London is not only one of the most flourishing European capitals but has also got so much to offer when visiting, especially with kids! Now, when on vacation with the whole family, we know that long queues, historical museums and guided tours can be quite boring for kids.
Guest author this week is Rasmus, our Chief Commercial Officer and he came up with the perfect itinerary for a fun weekend in London with the kids – no time for boredom!
Start your day off with a fun bus tour. No, it’s not what you think, not another bus tour – it’s a ride along a bus that will travel in time – it sets the street of London back to the 1960s and will show the whole family what the city looked like back then, thanks to a theatrical high-tech show on board!
After lunch, check out the Science museum. From aircrafts to microchips, the museum offers plenty to learn but also lets the children interact with many different exhibitions and turns a museum visit to a completely different experience!
Covent Garden is always fun to visit with kids, whether it rains or not! We were lucky and met the finalists of of the tv show ‘Masterchef’ which were selling street food and there was a Ben&Jerrys ice cream truck, handing out ice cream for free – you never know what’s going to happen here. With many restaurants, theaters and shops, this is definitely a place for the whole family. You can explore Covent Garden on your own pace or on a guided walking tour of ‘Quirky London’, where you will learn all about the strangest facts of the city.
For the ultimate London experience, we of course, had to explore Harry Potter’s world at the Warner Bros. Studios to set foot in the actual places where the movies where filmed. It is a short ride with the bus to the outer circle of London but well worth the time! You’ll find yourself in the world of wizards and witches and we even tried flying on a broomstick!
Back in town, it was time to visit Granary square close to the refurbished Kings Cross for the Ice Cream Festival and from there we took a stroll along the canal to Camden Market where you can find anything from clothing, delicious treats and souvenirs. The kids loved it here especially since they got to tried out many different snacks from all over the world.
Before it was time to head back home to Berlin, we went to see all the crazy exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not. As we chose the skip-the-line option, we rushed passed the queue at the entrance and saved a lot of time. The house itself is as bizarre as one would think – we saw weird dinosaur eggs, a mirror maze and much more which invites to explore the crazy exhibition on 5 floors.
Having lunch in Chinatown, we went to the Sea Aquarium in the afternoon as it was raining. On 3 floors, be prepared to fully dive into the Sea world, watching sharks and crocodiles swim by. With many interactive stops, this turned out to be a highlight for the kids just before leaving London for this time, heading to Heathrow airport via the Express train.