London – a Great Multigenerational Vacation

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London is a terrific city brimming with culture, history, and pageantry. But would I really want to take my kids–or grandkids–to London for a vacation?

That’s the question we answer in the fifth edition of Let’s Take the Kids to London. And for us, it’s an easy case to make. London is the perfect destination for a multigenerational family holiday

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The London Eye is an icon of modern London, but the nearby playground is equally popular with visiting kids

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Double-decker food truck along the River Thames

London is one of the world’s most family friendly cities. With open arms it welcomes kids to explore and make their own memories. Look around London and you notice children of all ages playing in parks, romping through fantastic playgrounds, skipping along the Thames Path to ride the London Eye, investigating hands-on museums, and soaking up history as they explore famous landmarks. The landscape of London invites children to look, listen, laugh, and learn.

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Armor display at the Tower of London

London loves kids. You’ll know it’s true when you see a yeoman warder at the Tower of London bending down to listen to a child’s question. Or watch a teenaged tourist trying to elicit a smile from a stone-faced palace guard. Or notice a museum guide quietly leading a child to the front of the group for the best view.

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Funky shopping

London and kids are made for each other. Having new babies in the royal family isn’t the only reason London is kid-centric these days. The city has long been the adopted home of Paddington Bear, and Peter Pan moved into Kensington Garden ages ago. Harry Potter and friends have been catching the train to Hogwarts from King’s Cross Station for quite a few years now. Mary Poppins landed in town and worked as a nanny. And Christopher Robin first met a bear named Pooh in the London Zoo before moving to the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Cable Car

A trip to London with kids? In the words of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie: “Would you like an adventure now, or would like to have your tea first?”


  • Deb Hosey White is an executive management consultant with over thirty years experience working for Fortune 1000 companies. She is the author of Pink Slips and Parting Gifts, a workplace novel based upon those experiences. With English ancestors on both sides of her family, Deb is a serious Anglophile and an avid traveler. David Stewart White began his adventures in family travel as a child when he lived in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. He is the author of Let's Take the Kids to London His travel articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer,, AAA World Magazine, and in numerous travel websites and online magazines. Beyond Downton Abbey — A Guide to 25 Great Houses was their first collaborative travel writing effort. They followed up with Beyond Downton Abbey Volume 2 to tell the stories of another group of great homes in Britain.

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