50 Best Things to do in London with Kids

50 Best Things to do in London with Kids

Last time we lived in London we were just a couple. Now we have returned as a family we are determined to explore all that this great city has to offer, especially for our little one. And there is a lot! Here we have rounded up our bucket list of best things to do in London with kids with over a whopping 50 ideas ! 

Best Free London museums for kids

No visit to London, no matter how long you have, isn’t complete without a visit to one of the capitals brilliant museums! Here are some of the best for kids!

1. Science museum London with kids

I think the Science Museum is perhaps the best museum in London for kids of any age. There aren’t many museums that I think are  wholly kid friendly but the Science museum is one of them. With its interactive space the Garden offering water play, sound and building, this exhibit is perfect for toddler. For older children Wvonderlab offers interactivity that teaches them about Science concepts! This is a must for any family visiting London. These are a great thing to do on a rainy day in London!

2. V&A Museum of Childhood

A museum dedicated to growing up in Britain. This fabulous museum is a great place for a multigenerational museum visit.

3. Horniman Museum

A fascinating museum that has collections of anthropology and musical instruments. This museum has great family friendly events throughout the year.

4. Cutty Sark and the Maritime Museum

Newly restored after fire, the Cutty Sark will have children in awe. Being able to climb aboard and see under this ship is a visit not to be missed. The National Maritime Museum is a nearby and great accompaniment.

5. Explore Roman Londonium at the Museum of London

If you are living in London you really should know its history and the Museum of London brings the city alive for any child. Its’ exhibits on roman London are particularly worth visiting.

6. British postal museum

The newly refurbished British Postal Museum is a great place to take your little. With a mail train ride and plenty of interactives the British Postal Museum is a great place to take the kids.

7. Natural history museum

Let’s face it – what child doesn’t like dinosaurs. The exhibits lend themselves really well to a family audience. There is really nothing more to say other than your littles are going to love this place.

The best London Museums for Kids (admission required)

8. London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum isn’t free but it is a great day out for the family. Offering children a chance to get up and close to transport of yesteryear.

It is best to book your tickets in advance here to beat the queue!

Bonus: The collection storage area of the London Transport Museum in Acton opens twice a year and offers behind the scenes access to the museum collection.

Best London Parks for Kids

London is a city full of amazing green spaces that are all really suitable for children. Here are some of our favorite things to do.

9. Visit the pelicans in Green Park

Green Park is an oasis in the centre of London. One of our favorite things to do there is to go and see the Pelicans especially at feeding time.

10. Visit the zoo in Regent’s Park

Regents Park is home to London Zoo. A sure fire hit with any child.

11. See deer in Richmond Park

Being West Londoners, Richmond Park is perhaps our favorite spot. It is worth coming out to the end of the District line to visit and see the deers in the park and also see one of London’s protected views direct to St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound.

12. Diana Memorial Garden

The Diana Memorial Garden, located next to Kensington Palace is a fab place for children. Complete with Wigwams, Pirate Ship and a sensory trail this is the perfect place for children! Be warned this place can get busy!

Green Spaces in London for Kids

13. Kew Gardens

Not a park, but the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are well worth the admission. It is a great place for children to run around at any time of year but there are plenty of family friendly activities throughout the year such as Peter Rabbit Trail at Easter and the Christmas at Kew events.

You can buy your tickers in advance here! 

14. Kings Cross St Pancras Fountains

Ok not so much green but in the middle of the concrete jungle of London but a great outdoor space. Children will love running through the fountains in the summer

BONUS – Looking for a place to stay near Kings Cross then check out our Great Northern Hotel Review and our guide on what to do nearby

15. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Olympic Park offers an array of attractions for children. From exploring the green spaces and playground to climbing the Anish Kapoor sculpture. This is a great place for kids.

16. Camley Street Natural Park

An urban nature reserve close to Kings Cross. Kids will love to escape the city in this beautiful nature park.

17. Coram’s Field

A seven acre playground and park for children near Bloomsbury. The rule at Coram’s Field is ‘no adult can enter without a child’ meaning that you know children are at the forefront of everything here!

18. London Wetland Centre

Located in Barnes, the London Wetland Centre is a great place for kids to get up close to British wildlife in London.

19. Visit the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

A historic collection of dinosaur statues. Children will love getting up and close to the dinosaurs!

20. Alexandra Palace Boating Lake

A beautiful green space where the kids can enjoy spending time on the water.

Things to do on the Thames

21. Thames Rib Boat Experience

The Thames Rib Boat experience is a definite must for older children and thrill seekers! A great chance to see London from a different perspective! A fast paced ride through all the sites along the Thames with amusing commentary to boot! A sure fire James Bond experience.

You can book your ticket in advance here! 

22. London Duck tour with kids

More suitable for younger children than the rib boat, the amphibious vehicle offers a great way to see London from land and water. The duck boat is a distinctive yellow amphibious WWII vehicle (made by GM Motors for D-day landing). On this your you get to see all of the classic London sites but in a really fun way! Kids always marvel at the amphibious nature of the vehicle and you will squeals of joy as the boat enters the water for the first time!

How to see London from Above

23. Emirates Cable Car

The only cable car in London and a great fun way for children to see London from up high!

24. Sky Garden

The Sky Garden offers a beautiful perspective on London and even better its free to enter. We recommend getting public timed tickets.

25. Walk the O2

One for the brave. Walk over the top of the iconic O2 Centre. Please check for age and height restrictions.

Booking in advance is essential and can be booked here!

24. London Eye

A London icon on the beautiful south bank of the Thames! Pre booking tickets is a must to try and avoid the queue! The queue has been know to last two or three hours if the tickets aren’t prebooked during the summer holidays!

Your ticket also includes admission to the amazing 4d screening!

Pre booking tickets is a must to try and avoid the queue!

Top Tip:   If you are planning to visit several London attractions from Merlin Entertainments group  these include: Shrek’s Adventure! London, Madame Tussaud’s London, Sea life London Aquarium, The Coca-Cola London Eye and The London Dungeon it will save you a TON of money to buy the group ticket – you can buy the Merlin Magical London ticket here!

25. The Shard

One of London’s newest icons. Children will love seeing the view from London’s tallest building!

26. Tower Bridge

Many people know the iconic tower bridge but did you know that you can walk across and learn about the engineering feat that made it? Children will love walking across this icon!

London Attractions for Kids

These are largely paid for attractions that are perfect for rainy days in London!

27. London Aquarium

A brilliant family friendly attraction! Could be coupled with a visit to the London eye!

You can book your tickets in advance here! And if you are going to several of the London Merlin attractions consider buying the combo ticket! 

28. London Dungeons

Definitely one for older children and teenagers. Get a fright at London dungeons at any time of year!

You can book your tickets in advance here! 

29. Tower of London

From learning the towers gruesome history or simply admiring the crown jewels! There is something for every interest at the Tower of London!

You can buy your tickets in advance, including Crown Jewel exhibition here!

30. Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace is a must for any visitor to London but try and time your visit to see the spectacular changing of the guard!

Click here to read about our favourite places to watch the changing guard with kids!

31. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

While Big Ben may not be sounding at the moment, a visit to see the Houses of Parliament are a must!

Please note Big Ben is currently under scaffolding

32. Westminster Abbey

Go and relive the royal wedding or just marvel at its beautiful architecture.

33. St. Paul’s cathedral

This place definitely has a wow factor that will even impress the kids. There are multimedia and family trails to make the visit fun for kids to1

34. Hampton Court Palace

Literally my favorite palace in the world. Hampton Court has something for everyone. From learning about the gruesome history of Henry VIII to the fun maze or admiring the lawn tennis court. Hampton Court Palace is a fabulous day out and can be coupled with a trip down the Thames too!

It is a great day trip from London whatever the weather!

35. Kensington Palace

William and Kate’s current abode. Kensington Palace is a fab place to visit especially for lovers of royal dress!

Can be coupled with a visit to the Diana Memorial Garden

Things to do in London for Harry Potter Obsessed Kids

36. Warner Bros Studio Tour

A short journey out to Watford and your Harry Potter obsessed kid (or self) will be in Hogwarts heaven reliving their favorite scenes from the movie.

It is imperative to book these tickets in advance with plenty of notice! 

37. Harry Potter Walking Tour

And if a studio tour isn’t enough, why. not relive some of the real life places by going on a Harry Potter Walking Tour!

book online here! 

38. Platform 9 3/4

The photo opportunity for any Harry Potter fan. Kings Cross station platform 9 3/4 with the trolley going through the platform. Get there early otherwise you will have to queue to get your photo!

39. Cursed Child Theatre Show

For teenagers who love the books, the theatre show The Cursed Child is a must. Remember that in true J K Rowling style she needed to theatre shows to tell her story. Either take a weekend day or consecutive nights to see this show

Random things to do in London with kids

40. London Lidos

London is a great place for those that love outdoor swimming with lidos all around the city. One of the most central is the Serpentine. Probably best to wait for a nice day to do this one!

41. West End show

For me London is the home of theatre. From musicals to Shakespeare, the London stage has something for everyone even the littlest theatre fans. Make sure you check what family friendly shows are on during your visit. At the minute I fancy Matilda and Aladdin.

42. Puppet Theatre Barge

The Puppet Theatre Barge is a London institution. a 50 seater theatre on a barge has great shows for all the family. Located in little Venice!

43. Street Performers at Covent Garden

When I used to work in Covent Garden the street performers in Covent Garden irritated the hell out of me. Now I am a mum I know how much my little will enjoy the street performers and we will become one of those families that used to irritate me. From magicians to comedians, there are street performances for everyone!

44. BFI IMAX

The largest IMAX in the UK. On a rainy day this is literally the best place in the UK to watch a film!

45. Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a British institution and there are some great family friendly options out there including a Charlie and chocolate factory themed one! I can’t wait to go on my first mummy daughter afternoon tea date!

46. Madame Tussaud’s

The place for all celebrity loving teens. But there are even things for littles here with Shrek and ET tableaus! There is also a Marvel 4D movie for your superhero loving kids!

You can book your tickets in advance here! 

47. Crystal maze live

As a child of the 80s I was all about the crystal maze! The chance to live my favourite show is just too tempting! Older children will love this interactive challenge and is something I can’t wait to try

48. Do a Free Walking Tour

We love a Free Walking Tour and London has its own. I love these as you pay what you think it is worth and you can break away if you have littles needing attention.

49. Visit Hamley’s

Nothing like a bit of bribery to keep children happy and a visit to Hamley’s will be an expensive but fun treat for kids!

50. Crazy Golf

Who knew that London was a centre of crazy gold. We’ve heard that this one is the largest and best!

What’s your favourite thing to do in London with kids?

 

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54 Comments

  1. April 19, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    There are so many incredible place to visit in London with kids, whatever their age. I’m always amazed that lots of them are free. We’re really lucky to be able to visit regularly. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas on #FarawayFiles

  2. April 19, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Oh my! So many things in London I have just not seen and done! Must rectify this on our return. #FarawayFiles

  3. April 20, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    I’ve not heard about the puppet theatre barge, I’m going to have to investigate! I loved the Museum of Childhood. There’s a great book we read prior to our visit which is set there called Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas, essential reading for little ones! #FarawayFiles

  4. April 20, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    What a great list! Coram’s Fields was a favourite when my son was a toddler. The National Army Museum in Chelsea has a pretty full-on soft play area, might be a good one for your list.

    #farawayfiles

    • April 20, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      I’d heard hah but not checked it out yet! It’s on my list

  5. April 21, 2018 / 8:19 am

    London is such a great place to explore with kids. I used to go with my grandad and meet up with my aunt at Covent Garden. I loved it there, seeing performers in the square and mooching around the market stalls then trying on boots I n the huge Dr Marten store. I can’t wait to take the boys to explore London once they are a bit older.

  6. April 21, 2018 / 8:23 am

    What an excellent list!! I love it. We were in London our our honeymoon, but haven’t taken our crew there yet. I’m dying to go see Harry Potter stuff in particular!

  7. April 21, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Some great fun packed ideas. We go in a couple of weeks so this post is so useful! We have three kids so want to make the most of the attractions!

  8. April 21, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Great list! I did a lot of these things when I first travelled to London with my parents and younger sister. It was fun going back to revisit some of my favourite spots as an adult.

  9. April 21, 2018 / 11:48 am

    What a long list of things to do. I’m sure the Harry Potter tour is one of the most popular ones and not only for kids.

  10. Kelly
    April 21, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    What a great list. I really need to get back to London but I truly adore all the museums there. Such an amazing city with so much to do, for children and adults alike.

  11. April 21, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Brilliant – will come in handy when am there next with small people

  12. April 23, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I’ll be going to London in May and eventhough I’m traveling without kids you gave me some great ideas of things to do there – thank you!

  13. April 23, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I’m bookmarking this for our next visit! Thanks so much – a really useful post. We visited the Horniman Museum recently and spent a great afternoon exploring inside and out. #MondayEscapes

  14. Emily
    April 23, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    Love all of these recommendations! Now I need to plan a month long trip to London so I can do all of these. lol Saving for the next time we go there!

  15. April 23, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Bookmarking these great ideas for the day that I get to take my kids to London! #FarawayFiles

  16. April 23, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    There’s soooo much to do! I’ve been here 20 years, and all I’ve managed to tick off in your ‘from above’ section is the London Eye! There’s never an end to it. #CulturedKids

  17. April 23, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    wow what a really awesome post, it’s such a great list with loads of fantastic places on it. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  18. April 24, 2018 / 3:12 am

    I really can’t wait to take my kids to London – not sure when that will be – but there is just so much to do. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  19. April 24, 2018 / 8:18 am

    Nice to see I still have a few to tick off before I can definitively say we have ‘done’ London with kids – because this surely is the definitive list! Cool ideas all.

  20. April 24, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Some great ideas there! London museums have great programmes for kids. #CityTripping

  21. April 24, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Quite the extensive list! We quite enjoyed the UAE cable car ride as it offered some pretty nice views! #CityTripping

  22. April 24, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Some great ideas here! London is brilliant for kids. I went to the Grant Museum of Zoology recently and it’s a great place to take kids into the weird and strange. #citytripping

  23. April 24, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Still I lot I haven’t seen in London… I need to get better at sightseeing, not just shopping 😀 #citytripping

  24. April 24, 2018 / 10:55 am

    This is such a great list! You listed so many cool spots that I didn’t have time for when I was in London. And now I want to see them really badly!
    #citytripping

  25. April 24, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Even without kids, I’m definitely taking up some of these ideas! I’ve walked over the top of the O2 and it’s super awesome! #citytripping

  26. April 24, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    So many of my fave attractions and sights in London included in this list Leona! We were in London this wkd for the marathon. The atmosphere was immense;) #citytripping

  27. April 24, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    I haven’t even made a dent in all of these places! Although I have been to the V&A, Tower Bridge and Tower of London. And a few castles to boot. I had to Google wigwam though, I had no idea what they were until I read that there are some in the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. Great comprehensive list! #CityTripping

  28. April 24, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    There really is so much to do in London isn’t there? Great list! 🙂 #citytripping

  29. April 24, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    The Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V&A is great for kids!

  30. April 27, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Wow so many great places to visit. We are hoping to visit in the summer, so will save this for later #citytripping

  31. April 29, 2018 / 8:18 am

    Some of these sites are great for adults too 🙂 There’s so much to explore in London! #Citytripping

  32. April 29, 2018 / 11:06 am

    What a list! London really is a great city to explore with kids – mum spent a lot of time taking me there as a kid and have great memories of visiting all the museums etc! #citytripping

  33. April 29, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    A great round-up of things to do with the kiddywinks. My favourite is the Horniman! #culturedkids

  34. May 1, 2018 / 11:54 am

    What perfect timing! We will be in London in August and you have given me lots of great ideas to fill our 3 days there. The kids are big HP fans so that will definitely be on the itinerary. My husband grew in in England so the Museum of Childhood sounds interesting. #fearlessfamtrav

    • May 1, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Let us know when you are in London if you fancy a blogger meet up

  35. May 1, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Wow! I had no idea that there was so much to do in London with children. Love the variety included in your list! There’s something for everyone – adults AND children! Great read! #fearlessfamtrav

  36. May 1, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Wonderful post! Have been to London hundreds of times, but it never gets boring and you will always be able to find things you have not done or seen before. Will bookmark this post. #fearlessfamtrav

  37. May 1, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    A great ambitious round-up! One of my favourite quotes that I used in my London posts belongs to Samuel Johnson – over 200 years ago he stated: ‘You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ Can’t really be any truer even 200 years after! #CulturedKids

  38. May 2, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    This will keep them busy!! Great, comprehensive list. I love the London Mithraeum, Tooting Lido, London Transport Museum and all the fabulous shows. We also love the view from One New Change of St Paul;’s and the Sky Garden is brilliant for (free) views of the city. Thanks for sharing on Cultured Kids

  39. May 2, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Great post! As a life-long South Londoner (until we moved to Asia last month), I absolutely love all the South London destinations you’ve included. Greenwich, the Hornimans, Crystal Palace etc have been my kids’ staple days out for years. They’re fantastic. We’ve also got some great parks down South – Peckham Rye Park, Dulwich Park, Hilly Fields etc #fearlessfamtrav

  40. May 2, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    What a wonderful list! I am pleased that there are so many places for kids to run around as we have struggled with this when visiting cities as a family with little kids. I am totally dying to do ALL of the Harry Potter stuff! #fearlessfamtrav

  41. May 4, 2018 / 6:56 am

    I keep reading about the Postal Museum,
    It sounds brilliant. And it’s the right end of London for me too, I must make an effort to drag the kids into London! #Fearlessfamtrav

  42. May 4, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Such a great list here. I’ve been to London lots of times but never with the kids. I think we’ll try to get a short trip in over the next year or so as I think they’d love it. #fearlessfamtravel

  43. May 4, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    We live in London for some of the year so go to many of these places on a regular basis. It is great that there are so many (especially free!) things to do with kids in London #fearlessfamtrav

  44. May 5, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I’ve never been to London, but this list makes me want to book a flight tomorrow! I assumed there was a lot to do, but seeing it all listed out like this makes it seem more irresistible. Pinning this for our someday London trip! #fearlessfamtrav

  45. May 7, 2018 / 4:18 am

    There are so many great ideas on this list! We visited London with our kids for 4 days last year and didn’t even touch the sides of what is on offer. It is such an easy city to visit with kids. Will add these to the list for next time!

  46. May 7, 2018 / 7:50 am

    My son would absolutely love the transport museum! This is a fantastic post which I am pinning for the near future, we may be moving to Europe soon, which means we’ll be much closer to the UK, and we’d love, love love to revisit London!
    #fearlessfamtrav

  47. May 8, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    What a comprehensive list of things to do in London. There are just so many wonderful things to do in our capital city #fearlessfamtrav

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