London, England | What you can do in 3 days with a family of 4
Thing to do #1: The London Eye
The London Eye is a basically an indoor ferris wheel that moves very slow. More and more major cities are starting to erect these and for good reason, too. It gives you awesome views of the city! As you look down, you see Parliament/Big Ben. Did you know that Big Ben is not the name of the building, but just the bell? If you have time, book ahead a tour of Parliament where the House of Commons and the House of Lords is located. Parliament Tours lists dates, times, and prices. We did this and it was history coming to life! I highly recommend this if you have a tween or teenager!
Thing to do #2: The London Film Museum
London Film Museum
If you’re a big TV and movie buff like our family is, you will love this place. They have an extensive collection of props and memorabilia from your favorite sitcoms and movies. Since we are fans of Dr. Who, I chose these photos of course!
Thing to do #3: Buckingham Palace
Thing to do #4: Churchill War Rooms
Since my husband, Bill, is a huge history buff, we just had to visit here. I’m not a huge history buff, but let me tell you something…don’t underestimate this place if you’re not! This place left me very impressed and had a lot of interesting information. It was designed to have each station inside to have an audio tour that captured my attention and kept me engaged. It makes for a great History lesson!
Here are a few things you can expect to see:
- Churchill’s underground bunker
- Life in the bunker
- Churchill’s life & legacy
- Churchill’s role in WWII
Thing to do #5: The British Museum
The British Museum houses many artifacts, holds special events and exhibits. This place can take a long time to look through and justly so. However, if you go in with a game plan having chosen ahead of time knowing just the rooms and/or artifacts that interest you, then go and do just those. Then if you have more time, you can go back and continue seeing more. Some of the artifacts that I personally wanted to see was the original Rosetta Stone. I am a Spanish teacher so, of course, this interested me. This building is A LOT bigger on the inside than what you see on the outside!!! I was shocked!
Thing to do #6: Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is one of King Henry VIII residences. You will need a full day here because it’s on the about 14 miles away from city center of London. Don’t get this confused with the nearby London hotel named Hampton Court Palace Hotel. You can’t stay at THIS place overnight no matter how bad you want to! When you visit, you will feel like absolute royalty. There is so much rich history here.
The walking audio tour is definitely worth it! On the photo to the right is me, but I am not on my phone. I am using their audio tour piece in the dining hall.
Thing to do #7: Tower of London & Tower Bridge
Tower of London
Source from Wikipedia: “The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.”
At the White Tower (a section of the Tower of London) consists of the past and present queen’s jewels. It is heavily guarded as you can see! Absolutely beautiful to see! It is located within a short walking distance of the Tower Bridge, so both can be done one right after the other.
There are also stories that prisoners were once tortured in drastic torture chambers and devices. The photo marks the spot of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution among others. This is where the scaffold was. There are many stories regarding this eerie place. If you’re interested, you can read more on The Scaffold on Tower Hill website.
The Tower Bridge is NOT the same as the London Bridge. Many people get this confused. The bridge is also NOT the Tower of London. Many people get that confused as well. It is an impressive bridge with detailed architecture. It sits beautifully at the cross path of the Thames River. There is a a walking path to go across it away from traffic.
I love how these bobbies (police in Britain) had a fun attitude and let me photograph them!