London is a wonderful city to visit with family, with plenty to explore and thrill everyone, from the adults to the youngest children. With a rich diversity of history, culture, science and entertainment, it’s hard to find a dull moment in the city.
Families staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate can discover a wealth of activities to enjoy together, both close by to the hotel, and further afield across the capital. Read on for some ideas of fun activities you can enjoy together when you’re visiting London.
Head to the parks
On a clear and dry in London, whatever the time of year, London’s many public parks are the perfect place to spend a few happy hours. The city has eight Royal Parks across central London, and over 3,000 parks across the capital in total, meaning you’re never far from an open, green space to relax or play in.
Close to the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, you’ll find a number of the capital’s most well known Royal Parks, including the beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. A short walk away from the hotel, these two parks lie adjacent to each other and are a great place to spend a little leisurely time strolling, exploring the historic monuments, or getting a little more active.
Further afield, some of London’s great parks also offer families the chance to learn more about wildlife and nature and can be a lovely place to enjoy a fascinating educational experience. Head to Richmond Park, where you can see the majestic wild deer roaming across the grass, or explore some of the many nature reserves situated within the city’s parks. Choose London hotels with breakfast included to ensure you and your family can get a filling breakfast before starting the day, and have fun exploring London’s many surprising natural spaces.
Hit the museums
If it’s a little cold or wet outside and you need a fool-proof family-friendly activity to enjoy during your time in London, its many museums and art galleries are always a great choice.
Close to Lancaster Gate, you’ll find a number of the city’s most popular and well-known museums just a short train ride away, making them easy to get to when you’re travelling with young family members in tow. Many of London’s museums offer free entry, with a variety of exhibits that will appeal to all ages.
For children who love to learn about the natural world or the animal kingdom, the fascinating collection of the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are well worth a visit. From the giant model of a blue whale to fun, interactive installations, they’re a great place to learn and discover something new.
To inspire their creative side, head to the Tate Britain or the Tate Modern. With a diverse range of artists on display, there is plenty to see and think about, and you’ll often find several family-friendly events and activities on offer during the year too.
Most of the city’s main museums will have a good café where you can enjoy a delicious snack or drink during your visit, but to make sure you don’t start the day feeling peckish, treat yourself and your family to a tasty English breakfast London.
Discover some of London’s most iconic sights
With scores of historical sights across the city, you’re never far from a London icon during your visit. From sumptuous palaces and royal homes to moody dungeons, captivating skyscrapers and more, heading out sightseeing in London is one of the best ways to make some fantastic memories together as a family.
Many major tourist destinations in the capital, including Buckingham Palace, offer family-friendly spaces where children can find age-appropriate activities to enjoy while exploring, or satisfy their curiosity by asking the friendly staff as many questions as they like. To help families out with very young visitors, you’ll also find spaces for baby changing and other facilities.
If walking around London to explore the city sights seems a little too challenging with younger travellers, try one of the city’s great bus or boat tours instead. A fun and relaxing way to see some of the capital’s most famous attractions, you can also sit back and enjoy the ride, without having to worry about trying to navigate or negotiate complex routes across public transport.
And if a long day of sightseeing leaves everyone feeling a little worn out, indulge in another classic British icon – a delicious afternoon tea London. With heaps of tasty sandwiches, cakes and drinks, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day in the city.
Discover another world
For something truly special, discover another world within the city, by exploring some of its more fantastical sights. Fans of the Harry Potter series of films and books will love the chance to explore the incredible world of the film sets, with tours of many of the different locations used in the movies just a short train ride away from central London, at the Warner Brothers’ Studio Tour.
If practising moves with your magic wand doesn’t appeal, then head to Legoland in Windsor instead. A great spot for a day trip from London with children, the popular toy-based theme park has a variety of fun themed zones, each designed around an intriguing historic or fictional world. With exciting rides suitable for all ages, it’s an enjoyable place to get away from the hectic pace of the city for a while.
But if you’re searching for another magical world while still in London, head to the breath-taking Madame Tussauds. As well as having the opportunity to see the many brilliant waxworks of some of the world’s most popular celebrities, pop stars, actors and characters from the past, you’ll also get to pose alongside your favourite superheroes, challenge yourself inside a thrilling alien encounter, and even head to outer space, with an immersive Star Wars experience, based on the popular series of films.