From museums to Lego, Harry Potter to wildlife; keeping kids busy in London is no problem. The hardest part is deciding just what to do first!
Check out museums before you go. Many have child friendly packs and activities that can be used during a visit. If it is the school holidays, special art and craft workshops are frequently held which kids really enjoy. The dramatic history of places like the Tower of London are guaranteed to capture attention as they meet the Yeomen of the Guard and hear the gruesome stories of traitors, thieves and sad queens. Try a cruise on the river for a different view of London. Older children would enjoy the jet boats that speed down part of the Thames just like James Bond.
When in London, you should opt to stay in one of the aparthotels in Kensington and visit London Zoo, a must see attraction which kids adore. Tucked away in Regents Park, London Zoo has been delighting kids for over a century. There are always lots to see and do. The Land of the Lions is the Zoo’s newest exhibit enabling kids to enjoy an interactive adventure helping forest rangers deal with a ‘lion emergency’. There are innumerable other animals and birds to see at London Zoo including giraffes, penguins, lemurs, gorillas, tigers and even a Europe’s only spider walk-through experience.
For more marine life, head for SeaLife London. This is home to one of Europe’ largest collections of marine life where kids can discover a magical underwater world filled with all kinds of creatures from rare green sea turtles to sharks. You can even walk across a glass floor and watch seven different types of sharks swimming underneath.
Book a stay with Presidential Apartments Kensington and visit the world’s largest Lego store which can be found in London’s Leicester Square and is guaranteed to entertain any keen would be builder. Marvel at the incredible constructions such as the life size Tube carriage containing 637,903 Lego bricks and a 20 ft replica of Big Ben that took 2,280 hours to build.
Harry Potter fans will adore a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, just a short trip northwards on the Underground. Tickets do have to be booked, so check availability first before going. This is where you can explore original sets including the Knight Bus and Professor Snape’s classroom, and discover the secrets of the props and special effects that made the films so realistic. Alternatively, take in a Harry Potter Walk with the BritMovie Tours which guides you round London visiting places used in the filming such as the Ministry of Magic street entrance, the Leaky Cauldron and the Death Eater’s bridge.
So, stay in one of the Aparthotels London and visit these places in London with your kids.