London is one of those cities you can visit for weeks and never see it all — there is just so much to explore. Bring the family for the first, second or third time and you’ll still find something new.
Whether you’ve already seen all the top spots like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and want something different the next time around, or your family is just looking for a few more stops on your quintessential London vacation, we can help.
Check out a few typical London experiences your family might have missed.
Anyone with an interest in English culture knows the British love their tea. Experience the old favorite with a visit to Twinings Cafe on Strand. The flagship store has been a local hot spot since 1837, after some renovations and upgrades to the original store, opened back in 1706. Taste the beloved British tea for yourselves with this classic, but often overlooked London experience.
A Day at the Races
Another English favorite: horse racing. After you’ve had your fill of tea, bring the family to Kempton Park Racecourse for some thrilling competition. Horse racing and caretaking is a time-old tradition for the English, and this particular field dates back to 1878. Experience a race with the kids, or place your bets in the new casino with the adult children.
Kayaking on the Thames
The River Thames is an iconic locale of the city, running through London’s famous corners and historic neighborhoods. Take in the city from a different perspective, riverside, kayaking along the Thames. Paddle by the Houses of Parliament, Little Venice and right by the long lines (or queue) for the London Eye. Several kayaking, canoeing and boating rentals are available in the area, including Kayaking London and Moo Canoes.
Head to famous street-art neighborhoods in East London for a unique look at the city’s diverse arts scene. Take a self-guided tour through Hackney, or let the experts be your guide with options through Shoreditch.
Clink Prison Museum
For something a little more off the beaten path, London’s Clink Prison Museum is a fun and spooky way to spend the day. Located by the South Bank, this 12th-century prison was in operation through the 18th century and comes with a long, sorted history. Explore the city’s darker side with the kids with help of the expert actors leading the tour.
Between all the apple picking, cider drinking and seasonal hikes your family has in mind, there’s plenty of fall fun the whole crew can enjoy, pups included. Bring your family pets along on your next fall family adventure with this list of inclusive activities.
The sister properties of the Park Royal Golden Cancun and the Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort, also in Cancun, offer families a vacation full of beach fun in a style personalized for your tribe’s vibe. Both properties, located two miles apart, open to the crystal-blue ocean, are framed by the fine white sand for which Cancun is famous, and are family-friendly, but that’s where their resemblance ends.
The National Museum of American Jewish History showcases a special exhibition based on a book of the same name: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Switzerland’s Vaud canton encompasses some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and beautiful towns and villages, including Lausanne, Nyon, Villars-sur-Ollon and Montreux. Spread between the shores of Lake Geneva and the edge of France, and replete with castles, terraced vineyards and world-class hotels, it’s the ideal setting for a romantic break. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you with your planning: