Great Family Activities In London: London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, with so much of interest for all the family. Visit for the day, a weekend or longer – if you are short of time you can check in to a hotel near Heathrow – there is no place quite like it. Invest in a London Pass, as this will give free admission to around 60 of London’s top attractions. However, here are some of the main activities which should not be missed.
Thames River Cruise
This is an amazing way to view the city and many of its iconic landmarks. Sit back and enjoy the feeling of being on the river, as it is the best way to see the splendour of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Dome and Canary Wharf. The commentator will take you through 2000 years of history, including the gruesome past of the Tower of London and Traitor’s Gate. This is a great way to see and understand so much of the city’s past.
Situated in Regent’s Park, London Zoo is a must. It has been in the centre of London for the past 150 years and has over 750 different species of animals such as lions, tigers, meerkats, monkeys, gorillas, penguins and giraffes. There is also a tropical rainforest which houses many different creatures including sloths. Do not miss feeding time as this is a very special experience for all the family.
The Shard and London Eye
The Shard is the tallest building in London at 87 stories. With viewing platforms on floors 68, 69 and 72, it is almost double the height of any other in London. The 360 degree views make it possible to see for approximately 40 miles on a clear day. The London Eye can be found on the South Bank of the River Thames and standing at 135 metres, it is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in Europe. The capsules are fully enclosed and the wheel moves slowly, giving ample time to take in the stunning views.
Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Go and meet the ravens at the Tower of London. It is thought that should the ravens ever leave the Tower, then the Monarchy will fall. Meet the famous Beefeaters in their splendid uniforms and learn about the Towers grizzly past. Be in awe at the sight of the Crown Jewels and visit the Royal Armouries. Tower Bridge is stunning to look at and is the most iconic of all the London bridges. It houses an exhibition dating back to when the bridge was built in 1894 and there is an interactive adventure to take one back in time.
A palace of magnificent proportions and the home of Her Majesty the Queen, it is situated in the City of Westminster. During the summer months it is possible to tour the 19 State Rooms in all their opulence, including many famous paintings by Canaletto, Rubens and Rembrandt. The rooms also house some of the magnificence treasures from the Royal Collection.
See London and know the history – this is education with fun.
Greg is a writer who has previously worked as tour guide in London. Hope you love reading “Great Family Activities In London”.