London – with kids
as others have said Natural History & Science Museums are fantastic and free, as a treat the ice cream parlour in Harrods is brilliant as is the Pizzeria, Magicians in the Ice Cream parlour and Opera singing chefs in the Pizzeria (they are next to each other) are fantastic. Shard and London Eye are also good if the weather is good but again not cheap. Monument to great fire worth a detour as likely your 8 year old will be covering it at school this year and kids tend to enjoy the trek to the top.Posted 4 years agozeesaffaMember
This gave me some inspiration to take my little girl into town for some daddy / daughter time… But I’ve been reminded that we have to go to yet another 3yr old birthday party.
Is anyone else getting tired of birthday parties? My wife thinks I’m a “miserable git”!
I think Stoner’s suggestions are good!Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
The only things I saw out in London as a kid that I remember were Natural History Museum and HMS Belfast.
Your two are at a difficult age difference though – I’d expect the 8-year-old to be interested in stuff like a tour of Parliament and even the National Gallery, but there’s no way a four-year-old would put up with that for long.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
As above, the Museums are a must.
For food, I can very much recommend Sophie’s in Covent Garden as one of the best kid-friendly restaurants that’s also a nice place for grown ups to eat. Don’t take bookings, though, so get there a little early if you can.
Top tip – The Number 11 bus. Runs from Chelsea, through Westminster and in to the City, past all the sights.
Have a look at the Tate as well, the proper one! They do a lot of great events for kids, that really get them involved in the art. Plus, you can pop over the road for a great beer in my local…! 🙂Posted 4 years agomrchrispyMember
combi london eye and boat trip ticket is a winner.
get tickets online before you go and its not that expensive.
The kids loved the eye and the boat trip is ace cause you are say on you arse seeing all the sights.
covent garden is also good for a street shows, just make sure you tip them if its any good.Posted 4 years agoVan HalenMember
Having done a variety of trips with the eldest over the years I’d suggest doing just one or 2 things in a day. London is big and they have small legs.
If you are going in school holidays don’t bother with the science museum. It’s carnage. Save that for an inset day.
Museums are ok but get dull for small people quick. Same with Tate etc. Go to southbank and watch the skaters or speakers corner to heckle wierdos.
Boat trip good. London eye good. The little ones loved hanging out in battersea park and a trip on a pedalo but you can do that pretty much anywhere.
Bus trip would be good. Oh and tube!
Just took the 13yr old to camden market which was ace but I recon I’d lose a small person. Esp on a weekend!Posted 4 years agoMister PMember
I was quite disappointed by London Zoo when I took Little Miss P. It was midweek but still very busy and we didn’t get to see much. Twycross is much better IMO.
I quite like the idea of an open top bus ride though. I think I will do that next time we head to the city.Posted 4 years ago
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