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A London family vacation can be a very exciting and memorable experience! Whether you are heading there soon or just in the ‘consideration’ stage, the tips below will help you to get the most out of your time and money.
Getting to London
London is a classic city to visit any time of year. With the maritime climate, temperatures are moderate. Wear layered clothing to be ready for the changing weather, and plan for rain. Most people fly direct into London’s Heathrow Airport, which is closest to the city. From Heathrow, you can take the Heathrow Express train, hire a taxi, rent a car or use the London Underground, or Tube. You may also book a flight into Gatwick Airport outside of London and use the Gatwick Express train to get to the city in under an hour.
A London family vacation will provide a rich mixture of history, culture, shopping and more that everyone will love. Main attractions to see when you are in the city include Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament or Palace of Westminster, home of Big Ben. If your family enjoys seeing royalty, you can also spend time at Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. See the Wellington Arch and Albert Memorial. You can combine history and culture at landmarks like the British Museum, Westminster Abbey and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.
If there are sports enthusiasts in your household, there are many venues to visit during your London family vacation from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, home of Wimbledon, to Emirates Stadium and Olympic Stadium. Take a shopping day and visit outlets like Oxford Street and the Dover Street Market. Sample seasonal gourmet treats at the Borough Market. For the best views of the city, be sure to get to the London Eye.
How to Get Around London
London is a great city for walking, or you can use the Tube and Docklands Light Railway(DLR) to get to most places in the city. Take advantage of the double-decker buses to tour the city for a day. You can hop off to spend time at sites you want to visit then get back on the next available bus. For extended stays, you can plan your London family vacation itinerary by zone. Most of the attractions are in two areas along the Thames River. By using the tube, buses and your feet, you can save a great deal of money. You can save more money by purchasing a London Pass. This travel card will provide unlimited travel on the Tube, DLR, buses and other public transportation in London.
Where to Stay in London
When you plan on staying in London, you can find hotels throughout the city. Because many of the sites you are likely to visit during your London family vacation are located in two zones, you can focus on accommodations near to your favorite attractions. Look for a hotel in the Kensington and Hyde Park area or City Center to be near the places you want to tour. There are many ways to stay within a budget when finding comfortable accommodations. One site that can help you get the best deal on a hotel to suit your needs is Hipmunk.
London family vacation
Take the time to research this city and the attractions that interest you. Once you have a rough itinerary planned out, you can look for the right hotel. When planning your London family vacation, it helps to know when you can find the best deals. Hotels offer the deepest discounts during the winter months of January and February, but good deals are also available in September and November.