Not everything in London carries a hefty price ticket. There’s so much to do and see that’s free – all the wonderful parks, walking alongside the Thames or taking in spectacular views from London’s bridges. GoMunkee’s listed a few of the highlights for youngsters and grown ups alike.
Greenwich Park has spectacular view of Docklands across the river. Good public transport links and a large car park at the top of the park. Free parking outside opposite Blackheath at the weekends. The National Maritime Museum (free) has plenty of children’s activities, interactive exhibits and live performances, including an immersive theatre experience, where the children become part of the play. There’s an excellent restaurant and play area, and not enough hours in the day to see and do everything. Also check out The Royal Observatory, The Queen’s House and the Cutty Sark. And why not straddle the Greenwich Meridian Timeline and find out how GMT began?
Big views from high up places: The London Eye, The Shard and Tower Bridge and Monument. The Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie Tower is free, and has spectacular views, but you have to book. If you’re feeling really brave, why not walk over the top of the O2? And take the Emirates Airline Cable Car from Emirates Greenwich or Royal Dock, to get an overhead view of London from an unforgettable vantage point.
Don’t miss the South Bank, complete with street performers and a wonderful playground. This year there is are two huge swirly slides down the side of the Hayward Gallery.
Visit the Diana Memorial Playground – a huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centrepiece of this playground in Kensington Gardens.
For something different, how about a trip to the London Aquatics Centre? It’s an awesome place for a family swim, and you can even try the inflatable assault course before having a wander through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.Sometimes the simple things are most fun.
We love the playground and park at Coram’s Fields, a unique 7 acre site which you can only enter in the company of a child. Magical.
Take a No. 11 red double-decker bus (from Liverpool Street) and ride past famous landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column). It also costs less than a tourist bus ticket.
How about a treasure hunt? Try the City of London Pudding Lane trail, which is free to download during special offer periods, but inexpensive otherwise, and provides a interesting way for kids to learn more about London.]
Harry Potter fans should head off to Kings Cross to see the brilliant platform 9¾ at the station – you can have your photo taken heading into the wall.
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