Last Updated on May 15, 2014 by Jody Halsted
Going on holiday as a family, regardless of where you’re visiting, throws up the dilemma of what to do that everyone will enjoy. Finding such attractions and activities is difficult at the best of times, but if there’s one place where you won’t encounter that problem, it’s London. The capital is full of family-friendly things to do and places to see, all within a tube ride, bus ride or walk from one of many London holiday apartments. Once you leave the comfort of a Canary Wharf apartment, there are all sorts of things for the family to do, some of them you might not have known about.
Kid Friendly Museums in London
The Cartoon Museum on Russell Square is easy to get to, and kids under 18 get in for free. There’s plenty on show there for young and old, from early comic strips from Beano and Dandy including the legendary Dennis the Menace to work by famous newspaper cartoonists including Steve Bell and Gerald Scarfe. For the young ones, there are also free workshops in the Young Artists’ Gallery showing them how to draw cartoons.
Nostalgia is also a common theme at the Museum of Childhood. Located in Bethnal Green, it’s just a short tube ride away from Central London, and it’s free to get in. You get a reminder of what your childhood was like, while your kids can also experience that through a series of hands-on exhibitions and workshops.
Tour a Sports Stadium
If your family are into sport, then most of the capital’s big venues run regular stadium tours. Wembley Stadium, which is England’s national stadium, offers tours most days of the week. As well as walking around the pitch, gazing at the 90,000 seats in amazement, you also get to look at the dressing rooms, visit the press room and sit in the Royal Box. A similar tour of Arsenal’s impressive Emirates Stadium is also a must, particularly if you’re a fan of theirs.
Experience the Theater
London is famous for its plethora of top theatres, and the Unicorn Theatre in Waterloo is no exception. However, the Unicorn is designated as the flagship theatre for young people in the UK, and most of its shows are aimed at audiences from the age of 0 upwards. They stage well over 600 performances a year from artists in the UK and abroad, and they offer workshops throughout the year, which is handy if your kids have caught the acting bug.
Family Fun Day from CartoonMuseum.org
Emirates Stadium via Wikimedia
Ruby Red Tells All from Unicorn Theatre
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