London is an exciting place for kids to visit, not only because there's so much to do, but also because the British capital is the setting for so many books and movies. Here are some of the best.
Harry Potter Books
The Harry Potter books feature many scenes set in real-life London and other UK destinations, including the famous Platform 9-3/4 at Kings Cross Station.
Harry Potter Movies
All of the Harry Potter films include scenes shot in London and elsewhere in Britain. It's fun to look for those Potter locations when you're on vacation.
Sherlock (TV Series)
This BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch is a terrific, modern take on the Sherlock Holmes tales, and the backdrop of London is smashing.
Mr. Bean (TV Series)
This cult hit starring Rowan Atkinson as the hapless Mr. Bean is comedy gold for Anglophiles of all ages. Kids will love the goofball antics of this trouble-prone character, and parents will love that it's all G-rated fun.
Young kids will love this film based on a beloved series of books about an adorable bear who lives in London with the Brown family. Many of the film locations are popular attractions in the capital.
Fever Pitch (Book)
For teens who want to understand the British obsession with football (soccer in the U.S.), this hilarious, bestselling novel by Nick Hornby is a must read. You'll get huge insight into the obsessive love of the game and, in particularly, for the Arsenal Football Club in London. (This was later made into a film starring Colin Firth.)
Oliver Twist (Book)
London is full of old buildings dating from centuries ago. Anything written by Charles Dickens will help kids imagine what life was like way back when. Dickens was a great force for social reform in the Victorian age.
Oliver Twist (Film)
There have been several film versions of this Dickens classic. This one stars Richard Dreyfuss and Elijah Wood.
Mary Poppins (Film)
Many consider this to be Disney's best film. This delightful children's movie beautifully conveys the London era of proper nannies and chimney sweeps. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are wonderful.
The Great Mouse Detective (Film)
For kids too young for Sherlock Holmes, try Basil of Baker Street from this fun flick with lots of Victorian London ambiance. There's even an appearance by Sherlock himself (voiced by Basil Rathbone). There are also Mouse Detective books.