Monday, November 4, 2013

Planning a London Vacation

I can’t believe how fast time is going these days; it seems like just yesterday that Brayden was born! You may think I’m getting a little ahead of myself planning my 2014 vacation already, but it’ll be here before you know it.

I've always dreamed of visiting London. You may think I’m crazy trekking across countries to the UK’s busiest city, with a seven year old and a four year old in tow, but London is actually a perfect destination for families.

As much as I love my mischievous little monkeys, cooping up the whole family in one hotel room is a recipe for disaster, so I’m thinking about renting an apartment instead. While I'm not sure that London will actually happen for us this year, I'm proud to say that I’ve found some really affordable short stay apartments in London, from companies like Short Let London, which will have more than enough room for us all if/when my dreams come true!

London boasts a number of attractions that are perfect for families. I’ve been doing my research, and here are a few of the attractions I want to visit:

London Zoo
All kids love the zoo, and my boys are no exception. Having over 755 species of animal, the London Zoo is sure to provide an interesting and exciting day out. On September 22nd 2013, the zoo’s Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cutest little tiger cub. At the moment, mom and baby are kept in private cages while they bond and the cub develops, but hopefully by the time we visit we’ll be able to admire the new addition. Brayden and Trevor are sure to love that.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Not so long ago, I sat down with the boys to watch one of the Harry Potter films. I couldn’t believe how much they enjoyed it! Even little Trevor was spellbound (literally) at all the magical goings on.

If we do end up going to London, we’ll definitely be going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. This was where a large proportion of the movies were filmed and is now a museum housing sets, props and costumes used in the eighty Harry Potter movies. With Diagon Alley and the Great Hall to name but a few sets to see, the boys are sure to love the animatronic creatures that they meet on the way.

Another must-visit is the green screen section, where special technology allows you to mount a static broomstick which is then brought to life, making you look like you were really flying. For more info, click here.

Have you ever been to London? If so, what is one must-see attraction you'd recommend?

Disclosure: Monetary compensation was received for this post, however, all opinions are my own.


joyhalo said...

While I enjoyed the London Zoo, I found it surprisingly small compared to zoo's here at home, in Texas, USA. My son loved the meercats and penguins the most, I guess partially due to both species being very active and it was easier for him, being 2, to see them in their enclosure.
I don't think you're crazy at all. I'd jump back on a plane to live there if I could. :)
Another place I went was the Kew Gardens. It's very lovely and a great place for a family picnic. If you go there, setting aside a whole day is necessary if you want to see most of the gardens. It's BIG.

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