As an adult one of the things I love to do is read books set in an upcoming destinations either before I get there or while there! For me it helps bring the place alive and gets my imagination firing! Therefore when our little one came along I knew that this was something I wanted to do with her! When we moved to London I knew I wanted to get her reading books about her new home city! I was surprised there weren’t many resources out there about children’s books set in London so in this post I round up all of my favorite children’s books, from those aimed at preschoolers to teenagers for people traveling to London with kids!
Children’s Books Set in London
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Books for PreSchoolers Set on London
What preschooler doesn’t love Maisy the mouse! In this adventure Maisy heads to London and is the perfect way to get littles excited about visiting the Capital!
Charlie and Lola of Cbeebies fame head to London in this fun preschooler adventure! This is another great book for preschoolers especially for those that are familiar with the TV Series!
If your little is like mine, then they love a book that makes noises! This book is a great button pressing book all about the sights and sounds you’ll hear on a trip to London – but if you are taking a flight might be worth not keeping this in your hand luggage for your sanity’s sake!
This book is unbelievably sweet and a great introduction through to London by following Katie’s adventure in the city with a lion from Trafalgar Square!
In this book a mother and daughter take a day trip to explore the city together! Having explored the city many times with my little I love this quaint little book!
This is a classic in the London children’s book realm! First published din 1959 this book has been updated recently to make sure it remains relevant! This jaunt through the city highlights all of the main attractions your little one can expect to see!
Best Children’s Books Set in London for 4-8 year olds
The Madeline series may be most associated with Paris however this book sees Madeline set off on an adventure to England’s Capital to see the Queen!
We are huge fans in the Wandermust Family household of the children book publishing department of the Natural History Museum! We are avid collectors of the Dinosaur Series! This book sees the Queen set off on a visit to the Natural History Museum to visit the dinosaurs! As the Natural History Museum is a must for anyone visiting London with kids this book must be purchased before your visit to London!
If there is one children’s character I associate with London it is the beloved Paddington Bear! This series of nighttime stories will have your children dreaming of a trip to London!
Best Kids Books Set in London for 8-12s
I love a mystery book and thing the 8-12 range is the perfect time to introduce mysteries to kids! The London Eye Mystery is a great starter mystery set against the backdrop of London! Ted and Kat watch as their cousin Salim sets off on a rotation of the London Eye but never comes back! They set on a mission across London to find out what happened!
Looking for an itinerary that takes in the London Eye – check out this post!
The Philosophers Stone is the first in the most popular children’s book series of all time! London features heavily in this opening book as Harry visits the London Zoo, Diagon Alley and of course heads to Hogwarts from King Cross!
This book features on the Around the World in 80 Mysteries series! The mystery is solved as the characters visit The Tower of London, Bug Ben and more of the big London attractions! A great book for those planning to hit London’s biggest sites!
This book holds a very special place in my heart as the first book to make me cry as I read it as an 11 year old! The book contains sensitive themes so is most suitable for the upper end of this age range! The book tells the story of Willie who is evacuated and sent back to his London home and his relationship with his evacuee father Mister Tom! A great read to understand about life in London during the Second World War!
Best Kids Books Set in London for Teenagers
Fantasy books set in London for Teenagers
In this book, the characters are playing with a time travel machine when they are transported back to 18th Century London! A great book filled with historical details that brings London in the 18th Century to life! This book is part one in a series of three!
Rivers of London is about police officer Peter Grant as he is recruited to the paranormal department of the Met Police after a chance encounter with a ghost and trains as an apprentice wizard! London and its history is a character in itself in this book!
The Bone Season is a nine part series currently in progress! The book starts in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, one of my favorite places to explore with teenagers! The action is split between Oxford and London and is sure to hook your teenager from the first page!
This young adult fantasy novel sees a young girl Beth, a graffiti artist discovering a hidden London! The first in the Skyscraper Throne trilogy!
A young man Richard discovers a hidden London, known as London below where he encounters the Angel of Islington and the Black friar as he tries to unfold mysterious events occurring in London Below!
The second part in the Mrs Pettigrews Home for Peculiar Children series! The action moves away from Wales as the children head to London to find their teacher!
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