London is one of the World’s great cites and is enjoying extra attention this year as the Olympics juggernaut rolls into town. As well as many of the World’s greatest athletes the Olympics is also going to bring thousands of extra tourists to London whom are all going to want to explore the normal tourist routes.  As a result many of London’s attractions are going to have to have long queues which are sure to put a dampener on any family holiday. However, if you know the right places to go there are plenty of things to do which will not involve long queues or over inflated prices.

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Unlike many cosmopolitan cities London has many lovely parks which provide a great place to visit on a sunny day. Most people will be familiar with Hyde Park which at 350 acres is Central London’s largest park, however, as many of the Olympics activities will take place in the park it well worth visiting the lesser known parks.  For those who are staying in South West London then Eel Brook Common is the perfect park for any young family as there is a child’s play ground and is surrounded by several reasonably priced restaurants. There are also many great places to stay nearby, such as New Kings Road 2 from onefinestay.

For visitors to London who would like to visit London Zoo but don’t want to queue then Zoo Lates is the answer. Zoo Lates allows visitors to see over 750 species of animals as well as enjoy improvised comedy shows, Silent Disco and a Twisted Cabaret. The real bonus of Zoo Lates is that tickets must be pre-booked which means that there is rarely a long queue to get in. Tickets are available for every Friday night in June and July and all visitors must be over 18.

As a holiday destination London has most activities that any family could require such as museums, zoos and theatres. However, unlike cities such as Rio and Barcelona what it does lack is a beach which on a hot day can be a real stumbling block.  Many North Londoners would claim that they have easy access to the next best thing in the form of Hampstead Heath Ponds.  These three Wooden ponds have been in use since at least 1860 and are open throughout the year, but only the hardiest of souls would dare take a dip in the depths of winter.  These ponds are open to all and at a cost of £2 per person they provide a refreshing alternative to the normal London tourist traps.


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