Family Holiday Destinations : London, England

By on May 21, 2014
Family Holiday Destinations : London, England
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London is definitely one of the most visited cities in Europe, if not the world. Every year, millions and millions of people flock to the city, including families who are on a holiday break. The weather in the region is not exactly known for being the best (in fact, most of the time the weather can be unpredictable), but there are a ton of things to see and do in London that you and your family would not really mind the fickleness of the weather.

Here are the best places and things to see and experience while on a family holiday in London.

Outdoor fun

If the weather permits, make sure to enjoy the outdoors in London. You can head over to Trent Park in the northern part of the city for a fun day with the family. Trent Park used to be the hunting grounds of Henry IV, but at present is equipped with an 18-hole golf course, a hockey club, a driving range, zip lines, and other exciting outdoor activities that you have never expected to find in London.

You can also kayak right in London—the kayak tour in Hampton Court is one of the best ways to visit this historic landmark. You can spend a glorious hour seeing this part of London from a different vantage point. Hyde Park in South Carriage Drive, on the other hand, is a more traditional park where you can enjoy a picnic with the family.

London for free

Regents Park

London is known as a very expensive city, but there are a lot of fun and free things to do with the family without paying for anything (except for the tube or cab fare, of course). The city offers numerous outdoor ping-pong tables scattered in different locations for locals and tourists to see. The ones in Regent’s Park (shown right) and Cavendish Square are very popular because of their accessibility, but you can find out if there is a ping-pong table near your hotel at pingpongengland.co.uk.

While you are searching for the Regent’s Park ping-pong table, you can check out the Queen Mary’s Garden. This lesser-known attraction is located in the Inner Circle, and perfect for a quiet summer day with its colorful rose bushes. The Roman walls—which stretch from the Tower of London to the Grange City Hotel—is a perfect way to explore the city’s ancient history without paying for entrance.

Visit royal landmarks

Many visitors flock to London for the royal landmarks, and while doing so might seem too mainstream for older children, it is actually very fun to visit the Buckingham Palace during the change of guards. No visit to London is complete without paying a visit to the Queen’s residence—the red-jacketed guards with tall and furry black hats are London icons.

Unique theme parks

Many family holidays involve a visit to a theme park (or two), and London will never disappoint in this aspect. For combined entertainment and education, you can take the children to the London Dungeon, which features the macabre history of the city through interactive features and live actors. Legoland Windsor is also a very popular attraction, thanks to its numerous rides that will please every Lego-loving child.

Thorpe Park offers a more traditional approach to theme parks, but adrenaline junkies will definitely enjoy the extreme rollercoasters and rides. Other theme parks include the Chessinton World of Adventures, the London Bridge Experience, and the Go Ape Trent Park.

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