With the summer break creeping ever closer but our family holiday not booked until the end of August, I was on the hunt for ways to entertain three children ranging in age from five to 12.
One of the many requests from the kids themselves was a sightseeing trip to London. We’d done this in the past, but the five-year-old had been to young to remember it. The older two, on the other hand, were keen to revisit Madame Tussauds.
The London Cluster ticket seemed like a great approach. Not only did we get to visit the famous waxworks attraction – it also includes the London Eye, the Sea Life Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure!. But you don’t have to rush to fit it all in – the four attractions can be visited over a 90-day period.
As we only had to pick up our tickets on arrival at Madame Tussauds, we were able to avoid the queues. As we ventured past film stars and monarchy, I was slightly worried that was nothing really recognisable for the youngest. But then thankfully, just on cue, we spotted Angry Birds…
That said, for us the highlights of the visit were the new Star Wars section, with great photo opportunities, and the Marvel Super Heroes 4D film (where, to the kids’ amusement, I reminisced about school trips to the planetarium that once occupied this space).
After more than three hours we finally emerged, feeling like we’d travelled through time. There wasn’t time to do any of the other attractions, so we took a quick trip on a London double-decker bus to Covent Garden to see a few street acts before heading home. As we did so, we talked excitedly about the things we'd do next time we come to London as part of the Cluster deal.
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