When you’re planning a weekend away with children, one of the most important things to consider is how you’re going to keep them entertained.
Little ones tend to have a short attention span and can lose interest quite easily, which can lead to mood swings and tantrums, so it’s crucial that you have enough activities planned to keep them happy and busy all day long.
Luckily, London has loads of things to do with children to fill the days and ensure they don’t throw a fit due to boredom.
After an action-packed day, your room at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in peace. Here are a few ideas to get your family trip off to the best possible start…
Take them on a tour of the city on two wheels
1, Gabriels Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PP
Kids love to explore, so what better way to do it than by renting bikes and taking in all of the sights of London? The London Bicycle Tour Company offers guided tours in different parts of the city and is a great way to teach children about the history of London. If you want to get into the festive spirit, choose the Christmas lights tour, which will take you to the best light displays in London at this time of year including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.
Tired from a day of cycling? Hop on a public transport link back to the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate to enjoy a revitalising dinner.
Visit the London Dungeon
London Dungeon, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Thrill-seeking children who are fascinated with spooky tales will be in their element when they pay a visit to the London Dungeons. Here they will be able to learn about the dark past of the city of London as they are introduced to the villains of the city.
A cast of 20 performers will act out stories and involve children in interactive shows, exploring the history of infamous legends including Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper and Henry VIII. Little ones will love all the special effects here and will even get the chance to go on two rides, The Tyrant Boat Ride and Drop Dead. Not for the faint-hearted or children that scare easily.
More time to kill? The dungeons are conveniently located near to The London Eye, so enjoy the best views of the city to round off your day perfectly.
Too much fun can be tiring, so stroll back to your room at one of our Hyde Park Paddington Hotels where comfortable beds and exceptional amenities will mean that you and your whole family will be guaranteed a great night’s sleep.
Let them run free at an outdoor playground
Broad Walk, London W2 4RU
All children love playgrounds, but most probably haven’t experienced one quite as good as the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, situated in Kensington Gardens. The centrepiece is a huge wooden pirate ship that children can clamour on as they act out stories with their friends and siblings. Other attractions include a sensory trail, teepees and various toys and play sculptures.