Family Fun Ideas for the summerMay 16, 2019
School holidays are fast approaching and British families are looking closer to home for their summer break. Whether you are a family of campers, beachcombers or enjoy a city break, you may be surprised to find that here in the UK there are endless possibilities to keep you and your kids happy.
Let’s take our capital, London. Notoriously expensive and crowded, many families might be put off from joining the queues and paying extortionate prices to well-known attractions. However, the capital actually boasts a wealth of family-friendly experiences at affordable prices.
For an overview of all the famous sites, take the family on an open top bus tour or one of the river cruises. You could alternatively buy a regular bus ticket and go on one of London’s iconic Routemaster buses whose routes take in many of the sites at a fraction of the cost; the number 11 and the number 19 bus routes cover many of the must-see attractions.
The walk from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace along the Mall, or through St James’ Park is a day out in itself and totally free. Time your visit to coincide with the changing of the guards at 11.30am at Buckingham Palace and your children will be mesmerized by the formality and color of this very British ceremony.
London’s museums and galleries are world renowned, providing entertainment for all ages, especially on a rainy day. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and British Museum are all free entry and during school holidays will have child-friendly activities to keep the kids fully invested in their trip.
If the weather is good, the park at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, or the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens are well worth visiting. Alternatively, a walk along the South Bank, across Tower Bridge or around Greenwich offer fabulous views, plenty to explore plus the option of paying to go to one of their attractions.
There are many options for accommodation in the capital, from budget chain hotels to guest houses to high-end hotels. Increasingly popular are apart hotels in London which offer families the space they need but with the benefits of hotel service. Choose an area that is well connected by public transport and if possible, close to shops and cafes to stock up on essentials before days out.
The key to a fun and successful visit to London, without breaking the bank, is good planning. A couple of big-ticket attractions mixed with low price or free days out will help make your trip more affordable. Take your own food for picnics and snacks; eating out for every meal is expensive and finding a suitable place is time-consuming and can be frustrating. With so much to explore in the capital, a trip to London could be the perfect holiday for your family this summer.