From LA, we flew to London. I have to admit neither Mark or I have ever really wanted to go to London, but that's where the plane was going ! We felt we should 'see the sights' and turns out we were wrong, we had an awesome few days. There is so much to do, especially with kids.
We used AirBnB, if you don't have an account you can use this link to create one & get a NZD $50 credit :) - www.airbnb.co.nz/c/katyh793
We found it really hard to find somewhere within our budget and ideal requirements within central London. We got pretty close and although it was not perfect, it had a kitchen, two bedrooms and was within walking distance to most sights. We did a lot of walking in London !
There is so much to do in London !! We did a few of the main sights, but missed out on going to the Tower of London (we didn't want to queue in the rain), if we fly out of London we'll definitely do this whilst we are there, plus look for the famous lion too and probably go back to a few other spots we loved.
What we did:
- Buckingham Palace, we toured the Palace and also the Royal Mews (the stables), the combo ticket we bought also got us into the Queens Gallery, which was incredible (but the kids were a bit bored).
- Hyde Park, we walked from our apartment to Hyde Park, about 3km. It was a great way to see some of the city and Hyde Park was amazing, just what you see in the movies :) It was huge too ! We had a picnic at a playground, really awesome playground. Although, we didn't get to the Princess Diana memorial and playgro und, which I really wanted too.
- Westminster Abbey & Big Ben, we went on another big walk (3km with the kids is big for us, this was pre-skateboard) to see both Westminster Abbey & Big Ben. Westminster Abbey was absolutely incredible, we were in awe, we didn't go inside but definitely will on our return to London. Hilariously Big Ben was covered with tarps and closed for reconstruction, but hey we still saw it, the clock face was poking out.
- London Bridge, the plan was to walk across the London Bridge and then go to the Tower of London. It was our last full day in London and was bucketing down. We made it across the Bridge and to the Tower, but then abandoned the plan and got an Uber back 'home'. Next time !
- Natural History Museum & Science Museum, both museums were awesome and had great children's areas. Our favourite was definitely the Natural History Museum, we could of spent the whole day here.
The food in London was soo good, so many super yummy healthy options. I found lots of juice & smoothie places and heavenly cafes, and the most gorgeous organic store (or any type of food store) I have ever been in, complete with white marble shelving. However, we found eating out in London to also be very spendy.
One place we did eat at a lot was Pret. There are heaps of them around London and often by the big sights, everything is packaged to takeaway but you can sit and eat there. It was great, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups - we were all happy :)
Happy to answer and questions :)
Lots more photos on Instagram and Facebook