London is one of the greatest cities in the UK and one place that can cater to every family memberís interest. With so much to do and see in the capital we have created our top five places to visit with the family. Whether youíre interested in history, celebrity culture or are now infatuated with the Royal family since the diamond Jubilee celebrations, youíll find an attraction that will spark intrigue throughout the family.
The infamous home to the Royal family and the place that took centre stage during the Jubilee festivities, Buckingham Palace is one attraction that the family canít afford to miss. From 30th June – 8th July and 31st July – 7th October 2012, the State rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace are open for the public to view, giving visitors an insight into how the Royals live their everyday lives. What makes this yearís events at the Palace so special is that the tour also includes viewing the exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.
Tower of London
Why wouldnít you want to visit the Tower of London? Not only are the renowned crown jewels on display, children can also marvel at the armour located in the White Tower, be enthralled by the story of the imperial Royal Menagerie and walk through the Bloody Tower where two Archbishops of Canterbury, a Lord Chancellor and Sir Walter Ralegh were imprisoned.
Recently the wax work of our favourite Royal couple, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William has been created and is now proudly showcased at Madame Tussauds. All your childrenís favourite celebrities whether it is Justin Bieber or one of the Twilight characters all await your arrival. This is the perfect place for your children to be snapped linking arms with their favourite celebrity and even discover new inspirational people.
London Bridge Experience and The London Tombs
Not for the faint hearted this is one venue that we would recommend you take older children too. It has been voted the scariest attraction in London for four years running. The costumes and eerie atmosphere make for a truly unforgettable day out. When you take a trip to London Bridge you can discover all the stories that surround London during the Roman invasion and through to the present day at both the London Bridge Experience and The London Tombs. One ticket and two venues to visit, now thatís what we call value for money.
The London Dungeon is another of the cityís scariest venues where you can experience 14 shows during a 90 minute tour, scary live actors and three rollercoaster rides. There is over 1000 years of London history to discover and if your children are fans of the Horrible Histories books, TV series or theatre production, theyíre sure to love the London Dungeons.
Ross Patterson is Director of Refresh Accommodation.