If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend a family day out, it’s hard to beat London. The English capital is brimming with attractions that are bound to appeal to your brood. From top-class museums to spectacular feats of engineering, there is certainly no shortage of visitor spots to choose from - and here are some of the best.
Get an insight into aviation
Located just 30 minutes from the centre of the city on the historic site of Hendon’s London Aerodrome in Colindale, the Royal Air Force Museum tells the story of military aviation in Britain and it’s filled with exhibitions and artefacts that appeal to adults and kids alike. There’s even a section created specifically for young children. While in the visitor centre, you can explore an array of aircraft ranging from some of the very earliest designs right through to the most modern jets. There’s a 3D cinema too, and if you feel inspired by your trip you can make your way to the RAF Museum Shop in the Historic Hangars to pick up some keepsakes. The best thing is, the museum is free to enter.
Explore the world of science
Another budget-friendly attraction is the Science Museum on Exhibition Road. Also free to enter, this visitor centre is spread over seven floors and it’s home to an impressive range of exhibits that are both entertaining and educational. For under-eights, there’s the Pattern Pod, which introduces young minds to the importance of patterns in contemporary science. Another highlight is the Launch Pad. This hands-on gallery allows kids to explore the basic principles of science. Meanwhile, be sure not to miss the flight simulator and the Apollo 10 command module.
Take a trip to the zoo
Animals are always a hit with kids, and so it’s well worth adding London Zoo to your sightseeing itinerary. Located in Regent’s Park, the attraction is home to over 800 species of animals, including penguins, gorillas, giraffes, hippos, tigers, komodo dragons and many more. If you time your trip right, you’ll also get to witness displays, feedings and talks.
Get a bird's eye view
If your family members have a head for heights, don’t miss the Coca-Cola London Eye. Standing at 135 metres tall, this impressive structure is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects and opened to the public in 2000, it has proved a popular tourist attraction ever since. Situated on the banks of the River Thames opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, it offers spectacular views over the city. It takes 30 minutes to make a full rotation in one of the high-tech glass capsules.