Christmas is a time for family, togetherness, merriment and laughter. The beauty about England is that its steep history still resonates throughout time. The antiquity is still abundant in the buildings, places and traditions so much so that when you explore the country you can certainly feel like you are taken back in time and living the experiences you once read about .
A family vacation for the Christmas holiday may be something new, exhilarating and certainly memorable for the whole family. Having taken a trip to London at Christmas I can give you first hand knowledge and tips on some of the activities you may want to consider while embarking on this lovely city at this most wonderful time of the year.
Hop-On,Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Hop-On, Hop-Off double decker bus tour allows you to see the major sights of London and experience the famous places and buildings which you associate with London over time. This allows you to explore the city in comfort at your own pace and with the benefit of a commentary in over 10 languages.
The various architectural beauties which London hosts that should not be missed include;
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
- The London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
- Westminster Abbey
- Tower of London
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Certainly the London experience isn’t complete without seeing these.
The bus tour can also lead you to a number of other family friendly attractions along the way as well including;
- Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum with its realistic looking structures of celebrities and other famous people
- Harrods, London’s most famous department store, which has it Christmas window displays to enjoy
- Hyde Park
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not
- Sea Life London Aquarium
The Big Bus Tour allows you to experience these and much more for the cost of £ 27 for Adults and £12.50 per child.
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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Another amazing experience would be to visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It is a massive fairground filled with rides, bumper cars, food stalls and even a zipline. The zipline carries you across the fairground above the crowd and festivities so you can get a bird’s eye view of the activities. The numerous rides will certainly have the children entertained and squealing with glee throughout the day.
This is definitely an experience to put on your to do list for your Christmas in London and will certainly help to make your Christmas experience memorable.
London is home to a number of other family friendly attractions including The Making of Harry Potter and Kidzania, find a full list of family friendly attractions here.
Shopping in Regent Street
Christmas shopping is both hectic and fun oddly at the same time. In the heart of West End, Regent Street between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus hosts numerous big name stores and as such you will definitely expect crowded streets. The stores themselves will be certainly crazy and you will probably be arm to arm with others. The wonderful outcome of all this would be that you have an amazing Christmas shopping experience in another country and catch up on the last minute shopping you need to complete for your family and loved ones. With the famous Carnaby area just behind it this area is a lively and colourful place to while away some time soaking in the Soho vibe.
What would a Christmas be without gifts for the children? Hamley’s Toy Store is a definite stop to get those last minute gift items for the children and with such a wide array you will certainly not feel limited.
Try a traditional Christmas lunch in an English style pub
Christmas day in England with a Traditional Christmas Lunch is an experience which will certainly give you the complete English experience. A traditional Christmas lunch usually includes a Christmas Roast and Yorkshire Pudding with everything on it. For dessert, you would most likely have a Chocolate Yule Log which is sure to be decadently pleasing. Alternatively you could combine a traditional English Christmas lunch with a cruise along the Thames, find out more here.
London is famed for its Underground Rail system and double decker buses and these are a very efficient way of getting around the city. To save the hassle of getting tickets for each ride it is easiest to grab a rechargeable Oyster Card or better still the London Pass, which as well as being a transport card will give you free entry, fast track passes and discounts to a large number of attractions throughout London.
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