London is a popular trip for families whatever the weather, but in winter the city truly sparkles and glistens in festive lights.
Things to do with the kids:
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park: this yuletide winter-themed carnival opens every year in November and is home to a host of attractions including The Snowman™ Experience, Peter Pan On Ice, a new “Secret Forest” theme for The Magical Ice Kingdom, a virtual reality roller coaster, a Parade of Light. Returning favourites include shows from Zippos Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk, a big wheel and the UK’s biggest open-air ice rink. It is free to enter but the games, rides and special attractions do require tickets.
Always a crowd-pleaser, the Natural History Museum. is a fun-filled way to spend your day and an absolute must for dinosaur fans like my pre-schooler. From October to late January, there is an ice-skating rink and a traditional carousel.
Kidzania is a miniature city for kids with over 60 real-life role-play adventures. From the moment you step into the ‘airport’ and hand over your boarding pass, you’re whisked away into a world of play. Children are able to have jobs and make money. They can be a doctor, pilot, fireman, work for the postal office, retail, learn to cook, write for the newspaper, work in broadcasting and even play on a professional football team. I am not sure who had the most fun in the pilot section—me or the girls?
For some unusual trip ideas in London, how about visiting an underground postal museum and riding on the old postal train, or explore the Museum of Childhood or even the Churchill War Rooms?
With great transport links, London can easily be used as a base to visit attractions further afield, too. For example, Muggles can walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the Wizarding World at the Warner Brothers studio tour in Watford. This is absolutely top of our list as we are huge Harry Potter fans (even the four-year-old!)—but be warned, tickets must be bought well in advance and popular dates such as school holidays sell out quickly!