1. RED DOUBLE-DECKER SIGHTSEEING BUS
Just about every major city has a ‘hop-on hop-off bus’, so this isn’t particularly special in and of itself…however, the benefits we experienced, having a three day pass, far outweighed the fact that it’s a bit of a cliche tourist activity. Comfort, entertainment and function are all important elements of traveling with kids and this met each qualification. London is a very walking-friendly city and we did a lot of it; however, for much-needed rest during the day, it was incredible just to sit on the upper-deck, eat a snack, feel the breeze and take in the sights. Included in the ticket price, is a headset for each member in your party, which can be plugged in at each seat (with multiple language channels), giving you an overview of the history of the sights as you go. There is even a kid-friendly channel, so your kids can get a fun and age-appropriate educational experience while relaxing. There are stops at just about every major tourist attraction, as well as other stops sprinkled around the city, which will save you the hassles of the tube, the expense of taxis and sore feet. We chose this bus option, but there are a couple other options as well. Keep in mind that usually kids under 5 years old are free and there are often family deals available. Tickets can be purchased online, or you can get them at just about every major tourist attraction bus stop. We may have just gotten lucky, but we purchased 2-day tickets and got a 3rd day for free (this offer was not available online).
2. NOTTING HILL NEIGHBORHOOD
During our time in London, we stayed in an Airbnb in the Notting Hill neighborhood. We absolutely LOVED everything about it! So charming and a short bus or tube ride into central London. Stunning pastel Victorian architecture, scattered boutique shops and diverse food offerings, making it quite the foodie scene.