I love a visit to our capital city during the summer break. The whole family always get excited by the prospect of a trip to London. You’ll be making memories that last a lifetime so make the most of every minute.
Whether you want to press your face up to the gates of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard or dance in the fountain of Trafalgar Square, London has everything so plan what you want to do before you go or you’ll waste a lot of time trying to find the locations.
There’s plenty of family friendly luxury hotels available in London, I’d check out Trip Advisor and then contact the hotels directly for the best deals. My ultimate favourite has to be Claridge’s Hotel. Despite being a luxury hotel, the atmosphere is really cosy. They are super family friendly too. You are treated like royalty from the minute you arrive. Book early though to avoid disappointment, as they do get booked up very quickly.
If you’re visiting London you have to catch a show. ‘Matilda’ the story of a little girl who’s having problems at home and school suddenly discovers she has psychic powers and uses them to help her teacher, is a perfect family choice. For older children, ‘Wicked’ is a real winner, the story of the witches from Oz, familiar songs, drama and intrigue to keep you transfixed, contact the theatre’s box office directly you may find a better deal on ticket prices.
The Natural History Museum and British Museum are two of the best museums in London, both free to go in. A life-size Blue Whale and roaring Dinosaur are just two of the fascinating exhibits. A real winner is meeting all your favourite celebrities, even if they’re in wax at Madame Tussaud’s, located in the equally famous Baker Street. I managed to avoid the long queues by pre-buying my tickets off Madame Tussaud’s website.
For me a trip to London would not be perfect without a quick visit to the world famous Harrods store. Located in Knightsbridge, it’s hands down my favourite department store. You can easily spend hours in here though, so I tend to have an idea of what I am looking for before I go in.
If you like people watching you could enjoy a drink at one of the many bars in the vibrant and bustling Covent Garden. Brimming with market stalls and quirky boutiques Covent Garden is perfect for shopping. If shopping is not on your agenda it’s still worth a visit to relax and take lunch, or just to watch one of the many street entertainers.
Getting Around London
Getting around London can be a challenge, and to be honest I hate the underground. Black cabs are a great alternative, and to be honest is a great way to take in the sights of London too, particularly if you get a chatty taxi driver.
I could go on and on and on and on……………………….If you have a look at the official Visit London site, it will give you lots more ideas.