HONEST MUM'S TOP TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST LONDON TRIP
Planning the trip
Encourage children to help you plan your trip to London so they feel involved and excited for your upcoming visit. Take books out from the library or buy a few, and search online for things to do and where to eat in the capital so you have a loose itinerary scheduled.
Make sure you have extra clothes with you for your trip (even if you’re just visiting for the day) as whatever kids’ ages, mess happens, and of course don’t forget your comfortable shoes as you’ll be sight-seeing and walking lots (which is the best way to see the city). London can often feel humid, even in the winter, especially on the Tube so layering is key. Tees, jumpers/cardis and light coats that won’t burden you are best. Don’t forget your umbrella too, just in case! I love a stylish rucksack rather than a bag which fits books in to entertain the kids as well as snacks to refuel after all the walking!
Visit a park
Parks are aplenty in London and are free to boot. We love Kensington Gardens and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Garden with wooden play boat, sand pit and ice cream parlour to keep the kids entertained for hours.
Try something new
It’s easy to visit a chain restaurant for convenience when you visit the Big Smoke but go off the beaten track or book an afternoon tea as a special treat. The Royal Garden Hotel does a brilliant afternoon tea for all the family featuring a wonderful pianist to soothe whilst you eat, and delicious miniature sandwiches and delicate cakes the whole family will love.
Don’t miss the museums
London is famous for its must-see museums. Our favourites include The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, the V&A and the Design Museum. With fascinating exhibitions, events and play areas, the whole family will leave feeling informed and entertained. Check out the sites and plan your visit.
Head to the West End
My kids love watching a show particularly one based on a favourite children’s book. Book early to get the best deal on tickets.
Hamleys is a highlight here too for obvious reasons. My children like to save up their pocket money if they know we are visiting London, and that in turn helps build anticipation for them for our trip as well.