There are so many family attractions in London that planning a trip to the city isn’t always an easy task, especially at Christmas when there’s even more to see and do. To help you out, here are seven must-visit attractions guaranteed to get the whole family into the Christmas spirit!
Visit a festive market with a difference!
London’s child-size city KidZania will have its very own Christmas market this December. Your little ones can explore KidZania’s pop-up market, which is entirely run by children! From building their own baubles to creating magic snow, your kids will have hours of fun in this festive wonderland.
The best part is that you can save your pennies for mulled wine as the children will be spending KidZos (KidZania money) on their gifts, so the Bank of Mum and Dad can close for Christmas!
Roles are reversed on December 15th when KidZania hosts its ‘Adult Evening’ event. When the kids are away, you can play at KidZania’s first adult silent disco with a complimentary festive drink.
Discover luxury Christmas shopping
For a deluxe shopping experience the whole family can enjoy, look no further than Bicester’s Chic Shopping Outlet. Mum can lose herself in the enchanting shopping village and hunt for winter bargains whilst dad takes the kids for an indulgent hot chocolate at Villandry’s winter terrace.
There are plenty of festive food experiences to delve into at the Chic Shopping Outlet, from Christmas lunch sandwiches to wood-fired pizzas and decadent handmade macarons.
Go back in time to Elizabethan London
Families looking for an educational experience this December have a real treat in store when they visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. A 40-minute tour will transport you back to Shakespeare’s London as your story-teller guide re-awakens tales from the past before describing how the theatre is used today.
Beneath the Globe, you’ll find Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition, where you can see spectacular live demonstrations and hear recordings of some of history’s most memorable performances. You can even stay for afternoon tea, where adults and children alike can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries before setting out to enjoy London’s festivities.
Experience RIBmas on the Thames
Whether you want a break from Christmas shopping or something to keep the kids happy in the countdown to the big day, this adrenaline-fuelled adventure is sure to start the festive period with a splash!
Like no river trip you’ve taken before, this attraction boasts the biggest and fastest high-powered rigid inflatable boats (RIB) on the Thames to provide a rollercoaster experience. Until Christmas Eve, the Thames RIB Experience includes complimentary Santa hats, on-board Christmas carols, steaming mulled wine and a jolly commentary from the big man himself!
But the festivities don’t have to end there. On New Year’s Eve, you can have a 360-degree view of the fireworks from one of the Thames RIB Experience vessels. There’s no better way to bring in the New Year with all the family in England’s illustrious capital.
Sight-see in style
For a calmer festive journey along the Thames, adults and children alike can see all the sights of London from the warmth and comfort of a riverboat cruise. Voyage from Westminster to Greenwich and see the city in all its festive glory whilst listening to audio commentary so you and the family can really get to know London’s waters.
The Circular Cruise Westminster has a hop-on hop-off sightseeing service, so you can get out and visit some of London’s most iconic spots, including the Tower of London at St. Katherine’s Pier. If you want to take your family on a first-class sightseeing journey this Christmas, you won’t find better than the Thames River Services Cruise.
Enjoy a Christmas tipple
This one is just for grown-ups! If you’ve been helping Santa do his shopping, there’s no better way to unwind than with a G&T. But why not go one step further and take a behind-the-scenes look at how gin is created?
The perfect way to spend a child-free afternoon, parents can uncover Bombay Sapphire’s history on the Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour, set in the beautiful Laverstoke Mill. Take time to explore the local conservation area before finishing off with a complimentary drink in the Mill Bar.
See Christmas in London from 374ft up!
Give your kids a festive thrill this winter by taking them to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Slide. Located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at a towering 114.5 metres high, this superb structure provides a stunning view of London up to 20 miles away.
From the 360-degree observation platforms, you’ll be able to see the breathtaking London skyline, which includes St Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf, Wembley Stadium and The Shard – all bathed in the festive glow of Christmas.
Braver family members can descend the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide, which runs down the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Passing through dark and light sections, you’ll whiz past London’s skyline in an exhilarating ride through one of the city’s most exciting structures.