London is often at the top of a bucket list for parents of any age kids. There’s so much to see and do in the Big Smoke which you can pack into a weekend. It’s always a good idea to go with a plan in place, otherwise, you’ll find yourself wandering around aimlessly feeling overwhelmed at all the different choices on offer.
So with that in mind, here are some ideas to help you keep everyone happy and to make the most of the mini-break:
Head to the Theatre
Let’s face it, no trip to London is complete without squeezing in a show (or two or three!).
And the best bit?
There’s something for everyone. Top shows include School of Rock, Wicked, Matilda and Grease, all of which will be loved by the entire family.
If your kids are a bit younger, however, there are some kid-friendly shows too, including The Gruffalo’s Child and The Very Hungary Caterpillar (both are favourites for my 4-year-old.) Equally, The Lion King and Aladdin are firm family favourites that’ll keep children and adults entertained throughout.
It’s also easy to bag some cheaper tickets for these shows as well, just head to sites like Discount London.
Explore Some Museums
While you may be met with cries of ‘borrrrring!’ from the kids when you mention a museum, there are actually some of the best museums in the world in London.
For those who love prehistoric tales of dinosaurs and other such creatures, the National History Museum is a must-visit. And while Dippy the Diplodocus is no longer there to greet you, the blue whale’s skeleton is sure to blow everyone’s minds.
Great entertainment is also on offer at the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green are also good choices.
Fly High on the London Eye
Now one of the most iconic things in London, this is a great way to pass 30 minutes (plus the time you’re spent queuing, which shouldn’t be too long these days!). Offering a breathtaking view of the vast city of London, it’s perfect for seeing all of its highlights and for getting the kids excited about what other adventures they can have while they’re there.
On a clear day, you can see for up to 40 kilometres! While you’re on Westminster Bridge, you can squeeze in a visit to The Shrek Adventure, The London Dungeon or Sealife London Aquarium. There’s plenty of places to eat there from The County Hall Restuarant, Cafe Rouge or McDonalds County Hall.
These are just a few of the many things you can do on a weekend trip to London. But by having an itinerary in place, even if it’s only a loose one, you can make sure you get in all the highlights and don’t waste any time exploring our beautiful capital city.
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