With half term just around the corner and a whole city to explore, we’ve rounded up plenty of activities that will make a trip to the capital well worth it.
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Start the day with a wander along the South Bank, pointing out the Houses of Parliament and other sights as you pass. Children will love the street entertainment along the bridge, too. Or, if you’re coming into the West of London, why not head to the canal at Little Venice, which offers a few water-side cafes and pubs to drop into, should you feel peckish.
To avoid the often-limiting children’s menus of chips, chips and more chips, we think Covent Garden is well worth a trip. Sample a bowlful of paella, as it’s made in front of you in the bustling square, or head into any of the unusual cafes – our favourite has to be Crème de la Crepe, serving up mouth-watering sweet or savoury fare little ones will love. But, as with anywhere in London, try to avoid the lunchtime rush if you don’t want to queue for a table. If your little ones love pizza, Pizza East on Portobello Road does perfectly rustic pizzas with unusual toppings – we recommend ordering a few and sharing them between you all.
Get them learning (without even realising) at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!. Standing proudly in Piccadilly Circus, it’s instantly visible as soon as you come out of the underground station (it’s accessible from both the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Line). The Mirror Maze and its illusion of continuing hallways offers escapism for all the family, while the Remarkable People exhibits will have them talking about the sights for days afterwards. And, don’t forget to pay a visit to old favourites such as the National History Museum or Science Museum. Madame Tussauds in Bakers Street is always a good bet, and will provide plenty of excellent photo opportunities.
If you’ve planned your trip during half term, head to The Globe and catch Tales For Winter – from 25-29th October, and packed full of artful storytelling that children and adults will enjoy.
Weather-permitting, a river cruise is a great way to see the city in all its glory. Try a circular cruise with Thames River Services, offering a truly different view of London, passing some of its most historical landmarks. Look out for the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf (so called because when in use as a dock, many of the imports were from the Canary Islands) and beautiful Greenwich.
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After lapping up all that culture, surely a trip to the oldest and largest toy shop in the world – Hamleys – is in order. If the visit is tantrum-free, and you don’t come out £200 poorer, you should also pop to Gelupo on Archer Street for wonderful ice-cream. It’s only a ten minute walk away (and we’re sure the promise of gelato will ensure no complaints of tired feet, anyway).
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