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Kids’ Guide to London

There is so much to do in England’s capital that it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit. You will never get bored in this buzzing city, so here are ideas for a fun day out in London to get you started.

Natural History Museum

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It is easy to spend a whole day here, with exhibits, experiments and excitement for kids of all ages (and the grown-ups…). And you can even spend the night here! The museum’s ‘Dino Snores’ events take place on a regular basis, where children aged 7–11 can sleep among the dinosaurs, follow a torch-lit trail and experience a live animal show. You won’t want to leave!

Tower of London

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This really is one of London’s must-see places. Join a ‘Beefeater’ on a tour of the Tower, marvel at the priceless Crown Jewels and find out about this most historic of sights. You will hear tales of the Tower’s ravens, prisoners, torture and the animals that once lived there. There are fun activities just for kids, including a ‘story scramble’ and activity trails to keep you busy.

Climb the O2

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There are skyscrapers galore in London, and you can scale lots of them for incredible views of the London skyline. For something a little more special, however, take a tour on top of the O2 Arena. There are guided tours that kit you out with jumpsuits and harnesses, and take you over a walkway up to a viewing platform, where you can spot all of London’s other landmarks. If you’re over 1.2 m tall – you can go!

London Zoo

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If live animals are your thing, why not become a zookeeper for a day? ZSL London Zoo’s Junior Keeper for a Day programme allows children aged 11–15 to spend three and a half hours learning how to look after the zoo’s amazing animals, including giraffes, llamas and monkeys. You will be given a keeper’s hat and T-shirt to wear and take home together with some great memories.

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