Tuesday 15 July 2014

Visiting London

Earlier this year we took Leo into London to experience some of the sights for the very first time. With Leo then being 2 and a half, we thought this would be a great age to introduce the adventure that can be found in our capital city. 

We knew that we were going to have to take part in family friendly activities and at the very top of our list was the London Eye. I knew that my mischievous two year old was going to absolutely love gliding through the sky looking out over the big city. We boarded our pod and Leo was un-leashed on the un-suspecting passengers lucky enough to be in our pod. He went from window to window until he found the train line, and he watched the trains as they went back and forth. Then of course he discovered the big red button, the button that the likes of you and I know that you shouldn't touch... Unless of course there is an emergency! Leo however made a play for this button within minutes of being on board, for a moment the whole scene played out in slow motion. Thankfully he was a few inches too short.

There is so much to do in London as a family, even with kids as young as Leo was earlier this year. Better yet there are activities that you can do on a budget. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are both fantastic days out, and are completely free to visit. Having a dinosaur mad little boy on my hands we will definitely be heading back to London in the not so distant future so that we can take advantage of both of these attractions. 

When travelling anywhere as a family there are a few Do's and Don'ts that are always handy to consider before planning your trip.


- Look into the attractions you would like to visit to make sure that they are appropriate for everyone in your group.

- Book family restaurants so that everyone is catered for. I highly recommend the Rain forest Cafe.

- Choose your hotel location so that you benefit from being close to central London, and also have access to the great outdoors. Hyde Park is ideal with a number of Hotel Direct family friendly hotels, not to mention the walks that can be taken in the beautiful park.


- Don't hop straight into a taxi, part of the fun is getting lost. Leo thoroughly enjoyed wondering around taking in the new sights.

- Don't worry that your children will play up. In my experience the restaurants are fully prepared for toddler melt downs and come prepared with lot's of coluring and paper to get them (and you) through the meal.

- Don't forget to make the most of your time in London, get out there and enjoy the time with your family. There is so much to see and do!

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