Kids catch weird things.
When we booked Hop On, Hop of London Cruise, we thought the girls would be impressed with the big attractions with the Thames.
On the way from Westminster to Greenwich with City Cruise, you pass Parliament House, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge.
But my seven-year-old child falls prey to lion heads on the embankment. The idea of flooding London if the water reaches the lion’s mouth is strange to him.
My four-year-old, at the moment, feels the thrill of waving to pedestrians on bridges. When they step back, it looks like they have won the World Cup.
Taking two young children to the capital for the first time was always a gamble.
It’s not cool at all for a short break. Parents hardly get a few days due to the bombardment of the senses.
Sometimes it’s a gamble that goes backwards. Telling a four-year-old not to touch objects in a museum is tiring. Queuing is also a daunting task, as you have to watch the children with hawk eyes.
Expensive attractions that you believe will catch fire can prove to be damp cabbage, which the girls prove as they continue to fight in the upper part of the London Eye.
We assumed they would like to see as much as possible. But our open top Big Bus Tour, which revolves around famous places, is only a partial hit.
When girls bother to listen to commentary, they become interested in what they are seeing. But this focus lasts only 20 minutes.
Things get much better when they are on their feet.
On the way to the Tower of London, Miss Seven is delighted to see the Great Fire Memorial Building in London. This is what she is learning in school.
She wants to walk down Pudding Lane, where the flames started, and happily confirms that none of the wooden houses survive.
The Tower of London is a great success for unexpected reasons.
We assumed the Crown Jewels – or “Queen’s Shine” as Miss Four would call them – would be the focus of the stars.
But the shiny crown spirals come in second when climbing stairs and looking out of the walls.
The girls also love the animal wire sculptures that were once placed in the tower.
Miss Seven is particularly impressed with the story of the polar bear on a rope in Thomas so he can go fishing. Most of all, though, they both want to know more about the Bloody Tower.
The stories of captivity, murdered princes and executions are far more interesting than the ones they are usually allowed to see on the television. Miss Four shouted, “With their heads!” All the way back to the hotel.
Elsewhere, the policy of letting things work is more effective than looking at things.
Counting the variety of birds in St. James’s Park makes them more excited than seeing Buckingham Palace.
Walking around the borough market is fun only when they have a mission to count how many countries the food comes from. The Science Museum, though, is the biggest winner of the holiday. Older cars and space rocket components are slightly more interesting.
Especially the screen that forms the dot pattern based on how you dance in front of it.
By the end of the five days, in London, many plans were broken.
But the interactive elements upstairs are instantly liked.
Adults who think that children can enjoy in London and children who actually enjoy in London are not always the same.
You don’t have to constantly shout slogans in large places. Sometimes the morning is needed on the playground.
Playgrounds in Hyde Park and St. James Park, for example, are great for an hour or two of energy.
Although the biggest lesson is that girls do not want to grow up playing tour guides. They want to find out and ask questions about what they see along the way.
And there is probably no better city on earth than London to see things along the way.
Go to London (with kids)
Stay there: Rooms at Newtel London Bridge have a fold-out bed for children, priced at £ 121.50 per night. An extra room for older children is half the price. Visit novotel.accor.com.
Out and about: Hop-on, hop-off themes cruise ticket price with City Cruise (cityexperiences.com). 41. A large bus tours family day ticket costs 86.50. For the Tower of London (hrp.org.uk), the cost of a family ticket. 79.40. Admission to the Sciencemuseum (sciencemuseum.org.uk) is free, but book a time slot in advance.
More information: Visit visitlondon.com.