London has been one of the great cities for millennia, from Roman times (when it was called Londinium), down through the ages. As you travel through London with kids, it's like your own time machine.
Before you visit London and while you're there, read our blog post:
Tips for London
It's delightful to visit London during December - Winter Wonderland carnival, ice skating, Christmas sweets, dazzling holiday light displays.
Some of the best museums, such as the British Museum, in London are free, no tickets required!
Take the London Underground
- Buy a reloadable Oyster card, and ride the Underground all day if you like - it goes everywhere. Oyster card is also good for buses and trams within the zones of central London.
Ride the double decker buses
- What better way to see London than riding up on the upper deck of a bright red double decker bus!
Boat rides on the Thames
- The Thames has always been a great way to travel. A boat ride on the Thames isn't just for sightseeing, it's a speedy way to go between the London Eye and Tower of London. Or, with a day pass, you can hop-on and hop-off at sightseeing spots, as much as you like.
for info about routes and stops on the river.
Take a break and try afternoon teas or "cream teas," in cafes. Scones, cakes and pastries are always a kid favorite. Drop into Fortnum & Mason to buy unusual candies and chocolates. And for snacks, there's always "chips" (french fries).
London has no end of charming children's clothing and toy shops, plush animals such as Paddington Bear, policeman, Sherlock Holmes bears. Plenty of souvenirs to buy, Harry Potter wands, scarves, princess accessories and costumes, toy double decker buses and taxis.
Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked lists of family hotels and apartment rentals, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in London: