Family Travel to London

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Advisor - Cara Caine
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Cara Caine

  • London

  • Active Travel

  • City Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • England

  • Downtown

  • Outdoor

  • Guided Tours

Famous London bridge
Curator’s statement

London is a fabulous city with so many wonderful family-friendly activities for kids. It has a robust transportation system which makes it very easy to get around without any issues. London has many beautiful historical attractions, museums, parks, and local experiences your kids will love. The shopping, restaurants and pubs are amazing too.

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Things to do in London

People on London bridge

Historical Attractions

Buckingham Palace - The official London home to the former Queen Elizabeth II. Make sure you check the schedule online to watch changing of the guards and get there early to get a good spot.

St. James Park - A beautiful park to walk through, have a picnic, or let the kids play on the playground.

Tower Bridge - Make sure to go up to the glass floor walkway that offers breathtaking panoramic views of London and the River Thames.

Top Kids Experiences

The South Bank and London Eye - Lovely spots along the River Thames that showcases London's art and culture. Take a ride on the London Eye and carousel while eating a delicious whippy from the ice cream truck.

Afternoon Tea - There are many magical places that you can experience this with your children. I would highly recommend splurging on the Peter Pan Tea at the Shard for astonishing views of London or taking a ride on the Peppa Pig Tea bus for a city tour on the double decker bus.

Hamleys - A toy store that has over 7 floors and is every child's dream! It is located in London's West End on Regent street.

Shrek's Adventure - An interactive experience for the entire family.

Favorite Areas

Mayfair - High end shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Be sure to check out Bond Street.

Notting Hill - Trendy area with cafes, markets, restaurants and unique boutiques. Check out the Portobello Road Market while you are there.

Chelsea - Charming area with wonderful boutiques, bakeries, restaurants and the world's most famous flower show.

Day Trips

Take the Tube out to the quaint town of Richmond where you can head to Kew Gardens, take a rowboat out on the Thames or have a pint at the Ted Lasso bar.

Places to eat & drink in London

Claridge's hotel in London with English flags lining the entrance

Brunch and Sweets

The Ivy - Modern British cuisine with a stunning outdoor garden and an art deco vibe, this place is perfect for a lovely brunch. The Lady Marmalade spritz is a must try!

Peggy Porschen - A necessity for cupcake lovers. Not only are the cupcakes and desserts beautiful, they taste exquisite. The banoffee in bloom and the raspberry jammie are fantastic.

Borough Market - London's oldest market is a definite stop with so many options it is hard to choose what to eat. Kappacasein and Nana Fanny's are two special spots to try.

Dinner & Drinks

Sketch - The coolest restaurant with multiple restaurants and bars all uniquely decorated within Sketch. Dinner at the Gallery or Lecture Room & Library (three Michelin stars) are amazing. Be sure to check out the secret egg bathroom while you are there.

The Wolseley - Spectacular interior with classic European food and great service. They have a lovely wine and champagne list.

Amazonico - Picture a lush rainforest themed restaurant and lounge with Latin American cuisine and sushi, live entertainment, DJ's and an exotic drink menu. There is also a secret speakeasy downstairs!

The Connaught Bar - A sleek sexy decor with an extensive cocktail menu. Let the mixologists create one of their legendary cocktails while you snack on caviar or black bean beignets.

Claridge's - Enjoy cocktails and music from the piano in the Foyer & Reading Room, drop into Claridge's Bar for a glass of champagne, or the Fumoir for a nightcap.

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