The Best of London with the Kids in Tow

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If you’re seeking a family-fun holiday for both the little kids and bigger kids, London is the ideal destination. From historic landmarks and wildlife adventures to fun, leisurely cruises on the Thames, parents and kids can enjoy many popular attractions together. Just like Disney World, magic happens in London for all ages.

The London Tower

The London Tower is a historic castle comprised of several structures set within two concentric rings of defensive wall with a moat. Inside, London’s royal history is brought to life. Real-life guardsmen open the castle with a ceremony and still guard the royal crown jewels within. With live re-enactments, visitors can step into a world of costumed beautiful damsels, lords, gallant knights and peasants.

Be entertained with the medieval storytelling in the Medieval Palace. There is also a family trail that leads through the rooms of previous kings and queens. In the White Tower, there are 500 years of royal armour exhibitions. In the Royal Beasts exhibition, there are life-size sculptures of the wild beasts that the royals kept right in the castle. Kids will have fun with the interactive displays with real-life animals smells. Learn all about how the animals lived in the castle and what happened when they escaped. Without a doubt, the London Tower is a day of royal fun for all.

Sea Life London Aquarium

Nestled in the hub of London, the Sea Life London Aquarium takes you on an interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Experience the secrets of the underwater world through a glass tunnel walkway with live sharks, small whales and dolphin swimming in the water. Visitors can feed the sea rays, pet marine life in the touch pools and hunt for treasure in the discovery zones. There are also floating glass platforms where you can watch over five species of sharks swimming beneath your feet. If you’re up for a real thrill, you can even snorkel with the black tip and brown sharks in the dramatic Pacific Reef display.

London’s Many Museums

London is chockfull of exciting museums that will engage everyone. The London Natural History Museum has hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits including a dinosaurs’ gallery and mammals’ gallery. Here the live roar of a Diplodocus with real-to-life movement. You can also work with the experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio. The London Science Museum is a day of pure science fun. Take a ride on one of the rocket simulators, see iconic objects like the Apollo command module or watch a 3-D IMAX movie. There are seven floors of galleries where there hands-on activities and workshops.

For budget-friendly free museums, you’ll find a wide array of museums in London. The Royal Air Force Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Britain Museum all offer free admission.

Thames River Cruises

The entire family will enjoy a picturesque cruise along the Thames River. Along the waterways, you’ll pass some of London’s most famous landmarks like the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and much more. There are even cruises that serve up some of Britain’s most delicious culinary delights like baked pear frangipan with clotted cream, terrine of salmon with beetroot and horseradish relish and Bailey’s cheesecake with crème fraiche. Great food and great scenery make for an idyllic day on the river.

The London Eye

Hop aboard the London Eye for a panoramic vista of the city’s most historic sites like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel. A fully enclosed glass capsule takes you up 135 metres with a gradual flight that is unforgettable.

These are just a few of London’s many treasures that are family friendly. If you’d like to learn more about London’s other gems, take a visit to here.