London is my kids favorite city to visit which makes me happy as I love it too. I feel a little nostalgic when I am there as it has so many similar characteristics to New Zealand just on a bigger scale. Of course Harry Potter has made my kids more interested in London but they have now grown a love for the fashion, food, city streets and English charm. Below are a few of our families favorite places. When traveling I like to mix up out trips so there is a little something for everyone and all ages.
CHILTERN FIREHOUSE LONDON - The Chiltern firehouse is one of my favorite date night place. I love the oyster bar and the amazing interiors. Nothing beats a historic firehouse rebuilt with equal amounts of charm and sophistication. André Balazs, collaborated with Studio KO from Paris to create a timeless decor that oozes a glamorous vintage feel.
THE WOLSELEY - You cant got to London and not have high tea! There are plenty of places that offer a lovely spread but I do enjoy the Wolseley as it has the most amazing interiors. Wolseley Motors Limited, a prestigious car showroom was built in 1921. Restauranteurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King came to acquire the building in 2003. The original floors and beautiful ceilings make this a great place to dine.
HOMESLICE - Now you can find Homeslice in a few locations around the city but their original location in Neals yard is great after a day of shopping or before a show. The margarita pizza is a family favorite.
CARAVAN - It is hard to find great coffee combined with great food in London but Caravan has it covered. They have a few locations around the city now but my favorite is the Bankside location as you can get a good breakfast before taking on the Tate Modern which is across the street.
AQUA SHARD - Brunch is always a crowd favorite but brunch at the top of the shard is even better!. A great place to start the day in London. My kids love the blue bathrooms.
MARK’S BAR - Owned by the famous Mark Hix is in my opinion the best bar in London. Mark’s bar showcases work by my favorite two artists Harland Miller and Damien Hirst. I feel when in London it is rude not to have a gin and tonic and Mark’s bar does a great gin cocktail called the Scared full English
HARRY POTTER - The Warner Brothers tour of Harry Potter is on most kids lists when visiting London. Make sure you give yourselves plenty of time to get there. (About an hour out of London by car) The tour takes around 3.5 hours but it is well worth it.
TOWER OF LONDON - Meet the guards, view the crown jewels and see the ravens. This was a great tour for the kids and lasted about 2 hours.
LONDON EYE - The London eye is a great way to view the city. I would recommend buying the Fastpass ahead of time so you avoid the crowds.
PLATFORM 9 3/4 - As touristy as it sounds my kids loved visiting the famous platform at kings-cross station to take a pic of them catching the famous Harry Potter Hogwarts Express.
TRAVEL FROM LONDON TO PARIS
I can’t go to London and not visit Paris, it is just too close ;) The best way is to take the Euro star. I love the area around St Pancras station where the train departs from. My two favorite restaurants to dine at before boarding the train are Granger and Co owned by my favorite Australian chef and food writer Bill granger and St Pancras champagne bar by Searcys.