Surviving a Visit to London with Children

to a big city can be a little daunting especially if like me you live in the
sticks. You wonder if your children
will be overwhelmed on the underground dealing with the crowds of people or
panic the whole holiday will cost a fortune because of all the attractions they
will want to see or you feel you have to do whilst your there. But when we visited we were pleasantly

you avoid rush hour times the tube was fairly manageable. But ideally booking a hotel in central
London keeps travel to the bare minimum, keeping the hassle (especially if your
travelling with prams too!) and costs down. 
Direct conveniently have a whole list of hotels near the city centre.

are lots of free attractions in London that will keep your children happily
occupied with minimum distress to your wallet, which is very reassuring as it’s
quite an expensive city. The Natural
History Museum is immense and such a good day out, lots to see and very
educational, make sure you borrow a free explorer backpack too!

Park at the Southbank Centre is fabulous too, with lots of coloured sand for
children to play in.

You also have
the living statues that cause quite a stir whilst you’re in the area, so many
different costumes and a buzz about the area, with lots of laughter over their
antics. The Science Museum is also free
but we have yet to visit that, but it looks an interactive child friendly place
to head with lots of exhibits.

Fields sounds like another suitable place if you’re watching the purse
strings. Based over seven acre’s there
is ample space for children to run around and explore, you can see the animals
at there city farm and let off some steam in the play area’s. It’s such a shame I did not know about this
place when we visited in 2012.

if there are a few paid things you would really like to do then its worth
seeing if they have any promotions running that might make it more
affordable. We did the London
Duck Tours
, which I highly recommend; the boys still go on about it now
almost two years later.

We also found
time to head to the Zoo,
which again is a lovely day out. If you
book tickets online you can save money on the price you would pay on
arrival. Kew Gardens might be worth a
visit too, as children 16 and under get in for free bringing costs down. My two seem to have an appreciation of walking round places like
this after I have dragged them round so many National Trust gardens! But I think I would have stuck to the
complimentary attractions if I had realised quite how many there were and how much they offer at the

my boys are a bit older I would love to stay again and try and visit the
attractions we missed. Their god mummy
has just bought a new house so really I have the perfect excuse to holiday
there again!

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