Taking your children away for a short trip to a city can be an enriching experience for the whole family. Not only can you explore a place you want to find out more about, but your little ones will be able to learn about all sorts of different things – such as its history and culture.
However, you know that you’ll need to keep them engaged. This can be difficult, but there are many ways you can keep them interested in your whole trip if you choose the best child-friendly activities. These are some adventures and destinations that you can add to your itinerary that will keep everyone happy and fulfilled on a trip to London.
See the animals at the zoo and aquarium
London Zoo is in the north part of Regent’s Park and is a popular destination for families. You can see animals such as tigers, lions, gorillas, reptiles, and penguins. Younger children will love meeting the monkeys, while the older ones can be a junior zookeeper.
The state-of-the-art London Sea Life Aquarium is another top destination. There are many different themes you can walk through, including habitats of the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean to show these animals of the deep. You get to see sharks and monster catfish gliding by and lurking in the waters. Make sure you have a look at the rainforest and ray fish tanks at feeding time.
Take a boat tour of the Thames
Going on the River Thames is a fantastic way of getting to see many of London’s landmarks – and the children won’t get too tired doing so, either. You can go sightseeing on a Thames River boat cruise even on rainy days, too.
There are plenty of places you can see from the river, going from Westminster to Greenwich. You can get to see the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament.
Go on a cable car
The cable car that crosses the River Thames links Greenwich with the Royal Docks. From the car itself, you’ll be able to see great views of the O2, The City and the London skyline. Each journey can take 10 minutes each way, and, in the evenings, you can have an extended night ride that has music and video playing in the cabin.
Check out Kew Gardens
There’s a large Children’s Garden at Kew Gardens that measures 10,000m2 – the equivalent to 40 tennis courts. Children can learn about what plants need for them to grow in ways including periscopes, ‘wormhole’ slides, a living bamboo tunnel, and water pumps. The adventure culminates with a four-metre high tree-top walk around an oak tree.
Trek to a transport museum
The London Transport Museum lets you explore London’s famous transport network, from the 1800s to today. You can have a go on simulator rides for buses and the Tube, and try out the wide range of interactive activities and games on offer to all visitors.