London, the vibrant capital of England, offers a plethora of cultural and contemporary experiences for families to cherish. To make the most of your London journey, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the city's layout and efficient transportation system:
Discovering London's Layout
1. Understanding the Boroughs:
City of London: Main financial district, Tower of London, Tower Bridge
The West End (Theaterland): Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Covent Garden
East of Hyde Park: Oxford Street, Madame Tussaud's, Mayfair, Regent's Park
South of Hyde Park: Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Kensington, South Kensington
Westminster: Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace
2. Mastering London Transport:
London Buses: Cashless system; use a credit card or Oyster card. 700+ routes and 8000+ buses ensure minimal waiting time.
London Tube: Fastest way to explore; each traveler should have a contactless payment card (US credit card work great). Plan your routes using saved Google or Apple Maps as there is no internet underground
Pro Tip: Swipe your payment card at tube stations for seamless travel. After three trips, additional rides are free.
Top Family-Friendly Attractions
Many of these attractions below can be seen aboard a double decker bus. You can choose between 24 hour - 48 hour option tickets and design your own personal itinerary. There are many tour operators, but Big Bus is by far the biggest player. Some of tickets include river cruise tickets as well.
1. Trafalgar Square:
Marvel at grand fountains reminiscent of Rome and snap a photo at Nelson Tower.
2. London Eye:
Alternatively, take the London Eye River Cruise where you can see several attractions aboard a Thames River cruise in just 40 minutes!
3. Tower of London:
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, admire Crown Jewels, and delve into its intriguing history. If you are looking for a deeper dive, visit the tower with an expert local guide!
4. The Shard:
Ascend Europe's tallest skyscraper for panoramic city views. You need to buy tickets to Shard's viewing gallery. This combo ticket includes a Westminster walking tour with an entrance ticket in a single booking.
5. Piccadilly Circus:
Explore the buzzing hub; shop, dine on international cuisines, and visit Whole Foods to buy some interesting food brands.
6. South Bank of the Thames:
Enjoy a leisurely walk with picturesque views of London landmarks such as The London Eye, London bridges, House of Parliament, Tower of London, Globe Theater, etc. Consider a boat trip or explore Gabriel's Wharf for boutique shopping!
The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River is a popular thing to do!
OR you can combine the River Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea - So British :)
OR if you are an adventure thrill seeker, get on a speed boat, honey!
1. Harry Potter Magic:
Visit King's Cross Station's Platform 9¾ for a little Harry Potter experience. Looking for an adventure, instead? Embark on the Warner Bros Studio Tour. Explore Harry Potter-themed attractions across London. You can also go on an Original Harry Potter Location Tour which takes you through Trafalgar Square, Coven Garden and filming sights.
2. West End Theatres: