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London Sightseeing: Top Things to Do

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Boat Tour on the Thames River
Thames boat tour. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.

Kings and queens, Mary Poppins, Oliver Twist, Platform 9-3/4... the minds of kids are full of snippets about London, which makes visiting in real life all the more fun. Below you'll find suggestions for great sightseeing in London, and happily, many are free. Be sure to also see money-saving tips for families visiting London.

Boat Trip on the Thames

Many tourist vessels ply the Thames. The one above has a top deck for viewing, and below-deck seating, with tables and snack bar; there are sportier models, and dinner outings... See choices for London Boat Tours.

Riding along in a boat, visitors can enjoy a full range of sights along the Thames: Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Eye... This is a highly recommended way to start your sightseeing in London, and the boat tour's commentary can provide an introduction to the city's history, often with some entertaining humor thrown in.

By the way: London Bridge-- which was falling down-- was moved to Arizona in 1962, so it doesn't appear in our sightseeing suggestions here.

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