Posted on August 8, 2012

Dreaming of London…


I adore London; I would happily live in one of those big town houses overlooking Regent’s Park! I know it will probably never happen but it’s a nice dream to have. I’d have to win an enormous amount of money to be able to afford to buy one; let alone live there and maintain the same standard of living as we do now!  I was brought up in the Peak District and lived in tiny villages until I was 30 so going down to London was a huge thing for me! I don’t long for country living anymore; I love the hustle and bustle of city life! Later this month we are taking the kids down to London on the train for the day! I never visited until I was almost 30 so I want the kids to love it as much as I do from an early age!

I have been having a look around online for ideas for what to do for the day; I don’t want to exhaust them but want them get a real feel for it! I’ve always wanted to go to London Dungeons but I think the littlies are a bit young for that, I am sure they would love an open top bus tour; that would be a great way to see the sights but save their little legs.

This is a list of all the things I want them to experience but not necessarily in the one day –

  1. The London Eye
  2. Open Top Bus Tour
  3. London Zoo
  4. National History Museum
  5. V&A Museum of Childhood
  6. Tower of London
  7. Visit Harrods & Hamleys
  8. Legoland
  9. Harry Potter Studios
  10. London Duck Tours

Hmmm I think I am going to have to come up with some kind of plan because there is no way we will be able to get everything we want to do done in a week let alone a day! I think maybe on our first day trip we will go on the London Eye and get a bus tour so they can see all the sights. I am sure that will be enough for them without dragging them around art galleries and museums too

What do you think? Have you had a day trip to London with your little ones? Can you leave me some tips? What to do and what not to do?

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  • Reply bachelormum August 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I adore London. I spent four years living there in my 20s. I took my daughter there for a couple of daytrips when we were staying in Surrey a few years ago on a holiday from Oz. A kind of country meets the city day – one moment we’re rambling, the next we’re on a red double decker bus or floating around on the Eye.

    We went to the theatre too and saw Oliver. We’d had this absolutely huge day doing all the sights. I drifted off before intermission for a few minutes, i just couldn’t keep awake. My daughter however, still not five, sat there glued. It was the most incredible thing she’d ever seen, especially with all those kids to watch. She still remembers a couple of the songs. Have a ball!

  • Reply Lise August 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Natural History Museum is great if it’s not busy. Try and go in the side entrance and go to the dinosaurs first. I would say though the Science Museum is better, much more for kids to do. My 2 got a bit bored and fed up traipsing round all the animals that weren’t moving! They’re both free and next to each other so you could do both! I would definately recommend Legoland, we know it very well, living only 5 mins from it, however I would suggest it as a completely separate trip, as it’s the other side to London of Windsor. It’s very expensive to get in, unless you have Tesco clubcard vouchers which you can exchange for tickets, so you would spend a day there. Windsor itself is lovely, especially with a visit to the castle! Get you castle tickets stamped when you leave and you can visit for free for a year!

    • Reply Sonia August 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Oh thank you so much! Yes we have tickets from Tesco for Legoland and will do that on a separate day! Great tips thank you x

  • Reply Kara August 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The Science Museum is fantastic and free – so much for the littlies to do!
    We loved the London Eye and Madame Tussauds although I think they’ll be too little for MT (and the Dungeons).
    The Tower of London is also great, but how about a river boat ride and take them to Olympic park whilst it’s still buzzing.
    A trip to Hamleys and the Disney store on Regent street is a must too!!

    • Reply Sonia August 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Kara! Oh yes forgot about the Disney store – Maisie will love to go there! Definitely going to add science museum to our list x

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