in order. The new glass walkway offers visitors a unique view of the road-bridge and River Thames, 42 metres below. This definitely requires a head for heights though ☺ Website: click here.
Instead of the usual tourist destinations, check out one of London’s Parks. At Kensington Gardens you can visit the fantastic Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The area’s main attraction is still the vast wooden pirate ship sailing a sea of sand and, if you’re feeling cultural, you could visit the Serpentine gallery to see some modern art. Plus, you could also take in the impressive site of the Albert Memorial and the whimsical statue of Peter Pan.
Changing of the Guards
You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy London. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Find times at www.changing-the-guard.com
Enjoy the theatre for FREE
Well for kids anyway ☺ During Kids Week, 1st – 31st August 2017, Children aged 16 or under can go to the theatre for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult, plus an additional 2 children can go for half price. We’ve booked to see Horrible Histories The Best of Barmy Britain at The Apollo Theatre and we’re all super excited!
As well as offering show tickets to over 40 top London shows, producers organise free activities and events for children to take part in. Shows include: Wicked, The Gruffalo, Matilda, Mamma Mia, Stomp plus lots more – click here to see the full list of shows. For more information about Kids Week see www.kidsweek.co.uk
KidZania – the mini city where kids are in charge!
Send the kids along to KidZania, Britain’s first “reality theme park” where children take jobs and earn “money” in a virtual city centre. KidZania recreates adult workplaces such as operating theatres, plane cockpits, TV studios and banks — all at two thirds lifesize — where children will play at carrying out jobs.
The 80,000sq ft two-storey city issues its own currency, KidZos, which the 4 to 14 year olds will be able to spend on treats such as sweets or activities such as go-karting. But once all the KidZos have been spent, the children will have to earn more by taking on jobs. Welcome to the real world kiddies ☺ They will be able increase their earnings by taking a course and “graduating” from the KidZania university. Website: click here.
Big Bus Tours
What better way to see London than on an open top bus?! The Big Bus showcases the best of London’s top attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The tour includes hop-on, hop-off buses, a free river cruise and a free walking tour. Website: click here.
London is home to some of the world’s best museums. Most of the major venues have free admission, although voluntary donations are encouraged. Here’s our top 4 museums to visit this summer:
The British Museum
Natural History Museum
London Transport Museum
After having a Legoland annual pass for years, we decided to mix things up a little ☺ and opted for the ZLS Zoo pass this year which gives you access to ZSL London & Whipsnade Zoo. If you plan to go a few times it’s definitely worth having a look at the annual passes options as they pay for themselves in a few goes. It’s a great day out, with lots of things for the kids to see and do. In my experience, it’s always best to take a packed lunch and drinks as it’s expensive when you’re there. Website: click here.
So that’s it…. Let us know your favourite places in London by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org