This year has seen international travel postponed as the world tried to contain the coronavirus. Now that the end is in sight, the opportunity is arising for you to begin planning a UK staycation or a city break.
Travelling with a family can be difficult enough without the remnants of pandemic restrictions hanging over our heads, so it is always best to choose a family-friendly destination. Here are some reasons why London is a great choice of city break for families.
- It’s easy to put together an itinerary
One of the hardest things to do when travelling with children, especially those of different ages, is making sure that everyone gets to do what they want. However, tourist attractions are easily grouped together in twos or threes, which is the perfect amount for one day as a family.
You don’t want to overload the kids with everything London has to offer all at once. Therefore, try to let them pick a couple of things each, and then group them together to create an itinerary.
- Most attractions are fairly close together
Tourist attractions are easy to group together into adventure days due to the fact that most attractions are fairly close together. The Tate Modern, Borough Market and Shakespeare’s Globe are within walking distance of each other, as are Big Ben and the London Eye.
This also means that, provided you select a central hotel, there is always time to head back to the hotel room. With kids, it is always handy to be able to nip back to your hotel room in case of a potty emergency or for a nap time.
In fact, the hotel’s location can be super useful for minimising travel times. For example, Dorsett Hotel, City is situated within a 15-minute walk of the entrance to the Tower of London, which can be grouped into your itinerary with Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral.
- Even when they aren’t, there’s public transport
If your chosen attractions are a little too far away to easily walk between, you are always close to public transport links. In London, you have the choice of a bus service or the Tube. If your children are a little older, you might also consider renting one of the famous London bikes.
Travelling with a family doesn’t just have to be fun and games – you can also mix in some learning whilst you are there. After all, London is home to some of the best museums and art galleries in the country.
Free educational attractions include the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum, National History Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. Most of these also include child-friendly audio tours or activities.
- Bus tour
Sometimes you might overdo it, or some of the younger members of the family may feel overtired and cranky. However, this doesn’t have to stop your day of exploring. London is home to fantastic bus tours which can show you all the sights all whilst your whole family stay sat down.
As you can see, city breaks in London can be incredibly family-friendly and geared for family members of all ages. Whether it’s a staycation or a post-pandemic vacation you want, consider London as your next destination for it.