The winter months seemed particularly long and hard at the end of 2021, with many of us fatigued after a difficult couple of years. But with summer fast on its way at long last, many are looking forward to a season free of restrictions, and hoping to make up for lost time in the process. Taking a weekend break to a domestic location is a particularly popular prospect for families, as a great way to experience more of the country on a budget.
London, naturally, is one of the best options for such a break – the capital has a vast range of activities and locations to visit, and is easily travelled to from pretty much anywhere in the country. Wherever you live, you can find train times to London from your area and book a trip with ease. But what should you do in England’s capital, to make the most of the season?
The London Eye
The London Eye is a unique attraction in London, being one of the best ways to see other attractions in London! It’s placement on the South Bank means its views include the Houses of Parliament, the Shard, Buckingham Palace and more. Its pods reach heights of over 130 metres, meaning you can see much more than the city’s many other landmarks; the cityscape as a whole has to be seen to be believed – and is best seen in the clear skies of the summertime.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most important historical landmarks in the country, being a castle of supreme importance to the history of the UK’s monarchs. Once a prison, and once a palace, the Tower holds both the Crown Jewels and the execution site of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard amongst a great many others. Touring the Tower and its grounds is an incredibly informative day out, and a fun experience for all the family.
The world-famous Madame Tussaud’s is a waxworks museum first and foremost, with amazing renditions of famous figures past and present, real and fictional. It is a particularly fun location for the little ones, with Marvel-themed attractions and special screenings on top of quintessential waxwork attractions. Where else could you get a self with the Queen and The Rock in the same afternoon?
SEA LIFE Centre – London Aquarium Visiting the London Aquarium is not only a brilliant experience, but also a winning way to seek reprieve from the sometimes-oppressive temperatures in London’s city centre. Here you can see the UK’s largest jellyfish experience, with interactive elements to keep the younger ones interested. There are also opportunities to interact with rockpools and their denizens, as well as to meet Gentoo penguins in the flesh.