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Family Friendly Attractions in London

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Whether your tiny tots go ga-ga for zoo animals, or your teens want to see enthralling city landmarks, London has it all. And after a day of sightseeing, you’ll find plenty of great restaurants with menus sure to satisfy picky eaters.

 

Exhibitions

 

When you tell your children that they’re going to a fun museum, they might not believe you - but just wait until they visit these quirky exhibits.

 

Madame Tussauds

 

Do your kids want to see David Beckham? What about James Bond, or the Queen? At Madame Tussauds, families can wander around the exhibits and see utterly life-like wax models of celebrities, singers, heroes, and historic figures from today's pop stars to Charlie Chaplin.

 

Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR. Tel:+44 871 894 3000

 

Madame Tussauds website
London Dungeon

 

This attraction is open to kids of all ages, but be warned - little ones may get frightened. Daring visitors are sure to find this spooky living museum the perfect balance of fright and fun. The London Dungeon blends theatrical actors, moving stage-sets, and wacky rides to create an imaginative walk-through with exhibits on everything from Guy Fawkes to Sweeney Todd.

 

Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB. Tel:+44 871 423 2240

 

London Dungeon website

 

Amazing animals

 

If your kids - whether toddlers to teens - love rare and amazing animals, from beautiful multi-coloured birds to meddling monkeys, then they’ll absolutely relish this time-honoured London attraction.

 

London Zoo

 

This is the world’s oldest scientific zoo - dating back to 1828 - and devotes itself to creating eye-opening exhibits and giving visitors a glimpse into nature’s most incredible animals. Take your kids through Gorilla Kingdom, across the indoor walk-through Rainforest Life exhibit, and over toward Tiger Territory, where strikingly striped Sumatran tigers await.

 

Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY. Tel:+44 20 7449 6200

 

London Zoo website

 

Landmarks

 

There are countless London landmarks to see - from the shimmering Serpentine in Hyde Park to the almost fairy tale-like Tower Bridge - but this one will interest the whole family.

 

London Eye

 

The London Eye, set on the cultural stretch of the South Bank, is a giant silver-white Ferris wheel that shoots high into the sky. Opened in the year 2000, this mighty modern marvel stands at a whopping 135 metres tall. Buy a ticket, and step inside a spacious oval-shaped passenger capsule. The 45-minute long tour gives you a pristine and unforgettable bird's eye view of London’s skyline.

 

London, SE1 7PB. Tel:+44 871 781 3000

 

London Eye website

 

Family dining

 

There’s so many great family friendly restaurants in London that you’ll be spoilt for choice, but we think these 2 are top-class.

 

Hard Rock Café

 

Hard Rock was actually founded in London - and this one keeps true to its Americana-obsessed tradition. Kids can enjoy fresh American cuisine from tasty New York-style sandwiches to finger-licking fried chicken. Music-obsessed parents will get a thrill from all the rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia - and who knows, your kids may get inspired, too.

 

150 Old Park Lane, London W1K 1QZ. Tel:+44 20 7514 1700

 

Hard Rock Café website

 

Masala Zone

 

Take a break from the burgers and bring your kids to Masala Zone, a small informal chain of authentic Indian eateries that boast friendly staff, a laid-back ambiance, and good solid food cooked with fine ingredients. With plenty of Indian classics and regional-specific dishes, this is the perfect place to widen your kids’ palates - there’s also a cheaper menu for under-7s.

 

48 Floral Street, London WC2E 9DA. Tel:+44 20 7379 0101

 

Masala Zone website