Family attractions London

Families vs Friends: The best London attractions for all ages

Whether you’re travelling in a couple, group or solo, London is one of the best places to visit thanks to its never-ending array of things to do!

When it comes to London, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never be bored! There are plenty of exciting things to do in London, whether you’re one or 101. From visiting The Queen or shopping at world famous department stores, to visiting museums or enjoying the vibrant cuisine, you’ll be hard pressed to find a city that’s livelier than London.
Get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities
You don’t have to go to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen – you can visit her, along with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess at Madame Tussauds. You can even take a picture with them! Madame Tussauds waxwork museum is one of the best things to do in London with teens – they’ll get a kick out of taking a selfie with Brangelina, the Beckhams or Kim and Kanye. Meanwhile, Mums can have a few private moments with George Clooney and Colin Firth, while Dads measure up against sports stars such as Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt and Rafael Nadal.
A magical shopping kingdom
You might not think it, but Harrods can actually be one of the best things to do in London with kids. While you might come to the iconic department store for the famous British brands and luxury international designers, Harrods’ Toy Kingdom is a must-see. The 26,000-square-foot department has an enchanted forest, science lab, lolly shop and lots of other otherworldly displays. Here, you’ll find every possible child-friendly toy, book, game, gadget and gizmo possible, as well as the original Harrods teddy bear, a prized possession for every kid. After all that shopping, make sure you pick up a snack at the gourmet food hall, or else put up your feet and enjoy some Parisian macaroons at Ladurée. Everyone wins at Harrods!
Walk with the dinosaurs
The National History Museum is a popular London family attraction that’s both fun and educational. There are over 80 million items in the museum, including Dippy, the famous 105-foot replica dinosaur skeleton and a 10-tonne blue whale model. Many of the displays are interactive and hands-on so kids can see how the world was made, touch fossils and minerals, and examine specimens under microscope. For something a little different, you can also take an afterhours tour where both adults and kids are invited to sleep over and find out what happens during a real-life night at the museum.
Calling all muggles!
No matter your age, if you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you simply have to take a Harry Potter tour. There are a variety of different tours available – the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a 30-minute train ride from London and takes you behind-the-scenes on some of the film’s most recognizable sets, such as the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office; the Harry Potter walking tour of London is a great way to see all the classic city landmarks, just with a magical twist; or hop on-board the Knight Bus to see the London locations that inspired JKK Rowling. Of course, no Harry Potter fan should leave London without getting a photo at King’s Cross Station, where a trolley has been embedded in the wall of Platform 9¾.
A foodie paradise
For anyone who likes to eat, you definitely don’t want to miss Borough Market. This gourmet food market is a feast for the senses with over 100 stalls selling every kind of food and drink you can imagine – fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, bread, teas, ciders, cakes and treats. If you’re visiting London on a budget, there are always more than enough samples to go around, although it’s hard to resist treating yourself to a chunky meat pie or a deliciously sweet slab of chocolate. Take your food to go and then walk around South Bank to see all the London landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye and Tower Bridge.
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