The city of the Big Ben is home to families, and yours is welcome anytime you wish. For a happening city like London, it’s the hardest thing to pick and choose what goes into our list of recommendations and what doesn’t. But here go, four reasons to visit London with kids:
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR THEMED PARKS
The history of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum goes as far back as the 1830s when the Madame herself sculpted victims of the French Revolution, as well as some dark and gory characters in European history. She sculpted them at the very address on Baker Street that houses the museum today. Of course, much to every kid’s delight, it has now expanded from the initial display of the Chamber of Horrors, to many other star-struck galleries and a jaw-breaking 4-D show in the big green dome called the London Planetarium.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Anything bizarre is automatically attractive to children, and the Ripley’s franchise is no exception. Housed in London’s neon influx, the Piccadilly Circus, Ripley’s Believe It or Not qualifies as a museum that will not bore anybody to death. Stop and stare, on your way to Trafalgar or Leicester Square.
THE ROYAL PARKS
There are parks, and then there are royal parks. Names like the Hyde Park, St James Park, Regent’s’ Park and the Kensington Gardens are not unknown to any of us. London’s calling, and it’s time to get chummy with stretches of lush grass, on an open invitation from Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Visit the official site for all of London’s glorious green patches at http://www.royalparks.org.uk, and see for yourself what the fuss is all about. We can guarantee that the kids will enjoy more than just picnics in the park. There’s always something going on. Check the “What’s On” section of the site, for happenings during the time you’ll be in London.
There are times when you’ll think that online ventures like www.timeout.com almost feed entirely on London. There’s more happening in London than perhaps any other city of the world, on any given day. So why should your kids be deprived? No matter what time of the year you descend upon the English capital, there will always be something special on show, just for you.
ATTRACTIONS BY THE RIVER
The London Eye & St Paul’s Cathedral … If a river runs through it, you’ve got to love it. The brown waters of the River Thames have featured in Bond movies and many Hollywood flicks. Its shores are speckled with some of the most well-known and well-loved iconic structures of modern times. The kids will love a ride to the top on the London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel. St Paul’s Cathedral, at the South Bank, is Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, and while the galleries may bowl over the adults, the children will have a fun time going up the unending staircase to the Whispering Gallery. And if they’re up for it, then more climbs will be theirs to conquer to get to the top of the dome, and smirk at the Shard while they’re at it.
The Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are two venues that no trip to London could ever be complete without, and the history of the guillotine, of the imprisoned commoners, and the black ravens will keep little children mesmerized.
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