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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

Going to the Grand National Festival

Sport events can be a family thing and horseracing festivals are a special occasion to visit the racetrack with the whole family. Here in the UK the two biggest festivals are the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, both just a few weeks apart in March and April accordingly. Horseracing may sound something adults who do gambling may enjoy more, but the truth is these events have always been family oriented with things to do aside from watching the races or testing your luck with the bookies. Sure, the events are crowded and last the full day, which might be a little too much with children to keep an eye on. But there’s usually early morning events prior to the races were kids can enter the stables and meet the horses. Festival booths are laid out around and inside the venue to shop souvenirs with numerous food selections. Races will begin late in the morning or noon and occur every 45 minutes. The Grand National is probably the biggest event of its kind, not only …

A Happy Day In London Town

It was early on Friday morning that I received an exciting email, inviting my family and I on a trip to London.  Not any ordinary trip, however – a Monster High-themed trip!  Our day would begin with a spooky bus tour of London, followed by a VIP tour of Hamleys and, finally, a private screening of the new Monster High film, Haunted.  It was a difficult invitation to turn down!  Despite already having plans for Saturday, in the form of my Grandad’s 80th birthday party no less, I spoke to James and we decided that, actually, we should go to London and make up for missing the party on Sunday.  I am pleased that we made that decision; our day was filled with smiles! We didn’t tell the children where we were going on Saturday morning, as we made our way to the train station.  We had to tell them we were heading to London, but that was as much as they knew.  When we reached our destination, just before half past 12, and they were met …