London is one of the busiest capital cities on the planet, however, its never-ending list of attractions means it’s a must for tourists. Heading to the capital solo, as a couple or even as a family can be daunting. And even more so if you have young children.
Thankfully, we have a number of tips and tricks if you’re considering London for a family city break.
Preparation is paramount
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail…this old-age exam cliche rings true with a family trip to London. Make sure the kids are familiar with each of the sites you plan to visit before you leave. This way, they will be curious about where they are going and are less likely to complain about any long journeys due to heightened excitement.
Younger children are sure to marvel at Paddington Bear and the older ones may love a James Bond or Sherlock Holmes movie. The more you do before, the more excited they will be about exploring the capital.
Free things overrule all
There’s a ton of amazing things to do in London, however, some of them can prove pretty costly. Thankfully, there are a whole load of free things to do in the city. This includes strolling alongside the canal at Little Venice, deer spotting in Richmond Park, exploring Camden Market, and much more.
The majority of London museums are also free. Many display suggested donation signs but these are by no means compulsory. Plus, a trip to the museum means you can turn your little jaunt into an educational venture – although it will still be fun!
Avoid term time
Okay, so the Natural History Museum is amazing, and it’s easy to spend numerous days here. However, if you visit during term-time, you’re likely to spend days fighting the crowds.
Many school groups visit throughout the academic year and, unusually, this is one London attraction that is actually quieter during the school holidays. If you’re planning to visit museums during your break, avoid weekends or go early in the morning, or later in the evening.
Public transport prevails
Navigating any big city can leave you feeling apprehensive – but if you’re actually your own guide, you can relax. And the kids are sure to enjoy the experience, those big red buses and ‘The Tube’ can look extremely cool in the eyes of a youngster (and let’s be honest, even big kids love travelling onboard a double-decker red bus!). There’s also the Thames water taxis and the DLR, where kids are able to pretend they’re driving the train.
Toddlers in tow
If you’re travelling with a toddler, you should seriously consider reins. The changing of the guard is an amazing sight and toddlers especially are sure to love this as they can walk, dance and march along with the guards.
However, a toddler on the loose mixed with London’s tourist traffic spells panic if they wander out of eyeshot. Reins means you and your toddler are able to enjoy yourselves and you don’t have to worry about them wandering off!
As well as attractions, the capital is plentiful with amazing hotels. Dorsett Hotel, City of London offers luxurious, affordable space for the whole family to unwind.