There are any number of family itineraries that you can do when you get to London, and it will very much depend on what your kids like to do. If they are used to running free in big spaces, it's best to take them to one of London's many parks. Victoria Park in the east, or Hyde Park, St James Park or Kensington Gardens in the center and west of the city.
Then there are parks with attractions contained within them. Regent's Park to the north has the fabulous London Zoo, and Greenwich park not only has the famous meridian line and observatory, but also the Cutty Sark. Once on the Cutty Sark, kids will love running round the reconstructed boat, at the time the fastest tea clipper of its generation which brought tea back from the Indies and made Britain's reputation as a sea trading nation.
London is full of parks so children can run free — Photo courtesy of pauldwaite
The mixture of interactivity here, being able to lie down on the Captain's bed, and see how small the cabins for the cabin boys were, will delight children. Older ones will be fascinated to explore the history of tea and sea faring, and see the first prototype bicycle which one of the captains built to keep him busy during the long voyages.
If it's museums you're after, the Science Museum provides fun and education all rolled into one incredibly interactive package. The Natural History Museum is also a favorite just next door, packed as it is, full of dinosaurs and other marvels of the natural world.
St Paul's Cathedral will astound adults and children alike. It survived the Blitz bombing in the Second World War and has provided a beacon to Londoners ever since. It was the home of Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding, and the site of the first female British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher's funeral. You have to pay to go in now, but it's worth it, climbing up to the whispering gallery and seeing whether your children can communicate along the huge walls so far off the ground.Lots of schools visit the capital every day — Photo courtesy of Matthew Kenwrick
At the start or end of the day, a bird's eye view of London can be perfect, allowing you to point out some of the forthcoming attractions for your visit and giving your children an idea of London's size. Both the Emirates Cable Cars, in the east of the city by London Docklands, and the London Eye, the big wheel just across from Westminster, will tick those boxes and provide fun flights for those not scared of heights.
The Emirates Cable Car will have kids flying high — Photo courtesy of Karen V Bryan
If you happen to be in Docklands, then once you're down from the cable car you could pop into Rotherhithe and visit the Brunel Museum. There, you and your children can learn about how Isambard Kingdom Brunel built the first tunnel underwater in the oldest metro system in the world. Gruesome tales of methane gas, explosions and floodings will delight those obsessed with horrible histories. And the engineering feat of building the tunnel shaft above ground and digging it out from within so that it gradually sunk will delight those who like to know how stuff works.The Brunel museum will fascinate children with its brutal history and magical feats — Photo courtesy of Ewan-M
Whichever way you decide to do things, this will keep you busy for a few days of your London visit and send your kids home full of wonder and amazement at the history and culture of this fascinating city and island.