If you’ve been on the tube with children before you’ll know the fascination it holds for them and how much it can slow up your journey! Well why not make the tube the feature of your day out in London? Perfect for a rainy day and with numerous places to choose to get off, it really is a great part of your day out!
Let the children speak to the operator at the ticket desk, or use the ticket machines, encourage them to find the right platform and read the “yellow line” stations, ask them how many stops there are between certain stops. Choose a quiet time of day to make it easier for them and steer clear of the tourist seasons, Christmas sale time, hot weather days and “rush hours” – the best months to explore the Circle line are October, November, February and March.
While the navigation of the tube system will undoubtedly boost your child’s confidence and improve their cognitive skills, there will be a limit to how long you want to spend underground so plan ahead for which overground sights you want to explore with your family. There are many options, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben. Perhaps one of the most in keeping with your “tube” theme for the day is The London Transport Museum at Covent Garden – it’s just a five minute walk from the station. Watch your children make the connection between their experiences on the Circle line with the museum displays and information – they’ll be fascinated to discover that they travelled to the museum on the world’s longest underground train system!
Your tube ticket can cost just a few pounds and admiring the sights costs nothing. You can of course choose to pay to see more of some attractions such as touring the inside of the Tower of London and visiting the Tower Bridge exhibition.
Highlight of the Day
Pick the iconic landmarks of London to inspire your children and bring their text books to life! Surface at Westminster station to see Big Ben, Embankment station to see Cleopatra’s Needle, St James Park for Buckingham Palace and Tower Hill for the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and World War II cruiser HMS Belfast.
Nearest Train Station : Main line stations on the Circle line include King’s Cross St Pancras, Liverpool Street and Victoria
Parking : Not advised
Website : www.tfl.gov.uk