During my study abroad experience, I was lucky enough to have my Mother come and visit me for Thanksgiving. Since they don’t celebrate the holiday here, our week was filled with friends, fun, and exploring the city.
Though it was great to show her my new home away from home, it was daunting to try and figure out what to do. With all that has to London offer, how could we possibly fit everything in?
Here are the top five things to do with your parents in London.
1. Go see the crown jewels at the Tower of London
This is a must see if you are visiting London, especially if you are a history buff.
This medieval tower has been around since the 11th Century and still stands along the bank of the river Thames, next to Tower Bridge. The tower houses the crown jewels, and is packed with English history. They also offer free guided tours with the historic Beefeaters.
Tickets range from 18-25 pounds (they have a student discount) and is definitely a great place to tour with your parents.
2. Take them on a Walking Tour
Though you can attend walking tours of the city, I recommend just going out and exploring on your own.
I like to start at Covent Garden (my favourite area to shop and watch the local buskers) and then walk to Leicester Square, home of London entertainment and food. From there, it’s just a ten minute walk up to the beautiful Trafalgar Square then a straight shot down Whitehall to Parliament Square.
You can essentially show your parents all of London’s major landmarks within a day’s walk. Its beautiful and a great way to get a feel for the city.
3. See a West End Show
London offers a wide variety of fantastic shows; from well-known musicals to smaller fringe plays, London has it all.
If your parents are visiting and looking to get a little bit of London culture, take them to a show. The West End has a great range of musicals showing, and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Theatre in London is also highly affordable and you can easily get same day tickets for a great price.
4. Tour A Palace
If you are looking to tour Buckingham Palace, make sure to come during the summer months when the Queen is not in residence.
But, even if you are here in the off season, you can still get a tour of one of the other beautiful palaces here.
Kensington Palace is also a London staple, but there are others like Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace that you can tour year round.
Again, tickets are about 20 pounds, but the palaces are certainly worth the price.
5. Get classy at High Tea
Lastly, you must do a high tea while visiting London.
There are a plethora of places to choose from in the city, so it is up to you to pick a place you fancy.
High tea can range anywhere from decently cheap to outrageously expensive, so it’s important to think ahead. Groupon also has great deals, so if you book in advance you can do high tea for a great price.
Not only are the tea and sandwiches fantastic, you will feel just like a Londoner.
Planning for a visit from your parents may be daunting, but it's an opportunity to show them the London that you love. Whatever you choose, you will make special memories that will last a lifetime.