With its rich history, beautiful architecture and wealth of museums, London is a top family destination. Don’t be scared off by the city’s reputation for shoddy weather: there are plenty of things to do in London that are fun for the kids despite the rain.
Family Fun in London:
Visit London Museums
London seems to have a museum for every interest: take the kids to the British Museum and easily spend an entire day looking over mummies and exotic artifacts. The Museum of London is very kid-friendly with galleries of life in
London from prehistoric times to the present.
Children also love trains: the London Transport Museum has a great collection of antique trams, buses and trains. For those more interested in the British monarchy, head over to the Royal Mews to view the Queen’s horse-drawn
carriages and motorcars.
If you’re looking for a little bit of whimsy in your museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not is a fun destination for the family.
Catch a Family Show At The Theatre
London is the theatre capital of the world and you will be able to choose from the wide variety of family shows being performed. Many people head over to Leicester Square to purchase discounted tickets and watch the celebrities come and go. After catching a matinee, head over to the nearby Planet Hollywood London for more celebrity watching amid Hollywood memorabilia.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
While the more serious kids may enjoy the breath-taking architecture and art, the real fun is in the basement. Dozens of famous people are interned in the crypt, many with stone effigies resting atop their graves. There is plenty of room to move about and kids will love returning to school with tales about how they wandered among the dead.
Tower of London
What could be more fun than wandering a medieval castle? The Tower has plenty of indoor nooks and crannies to explore on a rainy day. The kids will learn about Henry VIII and see displays with his armour and wardrobe. Costumed beefeaters roam the grounds and act as masterful storytellers, mesmerising visitors with tales of all the people who were imprisoned and executed on the grounds – the kids may even come away convinced that they’ve seen a ghost!
Take Public Transit
London’s transportation system is a thrill for all visitors, with the system of tubes and buses taking you quickly to any destination in the London area. For families on a first visit, children will be amazed at the network of tunnels running below the city and be excited to ride the train. Top it off with a thrilling trip through the West End on a double decker bus.
Guest post by Elisa who enjoys writing about travel destinations and savings.