Both the capital of England and an international hub, the city of London is one of the most fascinating places you should visit. What was once the heart of the British Empire (its slogan was that the sun never set on its empire), London is a multifaceted city that straddles old, new, and everything in between its city walls. With so much to do and even more to see, These are our top 5 free things to do in London with kids!
Visit the Natural History Museum
Established in 1881, the Natural History Museum of London was a testament to the Empire’s global reach; it procured and displayed the marvels of the world so that the people of London could see it. The museum is frequented with more than 5 million visitors per year, and is a favorite among tourists, locals and educational institutions as it houses wonderful displays and exhibitions of the natural world. Yes, it is free!
Hang around Hyde Park
This internationally renowned and beloved park is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Because London is expensive, enjoying the outdoors has become one of the many ways in which locals and tourists spend their day, avoiding too many expensive restaurants and pubs. Bring a blanket, grab some fish n’chips from a food stall, and lay down for a lazy lunch! Make sure to bring a book with you and catch up on some reading and just enjoy all that is around you.
Harry Potter Fans should go to Platform 9 ¾
For those who grew up and loving Harry Potter, visiting the iconic Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross station is an absolute no-brainer. FlightHub encourages you to get to the station early, as it’s become quite a tourist attraction. Make sure to bring your camera to snap some quick pictures of you and your Hogwarts trolley! It is one of those photo shots you just have to do.
See the changing of the Guard
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss in London, it’s the changing of the guard at the Buckingham Palace. This spectacle embodies British pageantry and tradition, and has been carried out every day since the year 1660. The changing of the guard usually lasts around 45 minutes and their scheduled throughout the day. FlightHub encourages you to show up at 9:30 a.m. to make sure you get a good view. Try not to be one of those tourists who attempts to distract the guards, just enjoy the show.
See the sunrise on Primrose Hill
If you’re feeling whimsical and in search of the idealized aesthetic like the Romantics did during the 18th century, then staying up late and watching the sunrise on Primrose Hill. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city slowly waking from their deep slumber, bringing on a new day full of adventure and potential. Popular among locals, the hill is located in Regent Park by Prince Albert Road.
These are our free attractions in London with kids. Do you have more to add? Comment below!
How About Bikes?
After walking all day, why not explore a bit more on a bike tour? Baja Bikes offers bike tours of around 3 hours that show you the highlights of the city with an English speaking guide. The routes are comfortable, safe and suitable for children from around 8 years (depending on the city).
There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour. There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you. Click here to see their latest London Deals!
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