So you’re bringing your family to London for a short-break this summer (let’s say for four days) and, for ease, like the idea of staying near Heathrow Airport – which you’ll be flying in and out of. But here’s the thing; you’re stuck for ideas of what to visit during your trip. You’re flummoxed by all the things to do and need help deciding on where to go. Well, why not try this itinerary…?
Arrive at your budget hotel near Heathrow Airport in the morning; drop your luggage, freshen up and then head off to London for your first day of sightseeing. Kick-off with St. Paul’s Cathedral in The City (be sure to check out its crypt and the view from the top of the dome), then cross the river to the London Bridge area and take in the aromas and sample the tasty treats of the stylish Borough Market. You could finish off the day (you’ll probably all be pooped out by the end of the afternoon!) by visiting Tower Bridge; one of London’s most essential landmarks. The tour inside’s highly advised.
Why not focus on Westminster and the West End today? If so, you’ll want to make time for the world-famous Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the sumptuous Westminster Abbey, Downing Street (you can look down it and see Number 10 from the barricaded entrance on Whitehall), the exquisite St. James’s Park and, of course, the one and only Buckingham Palace.
If you can, you might also want to squeeze in a perusal of the master works in the National Gallery and the historical portraits next door in the National Portrait Gallery (both are off Trafalgar Square). Having worked up an appetite, why not dine in nearby Chinatown?
Today could be a non-London day. For instance, a visit to Windsor – which is west of London and so great among Heathrow Airport family holiday ideas – is always worthwhile. You should be able to reach it by train or coach in the morning. While there, you have to go on a tour of the castle (of course), as well as stroll the ‘Long Walk’ in lovely Windsor Park and check out where Britain’s elite are schooled in Eton; about five minutes’ walk from the centre. Afterwards, you may fancy taking in the Legoland Windsor theme park – the kids’ll surely love it.
There’s so much to see and do in and around London that it’s not a bad idea to keep one day free of planning – to catch things you didn’t manage to get around to or for attractions you’ve heard/ read about while on your break and decide you want to see. Of course, there’s also London’s world-class museums; the Science and Natural History Museums in ‘Albertopolis’ and, naturally, the gigantic and incredible British Museum in Bloomsbury. Finally, why not round off your trip on your final evening with a family show at a West End theatre?