Just like any major city, London has numerous options to keep you entertained no matter what your age. In this post, I’m going to skip some of the obvious touristy places (Tower of London, Hamleys toy store, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace) and list other interesting things to see and do that both you and your kids will enjoy on your trip to London!
Harry Potter Studio Tour
One of the most obvious places to visit is the Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter just outside London. It’s a theme park in it’s own right because of the magical feeling it exudes when you’re there. Plus, every visit is timed, so kids have to listen and behave or they’ll miss out on seeing sets and props from their favorite films 🙂
It even sells Butterbeer!
Read more about my visit here! Plan on spending at least two hours to view all the different rooms of sets and props.
The London Eye
Keeping on the same wavelength as theme parks, what kid doesn’t love a great ferris wheel? In London, one of the best and fanciest is waiting just for your and your family.
The London Eye has pods made of glass, so no matter where you stand, you get a good view of London.
View from our pod:
Not only does the London Eye rotate, but so do your pods! I guess they have to or people would end up upside down…
Don’t worry, the pods rotate gradually around the ferris wheel, so I didn’t notice at all that the pods were rotating. It takes about 30 minutes to make a full rotation on the London Eye.
Located right next to the London Eye, another theme park inspired attraction is Shrek’s Adventure. If your kids love animated movies, it is not to be missed. If you’ve ever been on the Shrek ride at Universal Studies, it’s very similar in that it’s a 4D movie. Here, however, your ride vehicle is a bus, but it doesn’t actually move. There are also other interactive shows to enjoy as well. The whole adventure takes a little more than an hour.
This is one of the most beautiful and charming bridges in the world, in my opinion. Plus, you can visit the top level! Kids will love the toy-bridge feel of it and enjoy actually walking across and to the top.
Walking across the first level of the bridge:
Plus, when there are boats that are too high to pass under it, traffic stops so that the bridge can part to let them through!
See the road lifted up?
It’s pretty cool to see, and I’m sure this occurs many times during the day.
Adults love this too!
The bridge back to normal:
Circling back to Harry Potter, one of the places Harry and Hagrid visit in the first movie is Leadenhall Market. I think it stands in for Diagon Alley. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, it’s a beautiful, bustling place to visit during the week! On the weekends, it’s a lot quieter since it’s in the Financial District and not many people are working.
It’s also a convenient place to take a break and get some food.
Last, but certainly not least (since you’ll probably be using them alot), this is one of my favorite aspects about visiting London. The absolutely charming (and very clean) double-decker bus! You can buy one ticket and just stay on the bus the whole journey. This is one car ride that kids probably won’t complain about! If you can, try to sit on the second-level at the very first seats for the best views of London.
I hope this post has given you some ideas about where to go in London when you’re traveling with kids! Did I miss a place where you think kids would like visiting in London? Thanks for reading!