Happy Friday and welcome to my new Friday series- #Flashback Friday. I am super excited about this series because there are so many amazing trips we have taken in the past that deserve some attention. Each Friday I will take you back in time and share a past trip that rocked our world as well as some tips that I think you will find helpful about that destination. First up is exploring London with kids in tow. So, let’s get started…
3 Reasons to head to London with Kids
London was actually not on our original European itinerary. We wanted to head to Paris, Rome and Barcelona but it turned out it was much cheaper to fly into London first so that is exactly what we did. It’s always funny how those types of situations work themselves out because London turned out to be one of our FAVORITE CITIES! Here are a few of the reasons we think you should travel to London with kids in tow.
1- Everyone Loves Castles and Royalty
Daring knights, weaponry, castles and crown jewels- what’s not to love about that? Your kids will go gaga for the incredible history of England and what makes it so unique is the royalty is still in affect in modern day. So, not only can they learn about London’s past but they can experience it for themselves as well.
We toured the Tower of London with Context Travel (read about it here) and that turned out to be a highlight for the kids. Our docent Sarah Jane was honestly one of the BEST tour guides we have ever had and the kids learned so much about the history of the Tower as well as London as a whole. I can’t recommend them enough. If you ever find yourself in London with Kids you definitely should check out their family tours.
But, the Queen takes the cake! We took a tour with The Original Tour which is a hop on/ hop off bus tour during our stay and it came with a FREE walking tour to see the “Changing of the Guard”. It was so amazing to walk down towards Buckingham Palace– such a trip! And, we lucked out because while we missed the “Changing of the Guard” we got to see something even more SPECTACULAR- the rehearsal of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Talk about timing!!! It was an incredible experience. The bus tour was also fantastic. Our guide was HILARIOUS and very knowledgable. It was a great way to gain our bearings in London with the kids. It also helped us better understand the layout of the land as well as check out some of the most popular sights. Check out the tour in more detail in my travelogue here.
2- Tons of Family Friendly Activities
London is packed with tons of activities for families some which don’t even cost you a dime. Below are a list of some of our favorites:
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge (check schedule so you can watch it open here)
- Buckingham Palace
- Changing of the Guard
- London Eye
- Natural History Museum
- Burrough’s Market
3- Fantastic Playgrounds
There are also a ton of kid friendly parks and playgrounds located in London. Some of our favorite memories were spent sipping latte’s while watching the kids play. I love European playgrounds because the kids are always a blend of tons of European cultures. I am always amazed at how well kids can play with each other even when they don’t speak the same language. Man, there are so many things us adults could learn from our tiny humans.
Here are a few parks we recommend:
- Hyde Park (Princess Diana’s Pirate themed playground)
- St. James Park (awesome playground + check out the pelicans)
- Regent’s Park (check out the London zoo)
- Battersea Park (fun boat rentals and a children’s zoo)
*BONUS- English Speaking
We love traveling through destinations that speak other languages. I believe that being the minority and having to learn a new language are amazing lessons for my children. But, it definitely makes family travel a little tougher so one awesome thing about London for us stateside is the fact that we speak the same language. It sure does help especially when you need to read public transportation signs or decipher a menu for kid friendly options 😉
Speaking of transportation London has awesome public transport. I highly recommend getting an Oyster Card well in advance before your trip. Not only does it make travel super easy as it is reloadable but it will also dave you $$ too. Kids 10 and under ride free on the tube which is also another fantastic benefit London offers families. See more about the Oyster Card here. You can also catch a traditional black cab too!
Have you visited London? What were your favorite things to do or see?
Tell me in the comments below… I love hearing and connecting with you!!!
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