Being a good host is such a tough job! You have to thing of everything, plan everything, double-check everything, all while keeping everyone’s interests and preferences in mind.
Luckily sometimes, somebody else (me!) does all the hard work for you and makes the whole thinking-and-planning bit far easier!
I already wrote about some ideas of things to do in London with your parents before, but in my experience, more ideas are always welcome when it comes to organising the best London trip ever for the best parents ever (obvs.).
Since my parents re-visited recently, I thought I’d share what they’ve enjoyed doing this time around!
1. Visit the Kew Gardens
Plants, flowers, trees & carrot cake = perfect ingredients for a blooming lovely day in London!
If your family is anything like mine (a.k.a. 100% obsessed with all tings plants & flowers), a visit to the Kew Gardens will easily be the highlight of their trip!
2. Have a Sunday roast
Sunday Roast is one of England’s most glorious culinary traditions and one that is very family-friendly indeed.
The best roasts are to be found in London’s top gastropubs, my personal favourite being The Smokehouse (just look at these roasties!!)
3. Revisit history at the Tower of London
Castle, fortress, prison, military GQ… The Tower of London has always played a predominant role in the history of London and the UK. With just a few steps, you’ll go from long forgotten past to present, and everything inbetween.
4. See the Changing of the Guards
A well-loved classic and one everyone should see once in their life, so if your family hasn’t witnessed the Changing of the Guards at Buckinham Palace, make sure you put it on the list for their next visit!
5. Have Afternoon or Cream Tea
Tea, cake and good company… Is there any better way to spend some quality time with the ones you love? (pictures from a lovely afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly)
6. Go to a Farmer’s Market
No matter how impressive you want your parents’ trip to London to be, don’t forget to incorporate some of your own favourites things into your plans so they get a chance to take a peak into your actual, everyday life.
… and since I spend most of my free time at farmers’ markets anyway…
7. See a West End show
London’s theatre scene is second only to New York’s and tickets to a West End show are definitely amongst the best ways to spend the evening (especially since tickets are often not as expensive as one would expect!).
8. Go to a surprising restaurant
Be it because of the views, the settings or the food itself (traditional Japanese udon, spicy Sri Lankan curries, vegetarian delights… your call!), London always has a trick up its sleeves when it comes to food!
9. Take a Thames Boat Tour
Sure, that’s a bit of a tourist-y cliché. But then again, boats are the coolest form of public transports EVER!
10. Show them around your workplace
I know it sounds like a strange idea, but the truth is, your parents just want to know everything they can about you and your life and what you do every day and where you go and who you see. So, well, maybe showing them where you work is a nice, easy lil’ step forward, don’t you think?
What’s your favourite thing to do in London with your parents? Anything I need to add to my list for next time?