London gained prominence as a great medieval trading city, and eventually went on to become a city known for its entertainment, commerce, education, arts, media, healthcare, fashion, professional services, research and development, and tourism. With a population of nearly eight million, this bustling megalopolis is filled with lots of family-friendly attractions, events and activities. The capital is a great destination for families, and treating the kids to a day out doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Westminster Abbey – Start off the second day of the itinerary by bringing the kids to the breathtaking historical Westminster Abbey. Also known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peters at Westminster, this Gothic church is located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site,Westminster Abbey is a unique artistic construction representing a striking sequence of the successive phases of English Gothic art. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. More importantly, Westminster Abbey, where all the kings of England have been crowned since 1066, is inseparable from the parliamentary history of the kingdom.
The crowning which takes place on the throne, known as King Edward’s Chair or St. Edward’s Chair is housed within the Abbey and has been used at every coronation since 1308. Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year. On Sundays and religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, the Abbey is open for worship only.
- Adults pay £16.00
- Child under 11 free accompanied by an adult
- Family £32.00 (2 adults and 1 child)
£38.00 (2 adults and 2 children)
+£6 per extra child
Big Ben – After taking in the history and significance of Westminster Abbey, walk over to one of London’s most iconic landmarks, the clock tower commonly known as Big Ben. Technically, Big Ben is the massive bell that resides in the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. When the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834, it was decided that the new structures should have a tower and a clock. The bell was refashioned in Whitechapel in 1858 and the clock first rang across Westminster on 31 May 1859. Big Ben’s timekeeping is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum. Big Ben has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during the Second World War, the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours. Today, the clock tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England. Unfortunately, a tour of the clock tower is not possible for overseas visitors, and UK citizens have to petition their local representatives for a tour. It is still nice to look at from outside though!
Houses of Parliament – The Palace of Westminster, commonly referred to as the Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom – the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, this UNESCO world heritage site is recognized worldwide and is one of the most visited attractions in London. This is a fantastic opportunity for the family and children to sit in and observe the workings of UK politics. Free guided tours of the Palace are held throughout the parliamentary session for UK residents, who can apply through their MP or a member of the House of Lords. Visitors will get to visit the state rooms, the chambers of the two Houses and Westminster Hall during the 75 minutes tour. UK residents can tour throughout the year but overseas visitors may only tour on Saturdays and during the Summer Opening. However UK residents and overseas visitors may still attend debates and committees throughout the year.
Covent Garden – For lunch, head over to Covent Garden where there is wide variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. At the very heart of London, this inspirational world class cultural and retail district has everything from specialty shops, to a huge choice of bars and pubs. Look out for the Apple craft market and be entertained by entertainment from street performers, there’s an enormous amount on offer; and everything is housed in and around the iconic Market Building and Piazzas. The central piazza has a thriving café culture and is buzzing with outlandish street entertainers and fun events all day, every day. Two of London’s popular attractions, The Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum can also be found in Covent Garden.
London Transport Museum – After lunch, bring the family and children over to the London Transport Museum. Housed in a Victorian iron and glass building, the museum has an extensive collection of heritage vehicles, posters, artworks, photographs, film and video footage, engineering drawings, uniforms, station signs and tickets. Located between Russell Street, Tavistock Street, Wellington Street and the east side of the former market square, the museum’s highlights include the iconic red London Routemaster bus, the world’s first Underground steam train and the ‘padded cell’ – one of the first electric locomotive Underground trains dating back to 1890.
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The galleries are full of interactive exhibits for young people and adults alike, including real buses and trains to explore. And while the kids are playing, parents can sit and relax with a cup of coffee or a themed transport cocktail in the museum’s upper deck cafe-bar. The museum is open every Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15) and Friday 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15). Adults pay £13:50 while children under the age of 16 go in for free.
National Gallery – End the day by visiting one of the best art museums in the country. Founded in 1824, the national gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 including work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. There are also special exhibitions, lectures, video and audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults. The museum is open daily 10am – 6pm and on Fridays, the museum shuts at 9pm. Entry to the main collection is usually free of charge while visitors may have to pay to visit special exhibitions.
In addition to Fraser Place Queens Gate and Fraser Place Canary Wharf, we have six other luxury properties in London for your comfort and convenience.
Fraser Suites Kensington is also located in the district of Kensington. London also offers superb bookshops – buy the latest best-sellers in the megastores or rare first editions from specialist shops. London has over 300 markets, selling everything from antiques and exotic ingredients to retro fashions and crafts. Portobello Road and Camden markets are just two of many that you can scour around for great buys. Other markets include Covent Garden Market, Greenwich Market and Petticoat Lane Market.
The nearest Underground is Gloucester Road, serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle & District Lines and connecting directly to the main stations, Heathrow airport and London’s West End. The nearest Station serving Victoria Line has an express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes while an express service runs to Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes from nearby Paddington. Fraser Place Queens Gate is also well placed to get to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, which are 45 and 60 minutes drive away respectively.
Fraser Residence Prince of Wales Terrace is located in one of the most prestigious areas in the heart of London, opposite Kensington Palace with High Street Kensington and the Royal Park around the corner. This area has always been closely associated with the British Monarchy. The Albert Hall and the recently restored Albert Memorial dedicated to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria are both located in Kensington. Located on Prince of Wales Terrace, this Fraser Residence, London, is the perfect place from which to access the rest of the city. The tube stations at Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington are just 7 and 5 minutes walk respectively. The nearest Victoria Station has an express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes while nearby Paddington has an express service to Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes. A wide selection of London Transport bus routes can be found across the road from the property.
Fraser Residence Blackfriars is strategically located in the centre of the City of London often referred to as ‘the Wall Street of the UK’ or the ‘Square Mile’. With approximately 340,000 commuters coming into the City each day, Fraser Residence Blackfriars enjoys excellent transport facilities. The residence is only a three minute walk away from Blackfriars underground station and National Rail which offer direct access to London Gatwick Airport, Westminster, Tower Hill and the Docklands Light Railway, Liverpool Street and London Victoria and Paddington. A wide network of day and night bus routes encircle the property. Car parking facilities can be found nearby.
Fraser Residence Monument is also strategically located in the City of London. Within this area are galleries, theatres, museums, concert halls, restaurants, bars and designer shops. There is a wide range of sporting activity, a public leisure centre and the world-famous Barbican Centre. Fraser Residence Monument can be found directly behind Monument underground station, nearby London Bridge and is only a short walk away from tourist hotspots such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Borough Market, the London Dungeon and the Great Fire of London Monument. Monument station is serviced by the District, Circle, Northern and Central lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which offers direct access to Canary Wharf, London’s new financial business district, and London City Airport. Blackfriars and London Bridge mainline stations are just a ten minute walk. The vicinity also conveniently offers access to a wide network of day and night bus routes and black taxis can be hailed at every street corner.
Fraser Residence City is also located in the City of London within the ‘Square Mile’. Directly behind Monument underground station on Lovat lane, nearby London Bridge and not far away from many tourist attractions. Monument/Bank stations are serviced by the District, Circle, Northern and Central lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which offers direct access to Canary Wharf, London’s new financial business district, and London City Airport. London Bridge and Liverpool Street mainline stations are just a ten minute walk. The vicinity also conveniently offers access to a wide network of day and night bus routes and black taxis can be hailed at every street corner.
Fraser Place Chelsea is located close to Kings Road, with its many fashionable boutiques. The area offers a vibrant and kaleidoscopic selection of shops, restaurants, bistros, cinemas and health clubs. This part of Chelsea is known as ‘The Beach’ and is extremely popular with trendsetters and glitterati alike. The neighbouring ‘Boltons’, consists of 30 large Victorian houses around a garden square and is arguably London’s most exclusive address.
The nearest Underground Station is Gloucester Road serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines. It has direct connections with mainline stations, Heathrow Airport and London’s West End.