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Taking The Kids: Big City Life and History In London, England


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London Bridge, Flickr, thomasjhannigan

photo: Flickr, thomasjhannijan



Destination: London, England

Our Taking the Kids spotlight for the month of March is none other than the bustling, big city of London, England! Do you know how close I was to visiting? I was in France and I ran out of time, it’s literally a 2 hour train ride away. I chose London because I have wanted to take the kids to visit ever since I was so close. London is the most populated city in the United Kingdom, and is one of the biggest global cities in the world. It is an extremely diverse city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport all contributing to its prominence. No wonder it’s the most visited international airport in the world! (Wikipedia)


Where in the world? Europe

London is the capital city of England, which is part of the United Kingdom located in Europe. It comprises part of the island of Great Britain, bordered by Scotland and Wales. You can fly in to London Heathrow International airport, or take various railways and trains there from various cities in the mainland of Europe.


Culture: Diverse

London has so many different people from different backgrounds, so their culture is vastly widespread. For that reason, London’s culture is often characterized by it’s entertainment: theaters, arts, museums, music, festivals, and landmarks. “A variety of landmarks and objects are cultural icons associated with London, such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the tube map. Many other British cultural icons are strongly associated with London in the minds of visiting tourists, including the red telephone box, the routemaster bus, the black taxi and the Union Flag.” European culture has been shaped overtime by the diversity of nationalities that have come to call London home (Wikipedia).


Kids on the train, Flickr, Lena Vasiljeva

photo: Flickr, Lena Vasiljeva



Where to stay: Athenaeum Hotel

Recommended by VisitLondon.com, the Athenaeum Hotel looks like it has everything that families need to make sure they have a comfortable stay. It offer luxury at it’s finest, sitting in the center of the city in Piccadilly and near the Thames River, and all of the main attractions. The dedicated kids’ concierge (what?!) will coordinate your stay and fill your room with books, toys, games, snacks, and other kids’ favorites, and will coordinate your itinerary and more during your stay. Want to step out for a little adult fun? Nannies are available at the hotel to care for the kiddies while you’re away. I like the location and amenities that this hotel offers, and it has great guest ratings. I would definitely consider staying here when I visit, that’s what I call 5 star service, y’all.


Must-Do(s): Museums, Attractions, The London Tower, The London Eye

There is tons of history in London, so you can count on plenty of museums, architecture, art galleries, landmarks that are of interest. It’s really hard to narrow down the must see attractions, but from a child’s perspective, I would think that they would be interested the Science or Natural History museums, riding the London Eye, The Tower of London, the London Tower Bridge, and even the original Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which features all of your favorite celebrities in wax form.


London Eye Ferris wheel, Flickr, RockyLubbers

photo: Flickr, RockyLubbers



What do you love about London, England?


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1 Comment

  • I have never had the opportunity to travel abroad but if I did I would want to go to London. It seems like such a pretty place with so much to see and do.

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