Looking for the perfect family day out in London? The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences has a dedicated Children’s Concierge, on hand to entertain and organise activities for little ones throughout their stay. Here are some of their top suggestions for family fun in the capital…
The Twizy is a charming two-seater, electric motor vehicle, manufactured by Renault and very easy to drive. There is a conventional steering wheel, two pedals (an accelerator and a brake) and just three buttons on the dashboard.
Rub shoulders with royalty as you whiz around Mayfair; gawp at the grand hotels, palaces and mansions lining London’s leafy streets that are truly paved with gold. For the discerning or busy Twizler, good things do come in small packages.
Boating on Regent’s Canal
Get out on the water in one of London’s most picturesque waterways. Electric boats are available to hire in Paddington, perfect for picnics along the river while meandering through Little Venice, past London Zoo and towards Camden Lock.
Believe it or not, there are sandy beaches in London – many located by the River Thames – just waiting for some bucket and spade action this year. Favourites include Neverland at Fulham Beach, London City Beach at South Bank and London’s Royal Dock Beach.
Hampton Court Maze
The maze of this royal palace was planted all the way back in the 1600s and contains half a mile of paths. Puzzle your way out of the maze this summer with the whole family and explore The Magic Garden, a whimsical children’s playground.
Buckingham Palace summer opening
When Her Majesty the Queen takes her summer holidays every year, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. The palace’s summer opening runs until 30th September this year, and it’s the perfect way to find out more about the most famous royal family in the world. Book tickets in advance to this incredibly popular event.
London’s West End venues and other theatres are playing host to a number of family friendly shows at present. Enjoy The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, and Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre.
Described as an indoor city run by kids, KidZania at Westfield London is a place where children can immerse themselves in new experiences, while exploring careers from medicine to firefighting.
A 24-hour family-friendly London itinerary:
8am: Start the day right with a hearty breakfast at The Athenaeum. There are fresh smoothies for the health conscious, full English breakfasts for the hungry and delicious waffles for children and the young at heart.
9am: Take a walk up the road to soak up the lights and buzz of Piccadilly Circus. Stroll up Regent Street to visit Hamleys, the most famous toy store in the world. Treat the children with a visit to M&M’s World, where they can have their faces printed on M&M sweets.
10:30am: Head over to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s administrative headquarters. Around four days per week at 11am, the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place. It’s an amazing event steeped in history, loved by children and adults alike.
11:30am: Nearby is the Houses of Parliament, another iconic London location. Introduce your children to the workings of parliament with a fun-packed family tour, full of history and family-friendly teasers.
1pm: Cross Westminster Bridge and find somewhere for lunch along the Southbank, right by the River Thames. There are plenty of restaurants and food stands to choose from, and at various times of the year, there are food markets too.
2pm: Choose an activity or two to complete your day out in London. Along the Southbank, take a trip on London’s larger than life enclosed Ferris wheel, the London Eye. The London Dungeon and SEA LIFE London Aquarium are on the same stretch of the river, too. Alternatively, go on Shrek’s Adventure – an immersive adventure where you’ll meet Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Shrek himself. Or take in a matinee show in London’s theatreland – The Lion King, Wicked and School of Rock all have matinee showings a couple of times a week.
6pm: Treat the kids to a meal out in a fun environment such as the Rainforest Café, Planet Hollywood or the Hard Rock Café. Or if they’re tired out after a jam-packed day, cook dinner or order room service back at The Athenaeum. If you’re staying in one of our luxury Residences, it comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen.
8pm: After the kids are tucked up in bed, it’s adult time. Snuggle up with a glass of wine and a movie. Now that’s what we call well-deserved bliss.
Article kindly provided by the Children’s Concierge at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences