London England Virtual Field Trip Week 2

Free virtual field trip coloring page:  London Eye coloring page

London England is a beautiful European city with history spilling over!  But no matter how much history you find, you will also find many fun things to do in London with kids!

things to do in london with kids

things to do in london with kids

London, England….as the capital of England, London is one of the most visited cities in the country and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Tourists visit because it is rich in culture, history, architecture, arts, music, theater and food!   But…. it can also be fun and if you don’t watch out you’ll learn something!

Here are some fun things to do in London with kids!   Take some time to learn about these things to do and decide which you want to do when you get to visit London!

The Tower of London

The official name of The Tower of London is Her (or His) Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. It has served various roles over the years, the most famous being a prison. It has also served as a menagerie, home of the Royal Mint, the home of
the Crown Jewels (currently), and formerly a royal residence. Of course, the phrase ‘sent to the Tower’ is still used as a euphemism to mean imprisonment.

The Yeomen Warders – colloquially, the Beefeaters – take care of the Tower. They provide guided tours, in addition to taking care of the Tower. From the Crown Jewels to the older reaches of the Tower, what was once a prison is now a tourist attraction. (read our full review) (read other reviews)

Tower of London

Tower of London

Things to do in London with Kids – Big Ben

Big Ben is located in the north end of Westminster Palace. It serves as the clock and alarm for the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben is one of the largest working four faced clock in the world today. It stands independently making it the one of the tallest clocks in the world. The name, Big Ben, is technically the name of the largest bell inside the clock tower. It is also known as Elizabeth’s Tower as a tribute to the Queen.  (read our full review) (read other reviews)

bib ben

Big Ben

Things to do in London With Kids – The London Eye

The London Eye is a cantilevered observation wheel located in London, along the banks of the River Thames. You can see the entire city, even up to Windsor Castle from the London Eye.  This is one of the more touristy things to do in London with kids that you will find!

The London Eye has thirty-two buses or capsules. The people who constructed this observation wheel must have been superstitious because the number thirteen was skipped. The capsules are numbered from one to thirty-three even though there are only thirty-two capsules. The London Eye can carry 800 people in one rotation, because the capsules resemble a bus.  (read our full review) (read other reviews)

London Eye

London Eye

The Red Phone Booths

One of the most famous icons on the streets of London is the red phone booth. These iconic phone booths were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, a popular architect who also designed landmarks like the Waterloo Bridge and the Liverpool Cathedral.

What makes these phone booths so iconic is the uniformity. The kiosks manufactured from 1926
featured the Tudor Crown, which was officially used by government offices. It was only in 1953 that Queen Elizabeth II had this crown replaced by the St. Edward’s Crown, which symbolizes the actual crown used during British coronations.

red phone booth

Red Phone Booth

Virtual Field Trip Week 2 Free Coloring Page

Free virtual field trip coloring page:  London Eye coloring page

Zoo at Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is located in northwest London. Along the northern side of Regent’s Park is the famous London Zoo, also known as Regent’s Zoo.

The London Zoo is over 188 years old. That makes it the oldest scientific zoo in the whole world. It houses a total of 17,480 animals and 756 different species, as of 2015. Those numbers earned the London Zoo the distinction of having one of the largest collections of animals in the United Kingdom.

London Zoo

Giraffes at the ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park

Things to do in London With Kids – The Tube

The Tube has been around for more than 150 years. It started operations on January 10, 1863. The trains were originally steam-powered. In 1890, the first deep-level electric railway line was opened. By 1961, the Tube was completely powered by electricity.

While the Tube is currently called London Underground, only 45% of it is actually in tunnels. Its busiest station is Oxford Circus. The earliest  trains run at 4:45 A.M. and they run from Osterley to Heathrow.

An iconic saying you will hear around town is “Mind the Gap” – meaning to watch the space between the platform and the train.

mind the gap

King’s Cross – Platform 9 3/4

For Harry Potter fans out there, you can have your picture taken at the famous platform 9 ¾. This is where Harry took his first travel to the magical world of Hogwarts. They even buried a luggage trolley in the wall to make it look as if a Hogwarts’ student has just stepped through the invisible platform door. Its a pretty cool place to take a picture.  (read other reviews) (read our full review)

Platform 9 3/4

Platform 9 3/4

Millennium Bridge

The bridge was nicknamed the Wobbly Bridge because it wobbled when people crossed the bridge
during the opening. After two days of being open, the management decided to close the bridge to
do some structural repairs. After a couple of years of work, it was reopened in 2002. It still carries the moniker Wobbly Bridge even though it no longer wobbles.

Like the King’s Cross station, the Millennium Bridge was also used by the producers of Harry Potter as the fictional Brockdale Bridge. The bridge was destroyed by the Death Eaters. This was in the film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (read reviews)

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

London England Virtual Field Trip Recap

Week 1 – A London England Vacation
Week 2 – Things to do in London with kids
Week 3 – Big Ben, The London Eye, and The Tower of London
Week 4 – London England Side Trips

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2 Comments

  1. Debra on 10/08/2020 at

    Wow, thanks for the whirlwind tour of London! I feel like I was actually there. Terrific pictures for each item. The London Eye is a bit daunting. I can’t imagine how far up in the air the top is!

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