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10 Alternative Things to do in London , Explore Europe’s Cities

Join me and some fabulous travel bloggers on a European Blog Carnival, I am starting of the tour with London.

I am starting off the tour in London, when you have already explored the well known parts of the City why not try and find something a bit different. There are many places in London that are not as well known as the the bigger London icons. London is a big place and there is so much to do in London for kids including lots of free things to do in London with kids. You can also explore different areas of London such as Covent garden and Soho. You could aways visit London at Christmas and with kids of even go ice-skating in London. So here are 10 Alternative Things to do in London to get you started.

Hear chilling tales!

  1. The Jack the Ripper museum is tucked away in an old town house in Cable street London. This fascinating museum recreates the scenes of the crimes from the murders in 1888

Visit the Jack the Ripper museum this halloween.

Learn about Money

2. The Bank of England Museum is a great place in the city of london, Find out all about the history of money the bank and our economy in this free museum in the City.

10 Alternative Things to do in London , Explore Europe's Cities

Visit a house frozen in time.

3.  Dennis Severs House is a unique experience like no other at 18 folgate street, spitalfields London. A time capsule home belonging to a family of Huguenot silk weavers set in 1724. Enter this house as if you have passed through the surface of a painting.

Alternative Things to do in London

Learn about architecture

4.   Sir John Soanes Museum is a historic house belonging to the 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At soanes request the house had been left untouched since his death almost 180 years ago.

Alternative Things to do in London Sir John Soanes Museum

Who would of thought?

5. Blink and you will miss it, Britains Smallest police station is in Trafalger square and has not been used since the 1930’s. However the most original small police station was actually the Wellington Arch!

Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square

On the buses

6. Hop on and off trams and buses at The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Learn about the history of the underground and transport in London including during the war. Kids go free and tickets allow unlimited entry for 12 months.

Alternative Things to do in London The London Transport Museum

Revisit your childhood

7. The V and A Museum of Childhood Is one of my favourite museums, the museum houses the UK’s national collection of childhood related objects. You will find ornate dolls houses, rocking horses and toys from every decade.

Read a book

8. The Charles Dickens Museum is in Charles Dickens former home at 48 Doughty street. See where Charles wrote his books and entertained guests in his only surviving London house.

The Charles Dickens Museum London

See the city

9. The monument is an interesting visit in the city, walk up 311 steps to panoramic views of the City. The Monument was built to commorate the great fire of London and celebrates the rebuilding of London.

the monument london

Ride the Mail train

10. The Mail Rail and The Postal Museum and Railway make for an interesting day out. You can ride through the hidden tunnels and discover and explore the history of The Royal Mail. There is an interactive exhibition and an amazing play zone for younger children making it a great day for all.

The Mail rail and Postal Museum and railway

If you are a fan of Dinosaur museums such as the Natural History Museum we this list of Dinosaurs days out in the UK. For some Fabulous ideas other on other cities around the world see below.

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10 Alternative Things to do in London , Explore Europe's Cities

Thank you for reading 10 Alternative Things to do in London I hope you enjoy exploring. If you are visiting any other major cities this year see below for some fascinating tips.

Lisbon, Oslo and Barcelona

Karen from Mini Travellers tells us all about why she loved travelling to Lisbon with Children and why she is seriously considering a return trip later this year: http://minitravellers.co.uk/lisbon-with-children/
 Nell Heshram will revisit Oslo, one of her favourite cities, this summer. On her blog the Pigeon Pair and Me she’s put together a round-up of the top family-friendly museums in the Norwegian capital. http://pigeonpairandme.com/2017/07/…
Samantha from North East Family Fun has visited Barcelona on numerous occasions with her three children and highly recommends the Catalonian capital as a fantastic city to visit with the kids. Did you know that Barcelona is one of the few cities in the world with it’s very own beach? Find out why Samantha rates Barcelona so highly and recommends as the perfect option for a family city break here: http://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/…

Munich, Amsterdam, Bologna

Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn recommend’s a family trip to Munich. This city is surprisingly child friendly, and really does have something for everyone. Explore Munich’s green spaces (look out for the surfers in the Englischer Gartens!), visit a local museum. Swim in a nearby crystal clear lake, or explore the biggest science museum in the world. Emma’s list of things to do and see here goes on (and on)… http://www.thesojournseries.com/bav…
Penny from Parentshaped shares a treasure hunt in Amsterdam, a city packed with invitations to play and new things to discover and learn as a family. http://www.parentshaped.co.uk/2016/…
Over on Space in Your Case Penny visits Bologna, few people realise is it is the foodie capital of Italy. Bologna also has lots to keep children entertained, as Penny discovered on a weekend break courtesy of Bolgona Welcome. http://spaceinyourcase.com/features…

Brussels, Funchal, Benidorm

Joanne take’s you on a tour of Brussels, Belgium and show’s you what to do, eat, and where to stay.
Lisa from Travel Loving Family shares her five must see sights in the capital of Madeira, Funchal. Her recommendations include a scenic cable car ride with views overlooking the island, a toboggan ride and a visit to a Wine Lodge to taste the famous Madeira wine. http://www.travellovingfamily.com/a… 
With six theme parks and golden beaches, Jane from Taking 5 says you should consider Benidorm when planning your next holiday. Pop over to Taking 5 and have a look at Jane’s recommendations and her family’s top ten Benidorm activities.

Bruges, Rome, Reykyavik

Daisy over at Dais Like These Family Travel Blog shares a few ideas on how to keep kids entertained during 24 hours in Bruges, Belgium. https://daislikethese.com/2017/07/1…
The Wandermust Family LOVE Rome and think it is the perfect European City Break for families. Over on their blog find out their top 6 reasons why!
Ting from My Travel Monkey spent a week exploring snow covered Iceland and discovered there was so much to see and do in Reykyavik – even for young children… http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/17-t…

Berlin, Liverpool, Belfast, Costa Barcelona

Check out POD Travels if you’re looking to visit Berlin in the near future. Charly shares the top 30 places to visit with kids and where you can explore without them. With posts on the Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery and Wall Museum, a round up of the top Christmas markets in the city and a look at the Berlin street art scene, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied http://www.podtravels.com/?s=berlin
If you are planning to visit the UK during your European break, Zena talks about why her family loved their visit to Liverpool and why it’s worth visiting if your looking for a vibrant and cultural city outside of London: http://zenas-suitcase.co.uk/2017/07…
Pop over to Mums do travel to find out why Gretta Schifano and her teenage daughter think that Belfast is a great place for a family city break. https://wp.me/p2dfvd-2sv
12 reasons for families to visit Costa Barcelona with A Modern Mother. http://amodernmother.com/2016/10/10…
Happy travels!
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  1. Great blog post, I’ve done a lot of the main attraction in London and constantly on the lookout for new places to explore!

  2. I love this kind of post as it is really helpful with the kind of information that you just cant google! We are off to london for a few days in a couple of weeks so this is really great. Thank oyu! #CulturedKids

  3. I just reviewed the Postal Museum – hope you get there soon! Some great ideas there, lovely to see smaller museums getting a shout on. I also found your roundup of other people’s city guides really helpful #culturedkids

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