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Children’s books to inspire a trip to London

Family holidays to London offer plenty of attractions, with exhibitions and activities to suit everyone from toddlers to teenagers. Whether you like to share a book before school or tuck them up with a bedtime story each night, reading is a great way to include them in the preparations for your next city break.

Introduce your kids to the sights of the capital and get them excited about their upcoming trip with these inspired children’s books set in London.

The Royal Rabbits of London – Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

Tap into the recent royal fever with this adventurous tale about the quietest member of a rabbit family. When Shylo hears of a dastardly plot by a band of ratzis to get a picture of the Queen in her nightie, it is his job to coordinate the secret society of the Royal Rabbits of London and protect her majesty.

With charming illustrations by Kate Hindley, The Royal Rabbits of London can be enjoyed by anyone from the age of seven upwards.

Night-Night London – Katherine Sully

Night-Night London is a lovely way to introduce younger children to many of London’s most iconic places. The likes of Tower Bridge, the Natural History Museum and Hyde Park are all included in this chunky board book, complete with beautiful pictures by Helen Poole.

The clever rhyming text will draw little ones in and when you arrive in London, they will be pointing out all the landmarks they already know.

Lonely Planet Kids: Pop-up London – Andy Mansfield

Nothing beats a pop-up book for getting kids involved in a subject and it is not surprising that Lonely Planet has a volume to enthuse children about one of the best cities in the world. From interactive pages on Buckingham Palace to pop-ups of the London Underground, they will not be able to keep their hands off this book.

This tome is perfect for children aged five and up.

The Usborne London Activity Book – Lucy Bowman and Rosie Hore

Children will be kept entertained for hours with this book, which is jam-packed full of activities. From mazes and dot-to-dots to a recipe for an authentic Brick Lane curry, they will have a great knowledge of the sights and culture of London before you have even left the house.

The Usborne London Activity Book comes complete with more than 300 stickers, allowing the kids to add hats to the performers on the West End stage and fireworks to the sky over the capital on New Year’s Eve. Perfect for five to eight-year-olds.

London Calls! – Gabby Dawnay

Take your kids on a tour of London in the company of a pearly grandmother and her granddaughter. This charismatic pair show readers just how interesting and diverse the city is, with references to its people, parks and monuments in well-written and lively verse.

Alex Barrow’s whimsical depictions of red buses, theatres and the likes of Big Ben will mean you will relish reading this paperback to your children again and again.

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