Alluring London

I can’t believe that school is starting soon. Summers go way too quickly. If you have gone anyplace amazing, I would appreciate your ideas and thoughts about great places to take kids.

Now it you want to use miles or get the best airfare now is the time to think ahead and start planning for Winter, Spring and Summer breaks. If you need any help, just let us know.

One of my favorite places to show kids is London. It has so much to offer that they can relate to: the royal family, Harry Potter, rock bands, Downton Abbey, Mary Poppins and more. If London is on your list of places to go, call me and I would be happy to help you organize a perfect family vacation.

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Samuel Johnson captured the essence of the English capital perfectly when he declared that anyone who is tired of London must be tired of life. London is a city that never stops—and for those who can keep up, it has something for everyone.

As the European hub that links the West and the East, London’s sprawling city limits encompass an incredibly diverse population, a mesmerizing medley of cultures, and an extensive list of activities and sightseeing destinations that your whole family will enjoy. During our two trips to London next summer, we will indulge in the captivating experience that this remarkable city has to offer.

With so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. The teenagers in your family will likely enjoy the lessons in history represented by the collections of artifacts, documents, and tombs at the British Museum, the British Library, and Westminster Abbey, while younger children will be spellbound at the London Zoo, the London Aquarium, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. The whole family will love a spin on the London Eye, a 443-foot Ferris wheel with incredible views of the city’s most magnificent landmarks, followed by a boat ride on the Thames. Set aside a few hours to visit the Tower of London, where Anne Boleyn and many other famous (and infamous) Brits were imprisoned and beheaded. And for Harry Potter enthusiasts young and old, you won’t want to miss a photo opportunity at King’s Cross, where a trolley “disappears” into the brick wall along Platform 9 ¾. Rest your feet during the evening at one of the popular plays or musicals in the West End, London’s theater district.

For the active family, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of themed walking tours available. Themes range from rock ’n’ roll to Jack the Ripper to famous London ghosts. Park space, surprisingly, abounds across the city; Hyde Park’s sweeping, meadow-like lawns will make you forget you’re in the middle of a metropolis, and Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regent’s Park play host to nearly 100 species of roses. Our personal favorite is Hampstead Heath, a chunk of English countryside preserved for centuries in North London. Its rolling hills and quiet ponds will bring a sigh of relief after the hustle and bustle of London’s central landmarks—although they’ll still be visible from the top of Parliament Hill in the park’s southeast corner.

London is a fantastic family destination, both for its abundant sightseeing opportunities and its ease of access. Whether you want an organized tour or to go on your own together we can design a perfect trip for your family.

The Family Odyssey

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