Long-gone are the days of just swinging by the big city and doing whatever you want without endless discussions of who wants to see what and who prefers which type of food. Nowadays it’s a compromise between budget, child-friendly activities and keeping it special for the adults involved.
London has so much to offer during both the day and night for all ages that you needn’t worry about keeping harmony and balance. If you’ve been to London a few times before it might be wise to avoid tourist traps and sites that are the most frequented by school trips and tour groups, as they can make for a pretty hectic day out. As an alternative, here are a few tips for keeping your trip unique but people-pleasing.
Stepping out into nature
At one point, the Thames was declared biologically dead by The Natural History Museum. However, modern pollution and environmental standards have seen London transform into a city that’s bustling with pockets of wildlife and natural beauty. There are still plenty of gorgeous natural sites to take your children along to, and many of them are budget friendly.
A little trip to the outskirts promises the reward of seeing Kew Gardens, infamous for its tropical Palm House and crocus carpet in the early springtime months. Particularly great for children is their striking feature The Hive, which reflects light and creates intense sounds that mimic a real beehive.
Have a sleepover with dinosaurs
If you’re spending the weekend in England’s capital city, then leaving your children in the safe hands of The Natural History Museum could bring them a truly magical experience. This architectural beauty has over 80 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals. While you go off for a romantic dinner, the infamous museum hosts evening events where you can solve crimes, conduct experiments, listen to talks or watch movies. At Dino Snores, your children can even have a sleepover within the museum itself.
A traditional evening
If you’ve spent the day exploring nature or doing something unique, it would be a shame to visit London and not do the traditional ‘special’ evening of a meal out and a show. Going for a wander through Covent Garden, outskirts of Soho or China Town have that bright-lights city feel about them alongside the benefit of plenty of cuisines and restaurants to choose from. Getting your sushi or taco fix with a fancy drink won’t be a problem in these areas. Then, it would be rude not to follow it with a show of some sort. Whether London musicals are your jam or an evening of jazz in Ronnie Scott’s is your idea of urban heaven, then seeing what’s on first is always a good start.
Arriving in London is almost the best part of a trip to London, as everything seems to be covered in magic, exciting fairy dust. There’s something about London hoisin duck and London musicals that just taste and sound better. Once you’ve chucked your bags in the hotel room or grabbed a coffee, your adventure can truly start.