2020 is a really weird year. We had so many plans that were ruined because of Covid19. The only destination we wanted to visit and we were actually able to get there was London. Obviously, a lot of things looked different. We couldn’t see everything that we wanted because lots of attractions were closed. So, we are already planning our next visit to London. We have a few London staycation ideas to share wit. We want to have our staycation during spring/summer in 2021. Hopefully, next year will be more enjoyable and with no travel restrictions. But having in mind everything that’s happened this year we’ve decided to not come too much ahead and focus on places which are not so far from home. Also, a staycation is a better idea for everyone who struggles with the budget. Knowing that most people will be tight on a budget we chose 5, in our opinion, best and free attractions. All our London staycation ideas are suitable for the whole family.
What does staycation mean?
According to the online Cambridge dictionary, it’s a ‘holiday that you take at home or near your home rather than travelling to another place’
‘a holiday that someone spends in their own country or at home, rather than travelling somewhere else’
Staycations are the best ideas when you are tight on your budget. Also, it’s a perfect solution when you are afraid of flying or you forgot to renew your passport. Or simply when you are new parents and you are still a little bit afraid to travel abroad. The first step you should take is planning in which hotel you should stay in. To choose a best and cheap hotel in London we like to use Hotels comprising sites.
Now when you know where you will stay you can go to the next step which is planning what attractions are worth to see. With our London staycation ideas, you will have loads to do.
5 London staycation ideas for 2021. What to visit?
1. Sky Garden– It’s capital’s highest public garden. We really love that place because of views which are unforgettable and you can take amazing pictures of London from a birds view.
Entry is free but limited so you make sure to reserve it online in advance. Tickets are available to book on a weekly basis. As I remember it’s up to three weeks in advance of your visit, but you can check everything on their website. Also, you can choose a slot time which is very convenient to plan your next steps.
2. Natural History Museum– It’s one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. It’s a lot to see there and lots to do. I think we will be visiting that place every time we will be in London. Our son is a dinos fan so we enjoyed seeing skeletons of his favourite ones.
Also, he could learn about the animals which he has never seen or even heard of.
What you can read on the website is that:
The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.
We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.
We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.
It’s really worth to visit the Natural History Museum and I’m pretty sure that even adults will have fun.
3. Science Museum– another amazing museum which you need to visit in London. It’s 1 minute away from the Natural History Museum so you can visit both in one day. As our son is really interested in space we knew he will love that place.
During our last visit, we couldn’t use most of the activities. It was hard to engage because of Covid19 restrictions. But still, it was worth to visit the Science Museum and learn about space, old vehicles, planes etc.
Next time we are planning to book tickets for Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery. What you can see there?
Spread across seven different zones, there’s loads of opportunity to interact with real scientific phenomena. See lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars.
Entry to the museum is free but if you want to visit Wonderlab you need to book tickets: day passes from £8.00,
Annual passes (unlimited access for a year) from £13.00.
4. M&M’s World store– I’m an adult but I had so much fun there. If I could I would buy all assortments 😛
The shop is colourful and you can take a picture with M&M’s figures.
You can find it in Leicester Square. Quoting Wikipedia ‘It is the world’s largest candy store, at 35,000 sq ft (3,250 sq metres). The retail space was built as part of Westminster City Council’s regeneration of the local area, to create a “world-class destination”, based on the similar remodelling of Times Square New York.’ And again entry it’s free 🙂
5. Kensington Gardens– places where you can rest and enjoy a peaceful time. There are a lot of squirrels that are happy to be fed 😉
You can admire, for free, the Albert Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue, the Serpentine Gallery, the Round Pond and the Diana Memorial Playground.
I’m full of hope that 2021 will be better for everyone. Hopefully, we will be able to travel more and without being worried. But even if, we will still have some restrictions and it will be hard to spend your holiday abroad it’s good to remember that staycation can be really enjoyable. Let me know if you are planning already your break for 2021 and what do you think about our London staycation ideas.
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.