One of the things I love is to go up to London for a visit. I have always thought of it as a big adventure. As a child I would go there regularly for one reason or another; whether it was to see the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich Observatory, pay a visit to the Victoria and Albert museum or wander around the Tower of London. Growing up, I went there for college, then to work for a while and these days I tend to go there for blogging events or for pleasure.
I would love for Grace to experience all the sights and sounds of London as she grows up too. She has already visited some areas including Hamleys, Picadilly Circus, the Rainforest Cafe, Leicester Square for a Moshi Monster film preview as well as seeing a few West End musicals. She has also been to London Zoo a couple of times. Probably more than your average 7 year old! I have such happy memories of so many different areas of London and I hope she will too.
One of the places I have never been is the Shard. It stands 87-storeys high and is the largest building in the European Union (the second tallest in the UK). It has now been open for just over a year and on a clear day the view from the Shard means you can see up to 40 miles away! Definitely something I know Grace would love so I would like to aim to take her here as well as on the London Eye for their views.
The ‘kaleidoscopic’ lift up to the 69th floor of the Shard also sounds pretty amazing in the fact that it is high speed. Once on this floor you can learn all about 200 London landmarks and see the views from the top on interactive telescopes and during half-term from the 26th May until 1st June 2014, kids with an accompanying adult will be able to go up the Shard absolutely free!
London is a hive of activity and there is always something to see. There are many other places and events I would like to experience with my family including The Globe Theatre, Le Miserables on stage (I have seen this and am certain Ross and Grace would love it), Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum and a return to the Tower of London.
Maybe we could stay up there too. Hotel Direct offers some amazing deals for families wishing to take a city break and it would mean more quality time seeing many more attractions than we can in just one day.
So, if you are thinking of paying a visit to London for some half term fun then I hope you make some very happy memories – as good as the ones I have!
This is a post in association with Hotel Direct.
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