Okay, okay so on the one hand you might be feeling like taking the kids to a big city like London is just going to be full of stress, worry and cost a fortune. We get it! BUT London is full of amazing cultural opportunities, we have created a stress free itinerary for you and your family to enjoy.
Getting The Most Out Of London
To make the most of a fun-filled day in London, it is best to arrive quite early. I know it can be a hassle to get the kids up and dressed for a specific time, but arriving anywhere between 9AM and 10AM will give you plenty of time to explore the city and pack loads of fun activities into the day If you’re catching the train into the city, Charing Cross is the station to aim for, as it is the closest to the recommended activities and sights.
Our top savings tip (both time + ££) to get the most from your day is to get a London Pass. This pass will get you free fast track entry to over 60 London attractions & can save you from between £15 up to £25 an entry ticket.
Start the day with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of London’s most well-known sights and locations. The bus is a flexible way to enjoy the city, allowing you and your family the chance to hop off wherever you want to, or stay on as long as you wish to get the full experience.
If you’re D-I-Y-ing lunch, London is full of open, green spaces to enjoy a sit-down picnic and give the kids some space to run around and play. St. James’ Park is a popular, well maintained area with plenty of greenery, nature and a large lake to explore.
If a restaurant lunch is more your style, there is an inn in the heart of the park offering a selection of meals in scenic surroundings. Alternatively, there are plenty of local options nearby, including a Greene king, Pizza Express and Blue Boar.
Once lunch is finished, it’s time to explore the Westminster area up close. The area offers sights such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street, if you fancy walking around for 10 minutes and taking in the local heritage and cultural importance – this area also offers a lot to look at if you’re into architecture and original carvings and statues.
Churchill’s War Rooms offer a tour of the underground areas used to plan and strategize during WW2 and are of great historical significance and a great educational opportunity for the kids. Or, if you’re looking for something little lighter, the Sea Life centre offers aquatic fun and education to astound both adults and kids.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is also close by, if you want to see London from above and relax for a while.
Wrapping up the Day
Relax and complete your day in style with the Thames River Cruise, cruise lengths are between 30 minutes and 3 hours, so it’s up to you how long you decide to stick around before making your way home or to your hotel.
The Westminster area also has a variety of gift shops and available memorabilia, so don’t; forget to buy something to remembers your family adventure by!
Dinner & Accommodation
If you choose to stay in London for the evening and overnight, there are plenty of options available in the Westminster area. Premier Inn’s London County Hall is situated next to the London Eye and offers a family room for two adults, two children and has cot availability for around £85 per night.
As far as food is concerned, the local area has a range of restaurants including Carluccio’s, Pizza Express and Gillray’s Steakhouse & Grill – so you can get everybody filled up and happy, without breaking the bank.
There are plenty of things to do in London, forget the stresses of daily life for 24 hours, spend some quality time as a family and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures to show friends and family when you get back home!
Thanks for reading!xx