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London for Kids – Best Tips & Activities for Parent’s Sanity

July 12, 2022 4 min read No Comments

Come one come all to the beautiful capital of England! This amazing and fast pace city can take you for a whirlwind adventure if you’re willing to go the extra mile…literally.

In this post I’m going to be sharing some of the best tips and activities to keep you and your kids sane while traveling to the beautiful city of London.

1. The London Eye

Sunset View of the London Eye

The London Eye is a London iconic landmark and it is SO worth the visit! Even on a rainy day you can get 360 degree views of the city and aerial views of Parliament, the river Thames and so much more! We got a beautiful family photo together too at the end of our ride.

2. London Sea Life Center

Walking Through the Sea Life Center

If you are going to the London Eye, you should buy combo tickets to the London Sea Life Center, one because it definitely worth visiting but also because they are right next to each other! If your kids love aquariums as much as mine do then you are going to be so grateful for your time spend at the London Sea Life Center. See sharks, green sea turtles, penguins and more in the SEA LIFE London aquarium. You can order your combo tickets here.

3. Go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film series at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Travel by train directly to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy timed access and be greeted by a guide who will reveal the wonders you will encounter throughout your tour of the original sets, props, and costumes from all eight of the Harry Potter films. Start with a short film in the cinema before you enter the iconic Great Hall set where your guided tour will begin. Learn production secrets and inside information, as you witness the processes used to bring the films to life. Take a look inside Dumbledore’s office, walk along the famous cobbled street of Diagon Alley™, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders™, Flourish and Blotts™, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Bank™ and Eeylops Owl Emporium™.

Visit the original Hogwarts Express™ locomotive and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾™. Climb aboard the train’s carriage and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.

Enjoy other memorable sets from the Harry Potter film series including the Gryffindor™ common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s™ Hut, the Potions classroom, and Professor Umbridge’s™ office at the Ministry of Magic – all while being captivated by the secrets and insights shared by your guide.      Once your guided tour comes to an end, you have the option to re-enter and explore the studio at your leisure, browse in the shop, or enjoy a coffee in the cafe. Choose to return to London by train at a time of your choosing.

4. Learn all about the capital’s classic red bus at the London Transport Museum.

Visit London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. Explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London since the1800s. View sights like the world’s first underground steam train and the electric tube railway. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters, and objects from the Museum’s collection tell the story of London’s development. Discover the roots the London Transport brand. Enjoy interactive exhibits like a tube driver training simulator. 

Trace the history of transportation from horse-drawn buses to the world’s first underground railway. Learn about the creation of the underground map and take a stroll through colorful displays that show how transport sustains London. Admire collections of posters and graphic art like the famous bullseye tube logo the diagrammatic tube map. If you’d like to book your tickets – click here

5. See Tower Bridge Open from the Bank of the River Thames.

It is truly a spectacular sight to see when you are able the Tower Bridge open! There is a schedule that you can find here to see when the bridge is scheduled to open – but trust me it might be a little slow to open but your kiddos will love it!

6. Visiting the Tower of London

Travel back in time to explore the 1,000-year-old Tower of London, a former prison, fortress and royal residence. Gaze at the sparkling gemstones in the Crown Jewels exhibition before unraveling the mystery of the ravens – the Tower’s guardians – from the Yeoman Warders.

You could spend hours and hours at the Tower of London and still find more to do there! Especially if you have kids of various ages!

Tower of London

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