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Oh, we've all been to London. Whether it was a quick getaway for our stag, a romantic escapade with the first love of our life, or a memorable college trip back in the day. Every time you go to London, you get to see it with different eyes. Take your family to London and discover the best places in town.
Every great city has its top five must-see places. Even if you've seen them before for hundreds of times, it always feels like a first time visit, and this is only due to the fact that your kids and your beautiful wife are there, with you. Have your children been blown away by the beauty of the modern London combined with the old-fashioned look and feel.
There is everything for everyone here. Fashion, vintage and luxury milestones for your wife, and an enormous universe for children in form of huge toy stores, museums, shows and so on. Here are some of London's greatest gems you shouldn't miss for the world:
Let your family soak up the London-ish atmosphere by having a nice, long walk through Convent Garden and St. James' Park. Nelson's Column, the four lion statues and Trafalgar Square's fountains will make your kids stop for a moment, and stare. Stare and wonder. Soon, of course, they'll go hyper again as they'll stumble upon lots of playing equipment and gimmicks waiting for them. The peaceful pelicans and sitting by a stunning lake can be used as a spontaneous, perfect moment to steal your wife a kiss (while the children are preoccupied with transforming London into their playground). Also, the Horse Guards Parade can also be a lovely moment to catch your family enjoying the same thing, at the same time – with the same passion and awe.
Depending on how many days you have to explore the city, try to make to the Queen's Elizabeth's Olympic Park (you won't get disappointed by the sand pits, the slides, tree-houses and the shaky bridges) and Crystal Palace Park (the kids will love the farm and the maze put at their disposal).
The National History Museum will surprise not only your kids (obsessed, perhaps, with the friendly T-Rex), but you, as well. Do you know the entire story of how the baby dinosaurs were born? While we're at it, you can also consider taking your family to the Explorer Backpacks Museum – in case they have the soul of an adventurer, a pathfinder of a sort. Make sure you write the Ragged School Museum down your list as well – it's always nice to see how the 1800's children reconstructed the Victorian classroom, from scratch. How does The National Maritime Museum or the British Museum with its mummies sound for you?
On the off chance that the little ones will want a more tranquil and calm activity, choose from one of the thousands of workshops available (usually, the Southbank Centre holds numerous events during the entire year). Youngsters can experiment form and composition at the Tate Modern, or hear out a fascinating story at the National Gallery storytelling sessions or at the National Portrait Gallery.
For daredevils, we recommend having a go at a hair-raising, funny speedboat tour up the Thames, climb up The O2 and see London from above (beware: kids must be 10+ to be allowed to enter) or enjoy a tree-top adventure like any Tarzan would at the Go Ape Trent Park. House of Vans is welcoming children with a passion for skateboarding, and in Hyde Park those passionate about horses will find a new friend, neighing at them, with Virgin Games.
You can never get enough of London, but you can always love it more and more. Now this is your chance to show your family, especially your children, what's London made of, and why does the whole world love it so much. Visit Platform 9 at King's Cross to see where Harry Potter stepped into Hogwarts with that simple, yet magical trolley. Cross on Abbey Road with your family, as if you're recreating The Beatles' cover album. The Tower Bridge opening for three times a day is just a scene you don't want to slip out through your fingers.
Regardless of what you choose to do, go for activities that involve the entire family, and make everybody's heart beat faster – whether it is because their extremely excited, greatly mesmerised, or purely astonished by the beauty of London, and always keep in mind that if you want a trip without kids, there are plenty places to go to.