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In a little over two weeks my husband lands into London to join us on our English summer adventure.
This time for four whole weeks. (Eeeep!).
We have countless adventures planned “up North” but with the nostalgia that we used to live in Clapham, our eldest son was born in Chelsea. It’s safe to say that London holds a little piece of our heart. With our flights originating in London, and the Thames Link London Bridge to Gatwick Airport trains making London more accessible to us I am desperate to try and work in a few days in this fair capital of ours, with so much to see and do, here are some of the highlights that I am adding to my “London with Kids MUST do list”
The Great Fire of London Walking Tour
This year at school my eldest has been learning about the Great Fire of London. He has delighted in telling me about Pudding Lane, Thomas Farynor and of course Samuel Pepys. He even started his own diary just like Samuel Pepys, though thankfully he has recorded no fires.
Cathy from Mummy Travels took her daughter on the Great Fire of London Walking Tour. With five iconic stops from Pudding Lane, to St Paul’s Cathedral, to the musuem of London. It’s one that little history buffs shouldn’t miss.
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich
When we lived in London we spent a lot of our time in Canary Wharf (working), looking out over Greenwich. Yet we never visited the Cutty Sark.
One of the last tea clippers built, and one of the fastest, before sailing ships gave way to steam ships.
An iconic attraction in Greenwich, and as Truly Madly Kids discovered the Cutty Sark is the ideal day out with children. And apparently a pretty mean flat white too…..
KidZania, Shepherds Bush
We have spent many a happy day out in KidzMondo in Doha and I would love to take the boys to their rival KidZania in London.
Plus, Harriet’s review of KidZania London had me chomping at the bit to go….
Boating with Go Boat
I never really stopped to consider the canals in London. And I wasn’t alone as neither did The Incidental Parent until she took a trip through London – BY BOAT!
I mean, this ticks all my boxes. A new form of transport for the boys (they love the bus, the train, the underground, anything that isn’t a car basically, or walking.). And sightseeing through London, what’s not to love? Did I mention that you actual go THROUGH London Zoo?
Hampton Court Palace
Venturing a little further afield with this one. My eldest has become a little bit of a royalist, whilst he is desperate to see Buckingham Palace I think a trip further back in time to Hampton Court, haunted by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, would be more appropriate. And the lovely Leona from Wandermust Family agrees, citing Hampton Court Palace as one of her favourite palaces for family visits.
Harry Potter Studios
We have a new Harry Potter fan in our house ever since we bought the illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. So where else would I want to take him other than the Harry Potter Studios?
Beth, from Twinderelmo took her eldest on a day trip to Harry Potter Studios. And it truly looks like every Harry Potter fans dream. It certainly looks like my dream….
Anywhere to add?
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