We recently visited London for a week with our kids, and I thought I will share what we did in these 7 days and what the kids enjoyed the most! For us, it was not a first-time visit so you might NOT find some very popular top attractions here…
London has a lot to offer, in fact way too much but what we chose to do what the kids wanted to do.. things they haven’t seen or done before.
Other than getting an Oyster card for commute, what I found very useful was the London Explorer Pass. We got a 5 attraction pass, which was perfect as we could choose which attractions we wanted to go to on the go. However, a drawback was that it doesn’t give you Fast- Track access like the other option The London Pass
When travelling with a big family, it’s much more economical to rent an Air BnB apartment rather than a hotel. We booked this apartment in the Hammersmith area which was 2 mins away from the station.
If you are travelling with kids, you also have to keep in mind that there is a lot of walking around London and filling up a day with too many things might not be a good idea. So we tried NOT to keep too many things in one day.
Here is how we spent 7 days in London.
We headed towards the Kensington area and although the museums are in that area as well, we could only manage the below.
We used our London Explorer pass to visit the Kensington Palace, where there was an exhibit of Princess Diana’s belongings and Queen Victoria’s jewels and even her dollhouse that she used to play with as a child. Amna loved the tour, while the boys were just happy playing dress up as Royal guards!
Some downtime in the park…
Diana Memorial Park
Followed by some playtime at Diana Memorial park, which is a little children’s park in Kensignton gardens…
Royal Albert Hall
We had a plan to visit our friends in the evening, so we day 2 we took kids out for their shopping…
Although we do have Hamleys in Doha, I wanted to take them to this one, which blew me away as a child… #relivingmychilhoodwithmykids
And then ofcourse some shopping at M&M’s world
We met up with our friends for Brunch and then headed to the Museums…
Natural History Museum
An absolute MUST to do in London.. is the Natural History Museum
We went to the Science Museum… twice! But what the kids enjoyed the most was the WonderLab in the Science Museum, with fun interactive ways to learn science!
We headed towards the South Bank, where the London Eye, London Dungeon etc are but the kids chose to do the below two attractions, and then headed to Kew Gardens with your friends.
If you have done Aquariums before, then you can easily give Sea Life London a miss, but the kids still enjoyed it, even though they have been to bigger and better Aquariums in USA and Canada.
Shrek’s Adventure was something that not just the kids but we enjoyed as well! We weren’t allowed cameras inside, but it was a wonderful and a magical experience where you go an adventure in Far Far Away!
Kew Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden with a fun children’s park (time slot for entry to children’s park need to be booked in advance), a tree walk and flowers – heaven for any nature lover!
Mayfield Lavender Fields
Undoubtedly my favourite part of the trip – a visit to the Mayfield Lavender fields, which is about 15 miles away from London but totally worth the trek!
The Monument of Great Fire of London
We took a train ride back to London Bridge, as the kids wanted to see the monument of the Great Fire of London (which they have studied about in their school)
Tower Bridge and Tower of London
We spent the evening walking around the area but we did not go inside the Tower of London
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre
Another MUST thing to do is to watch Theatre. The kids wanted to see Aladdin and we booked our tickets online a couple of weeks ago – and it was totally totally worth it!
The play was followed by a stroll and dinner at Covent Garden listening to street performances and I totally loved the whole vibe of the area – another MUST!
And this was the end of our 7 day trip in London with 3 kids (under 10). Hope this helps anyone who is planning a trip to London with young children.