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London with a 10 year old boy in February

11 Feb 2007  Atlanta GA mother of 4 boys - I have promised each of them a mother/son trip to the place of their choice during the year that they turn 10. I am also a
4.5 of 5 stars based on 20 votes

A list for London experiences that a tween will enjoy. Mix up the museums and historical sites with things a ten year old boy wants to do. Watch as he gets interested and curious about new things!

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  • 1. Tower of London
    Tower of London, London, England

    Allow a lot of time. Take the excellent "Beefeater's tour" and get here early.

  • 2. Hamley's Toy Store
    http://www.hamleys.com

    A 6 floor toy store with ample opportunity for trying out toys. Kind of pricey and definitely commerical, but my son enjoyed it and used some of his money to buy knight figures to take back to his brothers.

  • 3. Science Museum
    Science Museum, London, England

    Very cool science museum with exhibits that would be appropriate for a broad age range. While we were there (2/07) there was a "Game On" exhibit that traced the history or video games from the Commodore 64 and Atari days through popular arcade games to the present. At the end, you can demo the Wi or the PS3. Other things my son enjoyed included the energy exhibit, the materials exhibit, interactive area in basement, and the neurobotics exhibit. The only drawback was that many of the interactive items seem to get so much use that they don't work properly.

  • 4. Greenwich
    Greenwich, London, England

    We took a Sunday trip by tube to Greenwich. The Cutty Sark is being refurbished and we did not get to see it, but we enjoyed walking along the Thames past the Royal Naval College, up to One Tree Hill where Elizabeth I used to reflect and relax, over to the Royal Observatory and the prime meridian, and back down into the village for shopping and peoplewatching. My son seemed to learn alot at the Observatory museum.

  • 5. Tate Modern
    Tate Modern, London, England

    Walked down to the Tate Modern after riding the 1st London Eye trip of the day. This museum may have not been my 1st choice for my child's interests ordinarily, but there was a special exhibit in the Turbine Hall while we were there. Several beautifully designed spiral slides, some as high at 5 stories, were installed as interactive art. We got a timed ticket for the 3rd and 5th floor slides and had a blast. I could be heard screaming all the way down from 5. As a bonus, he really liked several artists and styles of art. He was excited to see Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein works and he discovered a feature that he liked involving "listening stations" near some works of art. Apparently, popular British musicians were asked to select pieces of art, reflect on them, and create a musical response. He found them very entertaining and tried out each one that he came across.

  • 6. St. Paul's Cathedral
    St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

    The inside looks beautiful and "sparkly" where exhibits have been cleaned. My son enjoyed the walk up to the Whispering Gallery and further up to the next level as well. We quickly toured the crypt and he was most interested in the ones that had been saved from the Great Fire of London. We came back for a special concert by current and former choristers from St. Paul's school and were both impressed by the talent and the way of life that the students showed.

  • 7. London Dungeon
    The London Dungeon, London, England

    Ugh.. I would never have gone here, but I was with a middle school boy who is very interested in gross things. He loved it and I tolerated it.

  • 8. Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey, London, England

    We took the Original London Walks 2-2 1/2 hour tour with Hillary. It was great, but a little long for my son. He remembers most of what she said, but he got kind of restless and goofy near the end of the tour. She did a great job pointing out things that would be especially interesting to someone his age. He liked "Innocent's Corner", the room with all the helms and banners, and the coronation chair.

  • 9. Imperial War Museum
    Imperial War Museum, London, England

    Great museum with current exhibit about children during WWII. While we were touring the reconstructed WWII era family home, we met a man who had lived in London as a child during the war. He had been sent to the country and his house had been bombed and destroyed on two occasions. He was fascinating and we felt honored to meet him and talk to him about his memories and experiences. There is also a moving exhibit about D-day, an engaging submarine exhibit, and lots of tanks and large pieces of equipment in the large open area as you enter. We only had about an hour and a half here and it wasn't nearly enough!

  • 10. Harrods
    Harrods, London, England

    I know it is a tourist trap, but I felt like I had to go. We walked through the enormous food halls, the toy department, and the electronics area. Before we left we had gelato and a milkshake in one of the food halls. The milkshake ended up costing about 10 bucks, but my 10 year old drank every drop and enjoyed the Harrod's experience.

  • 11. National Gallery
    National Gallery, London, England

    On the advice of some guidebook, we stopped by a computer area and printed a tour highlighting works we selected as things we were interested in. Of course we ended up seeing much more. My son's favorites were Stubbs' lifelike horse and the Dutch "peepshow" pieces. NOT WHAT YOURE THINKING!! They are really cool pieces that involve boxes, mirrors, perspective, etc. We also both liked the Manet to Picasso exhibit on the lower level where we saw Manets, Monets, Renoirs, Gaugins, and Van Goghs. I can't remember the artist, but he was also impressed by several of his works which included gemstones or other textures/materials that give the work a 3-D lifelike quality.

  • 12. British Airways London Eye
    The London Eye, London, England

    Another really touristy thing to do, but we both ended up enjoying it immensely. It would probably be good to go early in your trip so that you could get a "bird's eye view" of London to help give you a sense of direction and better ideas about how parts of the city relate to one another.