When it comes to travel, most of us tend to think about exotic, far-flung locations or the latest on-trend destination, but this wasn’t always the case. Just think – what was your first experience of travel?
Unless you’re incredibly lucky, the chances are that your first remembered holiday destination wasn’t somewhere exciting and glamorous. Instead, for many of us, our first experience of travel was a trip to the seaside or when we got a little older, a family day out in the city.
While the hustle and bustle of big city life can be daunting to a child, if you did visit London during your childhood, that first experience is sure to have stuck with you.
Granted, living in a city takes the shine off things, but for those who grew up in suburbia or the countryside, there’s nothing quite like pressing your nose up against the window as the city flashes past outside.
Of course, many kids love the thrill of an enjoyable day out and the excitement of a slowly approaching family holiday. However, there’s something unique about the city that just begs to be explored – and what better place to start than with a fun-filled family day out?
Tips and Tricks
The city is crammed full of exciting activities and things to do; there’s guaranteed to be something to suit every member of the family. If this is the first time you’ve taken a trip into the capital as a family, the usual itinerary consists of a jam-packed day trying to fit in as many of the usual sights, attractions and tourist traps as possible. However, before long, this can often lead to grouchy, tired children trailing behind and dampening their enjoyment of the day. So, instead of trying to cram everything into one visit, why not pick out a few key points and plan your day around them?
If you’d rather leave the planning to the experts, there are plenty of walking tours in and around different areas of the city. This gives you the chance to experience one small section of the capital in detail and is also great for discovering fantastic hidden gems!
Big city living is completely unique, and London is a real melting pot of varied, vibrant cultural influences. Even if a theatre trip isn’t your style, simply visiting different parts of the capital will show you a wide range of cultural sights.
Take a trip to one of London’s many street markets to have a browse and soak in the atmosphere, or have a stroll through one of the more upmarket boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea to marvel at the homes and see how the other half lives! Don’t forget to fit in a quick visit to the East End – the home of the true cockney!
We’ve already mentioned that London is chock-a-block full of exciting attractions and tempting destinations, but which are the ultimate unmissable locations?
For the visiting family, one of the best ways to go is to visit some of the top sights and tourist attractions that will wow the little ones and even take older kids by surprise! In terms of outstanding examples of architecture, some of the most popular options are Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re visiting during the warmer months of the year, a trip to Hyde Park is a definite must.
Of course, shopping with little ones can be a bit of a nightmare, but if you have teenagers, a trip to the shops is sure to be a hit! If you do happen to find yourself in the area, what child won’t find themselves in toy heaven as they step through the doors of Hamleys toy store on Regent Street?
At the end of the day, London is a great destination for families to visit. There are plenty of exciting attractions and places to visit yet ultimately, the perfect London experience is something everyone should try at least once!
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This post was sourced for DadvWorld.com – We love London and wanted to share this great information with you. We’re even sending some friends out to experience one of the walking tours attractions in London very soon. So keep your eyes peeled for that!