If you’re looking for a weekend away with the family this June to celebrate Father’s Day, London makes the ideal destination. The British capital has a wealth of attractions that are family-friendly, making it one of the most popular family holiday destinations in Europe.
Choose to stay at a family-friendly luxury hotel like The Montcalm London Marble Arch and you’ll have easy access to the all the city’s top attractions.
Some of the best spots to visit with the family on a weekend trip to London are:
ZSL London Zoo
Among the oldest and most popular zoos in Europe, the ZSL London Zoo is home to more than 600 species of wildlife. With exciting activities like quizzes and nature trails, the kids will thoroughly enjoy a visit. Some of the most popular attractions within the zoo include Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom, Land of the Lions, In With the Spiders (the only one of its kind in Europe) Penguin Beach and Rainforest Life. A real must-visit for families.
Stunningly beautiful and straddling the River Thames, the world-famous botanical gardens at Kew is also home to an indoor play area called Climbers and Creepers Great for the little ones to let off steam, it’s the first and only interactive play zone with a botanical theme that introduces plant life in an engaging way to the kids. Set in a former greenhouse, there are tunnels to slide through and plants through which to climb. A wonderful opportunity for the kids to get up close and personal with nature!
Sea Life London Aquarium
Divided into 14 themed sections and housing more than 500 species of marine life, the aquarium is among the largest in Europe. Don’t miss the spine-tingling Shark Walk with seven species of these deadly but captivating creatures swimming freely in a transparent enclosure – all that separates you from their fearsome jaws. With thousands of species of sea creatures, the London Aquarium is a wonderful place to visit for the family.
Diana Memorial Gardens
Located in Kensington Gardens, and along with the adjacent Kensington Palace, a duo worth a detour to this green oasis at the far end of Hyde Park. Built-in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the play area is specially designed for able-bodied and physically challenged children to play together. For families, one of the major draws is the large pirate ship moored on a sandy beach, perfect for clambering around for adventurous kids. There are also a number of installations that draw inspiration from Peter Pan, along with plants, trees, teepees and a delightful sensory trail. A wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon with the family.