02/04/2015

Top London Experiences for kids to try before they’re 12 years old

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A recent survey revealed that a huge number of British families haven’t visited London and ironically the experiences in London that parents think would most enrich their kids' childhood are free or of low-cost value. The poll was contucted on behalf of the Royal Garden Hotel – a lovely five star hotel based in the heart of Kensington and near to many family-friendly attractions and destinations including the Science Museum, Kensington Palace and Natural History Museum.

The research showed that 8 out of 10 of the top ten experiences in London that parents think will enrich their children are either free or have a minimal cost – while visiting all ten attractions would cost a family of four under £200 in total.

Top London experiences for kids to try before they’re 12 years old:

1. Travel the underground (46%) – free for 10 and younger 
2. Ride on the top of a double decker bus (45%) – free for 10 and younger 
3. Take a ride on the London Eye (41%) 
4. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (35%) – free to see 
5. See the dinosaur skeletons at the National History Museum (34%) – free general entrance 
6. Go to the Science Museum (33%) – free general entrance 
7. See the penguins at London Zoo (31%) 
8. Visit Winter Wonderland (30%) – free to visit 
9. Buy a toy from Hamley’s (28%) 
10. See the Houses of Parliament (25%) – free to see
We've taken the monkeys to London a few times but they've by no means accomplished everything listed above yet. Obviously they have ridden the underground (trains are a favourite as you know). They have of course been to Hamleys and bought a toy and seen the Houses of Parliament but are yet to try the other experiences. They've been up the Shard. Another visit or two is on the cards, they are only 4 and 6 years old so there's still plenty of time. We love taking them there.
A third (31%) of parents are under the illusion that London museums charge for entry, however top attractions such as the Science Museum – where 33% of children want to visit – and the Natural History Museum – where 34% of children want to visit, actually have free general admission all year round. I'm sure when I was a kid you had to pay!

Another interesting finding is that a fifth (20%) think London hotels don’t cater for families when in actual fact there are many family-friendly hotels offering great value room packages during school holidays.
 
An independently owned five star hotel in London, the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington boasts stunning views, 394 bedrooms, a health club, two restaurants – Park Terrace, serving modern British cuisine and an extravagant afternoon tea service, and renowned Chinese restaurant Min Jiang which offers stunning views located on the hotels 10th floor - three bars and ten conference suites. 
Find out more about their family friendly package by visiting www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk/Families
Will you and the children be visiting London this Easter?

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