London, England, is a wonderful and historic fun vacation travel destination for the whole family. This great vibrant metropolis can be an expensive place to visit especially as a group but sticking to a budget does not mean you can’t have a great time. If you are spending time in the UK it’s likely you’ll be passing through London so you’ll want to come up with a plan to make the most of being there without emptying your wallet.
Have a look at some tips below to help keep a smile on the kids face and yours whilst exploring what London has to offer.
This is most likely to be the most expensive part of your vacation and although London has hotels in abundance it also has the prices to match. No need to fear however, there is no need for the bank account to bust as with just a little research you can find something clean and comfortable for your family. Check out youth hostels and cheap London hotels to get a great deal. Consider looking outside of central London. Provided you are well connected to public transport there’s no reason you can’t stay in one of the outer suburbs where you will get a much better deal on accommodation.
What to do in London
So where does one take the kids when in London? Not every attraction requires tickets and some of those that do may offer some concessions. Getting around shouldn’t be a problem so long as you use cheap taxi services or affordable coach companies like Coach Hire London for the bigger families. There are also many things that you and your children would find interesting and memorable that won’t cost you a penny!
The changing of the guards
The changing of the guards happens every other day outside Buckingham Palace and is both an educational and wonderfully visual experience. This military ceremony is watched by locals and tourists alike so there is always an excited buzz around this experience.
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Many children know the song “London bridge is falling down” and you can take them to see the real (non-falling down) modern day bridges and delight them with stories about London’s rich past.
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All of London’s main museums are completely free and can provide hours of fun entertainment for everyone from the British museum with Archaeological exhibits to the Science and Natural History museums. Both the Science and Natural History museums have great interactive activities & fun games that the children will love. If you look carefully in the Geological section of the History museum you will also find that Kryptonite Superman’s special rock actually exists!
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Take the kids to see a show such as the Wizard of Oz or the Lion king, the bight songs and electric atmosphere will see smiley faces all round. You can purchase discounted tickets from “Tkts” a discounted theatre box office situated in Leicester Square and some theatres even do a lottery on the day for cheap front row seats. There are also many other types of shows like musical performances and the best comedy shows London has to offer.
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Tower of London
If you are going to spend a little money on sightseeing in London then this is definitely the place to go. This old castle steeped in medieval history set against the back drop of modern London steels you away back into a past of Kings and Queens. Check out the crown Jewels, listen to ghost tales told by beef eater guards and learn the legend of the Black ravens.
Ensure your trip to London with the kids this year is incredible from your hotel accommodation to fun filled days out at any budget. A little careful planning can go a long way in making this an adventure of a life time for the whole family.