London may be called one of the most kid-friendly city in the world but it honestly depends on what’s the age of your kids, and you’ll find more than one thing to enjoy with them. Of course with so many possibilities things can get overwhelming. I remember the first time I visited Bangkok, Thailand, I was so disoriented. But hey at least I managed to get really affordable air tickets to Bangkok so that was a solace even if I couldn’t see half the good stuff there.
So is it all family-friendly?
No, it is not. There are many adult-oriented activities available so I guess it’s safe to say that there is something for people of all ages here. But with so much history and being so popular with tourist, it is definitely one of the most kid-friendly places to visit.
Visit a Museum
Yes, I know I didn’t mention any specific one and that is because there are simply too many museums in London that can really be a great knowledgeable experience for both you and your kids. One of my top favorites is the famous British Museum. It has some really fascinating exhibits including the intriguing Rosetta stone and a very cool section dedicated to Egyptian history. Another exciting museum is the Imperial War Museum. It has a vast array of vintage weapons, gears, tanks and airplanes, all meticulously displayed. The audio tour is a must if your kid is old enough to appreciate old tanks and such. There is a kids section as well, located in the basement but it’s best to make a reservation here as it gets very crowded at times.
London Duck Tours
Perhaps one of the best way to view most of London with your kids. Basically, you board on a yellow amphibious vehicle from the WWII era. There are several types of tours that you can go for. One of them, the Classic Sightseeing Tour, lets you see all the iconic landmarks in Central London with live commentary explaining its importance. And of course, the best part of it is the splashdown in the Thames which is a really fun boat ride. I think this part will be more enjoyable for kids as you are obliged to quack loudly if you happen to see another yellow bus.
Being the most iconic place in all of London, you totally have to bring your kids here to see it. If you get early, granted that you also check the weather and the schedule, you can view the iconic ceremony of Changing the Guard. Basically, the guards end their shift and new ones take their place, accompanies by the military marching band. The ceremony lasts for 45 minutes in front of the famous iconic palace.
If your kids are old enough to know about famous celebrities and other well-known people then they will have a blast here. Even if they are young and watch those animated movies then they’ll like seeing a realistic Shrek or E.T. For a nice history lesson, you can learn about the tragic fire and London’s darker phases here. But the very best part, which is honestly fun for grown-ups as well is 4D Marvel Super Heroes movie. In fact for a Star Wars fan, you can even be the co-pilot of the legendary spaceship and much, much more.
For a lovely panoramic view of this beautiful city, you can head to the London Eye. There is also Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel that the kids will absolutely love. They also offer a 4D movie that is included in your ticket which is very well done. Since it tends to be very much in demand, I suggest you buy your tickets in advance, or online to save time.
Sea Life London Aquarium
It is located right next to the London Eye in the County Hall. I’m sure the kids will love the aquarium as it has sharks, interactive game and cool exhibits. It isn’t a very big place, just takes about an hour to view it, so your children won’t get bored. As for tickets, it is possible to get a combined ticket for the London Eye and the Aquarium.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour
Are your kids Harry Potter fans? Well, then they can enjoy the Making of Harry Potter in this tour as this is where most of the films were made. Even if they aren’t a fan of the series, they’ll still enjoy the interesting props and stroll around the iconic Forbidden Forest or Hogwarts Dining room. There are a lot of activities you can do here so you’ll need at least half a day to enjoy most of it.
Whether your children are really young or a bit old, they are sure to have a great time in this theme park. There are several different sections called “worlds” with their own themes. There is even a miniland with cute miniatures of London’s iconic buildings built with Legos. There are rides for ages 3 to 11, some will get you wet so it’s great for hot weather, as well as amazing Lego creations and 4D movies. Download their app and check out if there is a live show taking place there and for a very helpful map of the theme park.