- By Kevin
- On Aug 4, 2017
- Travel Tips
Find the right London tours and sightseeing trip guide to get your local specialist, and they will take you to see the must-see sights like Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, and make sure the children enjoy it with tales of murderous monarchs and characters like Guy Fawkes, who as every British child knows tried to blow up parliament in 1605.
Trafalgar Square is the heart of London and everyone who visits London ends up there sooner or later - sometimes more than once. The kids are likely to recognize the lions which guard Nelson's Column, and will definitely want photos taken with the bronze beasts. Sadly, feeding pigeons is no longer allowed in Trafalgar Square (or outside St. Paul's Cathedral) so, in order to avoid disappointment, it might be a good idea to explain ahead of time to pint-sized Mary Poppins fans that they won't be participating in any renditions of Feed the Birds.
St. Paul's Cathedral
There has been a cathedral located on this site since 604AD and the current building was designed by Christopher Wren and built after the Great Fire destroyed its predecessor. St. Paul's Cathedral is the nation's church and an important symbolic landmark in the city but there are two things about St. Paul's that kids love - climbing to the dome for a view across the city and experiencing the Whispering Gallery for themselves.
In this quirky gallery, a whisper against its walls is audible on the opposite side. Very impressive to the kids when demonstrated by a staff member and very amusing when mom can't manage to whisper correctly. We returned to St. Paul's Cathedral on our most recent visit and I'm happy to report that I mastered the correct whispering technique and we were able to hear each other from opposite ends of the Gallery. It really is quite impressive!
Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds is as tacky and touristy as one can possibly get. It's expensive, it's crowded and the lines can be incredibly long BUT kids love it! If anyone has told them about the wax museum prior to the trip then there is no possible way to avoid taking them there. It's best to just try and get in the spirit of the attraction and have fun as your kids beg for photos with all of their favourite celebrities. The Spirit of London cab ride through 400 years of the city's history is enjoyable but I wouldn't consider going into the Chamber of Horrors with younger children.