Every year I take Bean on a Mummy / Daughter trip to London. Just the two of us. We go early on a Sunday and leave late on a Monday so we get nearly 2 whole days to see the sights. Each time we try to visit something different…here’s what we got up to this time!
1. River Boat Cruise
Bean absolutely loved this. We took the circular cruise with City Cruises and we saw lots of the main sights of London along the Thames and just the experience of travelling down the river in a boat was thrilling enough!
We took the river boat tour from the Tower Pier so we got to see the Tower of London and learn a little about it’s history. Next time we’ll do a tour – apparently the Beefeater tours are the best.
There is so much to do in the National History Museum you could spend days here but we looked around the creepy crawlies exhibit and the dinosaurs this time which were both brilliant.
Again there is so much here but it is really interactive and Bean really liked the space section as she has been studying space in year 3.
Well, you’ve got to shop if you go to London right?! Bean was in her absolute element in the chocolate hall and loved seeing the designer children’s wear too. I treated her to a pair of school shoes there – but don’t worry they were normal Startrite ones so the same price as they would have been at home except for with better service!!
Hamleys is definitely an experience in itself! 5 or so floors jam packed with toys, and the best bits are the staff showing them off! Beware though – prices are very inflated – Harrods was cheaper!
7. Cinema / Show
Depending on your child you may like to take them to a show. In August there is Kids Week where children go free to some shows with an adult. Bean was happy with Inside Out in Covent Garden Odeon though and it was a treat for her to be out until 9.30!
8. Covent Garden
I love Covent Garden! The little shops, the atmosphere and the street performers. Have a wander of the market and stop for a bite to eat in a cafe. When we went the Magnum pop up shop was there and it would have been rude not to visit!!
9. Dinner in Leicester Square
While you are in the vicinity for a movie or a show make sure to have dinner in Leicester Square. Again the atmosphere is electric in the evenings and you can grab a reasonably priced bite to eat in Pizza Hut, sit outside and watch some street performers if you are lucky.
10. Ride the underground
Simple, but again one of Bean’s favourite parts of our trip – the novelty of the underground train! Bonus is that kids under 11 travel free with an adult. She loved scanning the Osyter card at the barriers too, although that sometimes proved tricky at busy times!
So that is our top ten things to do in London when you are 8. We’ll be going again next year…any recommendations for a 9 year old?!