Are you planning a trip to London with you children? London is great for a weekend and equally great for prolonged stays. Here is what we suggest you do regardless of how long you are there for.
1. See The Main Sites
A good way to determine what you want to do in London, and at the same time to shrug off the jet-lag, is to go on an open top London Bus. Some buses offer tour guides across the cities, and some are regular public transport. Either one can allow you to see some of the best of London without the added tire of walking distances. Once you have seen the big sites like Big Ben, the London Eye, the Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, and so much more, you’ll be able to assess what you would like to see in more detail.
2. Go To A Show
There is always a show on in London. The West End is where all the best theatre companies perform. You can see classics such as the Lion King to new performances like The Gruffalo’s Child. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment on sellout shows.
3. Explore The World In One City
London is well known for its multicultural variety and what better way to feel as if you have travelled the world than by visiting London’s various food regions? Brick Lane is famed for its curry houses and China Town can offer you all you can eat buffets which suit all taste palates. TimeOut has listed what they view as London’s best child-friendly restaurants. If you have self-catered accommodation or you want to bring home British produce, a trip to Borough Market is a fun activity for all foods lovers. In addition, it is a great place to get items for a picnic!
4. Have A Picnic In A Park
So you have picked up your food from Borough Market, now what?
The British love to have a picnic and London has plenty of open spaces. A picnic is a great way to take things slow when visiting a bustling city with young kids. It allows them to run free from the museums they might be too young to enjoy. This is also an opportunity for you to sit and have a rest from all the walking! You can go all out with a picnic rug and a picnic hamper, but using a picnic bench and rucksack is still counts as a picnic. The classic British picnic will include handmade sandwiches, scotch eggs, pork pies along with a selection of carrot and cucumber sticks to dip in some humus. In the summer season, strawberries make the perfect dessert. Children normally have either water in reusable bottles or a carton of juice. If you can find something to celebrate – like being on holiday?! – then it is acceptable for parents to break open a bottle of bubbly or Pimms. All these items will be available at local supermarkets or corner shops if you haven’t had a chance to go to Borough Market or a similar food market.
5. Get A BedBox!
If you flew all the way to London without a BedBox, at least make sure you have one for your return flight. JetKids ship to the UK for free but if you would rather pick it up in person you can head to our retailers, Huggle, just a 60 second walk from Swiss Cottage tube station. Moreover, they have classes and activities for children to do whilst you are there!