London Vacation Ideas

London Vacation Ideas #1:

A great idea for your London trip is a Thames River Boat Ride. City Cruises and Thames River Services operate sightseeing tours and romantic evening dinner & dance cruises all year round. After boarding at Westminster Pier you head down river past the Millennium Wheel, St.Paul's Cathedral.

Then past the foot bridges Jubilee and Hungerford, the Charing Cross Railway Bridge, London Bridge and Tower Bridge, to the Docklands. Then on to Canary Wharf and historic Greenwich. If you have children along, this is a fun way to see a lot of the city without doing a lot of walking.

London Vacation Ideas #2:

The City of London’s Imperial War Museum presents a unique view of 20th century warfare.

The extensive historical displays on the two world wars and post-war conflicts are of great educational value. Besides the firearms there is a vast amount of other war related material covering everything from personal letters and photographs to films and audio recordings.

The Imperial War Museum offers an unusual opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in these wars as well as gain a better understanding of how their sacrifice affects our own lives.

London Vacation Ideas #3:

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is one of the top botanic gardens in the world. It covers over 300 acres and offers a lot to do, even for kids. You will find over 50,000 species of flowers and plants as wells as statues, glass greenhouses and other interesting buildings. Art exhibitions take place throughout the year.

Guided tours are available including theme tours like the Tree Identification Tour or the Festival Tour. There is a unique interactive botanical play area that is designed for children to have fun wiggling through tunnels like a field mouse or sliding down a giant pitcher plant.

London Vacation Ideas #4:

The London Pass is a great way to keep your budget under control. You can purchase one ticket that will give you access to 55 of London’s best and most popular sights and tours.

Another cool benefit of The London Pass is that you get to skip past the queues. This can be a big help during peak season or if you have impatient teenagers along. You also get a free London sightseeing guide book. You can save money and time. Overall this is a very cheap way to get around and see a lot of the top London vacation spots.

London Vacation Ideas #5:

Westminster Abbey is a very popular spot for visitors to London, England. It was founded over 900 years ago. It is a burial ground and coronation site as well as a church of great historical significance. It has been used for every coronation since William the Conqueror's in 1066.

The Abbey is still active today and is used by all denominations. Many English kings and a host of important historical people are buried here beneath these grand vaulted ceilings. The art collection alone is well worth the trip and contains one of the oldest known contemporary portraits of a British monarch, Richard II.

London Vacation Ideas #6:

Your stay in the City of London should include a visit to London’s West End. The area has a large variety of places for visitors to explore. Antique bookshops and top restaurants can be found in Piccadilly Circus. Covent Garden has shopping and Theatre Museum walks. Adult entertainment as well as many clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants can be found in Soho.

Go to Leicester Square for movies and live street performers. Carnaby Street and Oxford Street were the epicenter of 60’s fashion and today are bustling with vintage and designer clothing shops. There’s The Palace Theater, Globe Theatre, the Liberty Clock, Marble Arch and much more.

London Vacation Ideas #7

The London Wetland Center is 105 acres of wetland in the heart of London. It’s full of birds and other wilderness animals. At the Peter Scott Visitor Center you can use interactive computers and TV monitors to view the animals in their natural habitat.

There are twice a day bird feedings as well as free guided tours. Sunset Bat Walks give you a chance to see and learn about the various species of bats that live and swarm in the reserve.

London Vacation Ideas #8:

The Horniman Museum & Gardens focuses on culture around the world. The African Worlds exhibit features sculptures and art objects from across the continent of Africa.

The Aquarium exhibit showcases plant and marine life in various settings from a Pacific coral reef to an Amazon rainforest. The Natural History exhibit houses a large collection of birds, mammals, insects, fish and fossils.

Hands on Base features thousands of objects from around the world displayed outside of a museum case and available for the visitor to touch and study hands-on.

The Gardens are 16 acres of rose gardens, sunken gardens, wildflowers, sundials and many award winning landscape exhibits.

The Music Gallery features 1,600 musical instruments including 3,500 year old clappers from Egypt. Many instruments can be heard at various listening station. There’s a live performance area and an area for live music related demonstrations.

London Vacation Ideas #9:

For something very different, take a tour of the Highgate Cemetery. Begun in 1839, Highgate Cemetery is full of dramatic tombs and statues, catacombs, winding pathways and notable graves. Some of the notables buried here are Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Karl Marx, and Douglas Adams.

The Highgate Cemetery is an integral part of the last two centuries of London history. Sites such as Egyptian Avenue and Lebanon Circle show the popular styles of periods in the past.

There are two sections, West and East. The West section is the oldest and has the most dramatic atmosphere. The landscape is more difficult to navigate so children under 8 are not allowed. The only way to see it is with a guided tour. Plan ahead because the tours are quite popular and limited in capacity. The East section is open to all and you are free to explore on your own.

London Vacation Ideas #10:

Crystal Palace Park, in South London, is one of the major parks in the city. It is probably best known for the 33 life size dinosaurs that can be found lurking in the park woods. These creatures were built in 1854 by Benjamin Waterhouse.

Another fun feature of Crystal Palace Park is the Tea Maze. This is a circular maze was built in 1870, replanted in 1987 and is one of the largest mazes in England. Some of the other features of the ark include many old statues, terraces, historic buildings, water fountains, Children’s Farm, Crystal Palace Museum, Boating Lake. There’s a grand fireworks display in the park every November 5. Take a short ride on an experimental air-powered locomotive developed in the 1800s.

London Vacation Ideas #11:

The Wellcome Collection displays a massive collection of artifacts related to health and medicine. It is the life’s work of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome who died in 1936. The Wellcome Collection and the Wellcome Library present over 1,500 exhibits and house over 2 million items including prints, drawings, paintings, films, videos, sound recordings and rare books. The objects displayed cover an extreme variety of themes.

Temporary exhibits augment the permanent collection. One example is an exhibit devoted to “dirt” and included such items as a Dutch chamber pot and a cart used to carry cholera victims in 19th century London. The permanent collection includes oddities such as Napoleon’s toothbrush, Japanese sex aids, a used guillotine blade. Also part of the permanent collection are exhibits that present objects and ideas from modern medicine.

London Vacation Ideas #12:

Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered by many to be “Britain’s Greatest Palace”. Designed in 1705, the Blenheim Palace sits amid the 2,000 acres of Blenheim Park. The palace is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens. Inside you can view all the fine details of the 300 year-old English Baroque architecture including hand painted ceilings, tapestries, porcelain, furniture and paintings.

Sir Winston Churchill was born here and the palace serves as the home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. The Churchill Exhibition displays photographs, letters and Churchill related artifacts. On the grounds visitors enjoy the exploring the Marlborough Maze, riding the miniature train and kids unwind at the Adventure Playground.



Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered by many to be “Britain’s Greatest Palace”. Designed in 1705, the Blenheim Palace sits amid the 2,000 acres of Blenheim Park. The palace is surrounded by beautiful formal gardens. Inside you can view all the fine details of the 300 year-old English Baroque architecture including hand painted ceilings, tapestries, porcelain, furniture and paintings.

Blenheim Palace Gates
Blenheim Palace Gates

Sir Winston Churchill was born here and the palace serves as the home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. The Churchill Exhibition displays photographs, letters and Churchill related artifacts. On the grounds visitors enjoy the exploring the Marlborough Maze, riding the miniature train and kids unwind at the Adventure Playground.

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