It’s the summer holidays and the kids are starting to get antsy, you are running out of things to do and everyone is feeling a bit fed up. We’ve all been there. That was our family last summer, with a restless 5 and 3-year-old to run around after, my husband and I decided we could all use a little break. So where is not too far with plenty to do we thought? Why not London! I studied in London, so I hold the city close to my heart but had never been as a family. So, we packed up the car and off we went for the weekend. London is a great destination for a family getaway as there is so much to see and lots of kid-friendly things to do. Here are some top tips for visiting with your little ones. From top attractions, where to stay and where to eat, we’ve got your London family break covered.
Where to Stay
When we travel, one of the most important aspects we factor into accommodation choices is space. Travelling with kids means lots and lots (and lots) of stuff. From multiple outfits to enough toys to keep them entertained, we definitely don’t pack light. We discovered Fraser Suites Kensington and couldn’t have been more please with them. They offer a range of serviced residences and we opted for the 2 bedroom apartment which has a separate bedroom, dining and living area. My favourite part of the apartment was the kitchen which I made great use of making meals for the kids. We had more than enough space to sprawl out and the location was great. I would highly recommend.
What to Do
There is so much to do with young kids in London, we were spoiled for choice. We packed a lot into a few days but some of our favourite activities included London Zoo, Legoland and the National History Museum. London Zoo was a wonderful day out and we booked online and received 10% off! We got up close with giraffes, snakes and lemurs as well as taking part in chimp chat on chimp island and learning about sea lions.
Legoland was an adventure! Theme parks can typically be difficult with young kids but at Legoland, there are so many rides and things to do to keep them busy all day. There is also a large selection of restaurants to choose from with kid-friendly meals which they loved.
The Natural History Museum was fantastic. Educational and fun! The Space and Dinosaur exhibits were a huge hit. With lots of interactive entertainment and hands-on attractions, we all had a great time.
Where to Eat
There are not just family restaurants in London, there are family restaurants with a twist. Make mealtime fun during your visit to London with the many thrilling eateries on offer. A top choice is the Rainforest Café. Not only does the menu have lots of tasty options to suit all preferences, you have your meal in the heart of the rainforest with rainstorms and gorillas perched up next to you. It is a real treat and don’t forget to order the famous volcano cake!
The Sanderson Hotel put on a spectacular mad hatter afternoon tea that the whole family can enjoy. Teapots are decorated with kings and queens and menus hidden inside old books. Feast on delicious sweet treats including macaroons and jammy dodgers.
Ed’s Easy Diner is exactly as the name describes. An easy meal in a kid-friendly, fun environment. This American themed diner offers tasty milkshakes, burgers, hot dogs and more. With an excellent kid’s menu accompanied by crayons and activity sheets, the kids were busy for the entire meal.
A family trip to London is always great. Whether you are looking for a short break or a couple of weeks away, there is so much to do. Our accommodation was fantastic, and I would stay there on future trips to London. If you can’t find availability, they have another location, Fraser Suites Queens Gate, also located in Kensington. Our days out were great and I would recommend them to anyone whether you are travelling with little ones or not. As for the food, I couldn’t have been happier with our choices. Not only were the restaurants we chose enjoyable for the kids, we loved them too! Overall, it was a memorable trip for the whole family.