- Ride the singing elevator (JCB Glass lift) in the Royal Festival Hall.
- Meet ferrets, bunnies, alpacas and more at Vauxhall City Farm.
- See farm animals at Mudchute Farm and Park.
- Push a trolley through to Harry Potter’s magical world at the wall marked Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross.
- Watch the skateboarders performing death-defying tricks under Southbank Centre.
- Go mudlarking – the city equivalent of beachcombing – outside Gabriel’s Wharf or on the City of London side of the Millennium Bridge, where you can check the surface for old clay smoking pipes and bits of pottery. Check the tide tables in advance.
- Watch the street entertainers in Covent Garden.
- Little ones can be pirates for the day on Captain Hook’s huge wooden pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
- Splash about in rock pools and balance on wobbly bridges at Tumbling Bay playground.
- See amazing exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket, at the Science Museum.
- Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood, where you’ll find dolls’ houses, games and construction toys dating back to the 1600s.
To get the right cover at the right price, you can either use best buy tables or do a bit of research yourself.
- Think about cover, not just price
- Too busy to shop around?
- Try an insurance broker
- Got some time? Use the comparison sites and shop around
- Keep an eye on the excess when you compare policies
Think about cover, not just price
As is true of most insurance policies, the cheapest deal is not necessarily the best.
There are all sorts of different policies available.
Make sure you get the right policy, even if it costs a few pounds more. Otherwise you might not be able to claim when you really need to.
Read the key benefits and features information provided by your provider before you buy so you know what you’re actually getting.
You will have 14 days after you received your policy details in which to cancel if you find the policy is not suitable for you.
If you’re not sure what kind of cover you need, read our guide:Read our guide Travel insurance – choose the right policy and cover
Too busy to shop around?
If you don’t have a lot of time to shop around, best buy tables can be a useful shortcut to who’s offering the best deals.
Make sure the policy you choose will meet your requirements in the event of a claim.
- See the best buy tables for worldwide travel on the Which? Website
- See the best buy tables on the MoneySavingExpert website
Try an insurance broker
Ask a broker for advice on finding a suitable travel insurance policy that meets your needs.
It doesn’t cost you any more money and it can be particularly useful if you have complex needs, for example because you have an existing medical condition.Find a specialist broker on the British Insurance Brokers’ Association websiteopens in new window
Got some time? Use the comparison sites and shop around
If you can put in a bit of time and want to compare some travel insurance prices you can shop around online.
However, remember not to focus on price alone and always check that the cover offered is sufficient for your needs.
It takes some research, because you’ll want to compare as many quotes as possible, but you can potentially save money.
Try consider the following:
- Your bank
- Your credit card company
- Typing ‘travel insurance’ and other key words into your search engine
- Comparison sites – though many insurers won’t feature if they don’t sell their travel through comparison sites
Keep an eye on the excess when you compare policies
Make sure you compare like for like. This is especially important for the excess.
A policy might look like it’s the cheapest until you work out that the excess is very high.
Also, for travel insurance claims, excesses are applied on a ‘per section’ basis.
For example, if you’re mugged on holiday you might have to claim under the medical expenses section, personal belongings section and money section of your policy.
In this case three excesses could be deducted from your payout.