About Ching L
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul 2008
Hi, I’m Ching, a personal holiday planner from London. I love to travel like a local whenever I can. Of course, you have to see the main sights, but it’s discovering the places where locals go and doing like locals do that makes a trip extra special.
Many of London’s attractions can be seen from the River Thames and a circular cruise is a great and easy way for all the family to get accustomed with the city. Starting from Westminster Bridge (Embankment Pier), you get to see the Houses of Parliament/Big Ben, London Eye, County Hall, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre and Tower of London - to name a few! City Cruises has a 45 min Thames Circular Cruise that has commentary. They also offer Red Rover tickets that allow you to hop-on/hop-off the piers along the way.
In the heart of Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is a lovely museum for children of all ages and parents too. Learn about the history of London and its transport through the ages. You can sit in lots of the exhibits and children seem to love this very interactive museum. See a London red bus and world’s first Underground train.
The Science Musuem does ‘family friendly’ really well. There are galleries for under 5s, the Pattern Pod for 5-8-year-olds and older children will love the hands-on Launchpad.
A visit to a West End theatre in London is a must and there are lots of family friendly shows – The Lion King, Wicked and Matilda are favourites. With stunning costumes and memorable songs, The Lion King has something for everyone in the family.
With so many Royal Parks and green spaces in London, it means there’s always a place to go with children to let off steam. St James’ Park has the advantage of being close to The Mall and Buckingham Palace so families can mix some sightseeing with some relax time.
A shopping centre may be a strange recommendation for a family friendly break, but it’s a great distraction after a visit to St Paul’s, or even as an attraction on its own. That’s because the shopping centre has a glass lift/elevator that the children will love to ride. It’s cleverly designed to be in line with St Paul’s Cathedral so there are plenty of photo opportunities as you go up and down. There’s a free public roof terrace at the top and the view of St Paul’s Cathedral and panoramic London is breathtaking.