While the girls’ favorite things were shopping and Harry Potter at Warner Brother Studios, the boys had very different tastes.
We happened to be traveling during the 50th anniversary of Star Trek (the original TV show), and the BBC was having a Star Trek marathon. Owen loved this and spent a fair bit of time watching Star Trek, mostly with his grandparents. While it killed me to think of our traveling to another continent for him to watch TV, it was really the vacation he wanted, plus awesome time with his grandparents. So I shut up and let them all enjoy it.
Jonah, less interested in Star Trek, loved the British Museum. We all did, really, but he was the only one who wanted to go twice. When I came back from my morning alone at Kew Gardens, he and I hopped on the Tube and went back to the museum together.
Here he is being one of the heads in the progression of Curls Through the Ages (not the actual name of the exhibit):
Another highlight for him was the interactive history at the Tower of London. He and Owen were both drawn into the action.
The three of us went on the Cutty Sark, and the whole family enjoyed the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
Jonah is definitely more a museum-guy than Owen, but I think there was enough down time (a.k.a Star Trek) to balance it out for him.
I highly recommend the boat tour from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich, though I’m glad we only went one way.
Here are the other posts on our London trip, if you missed them:
My tips for planning a London vacation with kids