How to spend 3 days in London with a family

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Many flights from Australia to Europe will have you passing through London, and while you originally thought three days in the historic city of London would be enough, I can guarantee it won’t. I don’t think even a lifetime would be. But to best prepare you for those 3 days let’s get down to the best things to do with your family during your stay.

Where to stay in London

There is something for every budget in London. If your family is looking for a luxury experience right in the heart of London try a family apartment at The Athenaeum. Superb food, A-class service and walking distance to Buckingham Palace and Green Park.

If you are hoping to budget a little bit better for all the countless attractions then perhaps try out Qbic in East London. They have easy access to the tube and a phenomenal breakfast.

Don’t know how to afford any accommodation in London? If you are flexible, there are plenty of housesits available at any time of the year. This is a great option for free accommodation in such an extravagant city.

What to eat in London

London has a plethora of restaurants to cure any craving. Favourites with children would be a visit to Jamie’s Italian or the celebrity TV chef’s pop-up restaurant in Leicester Square. The kids meals have a great balance of healthy, fun cuisine.

Poppies in East London have been voted the best fish and chips you’ll find anywhere in the UK and well worth a visit. Trying the unlimited combinations of soda available at Five Guys in Leicester Square is a fun adventure for children.

Lastly, a visit to London isn’t a complete without hitting Chinatown for your Asian food fix.

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What to do with kids in London

Day #1

On your first day take the family around with a hop-on-hop-off guided tour of London. This way you can get your bearings on the city and the locations of places you want to visit. You can jump off at popular stops like Big Ben for photos and squeeze in a ride on the London Eye.

A stop at Hamley’s in Oxford Circus is a must. Warning: Hamely’s might just be a toy store, but you can easily get lost in it’s 7 floors and spend hours trying fun toys and reading books and generally enjoying it just as much as the kids.

Day #2

For those who are addicted to Harry Potter and even for those who aren’t, a morning at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour ticks all the boxes. Spend 3 to 4 hours touring through the exhibits, seeing the costumes, and exploring the studio sets of the Harry Potter movies.

Relax or shop for the rest of the afternoon or catch the tube into Leicester Square for an evening of world-class theatre. There are plenty of family friendly shows such as Aliens Love Underpants, The Lion King or A Tiger Came To Tea.

Day #3

If you didn’t find time when you were hopping on and off the bus, head back to Westminster to check out the London Eye. The family will love flying high into the sky to take in the beautiful panoramic views of London.

Nearby you will also find the London Aquarium, which is an ideal morning of animal fun. For the older kids, walk over to The London Dungeons for a scary look at the darker side of London’s history. Finish the day at one of the many parks in London – Princess Diana Memorial Playground has a great big ship, Regent’s Park can include a boat ride or fly a kite in Green Park.

There is so much to do in London you will be hard pressed for time, but at least now you have a flying start on what to do during your three days in LDN.


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