While London, the vibrant capital of England, is among the most exciting cities in the world, it also has a lot to offer families looking for entertainment. It may be best known for its collection of outstanding cultural landmarks, excellent luxury shopping scene, and some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the world.
You’ll never run out of things to do or attractions to keep kids and adults of all ages entertained, whether you live nearby or are just planning a quick trip. While many visitors come to see Buckingham Palace or ride the London Eye, there are plenty of other things to add to your agenda as well. There is something for everyone, from theme parks to historical sites, museums to pop culture. Therefore, if you want to make the most of the best family activities in London, these are the highlights to include on your agenda.
The most impressive element of the Abbey is its dramatic gothic-style architecture, and its ode to the superior craftsmanship of the artisans of the past. Image credit: Rixie/Bigstock.com
A tour to the capital would be incomplete without a stop at the magnificent Westminster Abbey. It is located in the Greater London district of Westminster on the grounds of an earlier Benedictine monastery and has a long history. It was reestablished in 1560 by Queen Elizabeth I and was later declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The Abbey’s most outstanding feature is its spectacular gothic-style architecture, which is a homage to the excellent craftsmanship of bygone artists. The Abbey has witnessed several coronations and historic events throughout the years, including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding – it is also the ultimate resting place of many noteworthy celebrities who have died.
The Science Museum
Interactive and thought-provoking, The Science Museum brings science to life and offers a unique chance to see, touch and experience it first-hand, in myriad different ways. Image credit: coward_lion/Bigstock.com
The Science Museum is up there with the best of the capital’s most awe-inspiring family attractions, and will get those cogs turning in people of all ages with its mind-bending showcases of the latest modern discoveries alongside exhibits depicting the evolution of what we’ve known about the worlds of physics, chemistry, and biology over the years. It is interactive and thought-provoking, bringing science to life and providing a unique opportunity to see, touch, and feel it firsthand in a variety of ways. Highlights include the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module — the spaceship in which astronaut Tim Peake returned to Earth from the International Space Station – and a real part of the moon.
Warner Brothers Studios
During the Harry Potter Studio Tour, visitors can relive all eight of the iconic films, touring the sets and seeing the props and costumes that appeared in each of them. Image credit: Jeff Whyte Photography/Bigstock.com
A dream world awaits at the Warner Brothers Studio in Watford, a popular tourist destination for both national and international visitors. Who is the show’s star? Harry Potter’s world. Visitors can relive all eight of the legendary films by exploring the sets and seeing the items and costumes that appeared in each of them on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It’s a Harry Potter fan’s dream, from the famed Hogwarts Castle to Diagon Alley and the Eeylops Owl Emporium. You may even board the Hogwarts Express, which departs from Platform 9 ¾.
Visit London ZSL Zoo
Coming face-to-face with Asiatic lions, meeting friendly giraffes and witnessing feeding time with the meerkats and otters are just some of the memorable experiences on offer here. Image credit: frenchp/Bigstock.com
A visit to the enormous London ZSL Zoo, which houses over 650 species creatures from various ecosystems throughout the world, is a must for animal enthusiasts. It was founded in 1828 and is a terrific site to learn about environment and wildlife while also gaining some amazing facts. Coming face-to-face with Asiatic lions, meeting friendly giraffes, and witnessing feeding time with the meerkats and otters are just a few of the memorable experiences on offer here, and for children who want to get up close and personal with the animals and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, the Junior Keeper for the Day experience is one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
Museum Of Madame Tussauds
See famous faces at Madame Tussauds London, an interactive wax museum with more than 190 lifelike wax figures on display. Image credit: TK Kurikawa/Bigstock.com
The city of London is visited by wealthy and renowned people from all over the world, but seeing them is difficult. Unless you go to Madame Tussauds in Marylebone, northwest London, and rub elbows with the greatest of them. Featuring 190 wax idols modeled after some of the most renowned personalities of all time, sports icons such as David Beckham stand alongside music megastars such as Rihanna and royals William and Kate, making it the ideal location to pose for a photo or two as you tour this interactive museum.
You can even meet legendary cinematic characters like Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, and many more – what could be more thrilling for youngsters and teenagers? There’s also enough for grownups to enjoy, with wax figures of Elton John, Mick Jagger, and other musical and film giants. There aren’t many places where you can see so many celebrities all at once.