Visit the best London attractions during Christmas 2023

Visit the best London attractions during Christmas 2023

by Paul T
Last Update: 17 July 2023

When it comes to London attractions at Christmas, you are spoilt for choice. The capital comes alive with festive cheer and the merriment can be felt across the city. Whilst London is brimming with attractions that you can experience year-round, there is something magical about the way they transform for the festive season. Christmas in London 2023, promises to be a joyful spectacle, with light shows, Christmas markets, festive Westend shows and places to eat and drink.

In this list, we are going to explore the best attractions during Christmas 2023. Whether that’s the mesmerising lights on Oxford Street or the infamous Winter Wonderland, that draws a huge crowd every year. There is something for everyone.

1. Ice skating

One of the most iconic things to do in the city is pop on your skates and take to the ice rink. Whether you’re a seasoned pro on the ice or you need a little help from a penguin glider, you can take your pick of ice rinks. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Somerset House ice rink

One of the best Christmas attractions in London is ice-skating at the stunning Somerset House. This iconic rink is available each year in the grand neoclassical courtyard. The massive rink is 900 square metres big. You can glide and twist or perhaps just hold onto the edge and scoot around the 40-foot Christmas tree in the centre.

Queen’s House ice-rink

Located on the grounds of the Royal Museums Greenwich which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can whizz around whilst taking in the sights of the architecture and the twinkling festive lights.

Canary Wharf ice-rink

The roof of this magical rink is scattered with over 1,000 sparkling fairy lights, so you can skate come rain or shine.

2. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is infamous for family fun. As one of the most exciting London attractions at Christmas, people flock to the city for this attraction alone. It is jam-packed with festive fun, from Christmas markets, live music, and entertainment to rollercoaster rides, an ice sculpture Magical Kingdom, fairgrounds and circus shows. With plenty of street food options and bars to explore, there’s so much fun for everyone.

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3. Christmas at Kew Gardens

Walk under the stars and take in the magical lights at Kew Gardens this Christmas. Once the sun has disappeared, wrap up warm and make your way around the sparkling tunnels, the dancing lights that flicker in the lake reflections and the trees that are covered in multicolour. The highlight is the fire garden that provides a peaceful flickering of flames before you say hello to Father Christmas on the way.

4. Enjoy the Christmas Markets

Nothing is more charming than wandering around wooden huts looking for stocking fillers and trinkets. The smell of festive treats filling the air and the sounds of Christmas songs to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Here are some of the best Christmas markets to explore on your trip to London.

Christmas by the River

Grab a mulled wine to warm your hands as you pursue the stalls in one of London’s most iconic locations. Tuck into seasonal treats as you gaze over the London skyline and Tower Bridge.

Southbank Christmas Market

Stroll alongside the River Thames as you take in the twinkling lights that line the Southbank. From fondue in cosy igloos to Alpine chalets with arts and crafts.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

In the heart of the theatre district, this Christmas market is bursting with festive cheer. From the carol singers and performances to the stalls packed with treats, delicious bites and warming drinks.

5. Catch a festive show

Going to the theatre in London during Christmas is one of the most spectacular experiences. There are so many festive shows that will leave you feeling jubilant. Families will love Frozen or the more holiday-themed shows like ELF, The Musical and Stick Man. Those looking for a more traditional show can catch a viewing of the Nutcracker.

6. London light displays

London comes alive with lights during the holiday period, and people flock to some of the most famous streets in the city just to see them. Whilst Oxford Street is the most popular, especially if you want to get in some present shopping at the same time, there are many glittering streets to explore. For example, Carnaby Street and Regent Street are just as spectacular but less busy than Oxford Street. You can also head to the likes of Covent Garden and the Shard to see your favourite London spots illuminated with lights and displays.

7. Hogwarts in the Snow: Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an incredible experience for all muggles at any time of the year. However, at Christmas, it is simply magical. The Great Hall is dressed for the Yule Ball with shimmering silver decorations, snow that glitters and icicles throughout. For 2023, there will be a wintery orchestra arrangement which is new for this year. All the set favourites like the Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley are all set for Christmas. But the most majestic set of all is the full-scale Hogwarts Castle covered in snow which will take your breath away.

8. Book a winter igloo

You’ll notice as soon as the temperature drops, your favourite London attractions start popping up cosy igloos to escape the cold. You can warm up with snug throws as you sit under a twinkling dome gazing out over the iconic London sights. The best pods in London are Coppa Club on the Southbank for fondue and views over the Thames and Tower Bridge. Aviary in Finsbury Square has rooftop igloos overlooking the city and The Secret Garden for a private dome in Kensington.

9. Go shopping in the iconic London store

The majority of the stores in London are dressed for Christmas, but some stores are iconic all year round. Head to the beautiful Liberty for the most spectacular tree and dedicated Christmas shop. Harrods is the most famous store in the city which shines even brighter during the festive season. Other stores that are worth the visit are Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis on Oxford Street and Selfridges.

10. Visit the most impressive Christmas trees

Christmas trees are big deal in London. With designers competing to get the opportunity to decorate them in the top spots. The best ones are in Covent Garden, Coal Drops yard at Kings Cross, St Pancras Station, Trafalgar Square and Leaden Market.

11. Enjoy a festive film

Nothing gets you in the holiday mood like a nostalgic film. But what about your favourite holiday classics in an explosion of festive decorations and fun? Backyard Cinema shows feel-good favourites as part of an immersive experience. Or head to a sing-along or quote a-long at the Prince Charles Cinema.

12. Eat, drink and be merry

Treat yourself to one of the most fantastic dining experiences in London, at one of these iconic restaurants that have had a full winter grotto makeover. The Sky Garden is treated to an Alpine overhaul, whilst Duck & Waffle receives a Polar Express theme. Famous The Ivy Chelsea always goes above and beyond with its themes, so it’s worth putting on the itinerary.

Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit London, and no matter what you choose to do, you’ll be swept away it. But make sure you use the Keetoo app to book your tickets for the perfect Christmas day out and manage them all in one place.

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      10 of the best Christmas Markets in London 2023

      10 of the best Christmas Markets in London 2023

      by Paul T
      Last Update: 17 July 2023

      London is one of the most beautiful city’s in the world,

      but it really does become a magical wonderland during the Christmas months. One of the most spectacular things you can do is visit the Christmas markets in London 2023.å

      You’ll find the perfect stocking fillers, unique Christmas decorations for your home and plenty of festive street food and mulled wine to warm your hands. The Christmas markets in London range from traditional boutique styles to big and bold with rides and ice rinks to amp up the Christmas fun.

      So whether you’re visiting London with the kids, as a romantic trip for two or doing some solo shopping, make sure you visit one of the Christmas staples of London, the festive markets.

      Read on to discover the best Christmas markets in London 2023 dates.

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      1. Winter Wonderland Christmas Market

      One of the most popular and exciting Christmas markets in London is at Winter Wonderland. People flock to the capital year after year for the rides, the food and entertainment at the Hyde Park favourite.

      These traditional Christmas markets are some of the largest in the city with quaint chalets that are brimming with festive treats. With a medley of unique arts, crafts, jewellery and decorations to buy.

      When you’re done browsing the markets, you can take the little ones to the traditional fairground for carousel rides, go ice-skating, meet Santa at the grotto or even catch a show like Zippos Christmas Circus.

      Then head to the restaurants, bars and food stalls to get you all feeling cheery.

      Dates: 18 November 2022 – 02 January 2023

      2. Southbank Centre Winter Market

      Located alongside the iconic River Thames, you can stroll along the Southbank where twinkling lights and decorations fill the street. The traditional alpine-style chalets, the smell of delicious street food filling the air and the sound of Christmas music and cheer all around, are sure to warm your heart as you explore the festive stalls.

      Find unique gifts before tucking into treats like fondue, bratwurst and churros all washed down with a mulled wine, hot toddies or hot chocolate.

      One of the most popular things to do is hire one of the Jimmy Lodge snow globes where you and your group can warm up in your igloo overlooking the Thames whilst tucking into traditional alpine treats.

      Dates: TBC

      3. Covent Garden Christmas Village

      Covent Garden is a magical dreamland to explore during the Christmas period. One of the most exciting things is the Covent Garden Christmas Village. Lights, twinkle from every surface, as you make your way through the forest of Christmas trees and giant baubles that fill the hall.

      The Christmas market has promised to be its most magical one yet, so you can be sure to expect a spectacle. A favourite experience is the daily shower of fake snow that gets you in the joyful spirit before exploring the trinkets and treasures of the stalls. When you’re done, make sure you explore the restaurants, bars and shopping that surround the hall.

      This year, there will be exclusive pop-ups to ensure a boutique shopping experience like no other.

      Dates: November 2022 – January 2023

      4. Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

      As you make your way through London Bridge City, alongside the river exploring the wooden cabins as you go, you’re treated to the most spectacular views. The most scenic Christmas market in the city offers stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London as well as the famous City skyline.

      The theme for 2022 is woodland, so expect to see many magical decorations that surround the market. With over 60 stalls to explore you’ll find plenty of gifts and stocking fillers as well as plenty of food options.

      As well as the classic bratwursts and churros, expect to see foods from all over the world. So make sure you visit with an empty belly.

      Dates: 17th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023

      5. Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews

      Located in Edward Mews, the Selfridges Christmas Market is one of the newest markets in the city. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food, with vendors selling everything from mince pies, panettone and stollen to pizza arepas. Sip on hot cocoa or mulled wine as you explore the stalls selling gifts and decorations. One of the most sought-after stalls is the London Florist for dried seasonal flowers and fresh wreaths.

      Dates: TBC

      6. Christmas Canopy Market at King’s Cross

      The Christmas Canopy Market at Kings Cross is the perfect place to pick up some festive produce and delights. They exclusively pick indie designers and makers to showcase, so you show your support to local businesses. There are a host of events throughout December to help you feel merry and bright during the countdown to the big day. These range from wine tastings and pairings to crafting classes so you can make your own gift for a loved one this year.

      Dates: 26th November 2022 – 24th December 2022

      8. Greenwich Christmas Market

      If you want to escape the hubbub of central London, the Greenwich Christmas Market is a more low-key and quieter spot. Of course, the Greenwich Market is available all year round, but during the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, it gets a lot more magical. You’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit without too much of a crowd and support local creators.

      The location itself is beautiful, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Which is given a complete makeover with giant snowmen, wreaths, Christmas trees, ribbons and lights. You’ll find everything from art and candles to sweet treats and eggnog.

      Dates: TBC

      9. Borough Market at Christmas

      Borough Market should be on everyone’s London itinerary, but this is especially true during November and December. All year round you’ll find drinks, street food and produce, but during winter, everything will have a festive twist. From buttery mince pies, cured meats, luxury cheeses and fresh oysters it has it all. As you wander around with your scarves wrapped tight, clutching your warm mulled wine, buskers and choirs will sing to fill your hearts with glee. There are many events in the lead-up to Christmas too, such as cooking classes and cheese board evenings.

      Dates: 2nd December 2022 – 23rd December 2022

      10. Kingston Christmas Market

      Located in the quieter Kingston-upon-Thames, this traditional market has over 40 Bavarian-style cabins to explore. You can find everything from woollen clothes, unique jewellery pieces and artisan cheeses to candied nuts and smoky bratwursts.

      Take in the glittering lights and colourful decorations before heading to The Alpine Village. Here there is a traditional carousel which little ones can enjoy whilst you sit back at the bar or around a firepit and watch live comedians, choirs and artists.

      Dates: 10th November 2022 – 2nd January 2023

      However you decide to spend your Christmas in London 2022, make sure you spend some time exploring the incredible markets. And with so many festive events happening across the city, keep up to date with the Keetoo app. Download the FREE Keetoo app today and start planning your magical Christmas in London.

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          The Best Christmas Day Out in London

          The Best Christmas Day Out in London

          by Chiara C
          Last Update: 17 July 2023

          With so much to do in London over the festive period, it can be difficult to narrow down what to do in a day.

          So in this article, we explore the best itineraries for the best Christmas days out in London. Whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple, solo or with a group of friends, there is so much to do to get you in that holly, jolly spirit. With Christmas markets, festive west end shows, giant Christmas trees and magical twinkling lights all over the city, you’ll love spending the most wonderful time of the year, in the most wonderful city.

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          The best Christmas day out for families

          Looking for the best London Christmas experiences for families? You’ve come to the right place. Travelling with little ones means you have to be a bit more organised, which is why we’ve put together a couple of options to make your family day out in London as stress-free as possible. Christmas is a magical time of year in the city, from the explosion of lights to the festive theme parks. Here are two options to make you and your family feel the festive cheer this year.

          Option 1:

          Morning: Walk along the Southbank
          Get to London early and make your way to Southbank for a leisurely stroll along the River Thames. The area is dressed for Christmas with decorations and festive cheer. You’ll also be able to take in the sights of Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. The Southbank Christmas market opens at 11 am, where the smell of festive treats fills the air, and stalls open to buy stocking fillers fill the air. For lunch treat yourselves to a hot chocolate and a sizzling bratwurst.

          Afternoon: Catch a matinee show
          Escape the winter cold and take the family to see a matinee show. This year there is an adaptation of the popular Christmas movie in ELF The Musical. However, if you are visiting with really little ones you may want to take them to see Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

          And it doesn’t have to be a Christmas exclusive, classic shows like Lion King, Matilda and Frozen the Musical will still be on throughout December too.

          Evening: Explore the magical Christmas lights
          As the sun goes down, London becomes a vibrant land of lights and impressive displays. Go to Regents Street and walk towards Oxford Street before making your way to Carnaby Street. This route allows you to take in beautiful shop displays and famous street lights.

          Option 2:

          Morning: Explore Winter Wonderland
          With so much to do at Winter Wonderland, families can easily spend a whole day there. Easily one of the best Christmas days out in London, there are roller coaster rides, fun houses, an ice rink, ice sculpture the Magical Kingdom and plenty of markets to explore. The best food is in the Barvarian Village where you can enjoy cosy chalets and a medley of bars, restaurants and cafes.

          Afternoon: See a show at Winter Wonderland
          Zippos Christmas Circus will have the whole family cheering as acrobats and a giant polar bear entertain the crowd.

          Evening: Take in the botanical lights at Kew Gardens
          End the day by walking through Christmas at Kew Gardens. The magical winter trail is bursting with lights and colour. Meet Father Christmas and enjoy sweet treats and hot drinks from vendors as you explore the spectacle of lights.

          The best Christmas day out for couples

          The best Christmas days out in London for couples are those that are packed full of romance and festive cheer. From holding hands as you explore the Christmas markets and glittering decorations to taking in a show on the Westend. Couples will fall in love with the magic of London during the Christmas period.

          Option 1:

          Morning: Go to Christmas by the River
          There is nothing more romantic than walking hand-in-hand as you walk along London Bridge City. You can spend the morning exploring Borough Market and sampling cheeses and meat, before walking along towards the market Christmas by the River. As you discover unique trinkets and decorations you can take in the iconic London skyline and Tower Bridge.

          For lunch head to the Southbank where you can book an igloo experience with Jimmy’s Lodge. Here you can cosy up together and enjoy a fondue for two with a glass of bubbly.

          Afternoon: go ice skating at Somerset House
          Hold your love’s hand as you glide around a massive Christmas tree. You can enjoy a glass of bubbly at the Moet & Chandon Skate lounge before taking to the ice. It’s the most romantic backdrop for a London Christmas date.

          Evening: Go for dinner at the Sky Garden
          Tuck into a festive menu of roast turkey, pumpkin and pavlova with some of the most stunning views of the city at night, whilst surrounded by the most beautiful plants and flowers.

          Option 2:

          Morning: go shopping in the iconic stores
          Get in the festive mood by taking your partner to one of the most iconic stores in London. Harrods, Liberty and Selfridges are famous for their Christmas displays and are the perfect place to get some unique gifts.

          Afternoon: Go to Covent Garden Christmas Village market
          Carol singers fill the air with festive cheer as you explore the stalls selling jewellery, gifts, clothes and decorations. Grab a mulled wine, and enjoy the fake snow shower that fills the air as you shop.

          Evening: Dinner and a show
          Book a dinner and show combo to make the most of your London experience. You can book a swanky meal with the likes of Back to the Future The Musical, Dirty Dancing, Moulin Rouge, Pretty Woman or the more festive ELF, The Musical.

          The best Christmas day out for solo visitors

          You don’t need anyone to come with you to enjoy London at Christmas. There is so much for solo explorers to enjoy. Whether you want to grab a mince pie and a mulled wine and explore the Christmas markets or pick up some last-minute shopping gifts at one of the iconic department stores, you’ll love your solo adventure.

          Option 1:

          Morning: Borough market and Christmas tree at Leadenhall
          One of the best Christmas days out in London is visiting Borough Market. It’s one of the ultimate things to do as a solo explorer. Sample the festive produce as you sip hot chocolate and take in the stunning festive decorations.

          Afternoon: Shopping on Oxford Street
          Pick up some Christmas bargains as you explore the famous Oxford Street shops. From Primark to John Lewis, you’re sure to find the perfect gifs. The shop window displays will have you feeling festive in no time.

          Evening: Catch a show
          The best thing about watching a solo show is you can usually bag a bargain seat. Take yourself on a date to see a top show like Hamilton, Book of Mormon, Wicked or Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol.

          Option 2:

          Morning: Christmas Canopy Market at Kings Cross
          Spend the morning at Coals Drop Yard where you can get breakfast and a coffee whilst viewing the Christmas tree. Then head to Christmas Canopy Market at Kings Cross, for sweet treats, and crafts. You could even join an event to make your own bespoke gift.

          Afternoon: Warner Bros. Studio Tour
          If you’re a big Harry Potter fan. The Warner bros. Studio Tour, Hogwarts in the Snow is a fantastic solo experience. Make your way to Euston to get the train to Watford Junction, where you can hop on the Harry Potter bus to the studios. The sets are all dressed for the festive period but the highlight is the Hogwarts Castle model that is covered in snow.

          Evening: Christmas at Kew Gardens
          Let the magic continue into the evening at Kew Gardens. Make your way around the botanical gardens that are bursting with colour and lights. You’ll love taking some time for yourself at the fire garden where flickering flames create a peaceful ambience.

          The best Christmas day out for friends

          Whether it’s a best friend duo or a big group of you, there is so much fun to be had in the capital during the festive season. From drinks and fondue in a rented igloo to nostalgic festive films to sing-along to. You’re certain to get in the cheery spirit.

          Option 1:

          Morning: Explore the Greenwich market
          Greenwich is a great place to visit with friends. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to explore whilst you catch up. The Christmas market is more low-key than some of the others in central London, so you’ll be able to get into the festive mood without the busy crowds.

          Afternoon: Igloo dining and ice skating at Queens House
          Grab your pals and hit the ice at Queen’s House in Greenwich. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can enjoy the most Insta-worthy views as you glide… or wobble around the rink. Book dinner and drinks in one of the cosy dining domes.

          Evening: Go to the O2
          Dance the night away at the O2 with acts like Blue, Bryan Adams and Westlife performing in December. Indigo at the O2 is great for partying pals with events like Soul Town Festival and One Night at the Disco.

          Option 2:

          Morning: Shopping in Soho
          Meet up in Soho and marvel at the displays of Carnaby Street whilst stopping for coffee and shopping as you wander the streets.

          Afternoon: Winter Wonderland
          Then head to Hyde Park for an afternoon of fun and frolics. There is so much to do in Winter Wonderland. From ice-skating, drinks in a tipi with a firepit, Christmas markets and so much more. Make sure you sample some street food and the impressive Carousel Bar.

          Evening: Sing along at Backyard Cinema
          Go on an arctic voyage through constellations and Northern lights at Backyard Cinema. You can enjoy your festive favourites amongst snow-topped trees and decorations as you sink into your giant beanbag. If you want to get rowdy, sing-alongs like Greatest Showman and Frozen are the ones for you.

          You’ve just got the one day in London to get as festive as possible, so don’t waste a second of it, and pack in as many seasonal treats as possible. Make sure to download the Keetoo app to keep all your plans in one place.

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              Should I Book Tickets for London Attractions in Advance?

              Should I Book Tickets for London Attractions in Advance?

              by Chiara C
              Last Update: 17 July 2023

              Estimates show that the UK will welcome over 26 million visitors in 2022.

              That means millions of other travellers will be visiting London throughout the year and they’ll all be vying for the same tickets as you when you’re booking visits to London attractions.

              Does this mean that you should book tickets for London attractions in advance? If you can, yes! However, not all attractions require a booking ahead of time. While it’s recommended if you want to snag the best prices and avoid queues, it’s not always necessary.

              Here’s what to know about how to book tickets to London attractions ahead of time so you can enjoy the best trip to London.

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              Reasons to Book Tickets for London Attractions in Advance

              As mentioned above, it’s a good idea to book tickets for London attractions in advance if you can. There are many benefits of doing so, including the fact that you can avoid the queues at the ticket office and also (often) be able to get a discount on the price of your ticket.

              And if you’re looking to visit multiple attractions, then booking via the Keetoo Days Out app can help you earn free money to spend during your London vacation. This is especially helpful if you’re travelling with children or a large group of friends or family.

              The more Keetoo Kredits you purchase, the more free Kredits we add to your wallet. You can use these free Keetoo Kredits to book more experiences and tickets at over 1,000 locations all around the UK.

              However, before we get into the real benefits of booking ahead via the Keetoo Days Out app, let’s explore some of the main attractions in London that are necessary to book in advance.

              Attractions to Book in Advance When You Visit London

              Some museums in London are free and other attractions are open to the public. However, there are certain attractions that, when vacation planning, you’ll want to ensure you book ahead. Why?

              Aside from earning more Keetoo Kredits as mentioned above, tickets for these attractions tend to sell out quickly. If you’re travelling with children and want to ensure you can not only purchase a ticket but purchase one at a specific time during the day then you’ll need to book ahead.

              Buckingham Palace State Rooms

              The Buckingham Palace State Rooms are a must-see for any visitor to London. Home to some of the most important events in British history, a tour of 19 State Rooms is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

              From the opulent throne room to the intimate royal bed chambers, the Buckingham Palace State Rooms offer a rare insight into the lives of Britain’s royal family. And with a range of audio guides and tours available, there is something to suit everyone.

              Note that this tour is only open from July to October. Tickets tend to go on sale beginning in March and because they only allow visits for a couple of months of each year, they tend to sell out quickly.

              Note that to witness the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace you don’t need to purchase a ticket. The experience is free! However, you will need to check out their schedule to ensure you’re outside at the correct time to witness the changing of the guards.

              Pro Tip: We suggest booking tickets in advance to visit Kensington Palace as well!

              Westminster Abbey

              Visit Westminster Abbey to see the beautiful architecture and art, learn about British history, and visit the final resting place of many famous people.

              The abbey was founded in the year 960 (yes, you read that right, 960!), and since then it has been expanded and renovated many times. It is one of the most important Gothic buildings in England, and it has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

              The abbey is also home to many valuable works of art, including paintings by John Constable and Henry Purcell’s organ. In addition, Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of many British monarchs and other notable figures, such as Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

              Should you book ahead for this London attraction? It’s not necessary, no. You typically don’t run the risk of not being able to purchase a ticket for your desired date. However, if you book your ticket ahead for Westminster Abbey you can enjoy a £2 discount per ticket.

              Pro Tip: If you’re interested in Abbey Road (which is just three miles away from Westminster Abbey) because you’re a fan of The Beatles then be sure to book a ticket for The Beatles Story if you make it to Liverpool.

              Harry Potter Studio Tour

              You’ll want to book at least two months in advance if you plan to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. It’s a must for any Harry Potter fan.

              The Studio Tour is located in Leavesden, just outside of London. Visitors can explore the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room, and Dumbledore’s office, among other sets and locations from the Harry Potter films.

              The tour also includes a chance to see some of the Harry Potter props and costumes up close, as well as learn about how the special effects were created. Best of all, the Studio Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter movies.

              Why should you book in advance? The tour is incredibly popular as you can imagine.

              Pro Tip: Because you’ll want to spend your time enjoying this tour (which can last up to four hours or more), you don’t want to be rushed. If you can, ensure you get a ticket for the morning. However, note that morning tickets tend to sell out faster.

              Tower of London

              The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror and served as a royal residence, a prison, and a place of execution for over 600 years.

              The tower is now managed by Historic Royal Palaces and is open to the public as a tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the tower’s many chambers and learn about its fascinating history. They can also visit the crown jewels, which are on display in the Jewel House.

              The Tower of London is an iconic part of London’s skyline and a must-see for any visitor to the city. However, it’s another attraction that isn’t necessary to book ahead unless you want to snag discounts.

              In some cases, you can get discounts for purchasing online. Via the Keeoo Days Out app, you can purchase a ticket for just 30 Kredits per adult or 15 Kredits per child to save even more.

              Pro Tip: Combine your visit to the Tower of London with a visit to the Tower Bridge!

              London Eye

              The London Eye is a visit you won’t want to miss when trip planning your vacation. It is a large Ferris wheel that allows you to see all of London from above.

              Once at the top, you will have stunning views of some of London’s most famous landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. All in all, the London Eye is a great activity for families or couples looking to get a unique perspective on the city.

              Should you book tickets ahead for the London Eye? It can be difficult to book too far in advance because the weather in London is somewhat difficult to predict. However, we recommend booking a day or two in advance if you can.

              Pro Tip: You can purchase tickets for a specific time slot so that you can avoid long lines. This is the best way to visit the London Eye and avoid wasting time that you can spend exploring other areas of London.

              West End Shows

              West End in London is an area that is rich in culture and history. West End in London is known for its many theatres, which attract tourists from all over the world. West End in London is also home to numerous museums and galleries, as well as several famous landmarks.

              However, if you’re planning on catching a West End show then we recommend booking as far in advance as possible. This is to ensure that you can purchase a ticket for the show you’re hoping to see but also so that you can get snag the seat you’re interested in.

              Pro Tip: If you’re not interested in theatre but want to enjoy a show while you’re visiting London then head to the cinema for a fun, entertaining evening out.

              Purchase Tickets for Your London Vacation

              Regardless of whether you’re planning a visit to one of the attractions above or any of the numerous other fun things to do in London, we definitely suggest that you ​​book tickets for London attractions in advance.

              With the Keetoo Days Out app, that’s easier than ever. Download the app to discover the best days out and things to do in London. Then, book your tickets ahead of time and enjoy earning Keetoo Kredits as you do so!

              Click here to download the app today.

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                  Affordable UK days out ideas on a budget

                  Affordable UK days out ideas on a budget

                  by Ren Nair
                  Last Update: 17 July 2023

                  Let’s face it,

                  every penny counts at the moment, and with the cost of living crisis only just beginning, a trip out might be the last thing on your mind. But a day out doesn’t have to cost the earth. Here are our tips on how to have fun this summer on a budget.

                  Head to the Beach

                  We might not all live by a beach, but with over 1500 to choose from you’re bound to find one that you can get to for a bit of summer sun (or rain!).

                  The UK boasts some stunning coastline from Cornwall to Norfolk, Devon to Northumberland and the best thing about the beach is that building a sandcastle, going for a swim or sunbathing won’t cost you a thing.

                  We can’t promise you the best of weather but a day trip to a beach is an affordable alternative to an expensive package holiday abroad.

                  Costs:
                  Travel by National Express from London to Bournemouth (one day return): £20.50

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                  Explore a Museum for free

                  There are plenty of free museums to visit up and down the UK. Incorporating a museum stop into your holiday itinerary can really help in making your trip out more affordable, especially if you take a packed lunch with you to have afterward.

                  There are too many free museums to mention here but if you haven’t already been we would really recommend The Natural History Museum (London), the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), the V&A Museum of Childhood (London) and The World Museum (Liverpool) to get you started.

                  Costs:
                  Free

                  Book a Cinema trip

                  There’s nothing like the cinema, and even I have to admit that watching something from home just isn’t the same as on the big screen.

                  This summer why not enjoy the latest blockbusters with surround sound, a bucket of popcorn, and some much-needed time away from your phone.

                  Cinema trips can seem like a lot of money, but not if you know where to look for the best prices. www.keetoo.com have tickets available for as little as six pounds, and if you share your popcorn with someone else you can be looking at an afternoon or evening out for just over a tenner.

                  Costs:
                  Vue cinema tickets (£6 London £8) when you first top up your account with Keetoo.

                  P.S Every time you top up with Keetoo you get free Kredits so if an adult tops up £40 you get extra Kredits, for free, which you can use to book another trip.

                  Enjoy a Picnic

                  The best thing about a picnic outside is that it can be anything you want it to be. Scones, cream and strawberries with some fizz? Yep, Homemade sandwiches and tea? Check! A packet of crisps and a can of pop? Of course!

                  With funds as tight as they are for many at the moment, you might start to get cabin fever if you feel like every time you go out you can’t spend any money. But a picnic outdoors might be the exact thing you need to get away from the stresses and pressures of our world at the moment.

                  Costs:
                  Cafe Nero iced coffee 4 Kredits with Keetoo

                  Take a Bike ride

                  And if you don’t have a bike? Take a scooter, and if you don’t have a scooter? Go for a walk! When it comes to making the most of summer every second outside counts.

                  Dusting off your old bike and heading out for an afternoon of sun, nature and exercise is a fun and free way to spend your time.

                  Costs:
                  Free

                  Walk the London Southbank

                  If you’re someone who loves to stroll then a walk down the Southbank in London is a great (and cheap!) way to while away a summer afternoon.

                  It’s amazing to think that just one strip of London can offer so much to see. From views of Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast to The Globe Theatre and The London Eye, plus the Tate Modern Gallery which is free to explore.

                  There’s even a beach for those who fancy a rest along the way, although we wouldn’t recommend going for a swim in the Thames!

                  Costs:
                  Free

                  Van Gogh Immersive

                  In recent years immersive experiences have really taken off, growing in popularity they offer the chance to not only watch an event but LIVE it too.

                  From films to board games and books there’s now an immersive experience to suit everyone’s taste, but they can be a bit on the pricey side.

                  The Van Gogh Immersive Experience takes you on a deep dive into the world of one of the greatest painters ever to exist. Meditative and colourful, this experience combines 3D and 4D art installations, history, and is excellent for both young and older art enthusiasts.

                  Costs:
                  From £13 (From 13 Kredits with Keetoo)

                  Enter into a Vitality Park Run

                  It’s harder than ever to get motivated to keep fit. With longer days working and demands on our time growing, you may wonder where you’ll find the time to get some exercise.

                  Vitality Parkrun is a weekly event across the country encouraging people to get fit by taking part in running activities in local parks and community spaces.

                  Since its creation, there have been over 200,000 Parkruns with 5k events being held on Saturday mornings and 2k events for children up to the age of 14 on Sundays. And the best thing about it? It’s free to enter and always will be!

                  Costs:
                  Free

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                      Things To Do for Father’s Day in London

                      Things To Do for Father’s Day in London

                      by Markus
                      Last Update: 17 July 2023

                      Father’s Day Activities

                      Are you out of ideas on how to spoil your dad this Father’s Day? Instead of doing the same old thing, why not try something new? So ditch the tradition of gifting your dad socks or a bottle of rum. There are better ways to show him how much you love and appreciate him.
                      London offers a wide variety of Father’s Day activities that will earn you the badge of the best child ever!
                      Father’s Day is on 19th June this year and when deciding on a gift, remember the best present you can give is to spend time together as a family. So, before things get too sentimental, here are the ten best things to do in London for Father’s Day.

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                      1. See London by Night

                      As impressive as London is, it has a different aura at night. The bright lights and crisp night air mixed with an open-top bus and London’s top attractions is a recipe for success.

                      The bus passes sights like:

                      • Piccadilly Circus
                      • Trafalgar Square
                      • Tower of London
                      • St. Paul’s Cathedral
                      • Houses of Parliament
                      • Tower Bridge
                      • Big Ben
                      • London Eye
                      • Westminster Abbey

                      Price

                      The price per adult is £24, and children between the ages of 5 to 15 receive a discounted rate of £13. Children under the age of 5 ride for free.

                      They also offer family packages (two adults and two children) for £64.

                      This price includes a knowledgeable English-speaking guide and lasts for 90 minutes. That leaves plenty of time for dinner before or after the tour.

                      Times

                      During the months of October to March, there are daily departures at 19:30 and 21:20.

                      However, in the summer months, between April to September, they operate seven days a week with departures at:

                      • 19:30
                      • 20:00
                      • 20:30
                      • 21:15
                      • 21:45
                      • 22:15

                      Pick-up and Drop-off Locations
                      You must arrive at the Green Park bus stop in Piccadilly 15 minutes before departure. If you have trouble locating the bus stop, it’s right next to the Ritz Hotel.

                      2. Experience the London Eye

                      Take your dad on an incredible outing to experience the London Eye for Father’s Day.

                      Each pod can fit up to 28 people, so you can invite the whole family to share this moment with you.

                      Each pod provides you with 360-degree views and includes an audio guide available in seven languages.

                      Price

                      The price per adult is £29.50, and children receive a discounted rate of £26.00 per child.

                      There is an option to reserve a private pod starting from £625, which includes priority boarding. In addition, you can order food and beverages upon request.

                      Times

                      The London Eye operates seven days a week from 11 am to 6 pm, and one rotation takes around half an hour.

                      3. Brush Up on Your History at the London Dungeon

                      If your father is a big history buff or horror fan, the perfect father’s day gift is a trip to The London Dungeon.

                      The dungeon hosts 19 interactive shows with live actors. Follow the gruesome story of Jack the Ripper or watch a spine-chilling reenactment of a prisoner being punished in the Tower of London’s torture chamber.

                      Price

                      The admission price per adult is £28, and children receive a discounted price of £22.50. The duration of the tour is about 2 hours.

                      Times

                      They are open seven days a week. Weekdays and Sundays from 10 am- 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm.

                      4. Go to a Theatre Show

                      London’s theatre scene has something for everyone. So, you don’t have to take your dad to Mamma Mia! or The Phantom of the Opera. Instead, you have more masculine choices like The Book of Mormon and Back to the Future.

                      Prices

                      Prices will vary depending on the show you want to see, the location of your seat and the date. Tickets can range from £18 to over £100.

                      Times

                      Times will vary depending on the show. However, during peak season, there should be showings twice a day. Once in the afternoon and once in the evening

                      5. Take Your Dad Pub Crawling

                      London has some of the best pubs in the world. So if your father likes a couple of pints, this will be the best present ever!

                      Following the Circle Line Pub Crawl guide, you can visit 27 pubs in one day. Yes, many people have failed this mission, but it’s still plenty of fun to try.

                      A few of the pubs included on this route are:

                      • The Shakespeare
                      • The Old Star
                      • The Princess of Wales
                      • Ye Olde Watling
                      • Old Swan

                      Just make sure to line your stomach with a greasy breakfast before embarking on this journey. Drinking water between each drink will also help you last longer!

                      Price

                      It’s free! This is something you can do on your own. But, you will need to cough up for an Uber or use public transportation to get from one pub to the next. In addition, everything you drink and eat is at your own cost.

                      Times

                      There are no set times; you can do this at your own pace. However, getting an early start will ensure you get time to make it to all the pubs.

                      6. Be Transported Back to the 80s at the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range

                      Transport your father back to his younger days with these 1980’s Crazy Golf-inspired miniature golf courses.

                      There are 18 holes designed after the most famous holes worldwide, making it the perfect venue for family fun.

                      Prices

                      The price per adult is £12, and for children under the age of 16, it is £7. In addition, there is a family rate (two adults and two children) of £31.

                      Students enter at a rate of £7, and large parties of min 10 players for £10 per adult.

                      Times

                      Greenwich Pennisula is open seven days a week from 9 am to 10 pm, so it’s easy to spend the entire day there and dine at their restaurant for dinner.

                      7. Go Fishing at Hampstead Heath

                      Ok, you need to prepare beforehand for this one. While you are allowed to fish at Hampstead Heath, you must apply for a fishing permit at £10.60 per person.

                      There are five ponds to choose from:

                      Highgate Men’s Pond
                      Model Boating Pond
                      Hampstead No 2 Pond
                      Viaduct Pond
                      Vale of Health Pond

                      Price

                      Entry is free; however, you must pay for the fishing license. So, even if you have family members who don’t fish, they can pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air.

                      Times

                      Hampstead Heath is open all the time. They have no gates to shut you out or lock you in. But, under 16s are not allowed to fish alone in the evenings.

                      8. Experience The Gunpowder Plot

                      If you really want to try something new and exciting, buy tickets to the Gunpowder Plot. It’s an interactive play that takes place in the Tower Vaults of the Tower of London.

                      Guy Fawkes is played by Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.

                      The vaults lay under the Tower Hill site where many of the Gunpowder plots took place.

                      Price

                      The price varies depending on the day you go and the time slot you pick. But tickets start at £40.

                      Times

                      The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday, starting as early as 10:30 am, with the last show for the day starting around 6 pm.

                      9. Go Go-Karting in the Docklands

                      Tune into your competitive side while go-karting for Father’s Day. London Docklands centre has an 800m track with tricky twists and turns.

                      The go-karts can reach 65km per hour, which means you can channel your inner speed demon without worrying about traffic cops.

                      Prices

                      Starting price is £20 per person, but they do have discounted family and large group rates.

                      Times

                      They are open seven days a week from 9 am – 11 pm. Get there early; you will need a whole day to get through everything they offer.

                      10. Take a Tour of Fuller’s Griffin Brewery

                      If your dad likes beer, taking a Fuller’s Brewery tour is a fun Father’s Day activity.

                      It’s only a 45-minute drive from central London, and you can spend the day witnessing how your favourite beer is made.

                      But you won’t just be witnessing the process; you will also get to sample many of the brewery’s fine ales.

                      Prices

                      Tickets start at £25.00 per person and include a 2-hour tour of the brewery and a tasting afterwards.

                      Times

                      Tours operate from Tuesday to Sunday with time slots. From Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, tours start at:

                      • 11 am
                      • 12 pm
                      • 1 pm
                      • 2 pm
                      • 3 pm

                      On Friday:

                      • 11 am
                      • 12 pm
                      • 1 pm
                      • 2 pm
                      • 3 pm
                      • 4 pm

                      On Sunday:

                      • 1 pm
                      • 2 pm
                      • 3 pm

                      Fuller’s Brewery is closed to tours on public holidays.

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                      So, pull open those purse strings! Your dad deserves to be spoiled!

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                          The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

                          The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

                          by Ren Nair
                          Last Update: 17 July 2023

                          On the 9th of September in 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch and now, in 2022, she will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
                          If you’ve had a tradition of watching the Queen on your TV giving speeches at Christmas time, or you like to keep up with her public appearances throughout the year, then you’ll want to celebrate this event.
                          But, how can you get involved and honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? Are there specific events you can attend?
                          For those people interested in celebrating the Queen, this article is for you! Keep reading to find out more about this marvellous event.

                          Queen Elizabeth II and Her Life

                          Queen Elizabeth II was crowned when she was twenty-seven years old. Since then, she has served Britain for decades and continues to hold her place in the royal palace today.
                          In 2016, she also celebrated her 90th birthday and has already held her diamond jubilee in 2012. Now, you might be wondering, with all these milestones why is it important to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?
                          Considering no other monarch has ever reached their Platinum Jubilee this is truly a once in a lifetime event!

                          Historically, jubilees have been celebrated with fireworks, feasts, and special processions. This event has existed since the 1300s so it’s an essential part of British culture.
                          The good news is, you don’t need to travel to Buckingham Palace to be able to celebrate this big event. There are hundreds of street parties planned across the country, and you can host an intimate family party as well. If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the Jubilee 2022 then the next section has everything you need.

                          1. The Queen’s Birthday Parade

                          On the first day of the holiday, there will be a huge birthday parade with 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians. This is by far one of the most visually striking events of the whole celebration!
                          Normally, this parade will be broadcast on TV so you’ll be able to watch it with your friends and family at home.

                          2. Service of Thanksgiving

                          On Friday the 3rd of June there is the Service of Thanksgiving. This event is less extravagant and is held in St Paul’s Cathedral.

                          3. Platinum Party at the Palace

                          Of course, no party is complete without some music. Therefore, on the 4th of June, there will be a live concert at Buckingham Palace. The great thing about this event is that members of the public will be able to attend.
                          The details of these tickets will be released closer to the time so you can keep an eye out online for more details!

                          4. The Big Jubilee Lunch

                          The final event is held on the last day of the Jubilee weekend, which is on Sunday the 5th of June. This is the best time to get involved in this milestone and honour the Queen.
                          You can mark this occasion with your community by hosting a street party, organising a BBQ, or having a small picnic with loved ones. It doesn’t need to be big; you can even have a takeaway with your family!
                          Besides the official events that are taking place, there are other personal ways you can do something extra special for this big day.

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                          Personal Ideas for Celebrating the Jubilee

                          As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a public holiday, why not treat yourself?
                          You can pick your favourite restaurant and take your friends or family out for a big meal. Afterwards, you can go home and watch the live concert on the TV.
                          Alternatively, you can plan an afternoon tea party and decorate your home with bunting and lovely accessories to mark this amazing event. There are many online sellers and shops that will sell decorations for the Jubilee.
                          But, if you want to do something a little more adventurous then you can take a trip to London and soak up the atmosphere near Buckingham Palace!

                          Take a Trip to London

                          There’s nothing better than being in London during the Queen’s Jubilee. Everyone is in a lovely mood and the streets are alive with people partying and celebrating the Queen.
                          If you can, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit the London Eye or see the crown jewels. As long as you book in advance you can have a great time exploring the streets of London when the Jubilee is taking place.
                          When it comes to spending for the Jubilee you’ll want to have some flexibility. Especially if you want to grab something at a local market or get food at a stall.

                          Therefore, the app Keetoo is ideal for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You can keep track of spending and enjoy the event without paying the consequences afterwards.
                          Plan in advance, use the Keetoo app, and make the most of the bank holiday! By coming together with your community and honouring an important public figure that has done so much for the country, you will feel part of your community.
                          Plus, it’s a nice excuse to dress up and treat your loved ones.
                          What could be better?

                          Don’t Let Planning Ruin the Celebration

                          With a big event like the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coming up this year on top of school holidays, birthdays, and other family occasions, it can be hard to book all the events in advance.
                          Thankfully, the Keetoo app is the solution for busy people who want to visit attractions and plan a trip like going to London to visit Buckingham Palace. All you need is your phone and you’re ready!
                          It’s also a great way to check opening times and compare prices. In other words, it’s everything you need for celebrating the Jubilee in one app.
                          Take a look today and see for yourself.

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                              11 Things to Consider When Making Plans to Visit Oxford from London

                              11 Things to Consider When Making Plans to Visit Oxford from London

                              by Markus
                              Last Update: 17 July 2023

                              Can you believe that 7 million people visit Oxford every year?

                              As an idyllic university town, it’s easy to see why Oxford is so popular. But if you’re planning to take your family to this historic and fun spot for a few days, you probably have a lot of questions.

                              How will you get there? Where should you stay, and what are the most fun attractions for the whole family?

                              If you crave the perfect family holiday, keep reading for eleven important things to consider when making plans to visit Oxford.

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                              1. Travel by Train

                              The fastest way to travel to Oxford from London is by train. This method of transportation takes about an hour and is both comfortable and scenic.

                              You have the option of taking a train from Paddington station, which affords a view of Windsor Castle and the Thames Valley. Or you can take a train from London Marylebone, which is just as fast and provides views of the Chiltern Hills.

                              2. Travel by Bus

                              If you wish to save money on travel, then journeying by bus is the least expensive option. Buses are available through the Oxford Tube. The time it takes to get to Oxford generally runs a bit under two hours.

                              These coaches depart every 10-20 minutes and stop in multiple locations in London and Oxford. They are committed to safety, with several guidelines in place to maximise cleanliness and minimise the risk to your health. They also offer features like 4G wi-fi and in-seat charging stations.

                              The Oxford Tube offers a range of ticket discounts. Currently, fares for children (age 5 to 15) start at £4 one-way, while students and adults over sixty pay £10. You also save money by buying a return ticket, which is good for a return within three months.

                              The Oxford Tube allows luggage up to a certain size and even permits you to take bicycles. There is also no need to buy tickets ahead of time. Check out their FAQs for more information.

                              3. Travel by Car

                              If you are taking a family vacation to Oxford, you may be considering driving yourself. However, this option has several problematic components. Let’s look into the pros and cons of driving your car to Oxford.

                              One pro is that you can pack all your bulky luggage such as bikes, prams, and picnic baskets. Carrying these items when travelling by train or bus, even if allowed, can be hectic and stressful.
                              You will also have a flexible transportation option during your holiday. If you want to pop over to other towns or cities during your trip, this can make having your car convenient.

                              However, the cons of driving yourself are not insignificant. Commuter traffic between the two destinations can make rush hour intense. Gridlock and traffic jams can increase the travel time from 1.5 hours to three hours.
                              In addition, there are tolls to be paid. And let’s not forget parking fees in Oxford, which can be expensive.

                              Oxford is extremely navigable by foot or bike; bikes are even available for rent. There are also buses in town. This makes having your car rather unnecessary.
                              With these pros and cons considered, you may find that driving yourself from London is more trouble than it’s worth.

                              4. Where to Stay

                              The ideal location to stay in Oxford is the historic city centre. This is where you’ll find the colleges of Oxford University, as well as historic churches dating back to medieval times. There are many shops, restaurants, and theatres in this area.

                              Gothic architecture features prominently in the city centre, making it beautiful and scenic. Here you’ll find the luxurious Old Parsonage Hotel and Old Bank Hotel. The Vanbrugh House Hotel, housed in a 1700s Cotswold townhouse, is also a short walk away.
                              These accommodations run more expensive, but are lavish and ideally situated.

                              Nearby in the suburb of Summertown, you will find mid-range accommodations. These include the Burlington House Hotel, Royal Oxford Hotel, and Holt Hotel. These are about a ten-minute walk from the city centre and are also accessible by bus or train.

                              For housing accommodation on a budget, one might consider the Travelodge Oxford Peartree Hotel or the Premier Inn Oxford Hotel. These are inexpensive, pleasant and tidy. There is also the Travelodge Oxford Wheatley, which is pet-friendly.

                              5. Oxford City Sightseeing

                              When you arrive in the city of Oxford, a sightseeing bus tour is your obvious first choice. This allows you to get acquainted with the great multitude of things to do in Oxford.

                              Thus the hop-on-hop-off tour is ideal. Riding a double-decker bus, you can view iconic landmarks like Oxford Castle and Christ Church. You also drop by the North Parade, a street crammed with artisan shops and fabulous coffee spots.

                              When you come to a stop you wish to explore further, simply get off the bus, tour, and then jump onto another hop-on-hop-off bus when you’re ready to continue. You can get off and on as many times as you wish within 24 hours.

                              The bus ride itself is 1 hour. Included in your ticket is an optional 30-minute guided walking tour, which allows you to see sights not accessible by bus.
                              Hop-on-hop-off tours run 7 days a week.

                              6. Oxford Castle and Prison

                              This attraction is perfect if you are touring Oxford with kids. Venturing deep into a Norman candle-lit crypt, your family will learn about the legends of King Arthur. Climbing 101 steps up St. George’s Tower, you will be afforded an amazing panoramic view of Oxford.

                              Everyone will be suitably chilled entering creepy prison cells from the 1700s. Tours presented by fully-costumed guides in character add to the adventure.

                              Visit our Days Out page for more on visiting the Castle and Prison.

                              7. Punting on the River

                              This activity is a must for your trip to Oxford. A rite of passage since the 1800s, you will see many of the colleges and well-kept parks as you glide serenely along.

                              You might opt for a chauffeured punt, which allows you to sit back and relax as you take in the scenery. Or, if your family feels adventurous, you can hire a self-drive punt to try navigating the rivers yourselves.

                              The main riverways can get crowded with other craft and tourists, but if you stick to the backwaters you can punt through gorgeous rural countryside.

                              8. Oxford Botanic Gardens

                              This is the UK’s oldest botanic garden, dating back to 1612. Originally intended to grow plants for medical purposes, today it features numerous glasshouses, gardens, and 130 acres of woodland. It also boasts 6,000 different types of plants, some of which are used for cancer and heart research.

                              Kids will enjoy the Garden Eye Spy Trail as well as seasonal themed trails. Tours of the Botanic Gardens typically take 1-2 hours.

                              9. Port Meadow

                              This enormous field is a bucolic paradise. Edged by the Thames and frequented by ponies and cows, it is the ideal spot for a picnic. Kids can run off some energy tossing balls or playing badminton while you recline with a good book.

                              The Meadow is also great for birding enthusiasts, hikers, and photographers. Be sure to pack your hamper and bring along a blanket for a sun-drenched afternoon in the fresh air, bidding stress and care goodbye.

                              10. Oxford’s Covered Market

                              This famous indoor marketplace is housed in a building that dates to the 1700s. A bustling hub of sights, sounds, and smells, your family will enjoy shopping till you drop.

                              Wares range from delicious foods to farm-fresh produce, art and clothing, and unique gifts. Watch gorgeous cakes being decorated at The Cake Shop or design a custom milkshake flavour at Moo-Moos.

                              The Covered Market is still operating with consideration for health and safety guidelines. Read more about their mask requests and other helpful info here.

                              11. The Story Museum

                              This amazing interactive experience allows your family to delve into a fantasy world of adventure. Visitors start at the Portal, an immersive room where Story Guides help you choose your adventures.

                              Next, you can visit the Whispering Wood, where each tree features interactive games. Following Firouz the Hare, your family will use audio headphones to enjoy stories from around the world.

                              In the Enchanted Library, you can go into Narnia or down a rabbit hole. Lavish multi-sensory immersive exhibits enable you to experience your favourite stories in rich detail.

                              You’ll also enjoy eating at the Museum’s themed cafe and watching thrilling live theatre shows. All these wonders and many more await you in The Story Museum.

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                                  30 Things to do in London with kids

                                  30 Things to do in London with kids

                                  by Ren Nair
                                  Last Update: 17 July 2023

                                  Visiting London with kids is an unforgettable experience,

                                  and when planning a trip to London with children you will want to make the most of the long list of things to do with kids that London has to offer for your little ones.

                                  Keep this list handy and make sure to capture their smiles when you surprise them with all the lovely things, they will discover in the greatest city of all.

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                                  1. Hamleys

                                  No matter how old they are, surprise them with a visit to London’s most famous toy store. This must be our number one plan to do in London with kids. This famous toy store was established in London over 250 years ago, and it is a paradise for kids. 6 whole levels of interactive fun as well as hundreds of toys to choose from, we just know they will not leave empty handed.

                                  2. London Eye

                                  If you are visiting London with kids, you must go on the London Eye. It is one of London’s most famous attractions, and you know they will ask to go on it when they see it. At its highest point, 135 meters, the views over London are simply spectacular, and you will undoubtedly be able to take some of the best photos of your trip from here.

                                  3. Take them to one of London’s Best Museums

                                  Who said museums were boring? Most of London’s museums are super child friendly, and the most likely thing is that they will not want to leave. Try the Natural History Museum for dinosaur fun or the Science Museum for a whole interactive world. These two museums are located right next to each other in South Kensington, but you can easily spend an entire day easily wandering around one of these museums, so make sure you have plenty of time to spend in one of these fascinating museums.

                                  Another highly recommended museum to visit with kids is London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, it really is a fascinating and interactive, ideal for kids.

                                  4. Open Top Bus Tour and River Cruise

                                  If it’s your first time in London with kids, an open bus-tour is a good way to easily see London’s most important landmarks and keep the children happy, especially if they have a camera of their own! You can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to do so on any of their routes, and you’ll get a free river cruise for everyone, one of the best things you can do in London with kids.

                                  » More information: Bus Tour and Free River Cruise

                                  5. Kew Gardens

                                  If you say to your kids “We are visiting The Royal Botanic Gardens of London today” they will most likely say that they don’t want to go, as it does sound as if this place could be boring for children, but in fact, it’s one of the best places to take the kids in London and it’s one of the places where Londoners choose to take their children frequently for the day out. Not only can you tell them about all the different species of plants and look at all the different flowers, but there are several playgrounds for children and a fantastic treetop walk, making Kew Gardens a fantastic day out in London with kids. Cafes and restaurants that face a beautiful park, ideal for a picnic if the weather is nice.

                                  6. HMS Belfast

                                  Anchored on the Thames is the HMS Belfast, a fantastic ship-museum that took part in World War II. It is absolutely wonderful, and I can guarantee that it will blow their minds even if they’re not into boats. It is more suitable if you have slightly older children though, as some places can get a bit narrow and there are lots of steps. And the best thing? Children under 16 enter for free.

                                  7. KidZania London

                                  Let your kid become a firefighter, a surgeon, or the next acting sensation at KidZania London on this experience. This is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where children can learn real-life skills in a child-sized city.

                                  8. Tower of London

                                  The Tower of London is undoubtedly one of London’s must-see attractions, and it is a good place to take the kids too. There is so much to show them here, they will in no doubt love the royal armour collection, and don’t forget to tell them the scary stories that the bloody tower has to offer, or show them the Crown Jewels… The legend of the crows is also interesting to talk to them about.

                                  9. Go to a Musical

                                  London’s theatres always have something on for kids. Some of the best musicals in London are fantastic for kids, such as the Lion King or Wicked, and they are on all year round. Adults will also love going to a musical, and with two sessions a day it is easy to pick what time suits your family best. During the Christmas period, there are also pantomimes dotted around in different theatres in London, and who does not love a Christmas panto?

                                  10. Shakespeare’s Globe

                                  When you visit the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, there is a fantastic exhibition which is great for kids, and they often have different activities available for children. It is located on the South Bank, so it can be a very entertaining visit for children during a pleasant walk alongside the river Thames.

                                  11. Legoland Windsor

                                  The Legoland theme park is an option if what you want is an unforgettable day for your little ones. A fun-filled day with more than 55 rides and attractions in one place, where the incredible LEGO models cannot be missed! As it is out of London, travelling by coach from the city centre is often the easiest way.

                                  12. Shrek’s Adventure

                                  Take your children to the Kingdom of Far Away (next to the London Eye!) for a fun filled day with Shrek and all his friends. With great reviews, this new attraction in London is already becoming one of London’s favourites.

                                  13. Harry Potter

                                  Harry Potter fans should not miss the opportunity of visiting the Warner Brothers Studios. A magical tour through the scenes of the Harry Potter films, and the opportunity to see the actual costumes worn by Harry, Ron and Hermione. You will be able to walk along Diagon Alley and ride the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾.

                                  14. Hyde Park

                                  Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens offer loads of different possibilities to spend a few hours in London with kids. You can look for the statue of Peter Pan and visiting Princess Diana’s playground is a must when visiting London with kids, there is a giant wooden pirate ship surrounded by sand, ideal if you need them to burn a bit of energy. The friendly squirrels in London’s famous parks always want something to eat, so make sure you take something suitable, such as peanuts. They will most likely eat out of children’s hands, but for safety reasons we recommend that you ask your kids to throw the food on the floor just in case!

                                  15. London Dungeons

                                  Experience the darkest side of London at the London Dungeons… A 1.5-hour tour which will take you through London’s past and give you the chance to enter Sweeney Todd’s barber shop or discover the truth about the Jack the Ripper…. You may have to run at some point, so make sure you wear good shoes! A perfect plan to get your kids adrenaline rushing!

                                  16. Sea Life London Aquarium

                                  London’s Sea Life Aquarium is located right next to the London Eye, and it is the place to admire one of the Europe’s largest collections of marine life. The whole family will have a whale of a time seeing the sharks, turtles, and tropical fish, including the famous clown fish, children’s favourite!

                                  17. Visit London Zoo

                                  London Zoo is another great thing to do in London with kids, you can spend a whole day among tigers, penguins, giraffes, elephants, exploring the reptile room or having your face painted.

                                  18. Visit Richmond-Upon-Thames

                                  Richmond Upon Thames is a fantastic place to take a break from London’s city centre. Many shops, restaurants and cafes that will keep parents happy, but also a lovely surprise when you get down to the river, with boat rides and ice-cream vans in nice weather. Richmond Park is a must if you are in the area, as deer-watching is bound to keep them entertained!

                                  19. Walk around Covent Garden

                                  This central London square is often filled with street entertainers and live music, making it a very entertaining place for the whole family. Covent Garden is also home to the London Transport Museum, one of the best places in my opinion to take the kids in London!

                                  20. Rainforest Cafe

                                  If you want a completely new and unforgettable experience you need to make a booking to eat at the Rainforest Cafe. This is certainly not a normal restaurant, as you will be sitting in the middle of the rainforest to have your meal, and lightning and thunder is on its way….

                                  21. M&M’s and LEGO Stores

                                  The giant M&M’s store is located in Leicester Square, 3 colourful levels of fun and M&M’s with the possibility of buying anything you could think of, and also of taking photos of your kids sitting in an M&M’s car, next to some of the most famous M&M’s… They will certainly not be able to leave empty-handed! And when they do leave the shop, prepare yourself, as the largest LEGO shop of the world is right opposite the M&M’s store! So… how much time do you think you will need when you visit Leicester Square?

                                  22. South bank

                                  Walking along the South Bank is one of the best ways to do some sightseeing of London as well as keeping the children entertained. From the London Eye you can walk all along the South Bank of the river Thames to Tower Bridge. As mentioned before, the Sea Life Aquarium is located next to the London Eye, as well as Shrek’s Adventure and the London Dungeons. Seasonal events, such as markets and funfairs, also take place next to the London Eye. Several child-friendly cafes and restaurants along the way will also keep you fuelled if you are spending the day out.

                                  23. Winter Wonderland

                                  During the Christmas period Winter Wonderland is a place that cannot be missed, especially if you are looking for authentic Christmas Spirit. There is something for every age range in Winter Wonderland, there are Christmas Markets, a beautiful Ice-Skating rink, a special Santa themed park for smaller children and rides and funfair attractions for older children (and adults alike!). Several food stalls will serve you anything from a filled jacket potato to a hot chocolate or a beer, and the restaurants and bars are a success for adults and office Christmas parties. You will also be able to get tickets for the Circus or for an Ice Sculpture exhibition. All of this, in Hyde Park.

                                  24. Regent’s Canal: Cruise and Puppet Barge

                                  For a relaxed day, take a stroll along Regent’s Canal and discover Little Venice. You can take the kids on a boat ride to Camden Lock, and explore Camden Lock Market, or take them to a puppet show on the Puppet Barge. Something different to do in London if you want to escape the crowds.

                                  25. Hire a bike

                                  If your kids are over 14 year old, you can hire Santander bikes for all the family and go for a ride around Hyde Park for example.

                                  26. Take the cable car

                                  The London Cable Car crosses the Thames at the famous O2, offering some impressive views over the capital. You can use your normal Oyster card too, so you don’t need to get special tickets.

                                  27. Free workshops at Somerset House

                                  On Saturday afternoons the iconic Somerset House offers free workshops for children aged 6 to 12, a perfect plan if you’re in London with kids during the weekend.

                                  28. Greenwich

                                  Spending the day at Greenwich is a perfect plan for all the family with lots of things for children to enjoy. First of all, you can explore Greenwich centre and its market, and then go for a pleasant walk along the river where you will find the famous Cutty Sark and numerous restaurants. Afterwards we recommend that you visit Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, the home of space and time and see the Greenwich Meridian Line.

                                  29. Pollock’s Toy Museum

                                  Pollock’s Toy Museum is the oldest toy museum in the UK. From Tin toys to dolls houses, puppets, optical toys and games from around the world. This is a museum for children but also for adults that would like to retrieve old memories!

                                  30. Urban farms

                                  We all know that children love farms, but who thought that visiting a farm was possible in London? Well, as it turns out, London has several urban farms dotted around especially for children. Their aim is for children to have a great time, but also to teach them importance of animals and agriculture. With fun workshops and activities for little ones, it is an option to have in mind if you would like some farm animal time.

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                                      The Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

                                      The Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

                                      by Ren Nair
                                      Last Update: 17 July 2023

                                      We are calling all wannabee detectives!

                                      It’s time to grab your magnifying glass and search for clues. Yes, it’s the season for the annual Easter egg hunt.
                                      With the UK now released from the grip of the pandemic, you won’t (thankfully) have to resort to hiding chocolate in the garden this year. Instead, look further afield at what our wonderful capital city has to offer.
                                      London has a wealth of exciting Easter egg hunts to offer for those looking for adventure (and, yes, maybe some chocolate, too).
                                      To help you plan the perfect day out, our friends from Keetoo have put together this short guide with some of the best Easter Egg Hunts in London. In it, we’ll reveal the most interesting, highly recommended, and kid-friendly Easter egg hunts in London in 2022.
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                                      Hampton Court Palace

                                      No Easter egg hunt guide is complete without a Lindt gold bunny. And you’ll find Hampton Court Palace the ideal place to begin your hunt for this famous rabbit.
                                      This Easter hunt is suitable for children between 4 and 12 and weaves in child-friendly historical stories from the palace into the Easter egg hunt. And you’ll also get to explore the stunning Hampton Court Gardens.
                                      This event will be a popular choice for tourists and London residents looking for things to do in London with kids, so you’ll need to book in advance. On the day, the hunt should take you around an hour and a half, so allow plenty of time for your visit.
                                      You can also save money on the entry price by becoming an annual member of the Royal Palaces. A year’s family membership starts at £82.
                                      Address: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

                                      London Wetland Centre

                                      Here are some easter egg hunts in London with a twist! In keeping with the bird theme for the Wetlands Centre, this trail will get your children looking for some very special ducks (hint: they are very bright and very yellow).
                                      The wetlands are a fantastic day out for bird lovers. They have some fascinating wildlife, including the colourful mandarin duck. Children will also get a chance to participate in a feeding session or pond dipping.
                                      The centre also has indoor and outdoor play areas for children with energy to spare, so it’s a good choice if the weather forecast isn’t looking great.

                                      This trail is free for current members, or you can pay for a family ticket which will cost around £40.30, although children under four gain free entry.
                                      Address: Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

                                      Osterley Park

                                      Osterley Park is a National Trust property, so their Easter egg event this year is ideal if you are already a member. And it’s also perfect for those of you who want to spend some time in nature while keeping the kids entertained.
                                      Children will receive a colourful trail pack with a pencil and map, and there will be a chocolate reward for anyone who makes it to the end.
                                      Osterley Park is a grand Georgian house with pristine gardens. In Spring, you’ll get the chance to see their fields of bluebells, or you can simply sit by the lake for a relaxing picnic.
                                      There are play areas for children, including rope swings, to keep them busy after they finish the Easter hunt.
                                      The trail is open from 10 am to 4 pm from 14th to 18th April 2022. The ticket for the hunt is £3 per child after the park entrance fee. A family ticket for non-members who want to visit Osterley park is £32.50 upwards.
                                      Address: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB

                                      Kew Gardens

                                      Who doesn’t love the Very Hungry Caterpillar? Your younger Easter adventurers will be full of enthusiasm for the classic book theme of this trail, set in the beautiful Kew Gardens.
                                      While you won’t find eggs on this hunt, this enjoyable trail takes families through a path displayed with some fantastic sculptures that you’ll recognise from this timeless tale.
                                      Adults, meanwhile, can delight in passing by the spring tulips and daffodils that brighten up the path. At the same time, your young explorers discover the ending of this story (spoiler: it’s a butterfly).
                                      The Hungry Caterpillar trail is open from 2nd to 18th April 2022. Family tickets start from £25.30 (with a donation), but you’ll pay a higher price at the gate if you don’t book in advance.
                                      Address: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

                                      Hogarth’s House

                                      Historic Hogarth House, restored eleven years ago, is home to a vast collection of Hogarth artwork. The house also includes a learning centre and a gorgeous landscaped garden.
                                      In the Mulberry garden of this famous house, children will begin a memorable day of Easter egg hunting in London.
                                      This activity is great for creative minds, as children will enter the learning centre after the hunt for an arts and crafts workshop.
                                      There, they will be able to decorate their eggs. And they will even get the chance to make an Easter egg basket.
                                      This egg hunt happens on the 9th of April. It is for children from 5 to 11, and spaces are limited to 12 children per session. It is £15 per child, and you’ll need to book in advance.
                                      Address: Hogarth’s House, Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London W4 2QN

                                      Chelsea Physic Garden

                                      Explore the beauty and tranquillity of Chelsea’s physic garden and keep your children entertained during the visit with a chocolate-rewarded egg hunt.
                                      The hunt takes place around the four acres of garden, and children will receive a pack with clues. It’s also an excellent opportunity for older children to learn about the botanical world.
                                      The Chelsea Physic Garden is also hosting chocolate-egg-making workshops around Easter for those who want to expand the food theme.
                                      The Easter egg trail is £5 per child on top of the standard admission fee. It’s open from Friday the 15th of April to Monday the 18th.
                                      The Family Chocolate Workshop is slightly earlier on the 7th of April and requires advanced booking.
                                      Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS

                                      Find the Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

                                      With lots of fun events around London over Easter, you won’t feel stuck for ideas on entertaining the kids.
                                      We hope you enjoyed this look at the best Easter egg hunts in London in 2022. And before you go, make sure you download the Keetoo app so you can book the best attractions in the UK for less and by using just one app.

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                                      On this blog, I share our family travel experiences with practical information, pictures and useful tips!

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