There is such a wide choice of things to do in the capital and there are plenty of great attractions aimed at families and children.
Here is our guide to just some attractions that are on offer to visitors.
Enjoy Shrek’s Adventure
A recent addition to the London scene is Shrek’s Adventure that celebrates everything related to this famous movie star.
This unusual attraction covers 2,000 square metres and is based on films including Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
Leading entertainment companies Merlin Entertainments and DreamWorks Animation are behind the project and it features all the latest technology to create a great experience for visitors.
One of the main highlights is the 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus, with Shrek’s trusty companion Donkey acting as the tour guide. Visitors can enjoy ten different live fairy-themed shows, visiting sites including Shrek’s swamp, a Mirror Maze and the Kingdom Far Far Away.
Other areas include Rumpelstiltskin’s Carriage, The Poison Apple Pub, Muffin Man’s House and the Dreamworks Arrival Hall. As well as characters from Shek, the tour also includes stars from other hits such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.
All-in-all the tour lasts around 75 minutes and is aimed at children aged between six and 12. There is also a gift shop at the end of the tour, filled with all sorts of Shrek-related items.
Shrek’s Adventure is open seven days a week and its opening hours are between 10am and 5pm Sunday to Friday and 10am and 6pm on Saturdays. Tickets can be booked in advance and benefit from a discount, with adult and children tickets available.
It’s easy to get to Shrek’s Adventure using public transport as the tourist attraction is within walking distance of a number of London Underground stations, including Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. The closest tube station is Waterloo, which is a five-minute walk from County Hall.
For visitors arriving by mainline rail, the closest railway stations are Waterloo and Charing Cross, which are both just a short walk away along the banks of the River Thames.
There are also a number of local bus routes that provide easy access to Shrek’s Adventure, including services 211, 77 and 381.
Pollocks Toy Museum Guide
Pollocks Toy Museum is a museum and small toy shop based in London. First opened in 1956, the attraction was located in a single attic room near Covent Garden. However, by 1969 the collection had outgrown its premises, and so the business moved to its current location. It is now housed in two atmospheric buildings in London’s Fitzrovia.
Pollocks Toy Museum is home to a great collection of mainly Victorian toys, built up by purchases and donations from friends, family and the public. Covering six rooms and two winding staircases, guests can see an array of historical toys and toys from around the world.
Highlights include board games, marbles, money-boxes, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and other intricately detailed models. The London museum is also home to the world’s oldest surviving teddy and a 4,000-year-old mouse made from Nile clay. The museum is recommended for older children and adults of all ages.
During the school holidays, there is also daily live toy theatre performances that are great fun to watch. There is also a very appealing gift shop at the museum, with plenty of handmade classic toys on sale.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 4.30pm. Unfortunately, the attraction is not open on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
There is an admission charge for Pollocks Toy Museum and there are various levels of ticket prices depending on age etc.
Pollock Toy Museum is well placed in the centre of London and can easily be reached using the London Tube network.
Goodge Street (Northern line): Two-minute walk from station
Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines): Eight-minute walk from station
Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines): 11-minute walk from station
Full details of all public transport options, including timetables, station opening times and service updates, can be found by visiting the Transport for London website.
It is advised to use public transport to reach Pollocks Toy Museum, but for anyone travelling by car there are parking facilities such as parking in/nearby Two Temple Place London.
Street parking is available on some nearby roads on a pay and display basis, while there is an NCP car park located on Hanson Street, around four minutes’ walk from the museum.
Visitors should remember that traffic can be heavy during the busy morning and evening rush hours in central London. In addition, note that the congestion charges apply between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.