Family vacations in one of the world’s most-visited cities are unforgettable experiences for even the youngest kids.
London can also be surprisingly affordable or exceptionally luxurious depending on where you choose to say and how much advantage you take of the many free things to see and do all over the UK capital.
London’s museums and galleries are some of the most popular attractions in Europe and you can go visit dozens without paying anything. From the fantastic Royal Parks to pretty gardens, riverside walks and even legendary cemeteries, there’s acre upon acre of green space to explore.
You can get about the city by train, bus, tube and boat with affordable family travel cards. And there are more safe, easy and fun places to cycle popping up all the time. Or you could just walk about, admire the sights and watch the people because nowhere is more mesmerising to look at than London.
London is Europe’s largest city and the second most-visited in the world.
Several of England’s most popular attractions are here including the British Museum, Tower of London and Tate Britain.
The city has eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park in the city centre, immense Richmond Park and Bushy Park on the edge of Hampton Court Palace.
London Underground is a design masterpiece, easy to understand and has stations within walking distance of almost everywhere in the city.
Whether you want to stay at The Ritz, a heritage house in Kew or a riverside apartment on the Thames, there’s family accommodation of every sort in and around London.
The world’s oldest toyshop, Hamleys, is on Regent Street.
The city’s Leadenhall Market stood in for the young wizard’s shopping mall, Diagon Alley, in several Harry Potter movies, and within a train ride away is the Harry Potter film set, now available for touring.
The Underground takes you almost everywhere and trains, buses, boats and taxis are there as back-up.