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London attractions provide fun for all the family
Published: Monday 27th of May 2013
There are three things that every kid loves best. Sweets, cartoons and chocolates. So if you are planning a family trip to the UK and are looking for things to do in London, then it's worth bearing that in mind.
One of the great things about London is that it contains something for everybody and has a wide variety of candy stores, souvenir shops, toys and museums which make it ideal for the little ones.
In many ways, it is a magical city to explore with a rich cultural heritage and educational tours that highlight the important achievements and social figures that helped to make London what it is today.
For that reason, it is a perfect place for kids to explore, with a number of attractions which have both an entertaining and educational appeal for children.
Given that most children have a sweet tooth and a penchant for animated shows, we thought we'd draw up a list of the top three attractions that the whole family can enjoy.
What kid doesn't like a bagful of chocolates? This 35,000 square foot store is officially one of the biggest sweet shops on the planet, packed full of delicious treats and gifts.
It specialises in everything from the famous sweets themselves, to clothing and merchandise with the M&M brand imprinted on them.
The store was officially opened in June 2011 and was built as part of Westminster City Council's regeneration of the local area.
This shop is targeted at tourists and those with small children and has a lively, colourful Disney-like atmosphere.
Spread over four floors, guests will get the chance to meet some of the most famous characters from the M&M world and have their photo with a legendary London bus from the 1960s.
And if you fancy making your own chocolate for the kids, then you're in luck. For here you can create your own masterpieces from a special chocolate wall and make your own blend using a range of colours.
Kids love cartoons - and let's be honest, so do many adults. So why not make the best of it and pay a visit to the Cartoon Museum for a fun-filled adventure into the world of cartoons?
Some of the highlights of the museum include the original artwork from famous animations such as the Beano, the Dandy, Dennis the Menace and Desperate Dan to name but a few.
Guests also get a chance to see cartoons in 3D, which include Gerald Scarfe's caricatured original leather armchair from the 70s, and Chairman Mao.
And if you really want to take a step back in history, then not only will you learn about the origins of some of the nation's favourite animations, you can also view the war cartoons which feature Sir David Low's 'All Behind you, Winston'.
There is also the chance to participate in workshops and animation courses that are hosted at the museum.
Pollock's Toy Museum
I don't know of one kid that doesn't like toys. And if you're out and about with the family and you want to give them a special treat, why not make your way to Pollock's Toy Museum?
The museum features over six rooms packed with dolls, puppets and games from the 18th century and earlier.
It takes the visitor right back to a bygone era of lost art and nostalgic memories as it charts the development of toys over the last couple of centuries.
By it's very nature, it is perfect for kids, although adults with a more analytical outlook can enjoy the numerous lectures and events on the history behind some of the displays.
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