1. Fly your own planeWant to fly an A380? You only need to be nine to pilot one at the Emirates Aviation Experience, located on the south bank of the River Thames at one end of the Emirates Airline cable car. Sit in the driving seat up in the cockpit for a 30 minute session – four people can join a single session for £45. If this is a little steep for half an hour then the centre is still worth a look – you’ll find out what happens behind the scenes on board an airplane as well as back on the ground in the airport – and admission is just £3 for adults and £1.50 for under 12s.Click on the image to read the real life confessions of a private jet pilot. Credit: ©Matt Brown / Flickr Have any tips on family travel in and around London? Let us know in the comments below and and we may share your advice in our next feature.For more inspiration on what to see and do in London, check these out:6 best budget sleeps in LondonDid you know it’s possible to stay in central London for free?12 of the best places to eat and drink in LondonFrom fine dining to hipster hangouts to tables with a view, check out 12 of London’s best places to eat.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Credit: ©Laika ac / Flickr4. Hit the ice and avoid the crowdsIce skating in the capital in winter usually means elbowing your way on to the rink outside Somerset House or the Natural History Museum. Prefer to skate in peace this winter? Broadgate Circus ice rink tends to be London’s quietest, tucked away between the towering city skyscrapers, right next door to Liverpool Street station, and open from November 16th to February 25th. Book your slot online in advance; tickets cost £13 for adults and £9 for children. When you’ve worked up an appetite you could decide to see the city from above and grab dinner at one of London’s impressive tables with a stunning skyline view. Credit: ©Nigel Chadwick CC BY-SA 2.05. Float above the River ThamesSince the Shard opened in 2013, Tower Bridge has had to fight off stiff competition for the title of best viewpoint across the capital. But the iconic landmark has upped its game and now has a glass floor. Be suspended above the Thames on the high level walkways and look down as the people and boats stream by beneath your feet – for the ultimate selfie, strike a pose lying down on the glass overlooking the city. Tickets cost £9 for adults and £3.90 for children, with a range of discounted family tickets also available. Tower Hill and London Bridge are the most convenient Tube stations.Click on the photo for 10 more terrific things to see and do in London. 3. Meet the dodo and cuddle quaggasGet up close and personal with some of the exotic animals that roam our earth, and some that have long-been extinct, at the Grant Museum of Zoology, part of west London’s University College London. Home to all manner of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid, kids will love the ‘ick’ factor of the brain collection, while the dodo bones and quagga skeletons will be the closest you’ll ever get to these now extinct species. 10. Pull some stringsThe Little Angel Theatre is London’s only permanent puppet theatre and its 100-seat performance space is the place to go for original and engaging puppet theatre, all aimed at family audiences. Get there on the Northern and Victorian Lines, stopping at Angel, Highbury and Islington. Until October 28, follow Polar Bear on his hunt for a new home after the ice starts melting in The Journey Home, and from November 21 check out the theatre’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Tickets cost from £11 for adults and £9 for children with the Friday 5pm show costing just £5. Credit: ©Anatoleya / Thinkstock Editorial7. Go back to schoolSchool on a Sunday? The kids just might agree when you tell them the adults are going too – and will be subject to the same strict Victorian rules! Every first Sunday of the month the Ragged School Museum in Mile End teaches an authentic 45-minute lesson in its Victorian classroom. The school was set up in 1877 by Dr. Thomas Barnardo to provide a basic education for local children – today expect to be taken through your three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic for those of you not born in the eighteenth century) in true Victorian style. General admission is free but a suggested donation is £2 and lessons are first come, first served, at 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Can’t make it on the right Monday? Check out their website for family craft days during the half-term.Once you’re done swatting up, head to The Greedy Cow on Grove Road for a thoroughly modern kangaroo burger on a sourdough bun.
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