Accounting for 54% of all tourist spends in the UK, London, with its unmistakable sights and culture, is clearly the main point-of-interest for visitors in the country. If you’ve got a child, and are wondering what some of the best places are to take them in the capital, then why not take a look at this list of 5 places to take your child in London.
Hamleys Toy Shop | Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
The oldest and largest toy shop in the world, Hamleys stands alongside Harrods and Selfridges as one of the most popular destinations for those wishing to spend in London. With over seven floors, and everything from stuffed bears to robots, there is surely an item to make every child’s day, and also no doubt a few things that will put a smile on the adults’ faces too. For something a bit more traditional, Covent garden hosts another toy store, Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, which specialises in Victorian-era puppets and theatres.
Remember, shopping in London can be expensive, especially if you’re spending time in a toy shop with a child! Make plans for how much you can afford to pay on bits and pieces throughout the day and give your son/daughter an allowance for how much they can have. This can prove to be a great way of teaching your child about money from a young age.
Did you know? Shopping in London is not the only thing that costs a lot of money. Due to the concentrated amount of people living in and around the capital for work reasons and alike, it is an extremely expensive place to live.
For the price of one house in London, buyers can get three in an area such as Liverpool or Manchester, and it’s for this reason that property companies such as RW Invest are offering listings in these popular northern areas.
Particularly in the summer, when the weather is on your side for a change, taking your children to one of London’s many parks for a picnic or play can be a great way to take some time away from the overwhelming congestion of the city. Hyde Park is a great one to go for, as it has plenty of space, it’s close to the centre of the city, and there’s even a play area for the kids to go on.
Open-top bus tour
When thinking of the best way to travel around the city, the famous London tube probably springs to mind. However, handling up to five million journeys a day, the underground can be a tricky place to navigate at times, particularly for tourists with children. Instead, why not opt for one of London’s many open-top bus tours instead? With a great view of the city’s landmarks, on a route that goes around in a loop, not only can you jump on and off as you please, but it saves a lot of tiring walking around. Most bus tours have guides or built-in audio guides to listen to as you ride around, which can be an excellent opportunity for your child to learn about the history of the capital city.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Here’s one for the football fans. Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, opened only a couple of months ago in April this year, is a massive stadium with over 62,000 seats, one of the biggest in the county. Its state-of-the-art grounds are opening up for guided stadium tours in July, allowing fans to go behind the scenes this summer.
With a bowl design inspired with American football stadiums in mind, to retain high visibility and atmosphere, and even a hybrid turf-surface to make the stadium useful for other sports in the future, it’s an impressive feat to view, and located just outside of London for easy access when visiting.
What is your favourite thing to do in London with Kids?
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