Top Tips For Planning a Birthday Trip to London for Your Child
Top Tips on Planning a Birthday Trip to London for Your Child
Your child’s first trip to London can be daunting – but it can also be unforgettable if you plan well
As adults, it can be easy to forget how magical a trip to London can be for children. When you grow up you want to explore all of the nooks and crannies of the capital and stumble upon the bars, restaurants and galleries that are lesser known. But, while there’s nothing wrong with that, don’t forget that your wide-eyed little ones are starting with a clean slate and will simply be wowed by the Tube, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the rest.
In fact, London can be the perfect place to take your son and daughter for a birthday treat. It’s full of wonder and surprise and is bound to be a brilliant backdrop for a memorable occasion.
But, before you head to London, here’s what you need to consider:
London is a very busy city, so it’s important to take care when you’re getting around with a child in tow. Make sure they hold your hand and stay close through busy areas such as Oxford Street or on the Tube. It’s also probably best to avoid public transport entirely during rush hour as Underground trains and buses can get particularly crowded.
Shopping in London isn’t just for the adults. The kids can enjoy this too by checking out some of the best toy shops in the world. Top of the list is Hamleys in Regent Street, which houses 35,000 toys and games on seven floors and dates back to the 19th century. Benjamin Pollock’s toy shop in Covent Garden has also had a long history of selling toys in London and specialises in items with a theatrical theme, while Honeyjam near Portobello Market focuses on vintage toys. The Disney Store in Oxford Street is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
London is packed full of family-friendly attractions that are bound to keep your children entertained on their birthday. The Natural History Museum is the perfect example of this. It’s free to get in – saving you money for other birthday treats – and is full of amazing things, chief among them the famous dinosaurs. In the winter, the ice rink makes a perfect spot for children’s parties.
Finally, you need to find somewhere to have the perfect birthday meal. While you’ll no doubt be able to find several branches of your child’s favourite chain across the capital, you might want to try something new. If so, head to the Rainforest Café in Shaftesbury Avenue. As the name suggests, the whole venue has been decked out to make you feel you are dining in an exotic jungle – perfect for kids!
Go to a show
A museum trip is a good start, but if you want to make this a really special day out then you need to pull out all the stops for something extra. While there are some great theatre performances in Yorkshire, the North East and the South East of England, there’s no beating The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. It’s a visually stunning stage adaptation of the ever-popular Disney classic that would the perfect finale to a fabulous London birthday trip.