Inspiration For Planning a Weekend in London With Kids

children glass floor tower bridge

We made some lovely memories as a family on our recent weekend trip to London which you might have seen on the blog recently.  I thought it would be a good idea to round up our experience incase you were looking for some inspiration to plan a trip to London with your family.

We travel regularly with our 3 and 5 year old daughters, and it definitely comes with some challenges.  They clash regularly and have a tendency to become over excitable, but we feel that they are learning something valuable about their relationship as well as the places they visit.  The power of sharing experiences and making memories will help them to smooth out the bumps in their sibling rivalry and give them a childhood they will love looking back on, well that’s the plan anyway.

family on tube

When you are planning a weekend in London with kids, my biggest tip is to be realistic about what attractions you are going to see and think carefully about where you are going to stay and what you need from your accommodation.

Where To Stay In London With Kids

London can be busy and noisy, but there are pockets of the city that can provide a quiet haven from all the hustle and bustle, especially at the weekend. We stayed at the Hilton London Canary Wharf and in my view it’s a perfect choice for families.

Bed Hilton Hotel

Your hotel room is going to play a big part in your weekend break, and you need space and comfort to be able to relax together as a family.  It’s worth spending a little more on your hotel room and cutting back on another aspect of your travel budget so that you can enjoy where you are staying.

The Hilton Hotel Junior Suite sleeps a family of four very comfortably and gives you plenty of space to unwind after a busy day exploring.  The rooms come with 2 TVs so that not everyone has to watch cartoons if they don’t want to.  The toiletries and super fluffy towels mean that Mum can enjoy some pampering while everyone else is putting their feet up and hopefully not fighting.

Hilton Breakfast

Access to the Executive Lounge means that everyone will be fed and watered during their stay whilst enjoying some exceptional views across the city and the River Thames.  The Hilton also offers an exceptional breakfast buffet with full English and continental options.  They are also happy to make pancakes or waffles for the children which is a lovely touch.

Things to do in London with Kids

Inspiration For Planning a Weekend in London With Kids

London is a big city with lots of things to do with kids, but my advice to you is not to over do it especially  if you are travelling with young children.  Getting around in London with children can be both tiring and challenging and this weekend break is meant to be a rest for everyone.  We planned for one activity a day during our visit, and found that this worked really well.  If we had of tried to take on anymore, I think the children would have become tired and fragile and the parents wouldn’t have been far behind them.

Tower of London

girls at tower of london

We visited the Tower of London when we arrived in the city, and it was a great activity to do with the children.  They loved exploring the Royal Mint, the White Tower and the other museums and displays.  Because of it’s contained nature, the kids could also enjoy a little freedom during their visit.

Buckingham Palace and The Royal Mews

Our daughters love just about anything connected to Princesses at the moment, and they loved their visit to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews.  The Royal Mews was just the right length of time for their age group, and it’s a fairly quiet London attraction too, which makes it good for visiting with kids.

Golden State Coach

Tower Bridge

We had a lot of fun visiting Tower Bridge and it’s very accessible for families, even if you have a pushchair with you.  It looks impressive from the outside, and is equally impressive on the inside with its infamous glass floor and Engine Room exhibit.

children glass floor tower bridge

Covent Garden

I love to visit Covent Garden when I’m in London, and we had some time to kill before catching our train home.  It’s only a few stops away from St Pancras so it’s a great place to call in on the way home.  We arrived just as a street entertainer was beginning his act, and he was very funny to say the least.  We all enjoyed the show as it was incredibly visual and he had a little boy from the audience help him.  It was the perfect end to a lovely weekend.

What About Places to Eat?

One of my favourite family friendly restaurants to eat at is Wagamama and you will find them all over London, and in most other cities these days.  We stopped at Wagamama in Tower Hill before visiting the Tower of London, and they deliver a perfect meal every time and it’s healthy too.  The customer service is excellent too, and when I realised I had ordered the wrong meal for the children they changed it free of charge, wasn’t that lovely of them!

Food wagamama

If picnic’s are more your thing, I can also recommend popping to the nearest Marks and Spencer Food Hall and picking up some tasty snacks and sandwiches, find yourself a nice London Park and enjoy an al fresco treat.

We were provided with a complimentary stay at Hilton London Canary Wharf and complimentary access to Tower of London, The Royal Mews and Tower Bridge during our weekend in London with kids. 

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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13 Discussion to this post

  1. Perfect timing! I was looking for a hotel in London that would be good for the kids. The junior suite sounds ideal.

  2. Lorna Ledger says:

    Tower of London is great, and if it’s nice weather the Parks are amazing! Hyde etc, you can have a ‘cheap’ day out in London 😉 xx

  3. It sounds like your planning worked beautifully and you all had a lovely time. The hilton looks like a great hotel, it looks comfy and well catered to accomodate families.

  4. Can you believe despite being so close to London I’ve never been to the tower of London!? It’s on my to do list though. Love the look of that hotel x
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  5. MARGARET gallagher says:

    So much to see and do
    Non stop and action packed adventure

  6. Jen says:

    I think London is a great place to have a family break away. There is so much to do and see. I have fond memories of visiting as a child. The excitement of the BIG city was something that has stayed with me forever.

  7. shelley says:

    So many great places to visit in London, love living here because it’s full of adventures. Looks like you all had a great time and what a lovely hotel room!

  8. angela milnes says:

    London was one of my bucket lists and I can’t wait to go there it has many beautiful places to visit there

  9. MARGARET gallagher says:

    I ‘ll be there in August going to be loads of fun

  10. Ashleigh says:

    I’m glad you are loving London. Safe journey around our city x

  11. Michelle L says:

    Thank you for the tips. London is definately bustling

  12. Rachel Butler says:

    The Hilton Hotel looks fabulous! I’ve never thought of travelling to London with my son, but really when I think about it, there is a lot to see and do and I think he would enjoy it! xo

  13. Marian says:

    I’d love to visit London! There is so much to see and do. It all looks so lovely and the food looks so yummy!

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