This giant Ferris wheel beside the River Thames delivers stunning 360-degree views of London including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The wheel goes around slowly, taking 30minutes to complete the circle, so it ÄŹĹĽËťs not scary unlessyou have a real fear of heights. Passengers ride in air-conditionedand heated glass pods that fit 25 people,with interactive screens to help you spot the majorlandmarks.
Harry PotterÄŹĹĽËťs London
Harry Potter fans can find plenty of magicalexperiences in London. You could start by visiting Platform 9 3/4 at King ÄŹĹĽËťs Cross railway station. Here you ÄŹĹĽËťll find a photographer and a staff member who ÄŹĹĽËťllwrap little wizards in the scarf of their favourite Hogwarts house and help the family get the best photos. It ÄŹĹĽËťs free ÄŹĹĽËť unless you want to buy a photo atthe end.
In Leavesden, 20 miles north of London, you can visit Warner Bros. Studios, where most of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Step into No. 4 Privet Drive, theGreat Hall, Dumbledore ÄŹĹĽËťs office, and Diagon Alley,and view props from the films such as Harry ÄŹĹĽËťs Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid ÄŹĹĽËťs motorcycle. Allow a whole day tomake the most of your visit.
Boat ride along the Thames
London ÄŹĹĽËťs history is inextricably linked to the great River Thames, and a riverboat cruise is one of themost relaxing ways to see the city ÄŹĹĽËťs famous landmarks.The boats have enclosed seating, so you can enjoy thisexperience even if the English weather is living upto its rainy reputation. From Westminster Pier, City Cruises and Thames River Services run east as faras Greenwich, passing the Houses of Parliament, theLondon Eye, St Paul ÄŹĹĽËťs Cathedral, Tate Modern, theTower of London, and Tower Bridge.
Natural History Museum
If your kids have seen the Paddington Bear movie,they ÄŹĹĽËťll be familiar with the inside of this magnificent Gothic building. As you enter, you ÄŹĹĽËťll be greeted by a huge blue whale skeleton in a dramatic diving posture.For other giant creatures, head to the Dinosaurs Gallery to see an animatronic T-Rex as well asfascinating fossils. The Mineral Gallery is a treasuretrove in every sense, especially the Aurora Collection which has around 300 coloured diamonds. One of themost intriguing sections is the Treasures exhibition,which presents an array of random objects, from achunk of moon rock to a dodo skeleton, each with itsown story.
St JamesÄŹĹĽËťs Park
If the weather ÄŹĹĽËťs nice, take a break from museumsand sightseeing and visit St James ÄŹĹĽËťs Park which issurrounded by no fewer than three royal palaces. Thepark is home to several pelicans, as well as ducks andother birds, and, if you visit from 2:30-3pm, you canwatch the pelicans being fed. The park also has a children ÄŹĹĽËťs playground plus nearby attractions such asthe daily Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
This childrenÄŹĹĽËťs wonderland, in Kensington Gardens,was built in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales andher deep love of children. The design is inspired by thetales of Peter Pan and has a pirate galleon, a wigwam camp and treehouse encampment. Be warned that it ÄŹĹĽËť sunderstandably popular and officials limit the numberof people who can be in the playground at once, butit ÄŹĹĽËťs worth a wait.
Experience the darker side of London at this popularattraction, which brings to life some of the nastiestepisodes in the city ÄŹĹĽËťs history. Being scary is the wholepoint, so it ÄŹĹĽËťs not for young kids or the faint-hearted.
But, if you ÄŹĹĽËťre brave enough, it ÄŹĹĽËťs full of fun and thrills.You can take a boat ride to Traitor ÄŹĹĽËťs Gate, visit the torture chamber, get involved in the Gunpowder Plotand meet murderous characters like Sweeney Todd,the barber, and Jack the Ripper.
Treats for sports fans
Football fans in the family will love to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one or more of London ÄŹĹĽËťs great football stadiums. Popular tours are available at Wembley Stadium (home of the England team), andthe Arsenal and Chelsea football grounds. You ÄŹĹĽËťllsee the dressing rooms, players ÄŹĹĽËť tunnels, and pressrooms. Some tours give access to the Directors ÄŹĹĽËť Box or Managers ÄŹĹĽËť Benches. There will be interactive displays,memorabilia galore, and plenty of opportunities to relivekey moments in the history of the Beautiful Game
Madame Tussauds, London
Older kids love this famous attraction. Even if you don ÄŹĹĽËťt get to A-list parties, you can be photographedwith the celebrity crowd. You ÄŹĹĽË ťll meet the British RoyalFamily, pop stars (Jimi Hendrix to Lady Gaga to OneDirection), Olympic athletes (Usain Bolt, Mo Farah,Serena Williams), Hollywood movie stars, and manymore famous people past and present. There are15 interactive areas and a ride at the very end that ÄŹĹĽËťs suitable for children over six. It is best to arrive at opening time, as there are queues later in the day.