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London: The London Eye Entry Ticket

London: The London Eye Entry Ticket

Take a flight on the iconic London Eye to enjoy unparalleled 360-degree views of the city. Situated in the heart of the city, you get closer views of London’s most spectacular landmarks. Wave hello to Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St Paul’s Cathedral on Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel at 135 metres high! Built to celebrate the millennium, since 2000 the London Eye has taken multimillions of people on a journey into London’s skyline. And no wonder – it’s a totally different way to take in the city. It’s London’s only moving view and you can see as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day! Enjoy the gradual rotation as you stand and stare at the hustle and bustle of London life unfolding beneath you, the beautiful sunset over the city, or the thousands of twinkling lights after dark.

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Tower's History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the downloadable audio commentary on your smartphone as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside and go under famous Tower Bridge before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of London’s Madame Tussauds since it first opened more than 200 years ago. Add your name to the list and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone, so you can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons. Relive the moments and events that made the world take notice. Join your favorite celebrities at the ultimate party including Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Join the Royal Family on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony, take a selfie with royal couple Harry and Meghan and meet Harry Styles. Explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad or hail a London cab for a journey through 400 years of the capital’s history. Then use the force to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and star in the action with the greats of the Star Wars universe.

From London: Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

From London: Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

Perfect for those with a penchant for Harry Potter, this Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London provides a unique opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films — the most successful movie series of all time. Venture behind the scenes to discover a huge array of fantastic sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made the Harry Potter films so hugely popular around the world. Step onto the famous cobblestones of Diagon Alley, featuring the shopfronts of Ollivander's Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle. Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, and the Potions classroom. Visit Platform 9 ¾ and ride the Hogwarts Express! Explore a perfect recreation of the platform and the train itself and relive the magic of Harry’s trips to Hogwarts by posing with a luggage trolley right before it disappears through the wall and walking through the train carriage. Learn how the iconic train scenes were filmed, and browse through your favorite character’s luggage! Top off your Hogwarts Express adventure in a train-themed souvenir shop and load up on goodies inspired by your favorite Potter films. For the first time ever, enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank! Walk through the wizarding bank of Gringott's, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins, and much more. Admire the imposing marble columns and discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook, and many other Goblin bankers. Then enter the depths of the Lestrange vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange and surround yourselves with treasure. You'll have approximately 4 hours to enjoy the magic of the Harry Potter studio. Due to heavy traffic at busier times of the year, this may be shorter however the minimum time spent at the studio will be no less than 4 hours. With the bus journey included, the total duration of the tour is normally 7–7.5 hours, subject to traffic and entry times. Magical Mischief: 20th January – 16th April: Discover how filmmakers created pandemonium when the Weasley twins disrupted the quiet exams. Both Fred and George will be suspended from the ceiling with bags filled with their latest product, Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-bangs - ready to fill the Great Hall with a burst of colour. More of their products will be on display outside their shop Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes on Diagon Alley.

London: Tower Bridge Entry Ticket

London: Tower Bridge Entry Ticket

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a visit to Tower Bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks. A visit to Tower Bridge will take you back to the Victorian era, immersing you in the landmarks story from the very beginning. Marvel at the views of the city from the stunning glass walkway, set 42 metres above the River Thames. Situated between the North and South Towers, you can enjoy awe inspiring and unique views of the city. You can also read all about the history and construction of Tower Bridge. Take a trip back in time and discover the impressive Victorian Engine Rooms that once powered Tower Bridge. See where more than 80 people were needed to operate the engines and raise the bridge. The engine rooms will ignite your senses to get a feel of what it was like back in the Victorian era. See the former workers of Tower Bridge forever immortalised in the Blue Line that leads from the Towers to the historic Engine Rooms. The Blue Line shines light on some of the unsung heroes who kept the famous landmark in motion.

LHR London Heathrow Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

LHR London Heathrow Airport: Plaza Premium Lounge

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from London Heathrow Airport. Choose between a 3-hour or 6-hour stay, then make yourself comfortable in one of the premium lounges located in Terminal 2 (departure), Terminal 3 (arrival), Terminal 4 (departure and arrival), and Terminal 5 (departure). In the lounge, enjoy the opportunity to unwind before your flight and relax on the comfortable seating as you watch the TV, equipped with Sky Sports. You can also make use of the lounges' unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and dine on an array of freshly prepared seasonal food as well as drinks from a fully serviced bar.

London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

Discover historic Westminster Abbey at your own pace. Immerse yourself in this place for worship, celebration, and ceremony, where many of Britain's most significant moments in history have happened. See the Coronation Chair, the oldest piece of furniture in the country that is still used for its original purpose. Since 1066, the Abbey has played host to the coronation of every British monarch including Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. Learn how the Abbey is the resting place for many great monarchs, poets, musicians, scientists, and politicians. Explore Poets' Corner, so-called due to the many poets and writers buried here.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

London: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

London: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore London on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about the city's history, culture, and architecture from onboard audio commentary and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the open-topped bus. Your ticket also includes a shuttle service route. Visit all of London's most important sights on a bus route with 36 stops, starting at Grosvenor Gardens and ending at Buckingham Palace. See Queen Elizabeth Gate in Hyde Park and the Thames Embankment. Travel across Westminster Bridge and catch a glimpse of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. See St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Tower Bridge. Experience the glitz and glamour of London's West End as your tour bus heads to Leicester Square and finally, head to Buckingham Palace, the principal royal residence. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring the sights at your own pace. You can hop off at any of the 35 stops along 3 routes and explore the nearby sights. Purchase a 24 or 48-hour ticket and enjoy a free cruise along the River Thames between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier. Pass under some of the city's most famous bridges and see London from the water. Red Route Bus Stops: 1) Belvedere Road 2) Aldwych (One Aldwych Hotel) 3) Ludgate Hill (St Paul's Cathedral) 4) Queen Victoria Street (The City) 5) London Bridge 6) Tooley Street (Tower Bridge) 7) Tower Hill (Tower of London) 8) Victoria Embankment 9) Westminster Bridge (Big Ben) 10) Horseferry Road 11) Buckingham Gate (Buckingham Palace) - closed until further notice 12) Buckingham Palace Road (Victoria Station) 13) Buckingham Palace Road, Stop Z12 14) Grosvenor Gardens 15) Queen Elizabeth Gate, Hyde Park 16) Marble Arch (Speakers Corner) 17) Marble Arch (Park Lane) 18) Haymarket 19) Pall Mall East (Trafalgar Square) 20) Westminster Bridge (South) Green Route - Shuttle Service 40) Waterloo Road 41) Old Vic 42) Southampton Row, Stop Y, for the British Museum 43) Woburn Place 44) Pancras Road 45) Midland Road 46) Euston Road 47) Euston Square 48) Great Russell Street, British Museum 49) City Sightseeing Shop Southampton Row 50) Lancaster Place, Somerset House 1) Belvedere Road 51) York Road (Southbank) 52) Lambeth North Station Blue Route Bus Stops: 17) Marble Arch (Park Lane) 26) Knightsbridge 27) Royal Albert Hall 28) Kensington Road 29) Gloucester Road 30) Victoria and Albert Museum 31) Harrods 15) Queen Elizabeth Gate, Hyde Park 16) Marble Arch (Speakers' Corner)

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in London with Kids

Visiting London as a family? You don't need to fret as there are many things to do in London with kids. Taking selfies with dinosaurs at the British Museum or watching chemistry in action at the London Science Museum are just two examples. 

You can also see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and then maybe try to make one smile! Take boat rides along the Thames or soar over the city in the London Eye. And these are not just things to do for kids – adults, too, can enjoy these places. Even better, entertainment may be educational, too!

Fantastic attractions in London for kids

Harry Potter, Shrek, Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, even Star Wars – they all have homes you can take your kids to visit in London. Here are a couple of places where they can mingle with their favorite celebs or see some behind-the-scenes magic:

Warner Bros Studios

Got Hogwarts fans in the family? Take them to explore favorite scenes from their favorite Harry Potter movies. They can visit Platform 9 ¾ and take the Hogwarts Express. Then watch how the Basilisk and Aragog came to life. Or become part of the scenery by flying over London with the help of green screening.

The tour is four to seven hours long, so make sure everyone has comfy shoes on. They allow a limited number of strollers per group, so you may have to check yours at the coat check. You will find baby changing facilities at every restroom area in addition to a parents’ area and bottle-heating service.

Madame Tussaud’s

Who says you can’t get close to the royals? Pose with the Queen or William and Kate. There are over 200 figures, including Tom Hardy and Kim & Kanye to Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, and Adele. You and your kids will get screen time with all your faves – make sure you’ve got enough memory on your camera!

You can’t take a stroller through the museum, but there is a coat check that will store it for free. If you check anything else, there’s a small fee. Baby changing facilities are available as well. Note that you can only bring water from the outside, but there are concession stands selling snacks inside.

London thrills for kids

Are your darling kids daring? Do they want more than double-decker buses and riverboats? Do they want a break from historic buildings and museums? London can handle these requests. Here are a couple of breath-takers:

The O2 Arena

The O2 is known as an entertainment complex, but you can see much more from the top. Take the family on a climb up the arena’s dome. Safe with harnesses and guides, you will be blown away by the 360 view of London. Open from 10 or 11 am to well after sunset, you can choose your cityscape.

The minimum age is 8 years old, and the minimum height is 47 inches (just under 4 ft). You have to wear a climb suit and shoes, so make sure to wear socks and dress for the weather.

London Dungeon

Fascinated by the dark side of London? This tour is not about frilly royals or high tea. Here the kids can learn about Henry VIII’s beheading habits. Then they can find out who Guy Fawkes was and what a Pear of Anguish is. Also, you may just find out who Jack the Ripper really was!

This activity is not for those who are sensitive or easily frightened. The recommended age is 12, but they will admit younger children if parents allow. However, if anyone wants to leave, an attendant will take you safely to an exit.

KidZania

Watch your kids explore careers, London-style. Maybe this trip inspires them to be a City Tour Guide. Or they might prefer cricket to baseball (or not!). Perhaps, they’ll discover that they want to help people in an A&E (which is similar to an ER). Their creativity may be sparked at the fashion institute, TV studio, or Nintendo Labo Workshop.

Children under 8 require adult supervision the entire time. You can bring your stroller through, or there is stroller storage for a fee. Baby changing facilities are available.

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