London is not just a fun place for adults to visit, but also offers plenty of interesting attractions for the entire family to visit. In fact, it is one of the best destinations for the family to enjoy a holiday. There are plenty of historic attractions apart from great museums and loads of family friendly activities and events. If you have never visited London, then it should be the destination to explore on your next family trip.
Accommodation wise there are plenty of options to choose from ranging from budget places to luxury hotels. On a trip to London accommodation near Paddington Station would be the ideal spot to stay.
There are numerous family friendly hotels in the area like the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel, which offers premium facilities at a competitive price. Also its location in central London makes it the ideal place to stay on a trip.
Some of the best family attractions to visit in the city are:
London Eye: One of the newer attractions in London, since the London Eye opened to the public in 2000, it is one of the most visited paid attraction in the country. It is out of the biggest cantilevered observation wheels of its type and visitors gladly fall into lengthy queues to be able to ride aboard it. The kids will love to get on board and will thoroughly enjoy the experience of seeing the city from high above. If you want to avoid the crowds and having to queue up for a lengthy period of time it is best to arrive early in the morning. On a clear day it offers the most breathtaking views of the London skyline with visibility up to 25 miles. Tickets can be booked online in advance and it is one of the best ways of avoiding having to stand in a long queue.
Tower of London: One of the most iconic and popular attractions The Tower of London is a fabulous place to visit with the family. It has a long and colourful history and is a place that appeals to people of all age groups. There are free guided tours of the tower conducted by the famous yeoman warders known as the “Beefeaters”. They captivate visitors with tales of the gory history of the place and it is an entertaining experience. There is a vast collection of exhibits to see that include its famous Crown Jewels, which is the highlight of the tour. The kids will thoroughly enjoy exploring the tower and its many visitor areas. There also are the ubiquitous Tower Ravens, which as per legend will cause the collapse of the monarchy and the Tower if they leave the place.
Westminster Abbey: The abbey has played a very important role all through history as the coronation site for the monarchs of Britain, since 1066. It is of immense historical significance and is the location where 17 rulers of Britain lie buried. It is great place to learn about the history of the monarchy through the centuries. The authorities have made it more appealing with a scavenger hunt that is organised for the children. It takes them to different parts of the abbey looking for hidden clues, while the elders can spend their browsing the memorials found here. Those kids that manage to successfully complete the hunt earn a special treat from the gift store. It is a great incentive for the kids while also educating them about the history of Britain.
Trafalgar Square: Located in the centre of London, it is the most famous public square in the country. It is one of the most recognised landmarks of Britain with the lions and Nelson’s Column easily identifiable from the countless images of the place. The kids will love to get photographed with the massive bronze beasts. While there are plenty of pigeons to be found all over the square, it is no longer permitted to feed them.
St. Paul’s Cathedral: The cathedral stands at a location where there always has been a place of worship since 604 AD. The current edifice was the creation of master architect Sir Christopher Wren and it was built after the Great Fire of 1666, ravaged more than half the city. It is one of the most symbolic landmarks of London and one of the most popular tourist attractions as well. The kids will enjoy climbing up to the dome area to visit the famous Whispering Gallery and to get some of the most incredible views of the city. The Whispering Gallery is known for its unique acoustic properties with a whisper on one of its walls audible on the opposite side. Of course, there is technique involved to get it right and is demonstrated by staff members in the area. It is a fascinating place to visit on a trip.
Madame Tussauds: While it is expensive and rather touristy the fact is that kids just love to visit the place. While the museum has opened branches in major cities across the world, there is no place like visiting the original museum. From Hollywood celebrities to Royalty you will find them all here, with their life like wax statues offering a great photo opportunity. The kids love to get snapped with their favourite music and movie icons and makes for a great souvenir to brag back home. Another interesting feature is the Spirit of London ride that takes visitor on a four century journey of the history of London.
The London Zoo: It is located on the periphery of Regents Park and is the oldest zoo on the planet. It opened to the public in 1847,, and is a terrific place to spend an afternoon with the kids. It features an exotic menagerie of animals from all continents and is a very popular attraction to visit with children.