18 December 2014

Visiting London With Children This Christmas

For a while now, we have been thinking about taking a trip down South. It's somewhere that we have never been before, the furthest South I have been is Birmingham, which is not very far at all. But I would love to visit London and see the amazing tourist attractions, visit everywhere that I always see people talking about and see what makes it such a fabulous Capital that everyone wants to go to, especially at Christmas.

We would have to travel by train down to London which takes a good 2 and a half hours from here in Yorkshire and so, if we were to do the trip, it's going to need to be soon. I really can't imagine a newborn liking the trip and so I was thinking about going at the end of December or the start of January. Not too close to my due date and still time to plan what we can do during the days. 

I have been looking at staying at the Holiday Inn Bexley Hotel. I would rather be staying out of the hustle and bustle of busy central hotels and stay somewhere quaint instead which is why I decided on this one. Being close to Bexley station, it means that we can travel quickly to attractions of inner London and work our way around visiting all the places we want to go to. 

There are many places that I want to visit whilst in London and it will be a stretch to fit them all in. I've been trying to list the places that we most want to go to and ranking them in order to make sure that we get to do these first as, being such a long journey, it's not something that we are going to be able to do often. 
Photo by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, from freedigitalphotos.net
London Eye
The giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames is supposed to give amazing views over the city. With it being 135 metres tall it means that you can get a good view of everything and the huge glass capsules give a 360 degree view of the city.  

London Dungeons and Madame Tussauds
The dungeons recreate various gory and macabre historical events in a humorous style aimed at younger audiences. The special effects and rides give it all the fun factor that young children love and I know that my boys would love to visit and have fun whilst also learning about historical events too. 
Madame Tussauds is one for us all really. I love how there is a huge range of was work models, from celebrities, to footballers and even famous television characters and it would be a fab day, especially for the kids who would love to see the Marvel super heroes.

Christmas Lights and Fireworks
London is known for not only it's amazing Christmas lights display, but also for the fantastic fireworks that they set off on New Years Eve over the River Thames. We watch them every year on the television but, this year, I would love to be down there, getting a full view of the amazing Christmas and New Years spirit of London.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, I'm sure is at the top of most peoples list of places to visit in London. Even though I'm not a royalist, I imagine that seeing the home of the Queen is quite breathtaking and you never know, we might even get a peek of her popping her head out the window hehe.
Photo by Matt Banks, from freedigitalphotos.net
Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Parliament
Probably the most iconic bridge in London, Tower Bridge is an almighty bridge which crosses the River Thames. I would love to just walk down it (I may be a little too scared to walk over the glass floor) and see the view towards the Tower of London. 
The Palace of Westminster and it's huge clock, Big Ben, are also on my list of places to visit. Getting to see the clock that is iconic in so many films and also know that this place, this building is one of the ones where the biggest of the countries decisions are made. 

There are so many more places that I would love to visit though. The Globe Theatre, where William Shakespeare launched many of his plays. Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square too. It's so hard to decide on where at the best places, not only to walk around and admire, but that are family friendly and cater for little legs. 

Have you ever been to London? Where would you recommend for new arrivals to the city? 


  1. Love London, there are so many places to go, see and do. I'm lucky enough to work in London, and would definitely recommend visiting Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, they are such grand buildings. I have never been to Buckingham Palace, and like you, would love to go!

  2. I've been to London quite a few times, but I still haven't been on the London Eye, but I'd love to! The picture of it you've used it gorgeous!

  3. Pam Francis Gregory31 December 2014 at 06:28

    Some great ideas & great pictures!

  4. It's years since I have been to London. Taking children seems like such a big effort I must say.