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Guide to London for Families

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Recommendations for a family-friendly London.

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  • Family

6 Places

4 City Tips

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6 Places

City Cruises

Boat Tours

London Transport Museum

Speciality Museums

Science Museum

Science Museums

The Lion King

Theatre & Performances

St. James's Park

Parks

One New Change

Shopping Malls

Ching L's City Tips

  • For using public transport, get a Child's One Day Travelcard for children. Adults should use Oystercards.
  • There’s an unwritten etiquette for travelling on escalators in London. If you want to ride the escalator, stand to the right and keep the left side free for people who like to walk up.
  • Certain attractions have 2FOR1 offers if adults can show a Travelcard (issued by a Rail Station, NOT by an Underground station), so it may be worth exploring (www.daysoutguide.co.uk)
  • If you've been happy with the service, a tip of 10% is about right. Some restaurants add 'optional 12.5%' service charge to the bill - but it really is optional!
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    City Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    Ching L Says:

    Many of London’s attractions can be seen from the River Thames and a circular cruise is a great and easy way for all the family to get accustomed with the city. Starting from Westminster Bridge (Embankment Pier), you get to see the Houses of Parliament/Big Ben, London Eye, County Hall, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre and Tower of London - to name a few! City Cruises has a 45 min Thames Circular Cruise that has commentary. They also offer Red Rover tickets that allow you to hop-on/hop-off the piers along the way.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the 2FOR1 offers with daysoutguide.co.uk as City Cruises are often included.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 60 Boat Tours & Water Sports in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing show boat river cruise (4 course dinner-excellent experience! 15/01/2017
    • Wet Sunday in January 15/01/2017
    • City Cruises
    Address:
    Westminster Pier
    Victoria Embankment
    London SW1A 2JH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7740 0400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
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    London Transport Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Ching L Says:

    In the heart of Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is a lovely museum for children of all ages and parents too. Learn about the history of London and its transport through the ages. You can sit in lots of the exhibits and children seem to love this very interactive museum. See a London red bus and world’s first Underground train.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The museum is free for children and adults can take advantage of 2FOR1 from daysoutguide.co.uk when the offer is available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 1,522 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extensive museum, over run with kids 15/01/2017
    • Best to purchase an annual pass as might need to visit it more than once. 15/01/2017
    • London Transport Museum
    Address:
    Covent Garden Piazza 39 Wellington Street
    London WC2E 7BB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7379 6344
    Hours:
    Fri
    11:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
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    Science Museum
    Science Museums
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    Ching L Says:

    The Science Musuem does ‘family friendly’ really well. There are galleries for under 5s, the Pattern Pod for 5-8-year-olds and older children will love the hands-on Launchpad.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Free entry to the museum is ideal for a quick visit when attention spans are short.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,522 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Didnt meet expectations 15/01/2017
    • Nice museum, especially if you're an engineer or geek 15/01/2017
    • Science Museum
    Address:
    Exhibition Road
    South Kensington
    London SW7 2DD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7942 4000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    The Lion King
    Theatre & Performances
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    Ching L Says:

    A visit to a West End theatre in London is a must and there are lots of family friendly shows – The Lion King, Wicked and Matilda are favourites. With stunning costumes and memorable songs, The Lion King has something for everyone in the family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you’re planning a visit to London in August look out for Kidsweek, which is actually a month long (the whole of August)! Kids go free with a paying adult, which means the family gets to see West End Shows at huge discounted prices. Bookings for Kidsweek open in June/July. Look out also for special family tickets for certain shows.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 332 Concerts & Shows in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a must see show 15/01/2017
    • Fabulous! 15/01/2017
    • The Lion King
    Address:
    21 Wellington Street
    Lyceum Theatre
    London WC2E 7RQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 844 871 3000
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    St. James's Park
    Parks
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    Ching L Says:

    With so many Royal Parks and green spaces in London, it means there’s always a place to go with children to let off steam. St James’ Park has the advantage of being close to The Mall and Buckingham Palace so families can mix some sightseeing with some relax time.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There’s a children’s playground at the Buckingham Palace end of the park and you see the Pelicans being fed every day at 2.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,522 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely beautiful 15/01/2017
    • Get away from Hydepark crowds 15/01/2017
    • St. James's Park
    Address:
    Horse Guards Road
    The Storeyard
    London SW1A 2BJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 300 061 2350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
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    One New Change
    Shopping Malls
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    Ching L Says:

    A shopping centre may be a strange recommendation for a family friendly break, but it’s a great distraction after a visit to St Paul’s, or even as an attraction on its own. That’s because the shopping centre has a glass lift/elevator that the children will love to ride. It’s cleverly designed to be in line with St Paul’s Cathedral so there are plenty of photo opportunities as you go up and down. There’s a free public roof terrace at the top and the view of St Paul’s Cathedral and panoramic London is breathtaking.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • In the summer, they have outdoor screenings of events such as Wimbledon tennis!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #236 of 1,522 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Boxing Day Secret London Views 03/01/2017
    • Shopping and eat 01/01/2017
    • One New Change
    Address:
    1 New Change
    London
    England
    Phone:
    02070028900
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
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