One of the coolest cities in Europe, you can never run out of things to do in London. I was lucky enough to travel there with my family as a child, and have been going back regularly ever since to soak up the theatre, fashion and endless historical sights. There’s so much to do in London that it’s hard to pick just a few highlights, but here are some of my personal favourites that I make sure to include on every trip.
The Tower of London
This is one of the best attractions for families, especially if your kids are interested in history, particularly its more gory side. The Crown Jewels are on display here if you want to check out some historical bling, and there are plenty of bloody anecdotes to hear on the tour around this famous prison and palace.
Even if you don’t get in the palace itself (although it is partially open for tours between June and October), take a quick trip over to the Queen’s official royal residence in London to watch the Changing of the Guard and pose for pictures with the famous lion sculptures in front of the palace. If the flag is raised, you’ll know that Elizabeth’s home.
This one is only really relevant in the summer, but on a sunny day this huge park is the perfect place to sit with a picnic and people watch.
The National Gallery
This museum is easy to find; right in the middle of Trafalger Square, and is packed to the brim with paintings that even the least cultured visitor would be sure to recognise. Van Gogh, Renoir and da Vinci are all accounted for, and to top it all off; entry is free.
The London Eye
Not far from Waterloo Station, this humungous ferris wheel will offer the best views of the city from its giant capsules. This one is definitely worth visiting with the kids, as long as they’re not scared of heights!