Since moving to the South West, a trip to London now has to be planned carefully in advance – unlike the days where I could just hop on a train for a 30 minute – or thereabouts – journey. Plus, I need to take the extra costs into account. We also have to plan to stay up there if we want to make the most of our time which is where sites such as Hotel Direct are worth their weight in gold!
This summer we are extremely keen to take Grace to the Natural History Museum. We would love to make a full day of it as she has such a huge interest in nature, animals, fossils, crystals, mineral stones…and, well, the list is endless! Whenever we visit Portland or Lyme Regis, the stones on the beach and the fossil shops are her main attraction. She has stones and fossils all over her desk and is constantly taking them to school to ‘Show and Tell’.
I have never been to the National History Museum, despite the fact that it is my favourite building in London. The outside is so beautiful that I can’t wait to see if it is the same on the inside and the best thing is that it is FREE admission. Not many attractions can claim that benefit these days.
We have already discussed the dinosaurs and blue whale exhibits but there are so many more besides. On top of that, they have the temporary exhibitions and at the moment, one of my absolute favourites, butterflies!
The National History Museum is hosting an outdoor butterfly house which houses caterpillars, butterflies and moths. When I am at London Zoo, the butterfly house is my favourite place to be so I am really looking forward to seeing this. The best thing is that it is open all summer long – right up until September 14th.
Once we have spent the first day browsing round the museum, we will spend the night in a hotel before taking in one of the West End Shows the following day.
Every year during the month of August, Ticketmaster support Kids Go Free – a special offer where kids are able to go free with a fully paying adult to a number of well-known shows including Billy Elliott, The Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Definitely something for us to make the most of and a chance to spend a little more quality time up in London.
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