London is one of the greatest cities in the world to raise a family and it is easy to see why. There is always something to see and do in the capital.
There is a staggering number of museums in London, so it is easy to find out more about a whole host of different topics – perfect when the children have a homework project – plus many have free entry or reduced charges for young people.
Exhibition Road in South Kensington is probably the most famous museum area of the capital. Here you will find the Natural History Museum, where you and your children can get very close to a giant blue whale, discover what it is like to experience an earthquake feels like or learn more about dinosaurs.
Near to the Natural History Museum is the Science Museum, which is very popular with local residents and visitors. There are lots of hands-on exhibits looking at the development of technology and the growth of science. Again entry is free for the majority of exhibitions.
The British Museum which is near Russell Square is a national treasure and home to an Egyptian Mummy and the famous Rosetta Stone. It was the first ever national public museum in the world and has developed into one of the capital’s most popular institutions. It even featured in the Hollywood movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
The joys of theatre
One of the benefits of living in London is the fabulous West End. There is always a great range of family-friendly shows on offer to appeal to a wide age range of children.
Amongst some of the current productions, Horrible Histories is proving a big hit and it has the advantage of also being educational.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, the Cambridge Theatre is putting on the award-winning Matilda The Musical, which is based on the Roald Dahl story and has been adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In addition, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is also becoming a big hit as audiences find out more about Charlie’s visit to the mysterious Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Living in London also means it is easy to get last-minute bargain tickets or opt for the shows on dates that are quieter. Some theatres also offer favourable rates for local residents.
London Zoo is a great place for families and there is plenty to see and do – with each visit offering a different experience, plus with over 720 species it is impossible to see them all in just one day.
Highlights include snakes, gorillas and giraffes, and the ever popular Pengiuns Beach Live event, where visitors can watch these wonderful creatures jump, dive and swim in their specially designed pool.
Discover the River Thames
London’s geography is dominated by the River Thames and it provides many opportunities for residents and tourists.
As well as numerous tow path walks, there are plenty of river cruises on offer for people to take a trip down this world-famous waterway.
One of the most popular boat trips is the London Duck Tours which, being bright yellow, are very eye-catching. The tour passes by some of the city’s most famous landmarks and is a great way to get an unique view of the local geography – even long-term residents are bound to learn something new.
These are just some of the highlights of living in the English capital, but even if you are just visiting and staying in a central London hotel, then you will still be able to enjoy some of the city’s most appealing attractions and experiences.