Tips For Weekend Getaway To London With Family

September 3, 2021

Weekends are prime time for family fun activities and to a great degree, the attractions of London are the best suited for some of the best kid focussed exhibits that educate children about the history and culture of the city.

Whether you stay in London or are a visitor, take note of these timely tips below to keep in mind when you next come to this popular city with your family.

Book Train Tickets In Advance

Traveling by train in the UK is not cheap and especially so in London if you decide to book your ticket on the same day, no matter how close your destination may be.

Since you are planning for the weekend, there are great deals to be had, some as much as 75% less than purchasing a current travel ticket.

Be Smart With Your Luggage

If you are in London with a lot of luggage, never forget you are always in the wrong. Ride the tube with a suitcase and people will frown at you as if you have committed a grave crime. There are plenty of luggage storage options available in London, like LuggageHero, with over 120 locations in the city. 

Using the Luggagehero 2021 Google London storage map you can find out places nearest to you for keeping luggage at an hourly rate of £1 per piece with a cap of £8 per day. Be sure to read their Guide London for a better understanding of their facilities. 

Art Galleries And Museums Are Free

Admission to the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The British Museum among others are free. This is the best way to introduce the kids to the rich heritage the city has to offer. You can easily spend a day or more wandering through these institutions. If you are traveling with kids under five, the Princess Diana Memorial Playground is highly recommended with pirate ships, lots of climbing structures and interactive activities to keep the toddlers occupied.

Get An Oyster Card

While most of the major attractions in London are in close proximity, there will be times when you and your family need to avail of public transport. Pick up an Oyster Card from any tube station. Remember, kids below 11 travel free on buses and at a reduced rate on the tube. Buy your card before you leave home so that you don’t have to queue up at stations. Apart from saving on travel, you can use the Oyster Card to get discounts at shops, restaurants, art galleries and entertainment hubs.

Spend Time Around The Horniman

London’s popular attractions come at a price, such as Madame Tussauds, London Zoo or the Sealife Aquarium. The Horniman museum and gardens is a firm favorite with visiting families. From strolling in the gardens to visiting the aquarium the majority of the Horniman is free. Else for £9 for a family of four there are lots of activities,trails and tours, like Butterfly House, Animal Walk, Nature Trail etc that you can do with the kids at your own pace.

Once you have read your Luggage storage guide and ensured your bags as safe as you explore the city, you can be assured of a hassle free weekend in London with family. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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