The London Guide: With And Without The Kids

Heading into London can be a wonderful break for you and the kids. After all, there is so much to do in the capital. London can also be the ideal destination for a romantic weekend away while the kids are with the Grandparents! We’ve put together an awesome guide to the best city in the world for couples and kids. Choose your own adventure!

With The Kids

There are so many awesome things for the kids to do and see in London. One of the most popular attractions continues to be the waxworks at Madame Tussaud’s. The models on show are regularly updated to feature the most current versions of the most popular celebrities. This means you are pretty much guaranteed to find characters your kids know and love. Just a few doors down are some great family restaurants. Many are themed. You might want to eat in the jungle, complete with lifesize models and sound effects. Or maybe one of the sports-themed restaurants is more your thing?

For a good view, try the London Eye. This all-weather ride lifts you up above the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament. On a clear day, you can see pretty far. The famous BT Tower is visible and so is St. Paul’s Cathedral. And how often do you get to look down on the Westminster Palace? It’s not the cheapest attraction but its location is handy for art galleries and centres of culture along South Bank.

St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral image at Flickr

The West End is home to dozens of award-winning shows. Best of all, there are always kids’ events and matinees that will suit all the family. There are plenty of good restaurants, sandwich bars and cafes around to feed them before the show. You can usually buy tickets at the box office, but you might prefer to buy online to avoid disappointment. Of course, you might be more interested in a display, event or festival at one of the exhibition centres around the city. Comic book conventions are pretty popular, but you can usually find something for everyone.

If you’re worried about using London Underground with the kids, why not take the bus instead? The same ticket is used for both. This is a prepaid service, so be sure you’ve purchased what you need before you start to travel. If you’re staying in a hotel nearby, you may be able to take advantage of some promotions. Find out when you book. And if you’re in town for a birthday, mention it! You might get a nice surprise.

London Zoo is situated within Regent’s Park. This is an enormous green space and is delightful during the summer. The zoo is well kept, and you will find plenty of interesting species to visit. You might head from here toward Greenwich and the observatory. Straddle the line, and see some of the historical buildings of the area. There is so much for the family to see!


London Zoo image at Flickr

For You And Him

Of course, if you’re escaping the kids for a weekend, you may be more interested in some of the grown-up activities you can find in London. Covent Garden is a great place to start for some boutique shopping. Interesting market stalls and food can be found here too. And there are always entertainers around if you fancy taking in an impromptu street performance.

It’s a fair walk from here back to Strand, but it’s worth it. This is a good place to find a quick bite before taking in a late show in the West End. There are a few stores here, and many of the bus routes come along here too. You can find places that serve cocktails and wines, or even fancy coffees and teas. But if you’re heading toward the theatres, you’re in for a treat.

As well as your high profile West End shows, there are plenty of other theatres offering a wide variety of entertainment. There are a couple of comedy clubs with shows that run into the wee hours. Of you might prefer an evening in a nightclub. Hotels nearby aren’t the cheapest in town, but their convenience make them ideal.

When you’re looking for restaurants in London in you might prefer to visit one or two that are owned by celebrity chefs. London has a few. But there are also many restaurants that are excellent in catering for special diets or tastes. The choice is yours. Some of the smaller premises offer a more intimate setting. Some include live music or even a dinner theatre event. It’s worth looking online and booking something in advance.

You can find all the shopping you need on Oxford Street and Bond Street. The latter has smaller specialist shops that may pique your interest as well as some of the high profile boutiques. But if you’re into books, then London is the perfect place for you. There are bookstores everywhere including one of the biggest in the world. Camden Market is an ideal place for picking up out of print and preloved literature. And there are some interesting fashion houses there too.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street image at Flickr

Taking a stroll along South Bank when the riverside lights are on can be one of the most romantic things you do. The National Theatre is here for something a little more high-brow than you might find in the West End. There are museums and the art gallery to peruse as well. On the other side of the river, you might be interested in a tour of Westminster Palace. For refreshment, why not take high tea at The Savoy? You could be there all afternoon, but you’ll never forget the experience!

It’s impossible to list all the things you can do in a weekend in London. There are simply too many sights to see and things to do! It’s best to make a plan of the things you would most like to do. Maybe some shopping in Harrods followed by a picnic in Hyde Park? Dinner and a show followed by a comedy club evening could be the perfect way to round off your day. Enjoy.


I hope these things give you some ideas of what to do in London. Perfect if you are heading there this half term.


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