London’s hidden gems

Here we look at some lesser-known activities for families in the heart of London.

London, a popular holiday destination for travellers in the region, is one of those destinations that is appealing for families at any time of the year. From shopping, to sightseeing, to indulging in delicious food, London is a great option for those with kids of all ages. Below are some great activities for your family’s next trip to this historic city.

Kew Gardens

Nestled in the heart of London, Kew Gardens stands as a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered by visitors from around the world. Showcasing lush greenery, captivating botanical wonders and a serene ambience, Kew Gardens is the perfect place to discover and explore when visiting the bustling capital. It can also be a great stop-off for those with younger children who need somewhere for a run around!


Beyond its intrinsic allure, Kew Gardens offers a range of great activities and events designed to enhance you and your family’s experience. Throughout the year, the gardens host an array of seasonal festivals, art exhibitions and educational workshops, catering to all ages. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, or those simply seeking a tranquil escape, Kew Gardens promises an enriching and unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on all members of the family.

London’s oldest restaurant

Rules has been welcoming diners through its doors since 1798, carrying with it a rich heritage and a legacy of exceptional British cuisine. The restaurant’s charming wood-panelled walls, ornate mirrors and soft lighting create an ambience that exudes a sense of timeless elegance. Throughout its star-studded past, distinguished guests like Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have graced Rules’ tables, adding to its allure as a place steeped in literary history.

British fare

The restaurant’s menu reflects a dedication to traditional British food, offering an array of classic dishes, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings. To this day, Rules continues to flourish as the oldest restaurant in London and one of the most celebrated in the world, making it a must-visit destination for your family when in London.

Authentic afternoon tea

Showcasing a delightful array of fresh and beloved produce sourced from various regions of the United Kingdom, Café Biltmore’s opulent ‘Afternoon Tea’ offers a quintessentially British experience within the exclusive ambience of The Biltmore Mayfair’s dedicated Tea Lounge.

Here, your family is indulged in a harmonious symphony of sweet and savoury delights, accompanied by a meticulously brewed cup of tea from The Biltmore Mayfair’s elegantly presented tea trolley – all while taking in the stunning surroundings. Additionally, you can elevate the experience by opting for a flute of sparkling, adding a touch of luxury to the afternoon affair.

Relax and unwind

In the heart of Café Biltmore’s Tea Lounge, time seems to slow down, allowing families to immerse themselves fully in the British art of sipping, savouring and socialising. Ideal for those looking for some respite from more active tourist experiences, this lavish Afternoon Tea is a wonderful way to relax on your London city break!

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