The City of London boasts some brilliant attractions, spanning everything from wildlife and underwater worlds to cutting edge art and ancient history. There are enough ideas for several hundred days out in the UK capital but if you have a family in tow, it makes sense to choose places and activities where there’s something for everyone.
On the educational side, the Natural History Museum is an obvious choice if you haven’t been before: kids young and old will be fascinated by the insect, mammal and dinosaur specimens here. The Science Museum is also in South Kensington, within easy walking distance and with fun, interactive demos and a multi-sensory outdoor garden, it’ll keep everyone entertained. Happily, both museums are free of charge.
For something a little different, Ripley’s Believe it or not is the ultimate attraction for the curious-minded and it’s a big hit with children of all ages. A range of bizarre exhibits inspired by the eccentric explorer Robert Ripley is on show and you can see shrunken heads from South America, the blue-faced man from China and get lost in a mirror maze, all under one roof. Have a look online for discount vouchers on tickets to Ripley’s.
Animals are always a family favourite and in London there’s a choice of world-class attractions with live animal exhibits. Visit Regent’s Park to see giraffes, monkeys, lions and many more from all over the globe at the London Zoo. Or if you fancy some underwater action, the Sea Life Aquarium is on the river bank near the London eye and is worth a visit for the stunning tunnel walkway where you’ll come within inches of sea turtles, octopuses and knife-toothed sharks.
London really does cater for all tastes so the best approach is to plan the trip well; think about Underground routes and ticket options before you go. Many companies offer discount and voucher codes online, so it’s worth doing a bit of research ahead of time.