Family Fun Days Out
There are plenty of ways to keep the family entertained while not breaking the bank. London boasts many family-friendly attractions and is guaranteed to engage kids and grownups alike. Many of them are so close to each other that you might easily visit more than one in a single day.
Taking the train is one of the most convenient and greener ways to journey for those travelling to London. Even better, you can get 2FOR1 discounts when you travel by train, saving you big so you can splash out on treats and souvenirs.
From stunning skyline views atop the highest point in the city to bugs galore at a botanic garden, we have something for everyone.
Here are 4 of our top, budget-friendly experiences...
Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus Tour is a fantastic way to see London that is convenient and scenic. It offers a hop-on, hop-off service via a network of open-top double-decker buses, allowing you to take it all in at your leisure and organise your day. You can listen to the amazing pre-recorded commentary during your bus ride to learn interesting facts and stories about London. Keeping the kids fascinated and entertained on the journey while having the flexibility to jump off for exploration when they start getting a bit restless or see something they want a closer look at.
A free smartphone app lets you plan your route and gives you real-time bus tracking and live arrival times. It also lists the nearest attractions, shopping and dining options along the way, so you don’t have to lose precious time soaking in the city sights.
London Zoo houses more than 700 species of animals. How do you choose which to see first? Following a colour-coded trail through the zoo is a terrific way to make sure you see as many as possible. This allows you to stick to a route with your favourites while also letting you stray if a cheeky chimp or a pretty parrot catches your eye.
You can escape the hustle and bustle of London here at the city’s largest World Heritage Site. Featuring over 50,000 diverse living plants, it's the perfect day out with plenty to do. You might want to pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the gorgeous designated spots as a pause.
The Children's Garden is a fun and engaging environment where kids may climb, jump, and run while learning about plants. Also worth seeing are the Japanese Garden, Treetop Walkway and Great Pagoda, offering excellent views of London from high up.
The View from The Shard
Day or night, London's highest building provides spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city's skyline. The Shard in London Bridge is about twice as tall as any other skyscraper in the city, soaring over 300 metres. In sixty seconds, high-speed lifts whisk you from Level 1 to Level 68, where you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of the capital from a three-story viewing platform.
The experience is suitable for the whole family and kids of all ages but perfect for you to score brownie points with teens; they’ll get to take and share gorgeous pics and vids with their friends through social posts and stories.