International travel continues to regain momentum as spring vacation season ramps up. As families excitedly await their upcoming spring breaks and Easter vacations, the busy streets of London are primed and ready to welcome visitors with warmer weather and clearer days.
Whether this is your first visit to London or you’re planning a much-needed stay-cation, you’ll discover heaps of family things to do in London. Kids of all ages will stand in awe at the sheer height of Big Ben – towering more than 300 feet in the air. It’s a London tradition to visit Buckingham Palace and attempt to make The Queen’s Guard react to your tauntings. No London adventure is complete without a walk across the top of Tower Bridge, the most well-known bridge in London.
Once the predictable activities are checked off your list, consider filling your family days in London with these top attractions. From movie sets and toy stores to playgrounds and Ferris wheels, London has it all!
Best of all, Club Quarters Hotels offers the perfect home base to reconnect with your family and take in all the top sites this Spring. After a long day of exploring, your family will love relaxing in our spacious and comfortable Superior Rooms or Suites. Let’s uncover the most fun family activities in London:
Pairing perfectly with our Family Travel Deals, the Merlin Entertainment Group offers the best ticket packages to some of London’s top attractions. You’ll have the ability to mix and match just the right attraction combinations to best suit your family’s likes. Best of all, most of these attractions are only a short 10-minute walk from our Trafalgar Square location. Here are the top London attractions offered by Merlin Entertainment your kids are sure to enjoy:
Where’s the one place in London you can see award-winning actors, show-stopping musicians and all the best sports stars under one roof? Only at Madame Tussauds, a renowned wax museum that gives visitors a chance to come face-to-face with more than 150 lifelike stars and icons. The attraction is divided into zones featuring Marvel characters, film stars, music icons, Star Wars and sports legends.
Kids will love posing with ET on the bicycle and co-piloting the Millenium Falcon with Chewbacca. They’ll stand speechless at the 15-foot tall Hulk with eye-balls the size of a cricket ball. After the wax museum, snag a seat at the Marvel Universal 4D film, explore Skull Island for King Kong himself or hop on the Spirit of London Ride to learn a little history. Madame Tussauds is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this spring.
As Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel standing nearly 450-feet high, The London Eye can be spotted for miles. Families will enjoy a 30-minute ride with 360-degree views of London’s most famous landmarks. After soaring to the clouds, consider jumping on a 40-minute River Cruise down the River Thames to experience even more sites in London. We advise procuring fast-track tickets to avoid any potential long lines during your visit.
This spring break, The London Eye is hosting a special Easter egg hunt from the 1st through the 18th of April. Kids will hunt to find all the eggs and spell out the mystery word to earn a prize. Don’t forget to grab a free Easter-themed booklet filled with games and quizzes for your little ones. The Easter experience is included with your ticket. The Eye is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this spring.
Sharks and stingrays and octopuses – oh my! SEA LIFE is London’s top aquarium housing more than 500 species and nearly 10,000 animals. Explore the world of jellyfish at the Ocean Invaders zone. Step into a tropical jungle without leaving your London base at the Rainforest Adventure zone. Experience the UK’s largest living coral reef at the Coral Kingdom zone. SEA LIFE Aquarium is open most days this spring from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Review the full schedule online.)
Join the quest to help Donkey, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots as they travel through the land to find Shrek. This interactive attraction features more than 10 fairytale-themed mini-shows pulled straight from the film. You and your kids will see, hear and smell the whole adventure starting with a ride on Donkey’s magical 4D flying bus to the land of Far Far Away. Along the way, you’ll visit Shrek’s Swamp, solve a puzzle at Lord Farquuad’s Dungeon, venture through the mirror maze of insanity and so much more.
This Spring, experience a new adventure with the cast from the film How To Train Your Dragon. The Vikings need your help to save the rarest dragon breeds in the Egg’stinction Watch. This special Easter attraction will be open April 2nd – 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Your kids will even have the chance to meet a baby dragon!
You can’t miss a Tootbus Tour bus riding past. The red and white, double-decker buses transport riders up, down and around the streets of London giving them the best views of the top landmarks. Nearly 10 tour options are available, but we recommend the Kids Tour as one of the top London attractions for families.
The Tootbus Kids Tour is ideal for younger children. Tours last around 45 minutes and offer age-appropriate adventurers including interesting facts and funny stories. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, this tour gives you a little bit of everything. Reserve your tickets in advance for extra spring savings of 10% off. Kids Tours run daily this spring with multiple departure times available.
London is home to some of the biggest, best and most unique toy shops in the world. The Disney Store in London offers a huge selection of Disney products including Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars & National Geographic. The biggest LEGO® store in London is actually the biggest in the world, located in Leicester Square just 9 minutes from our Trafalgar Square hotel. Beyond these world-renowned toy store brands, visitors will find that London boasts even more amazing toy stores.
Hamleys is called the “finest toy store in the world.” Starting as a small toy store in Cornwall, England in 1760, Hamleys now stands seven stories tall in its famous location on Regent Street in London. This “joy emporium” features the best-known brands, amusement rides, interactive games and so much more. Hamleys is more than just a shopping experience.
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop isn’t your typical modern-day toy store. There are no batteries required and most of the toys sold are made of paper and string, not plastic or metal. This historical toy business continues to hold true to its founder’s original toy theater creations offering kids a chance to create, imagine and explore the world of theater using their favorite characters.
Sylvanian Families is another quaint local toy store featuring a specific toy genre – miniatures. Each adorable figurine fits perfectly in the palm of a child’s hand. Children love choosing their favorite animal and collecting each member of the family. Expand your child’s collection with homes, accessories and vehicles for their tiny animal families. Our St. Paul’s hotel is less than four miles from this family-owned toy store.
If your kids love the Harry Potter film series – or if YOU do – London is your ideal destination. The streets are filled with iconic locations from the films and Warner Bros. boasts several interactive experiences where visitors can relive scenes.
Only a 9-minute walk from Covent Garden Holborn hotel, the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition takes you behind the scenes of key moments in the popular film series. Get your camera ready! The exhibition is filled with hundreds of photo opportunities to place yourself next to your favorite characters. You can even fly high on a broom using the same green screen technology from the film. Don’t leave the exhibition without visiting London’s only bottle Butterbeer bar.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London offers a truly immersive experience into The Making of Harry Potter. This tour allows guests to explore actual sets from the film including Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Visitors discover the movie-making magic that went into the 8-part film series. Warner Bros. Studio Tour is located in Leavesden, about an hour north-west of our Holborn hotel.
While both of the above-mentioned London attractions feature a small gift shop on site, the ultimate Harry Potter-themed store is found at King’s Cross Station at Platform 9 ¾. The store is stuffed with an endless supply of Harry Potter replicas and memorabilia. From wands and apparel to cosmetics and stationary, wizarding-wanna-be’s will go crazy over this extensive Harry Potter collection. Easily reach The Harry Potter Shop from our Covent Garden hotel via a 10-minute ride on the Tube’s Piccadilly line.
Spring weather in London is like that of many around the world – warm, sunny days mixed with cool, rainy days. Layers are the best option for outdoor adventures in order to be able to adapt to warm afternoons coupled with cool mornings and evenings. On days with sunny skies and clear forecasts, why not plan an afternoon picnic in the park? London boasts several parks and playgrounds near each of our city-center hotels. Pack a picnic lunch of your own or stop by a local eatery on the way and secure a delectable lunch to go. Here are our favorite London parks & playgrounds nearby:
Victoria Tower Gardens 9, Millbank, London SW1P 3GE, United Kingdom
King Square, London EC1V 3QX, United Kingdom
Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7PG, United Kingdom
London SW1H 9AP, United Kingdom
Hyde Park, S Carriage Dr, London W2 2UH, United Kingdom
Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN, United Kingdom
Club Quarters is offering great deals on family travel this Spring, including up to 40% off your second night.
Club Quarters’ four hotels in London are the perfect home base to reconnect with your family and take in all of London’s top sites this Spring. Enjoy all of the family activities London has to offer this time of year — including excellent toy stores, parks and attractions – and then relax in our spacious and comfortable accommodations in convenient city-center locations. You won’t find better rates anywhere else.
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