Family Days Out – Capital attractions

The houses of Parliament

The houses of Parliament

In the second of our five-part series for family groups, we take a look at Capital attractions.

For family groups looking for a day filled with fun, laughter and smiles, Brenda Watkinson brings you a selection ranging from adrenalin fuelled rides and historical adventures to days out getting close to nature.

Situated at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building with spectacular views for up to 40 miles, The View From The Shard is always popular with family groups visiting London.

There are exclusive rates for groups of 10 or more for General Admission and Private Guided Tours. Tickets include access to Level 69 and the open air Skydeck on Level 72 where you’ll be exposed to the elements and the sounds of the city below, use of interactive Tell: (special scopes) to learn about London’s past, present and future, and friendly Guest Ambassadors will help bring the view to life with their in depth knowledge of London’s skyline.

It is also worth noting that The View from The Shard gives a London Landmark Guarantee, which allows you to return for free if the clouds spoil your view (terms apply). There is also no time limit in the attraction with drinks and snacks available to purchase on Level 72.

Dining at the Rainforest Cafe

Dining at the Rainforest Cafe

Also in London, in the heart of the West End, the Rainforest Cafe is a unique dining experience where everyone is entertained.

When walking through the retail village, your group can learn environmental facts from Tracey Tree before heading downstairs to the tropical restaurant to sit amongst waterfalls and animals to enjoy a great meal.

The Rainforest Cafe has an extensive menu of American and International cuisine catering for both adults and children. The main A La Carte Menu includes steaks, rack of ribs, steak burgers, pasta dishes and American style salads as well as delicious desserts for one or to share. For children (under 12 years) there are plenty of children’s dishes to choose. As a large venue, various sizes of groups can be accommodated for functions.

While in the capital, the Houses of Parliament is also a great place for a family day out especially if you have ever wondered where Guy Fawkes hid before he tried to blow up Parliament, or if you would like to know why Black Rod has the Commons Chamber door slammed in his face.

In fact, there are several options for families including an audio tour in the style of a ‘live’ news broadcast with time travelling reports, or you might prefer a family guided tour, which are designed for younger kids.

For something special, Children’s Afternoon Tea can also be booked or one of the many seasonal activities or events. Tours are available on Saturdays throughout the year and most weekdays during the school holidays when the Houses are not sitting.

The Shard floor

The Shard floor

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