London is a great city to explore on a family holiday, and you’ll find a range of attractions to keep everyone entertained. Here are details of just three of London ’s best family attractions.
London Zoo (Regent’s Park, London , NW1 4RY ) is home to more than 750 species. You can walk through the tropical Blackburn Pavilion, where exotic birds such as toucans and hummingbirds fly free, and spend some time amongst butterflies and moths from around the world in the Butterfly Paradise exhibit.
You can see marine life from around the world in the historic aquarium, which became the world’s first public aquarium when it opened in 1853. Other exhibits at the zoo include Gorilla Kingdom , where you can see a colony of Western Lowland Gorillas, and Clore Rainforest Lookout, where you can see a number of different species, including sloths and marmosets. The Clore Rainforest Lookout exhibit also includes a Night Zone, where you can get glimpse of nocturnal creatures like the Rodrigues Fruit Bat and the Black Emperor Scorpion.
London Zoo is also in the process of constructing a new Children’s Zoo, which is due to open at Easter, 2009.
The zoo is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day.
Originally a travelling exhibition, Madame Tussauds’ first permanent waxwork museum opened in London in 1835 and was called the Baker Street Bazaar. It moved to its current home in Marylebone Road in 1884 and is now one of London ’s most popular attractions, with more than 500 million visitors having passed through its doors since it first opened.
You can see waxworks of many different celebrities including members of the Royal Family, Prime Ministers, movie stars, sporting legends and musicians. The museum has everything from a 15 feet tall waxwork of The Hulk to a waxwork of the Dali Lama, and many of the figures are interactive – for example, the waxwork of Britney Spears breathes and the waxwork of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has a rumbling stomach.
You can see Bollywood stars, have your picture taken with the Queen or, if you are brave and aged 12 or over, face your fears in the Chamber of Horrors. Don’t miss the Spirit of London ride, where you can take a black cab on a journey through London ’s past.
Madame Tussauds ( Marylebone Road , London , NW1 5LR ) is open daily (except for Christmas Day).
The London Eye
More than 3.5 million people take a trip on the London Eye ( Westminster Bridge Road , London , SE1 7BP ) to see stunning views across the city.
The London Eye, originally known as the Millennium Wheel, was constructed in 2000 and has since become one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It can carry up to 800 passengers at one time and a revolution takes about half an hour.
There are a number of different types of flight that you can take, from a standard flight to a champagne flight, and you can even take a night flight to see London ’s famous buildings lit up against the sky.