Travelling to London with the little ones doesn’t need to be as costly as you think. From delicious homemade picnics in one of the city parks to going back in time at one of the several free admission museums, summer holiday boredom busting has never been easier, or cheaper.
Play in the park
There are several fun and free adventure playgrounds to explore in London. One of the most popular of course is Regent’s Park, due to its vast array of family-friendly activities. Once used as a hunting space for the infamous Henry VIII, the park eventually opened its gates to the public in 1845 and today has over 166 hectares to discover, meaning the youngsters are sure to find something exciting to do. And if you have a little bit of spare cash to splurge why not visit the historic London Zoo that’s located in the centre of the park?
Alternatively, head to the second star on the right and straight on till morning to arrive at the Diana Memorial Playground. Influenced by Peter Pan and the late Princess’ love of childhood, the enchanting space includes its own beach and pirate ship, amongst various other themed toys and sculptures. Meanwhile, there’s a beautiful seating area for the grown-ups to enjoy; and set against a stunning backdrop, who wouldn’t want to lose a couple of hours there?
Meet the Royals
If you want more regal action, make your way to her Majesty’s royal abode. Although tours of the Queen’s pad aren’t free of charge, there are a few activities that are. For example the Changing of the Guard, a daily ceremony taking place at Buckingham Palace will leave the kids awe-inspired as they listen to the patriotic music and drums, and witness the highly trained soldiers parade the palace grounds.
Meanwhile, a little later in the day, but well worth keeping the youngsters awake is the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. Watch the Chief Yeoman Warder carry out his historic ritual as he locks up the Tower for the night with the Queen’s Keys.
Go to Hogwarts
Take the kids on a magical adventure to, uh, King’s Cross Station? Yes, you heard right, the fictional Platform 9 ¾ that features in the famous Harry Potter book and film franchise can be found between the real-life Platforms 9 and 10 at the London station. Surprise your young wizards, grab the chance for an excellent photo opportunity and then visit the gift shop – browsing is completely free right?
Travel Back In Time
As you may well be aware of, London is a very historical city and therefore offers plenty of opportunities to learn and discover the area’s past. The Natural History Museum is a world-class attraction and is also has no entry charge. Featuring more than 80 million specimens, walk billions of years back in time as you travel through the galleries of this fantastic collection.
On top of that there is also the chance to meet life-size dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park. This stunning sculpture collection is perfect for a ferocious family day out and little ones will love seeing the gigantic Jurassic statues.
If you do visit London with the kids this summer, we’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below telling us what you did or share your photos with us on Twitter.