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Enjoy a day out on the Southbank

How to spend a day on the South Bank with your family.

Now one of the capital's icons, the London Eye is enormous fun for people of all ages and a great way to start a day out on the South Bank. As well as being wowed by the brilliant views of London, kids are bound to love the fact that this feels like a fairground ride. Book your tickets for the London Eye in advance so you don't have to worry about doing it on the day.

Alternatively, begin the morning with a trip to the aquarium, which appeals to all ages. Here, you and the kids can stare in awe at everything from toothsome sharks to gentoo penguins. What's more, thanks to talks from the resident marine life experts, touch pools and feeding times, it's easy to learn more about the animals that live here.

After a morning spent either on the Eye or in the aquarium, you'll all be in need of a rest and something to eat. The South Bank is full of fantastic restaurants, with Giraffe in particular offering a good family atmosphere and kids' menu. If your children have more adventurous tastes, try taking them to Ping Pong for dim sum.

Once you have eaten, why not take a ten-minute stroll along the river to the Tate Modern? Free to enter, this amazing gallery is not only packed with world-class art, but also offers a wide selection of complimentary activities for kids.

Reaching the South Bank from the Royal Garden Hotel is easy. Just take the Circle Line from High Street Kensington to Westminster, then board the Jubilee Line to Waterloo and you can be there in less than 20 minutes.

Image credit: istock Kitzzeh

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