We do love a trip into London town at least once a year and I'm lucky enough to live in Essex so not too far on the train. We usually go to Westfield Stratford for our Christmas shopping every year but we also like a day trip into London too for a show or to visit an attraction. If you are planning a trip into the city here are five ideas for things to do.
1. The ENO - The English National Opera is in Charing Cross and over the next few months they are offering some lovely Opera shows in London. I quite fancy going to see Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, running from 21st Nov - 6th Feb, tickets available from £12. There are now at least 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under. 'Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible.'
Other opera's this year are Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Barber of seville, La Boheme plus more.
2. The Tower of London - This is such a good day out for adults and the kids. It feels like you have literally stepped back into time as you enter the gates You can easily waste a whole day here. Ticket prices are Adult £24.50, Kids £11.00 or a family ticket (2 adults & 3 kids) £60.70. From here you can also visit Tower bridge and have a walk across the bridge over to the other side of the River Thames and Potters Field Park. Here you will find City Hall where you can visit The Mayor of London's Chambers.
3. The Royal Parks - London has some gorgeous parks and they are huge. Kensington Gardens is fantastic for the kids because here you will find the Diana Memorial Playground which is totally amazing (and free). Other parks include St James Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and many more. They are lovely for walking, picnics and sometimes even have entertainment provided.
4. The London Bridge Experience & Tombs - Fancy something a little more thrilling? Something to really creep you out? Well, The London Bridge Experience is the attraction for you. The London Bridge Experience is not only really creepy (great for the teenagers, probably too scary for little ones) but interesting too, as you learn all about the history of London Bridge and what life was like in London during the history of the bridge. Tickets priced at Adults £22.00 and Kids £18.00.
5. River Thames Cruise - Cruises along the River Thames depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round and they give you the freedom to explore the many sights of the River Thames from four piers close to popular attractions: Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Ticket prices for adults are £16.20 Under 16s travel half price and under 5s go free. Combination tickets are also available for cruises and nearby attractions.
Where is your favorite place to visit in London?