Our half-term adventure in London using the Amazing Klook App
Note: Our trip to London was kindly sponsored by Klook. As always, thoughts & opinions are my own.
Half term is fast approaching and us parents need to get our thinking caps on and decide what we are going to do to keep the kids entertained. Sometimes it difficult to think of things to do and we need a little inspiration so that’s where Klook UK comes in.
We were kindly invited to try using Klook to book some tours and activities on our day trip to London. Having never actually been to my own Capital before (I know, I know how could we never have been to London having lived in the UK all my life!!) we were compelled to see what we could get up to in a day with the kids in London.
What is Klook?
Klook (short for “keep looking”) is a brilliant booking platform that connects people with local tour operators in over 350 destinations all over the world. They aim to make the whole booking experience as easy as possible and stress-free.
Their mission is “Empowering travelers around the world to discover, book and experience the best things to do anywhere, anytime”
They have experts all over the world putting together the best experiences for you. With millions of users, they have authentic reviews from real people who have used the app reassuring you of their professionalism.
The tours and experiences are competitively priced an with a safe secure way of booking through the app, your mind will be at ease.
Why use Klook?
As someone who travels a lot, I have to admit I’m pretty fed up with searching for tours and activities for each destination I go too. It takes me hours to find each company, then emails back and forth.
I just don’t have the time anymore with two small kids so when I was introduced to Klook I found it a refreshing change. Everything was right in front of me on the app, I could filter activities by price and availability to make my search that bit easier.
That’s the word I find best suits the Klook app, Easy. It didn’t take me long at all to filter through and pick the activities that I thought would best suit my family.
If like me you don’t have the time to sit and search the internet for activities, want great prices and tickets direct to your phone, then give Klook a try. I’m sure you’ll be impressed, we sure were.
Is Klook Legit and Safe?
Klook is most definitely a safe and reliable booking platform, we had no problems whatsoever whilst using the app around London. The booking process is quick and easy and booking is confirmed on most attractions within 5 minutes and sent to your app so you can use the QR reader at your chosen attraction or tour.
They have many different payments including PayPal so you know your payment is secure. It’s also worth checking out Klooks reviews, they have thousands of fantastic reviews on their website and TrustPilot to put your mind at ease.
- Rated 4.5 on TrustPilot with nearly 3,000 reviews
- Brilliant customer reviews
- Secure payment options
- Instant booking confirmation
- Tickets direct to your app
- My own fantastic personal experiance of booking with Klook
Our family day trip to London
London is somewhere I’ve always wanted to see but for some reason, I just haven’t got around to it, so I was very excited to be going for the day. London is only an hour and 50 minutes from where we live by train so it was really simple to travel down to (except for my terrible travel sickness)
Before we left we downloaded the Klook app and decided on the 3 activities that we thought the boys would enjoy as well as us. Our boys are 1 and 6 years old so we knew they would get tired and bored in the pram quickly.
Therefore, the first thing we booked was the Big Bus London Hop on hop off bus. This would make getting around London easy and ensure we got to see as much as we could in a day.
We then booked Westminster Abbey, we were actually able to add this onto our Big bus London booking making it even easier. I’ve always wanted to see Westminster Abbey so really looked forward to seeing inside, especially where all the Royals sat for Prince William’s wedding!
Last but not least we booked Shreks adventure! The boys adore Shrek so I knew they would love to do this at the end of the day after the sightseeing.
Big Red Bus London Tour
As soon as we arrived in London we downloaded the Big Bus London app. I’d highly recommend doing this as it shows live times of where the bus is so you know how long you may have to wait.
When we got outside of Euston station we followed the directions on the app to the bus stop (kind of like google maps) and jumped straight on a bus. This was the green line which takes you to connect to other lines around London.
We simply showed the driver the Klook app with the voucher, he scanned the QR code, printed off the tickets and we were on our way.
I have to admit I love a good hop on hop off bus, I’ve done many on our travels and its a great way to see a lot of places in a short time. We had a glorious day, the skies were blue and the sun shining so we sat on the top of the open-air bus to take in all the sites.
The boys absolutely loved the fact there was no roof on the bus and pointing out places they recognised. We were able to leave the pram downstairs in a designated area which was great.
The Big bus London has 4 different coloured lines around London that connect, making it really easy to get around the city. We got a 24-hour ticket which also included a river cruise which we sadly didn’t get to use.
The buses have guides on the red line as well as free walking guides for when the bus can’t get to areas of interest.
My top tips
- Download the Big Bus London app to get bus updates
- Sit on the top deck to take in the sights
- Take a free walking tour
- Keep your booklet with all the stops so you can map your day outy
- Use the ear phones to listen to the guide
Westminster Abbey was our first stop, having booked the tickets on the Klook app we printed them off and presented them at the kiosk where we were given our tickets.
Riley had fallen asleep on the bus so it was perfect timing for us to stroll around with Brody who was given a kids booklet where he had to find monuments as we walked around.
Brody really enjoyed this and found them all whilst we marveled at the 1000-year-old history of Westminster Abbey where prominent figures throughout British history are buried. The stain glass windows were stunning and it was surreal seeing where the Royal family sat for Prince William and Katherine’s wedding.
Every Coronation has taken place at Westminster Abbey since 1066 and you can learn more about the Abbey with the audio guide you will be given when you enter the Abbey.
With having the kids we just went through the kid’s booklet and had a lovely afternoon. I’d recommend Westminster Abbey for ages 6 plus.
My top tips
- Bring an umbrella, there is a small queue before you get inside
- Get the kids pack, its very interesting even for us adults
- Print your tickets before you get there
- Take your time to take everything in.
We also jumped off the bus for a quick wander around to see Buckingham Palace. I thought Brody would be impressed at the size of the Palace but he asked me why there weren’t any more floors!! I think he expected it to be taller.
There are lots of tours and experiences on the Klook app to see Buckingham Palace, you can see the changing of the guards, afternoon tea or the Queens Gallery. If we had been in London for a day longer id have loved to see the changing of the guard.
My top tips
- Check online about changing of guards as it is not every day
- It is very busy, be prepared!
- Visit Buckingham Palace State Rooms
- There are no toilets inside or outside, so go ahead of time
- Traffic outside can get very busy so be careful with your children.
Shrek Adventure Land
We took the hop on hop off bus to our last stop of the day, Shreks adventure. The bus stopped just after Westminster Bridge where we walked down the steps to the waterfront. The boys were all giddy about seeing Shrek but we really didn’t know what to expect from it.
After showing the Klook app to the front desk we walked in and had our buggy safely stored. My youngest Riley just loves to run around everywhere, so I was ecstatic to have some free hands for once.
Cameras aren’t permitted at Shreks adventure so unfortunately, we’re unable to show you, but the graphics were amazing, we especially loved the 4D flying bus driven by Donkey!
After exiting the bus you then make your way through different rooms with all the characters from Shrek, I’m not joking when I say we’ve watched Shrek every single day since we’ve been home.
The whole experience takes between 60-70 minutes and id recommend it for kids aged between 2-12 years. Check out more about Shreks Adventure here.
My top tips
- You can leave one pram and one bag for free at the check-in desk
- Be prepared for special effect
- Take the kids to the toilet before you go in
- Explain to the kids it will be dark at times, Brody got a bit scared at times
If you’re looking for some ideas to keep the kids busy at great prices then Klook has some fun activities all around the Uk, don’t forget to use Klooks offer to get £10 off during half term. If your going abroad this year be sure to check out activities on the Kloop app as they are in over 350 destinations worldwide.
We had a great day in London with the Klook app. We got to see so much more using the Big Bus London hop on hop off bus and it saved us time meaning we got to see everything we what we wanted plus the kids weren’t too tired. Id highly recommend booking the hop on hop off bus with kids, they will love the open top.
We would love to return to London and we will most definitely be booking our tours and activities with Klook, it was so easy and convenient. The app is filled with things to do around the UK and we will be checking them out for local things to do near us this half term.
To check out what we did using the Klook app just click on the links below:
Note: Our trip to London was kindly sponsored by Klook.
As always, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.