When you think of London, your first thought isn’t to visit the city to search for dinosaurs, however, for those dino-mad little ones, it is the perfect place to visit. London has several interesting places to visit that are packed full of dinosaurs and dino facts that will keep the whole family entertained for hours and this guide gives you an insight into some of the best places to visit.
Dinosaurs from the 19th Century
In South London, a short tube ride away from the Shaftesbury Paddington Hotel, you can take a boat along the lake and discover some Victorian dinosaur statues. Crystal Palace Park offers a wonderful opportunity to take a boat or pedalo and glide across the lake to admire the Victorian dinosaurs statues that guard the banks. It is a must-see attraction for the whole family and it creates perfect photo opportunities. The park is also equipped with a children’s farm, where the little ones can interact with the animals, ruins of the old aquarium and a maze.
The Natural History Museum
A museum may not be at the top of your list for the best places to take children, but youngsters will love this museum which is a 25-minute walk away from the Grand Royale London Hyde Park. It is filled with a huge variety of exhibitions for children to interact with including a huge dinosaur exhibition which includes big ones, small ones, fossils, bones and even robotic ones that move and roar. There are interactive games and computers where they can play and learn all about their favourite dinosaurs and there are guides that can take them around on their own little dinosaur tour. There’s also exhibits with monkeys, sea creatures such as a full-scale blue whale, birds, butterflies and bugs, lots and lots of bugs.
The Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum of Zoology can be found hidden amongst the London Hotels Family Rooms and is every dinosaur lover’s dream. It has an incredible array of specimens on display such as part of an Iguanodon’s spine and leg, and it has a whole range of prehistoric animals including creatures from the sea and sky including pterosaurs and ichthyosaurs. It even has a little area where the kids can get their hands on some toy dinosaurs and have a play.
Exploring Hamleys, the oldest toy shop in the world, is a must especially as there are a whole range of dinosaur toys and games to choose from. Opened in the 18th century, it has delighted children for centuries with 7 floors filled with over 50,000 traditional and modern toys such as teddy bears, barbies, remote control vehicles, computer games, magic tricks and, of course, dinosaurs. It is situated on Regent Street, not far from the Shaftesbury London Hotel, and will bring out the inner child in you as you step through its enormous doors into a sheer wonderland, especially at Christmas time when the store is transformed with baubles and lights into Santa’s Grotto.