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If you’re looking for somewhere to take the family, then including a little magic is always a welcome touch. If you want truly awesome sights and the comforts and convenience of modern travel, London is an easy choice. But it can hard to find the magic amongst all that urban sprawl, so here are some of the spots and experiences that can still feel just a little out-of-this-world.
Your favourite wizarding world
Nowadays, it’s hard to think of magic without thinking about the Boy Who Lived. Pottermania still has a tight grip on the growing generations, wowing kids anew with new movies, stage shows, and much more. Many of you will be quick to admit that you’re still in love with the world, too. Which is why it’s a great idea to take the Harry Potter Studio Tours, where there are tons of sets and props from the films still on display. From wands to classrooms, from Diagon Alley to the Hogwarts Express, it’s well worth exploring.
Shows most spectacular
There’s nothing more exhilarating than a great fantasy story and the West End is always one of the best places to catch them. You can catch all kinds of plays and musicals from entirely new tales to beloved classics like Aladdin in London. You and your kids can sing along to all the songs they’ve undoubtedly learned at home, but with the kind of dramatic flair and pure immersion that only a live theatre experience can offer. There are always family-friendly shows on in the West End, so you might even find the start of a family tradition here.
A treasure trove of memories
Particularly young children might find this one a little spooky, so it’s up to the parents’ discretion as to whether this should be a stop. However, Highgate Cemetery is undoubtedly one of the most starkly beautiful parts of the whole city. With gorgeous sculptures and well-preserved natural beauty surrounding it, it can be hard to remember that you’re in the middle of a sprawling modern city. Of course, the park’s purpose should be respected and remembered while you visit, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the sadly ethereal beauty that it offers.
Live like a royal
When you think of magic, you think of fairy tales and royalty might very well be the next logical step. So, it’s no wonder that Kensington Palace can feel like such a magical place to visit. It’s still a royal residence in use, in particular by Princes Harry and William. That said, most of the palace is open, including the gardens and lots of gorgeous exhibitions. If you feel like learning a little history, there are plenty of tours that can teach them a thing or two about the past of the royal family and the city, too.
There is plenty to do in London, no matter what age you are or what you’re interested in. We haven’t covered half of the palaces, tours, and events that are constantly going on, so be sure to do a little exploring of your own.