Summer Family Days Out in London

School is out and the long summer days are finally here which means there is much more time to spend on fun family days out. With London set to be a hotspot holiday destination this summer here are a few ideas for fun ways to fill a day in the city.

Food Market, photo by horaceko on Flickr, used under Creative Commons License

Visit a Food Market

London is a great place for food lovers as there are established markets and smaller new ventures popping up all over the city. Borough Market is a well-known favorite and always crammed with food and drink from all over the world. Arriving early is best if you want to beat the crowds. Kids will love the sights and sounds of this buzzing market and the traders are always chatty so you can take the opportunity to learn from people who are passionate about food. As well as the British produce traders you will also spot a massive variety of foods from around the world. Look out for the tasters and freebies so you can get a taste for some of the more unfamiliar foods.

A Day at the Beach

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, I said the beach. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of urban London then why not visit one of a number of beaches that have popped up around the city over the summer? Greenwich Beach is located on the Greenwich Peninsula near the O2 and as the latest ‘pop-up plage’ it is set to be around for the next five years. It’s the biggest man-made beach in Europe so there should be plenty of space for you to spread out a picnic, build sandcastles, play beach games or just stretch out on a sun lounger.

Take a Stroll

You can avoid the crowds on public transport by choosing to explore the streets of London on foot. Best of all it’s free. You can follow one of the self-guided walks prepared by the Greater London Authority. There are a variety of routes and distances so you can pick one to suit the whole family. Many take you through historic city streets and past famous landmarks but you can decide whether to stroll along the banks of the River Thames or hit the shops in London’s West End.

A lion at the London Zoo, photo by Pelican on Flickr, used under Creative Commons licenseVisit the Zoo

London Zoo always manages to come up with some extra features and events to keep visitors flooding in such as the popular Zoo Lates, when it opens its doors after hours for an older crowd. During the day you can see all the usual suspects like penguins, giraffes, monkeys and tigers as well as taking part in daily events and talks where the whole family can learn more about the animals and watch them show off their natural skills. Remember that the zoo backs onto Regent’s Park so if there’s any time left after seeing all the animals you can head there for a picnic and enjoy the green open space.

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