London is bursting at the seams with family-friendly attractions, so how do you know where to start? We thought we’d compile a short list of must-see locations in the city that are guaranteed to keep both you and the kids happy.
Coca-Cola London Eye
This iconic wheel on London’s South Bank offers some quite stunning views of the city’s skyline. You can take in all of the capital’s most famous landmarks all in one go – which is brilliant if you’re only here on a flying visit.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Have you ever wanted to walk in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, step inside Dumbledore’s office or walk down Privet Drive? This tour takes you round where the hit Harry Potter films were actually made, taking you closer than ever to the sets, props and costumes used throughout. It’s a magical experience for all the family, and there’s no shortage of wonderful photo opportunities!
Madame Tussauds London
While we’re on the subject of photo opportunities, make sure you have your camera with you if you plan to get up close to the waxworks of famous faces at Madame Tussauds. Everyone from The Queen and Britney Spears to Boris Johnson and Bobby Moore is represented here. It’s a remarkable who’s who of the famous faces in politics, sport, showbiz and much more besides.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Hundreds of species of aquatic life are hosted here, from the smallest fish to the scariest and most imposing sharks. The underwater tunnel that lets you literally walk through the depths is truly a sight to behold, particularly when the sharks swim above your head!
Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Buy a 24-hour ticket for this bus tour and you can alight and board them at your leisure. That means if you want to get off and explore an attraction such as St Paul’s Cathedral or the Tower of London more closely, you’re free to do so, and then rejoin the tour later on.
ZSL London Zoo
The zoo is the perfect place for a day out – and kids will always be engrossed by the sight of giraffes, tigers and other species that they wouldn’t normally see up close. This particular zoo is home to more than 16,000 animals, so there is plenty to keep people of all ages interested for hours on end.
The Tower of London
Easily one of the most famous buildings in London, and perhaps the whole world, the Tower of London has served as home to the crown jewels, a prison and a place of execution, and much, much more. A guided tour of this legendary building will give you a fascinating insight into its rich and varied history and it’s an experience that really shouldn’t be missed.
The View from The Shard
If you liked the London Eye, the panoramic vista on offer here is just as awe-inspiring. The observation deck is 800ft high, which means you can see up to 40 miles away your current location.
Landmarks such as Wembley Stadium and St Paul’s Cathedral are all clearly visible, so why not get the kids involved by asking them to identify what they can see?
As you can imagine, this list only scratches the surface when it comes to family-friendly attractions in London, but you can be sure that the ones we’ve singled out are guaranteed to get everyone excited.