As we near the spring season there are plenty of activities to do in London that are perfect for the kids. So whether during half -term or weekends, here are our top ten family outings that you and especially your children are sure to enjoy.
Harrods Toy Kingdom
Let your kids imagination run wild with Harrods glorious Toy Kingdom. A 26,000 square foot of dedicated space, enjoy enchanting forests, toy grand canyon’s (with exclusive harrods toys), an intergalactic science lab and more. The Candy Store is great for picking up unique chocolate products and candy concoctions. Be sure to visit the Reading room, where you can discover the world of famous kids fiction including Harry Potter. Children can even climb into one of several booths for popular children’s stories and hear a familiar voice read samples from it. The Toy Kingdom at Harrods would be a great experience for your little ones.
Ages: 4 Years plus
Ages: 6 Years+
Fancy taking the kids to see animals in London? Mudchute Park and Farm is one of the largest in the city, covering 32 acres within the Isle of Dogs. While the Farm is condensed there are plenty of animals to out in the fields, from horses, cows and sheep to duck ponds. There’s also outdoor facilities for kids to have fun with, including a riding school, equestrian centre and cross country fences. This East London Park is excellent for a family day out, a place where you could almost forget you’re in the middle of the city, almost!
The National Gallery
The national gallery is a fantastic location for a family outing and has many things to do for kids. From audio and guided tours to printed trails for children. There’s also storytelling for families with under 5s to attend every Sunday at the Pigott Education Centre, drawing and studio workshops for 5 – 11 year olds. There’s also large art galleries to explore which is good fun for both adults and children.
London Transport Museum
Discover how Londoners got around the city since the 1920s with the London Transport Museum. Learn and experience journeys of a bygone era in London. Lots of fun for the family can be found here, with a dedicated play zone created for 0 – 7 years and a special DLR for even the baby! Children can get to experience what it feels like in the driver’s seat, with access to a real bus or tube train running on a virtual simulator. Explore the mechanics of a mini tube train and even get to repair it! They also have a lost property office for kids to caper around in, musical instruments to play and serve fellow travellers at the Nipper Cafe.
Ages: 7 Years plus
Free for kids
Adults £17.00 Concessions £14.50
St James Park
London’s oldest royal park, It’s famous seven-mile Diana Princess of Wales Memorial walk, provides nice views of nearby famous buildings and palaces. There’s a children’s play area and a convenient cycle and hike route for any fitness regimes. Have fun spotting animal residents including squirrels and pelicans. There’s also a number of fun events for the family ran here throughout the year, be sure to check their website for details prior to travel. See more details about St James park and parks in Central London.
Up At The O2
See the city from the O2, literally. One of the most popular venues in London, you can actually scale the O2 via strapping yourself onto a long harness and climb over the rooftop. Reaching 53 metres high there’s certainly much to see from there, with the added bonus that you may start to feel like a superhero while up there.
Ages: 10 Years plus. (Please note: under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).
Enjoy views of London in the most tranquil of surroundings at the Sky Garden, which also happens to be one of our favourite London bars and restaurants situated on the top floors of 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie Talkie building. Open to the public, the Sky Garden is full of lush plants, lovely restaurants and gorgeous views. Great for the family to enjoy a unique experience. Free to visit for 90mins, however book well in advance.
A visit to South Bank’s London Aquarium, would quickly have you meeting with sharks, turtles and even sea dragons! An understandably busy attraction, there is plenty for you and your children’s eyes to gawp at. It’s well designed with 14 exciting themed areas to explore and you can even get to feed fish at the Ray Lagoon.
under 3 – free under 16s – £16.95, adults – £23.50
Lea Valley White Water Centre
Like water? Fancy a family activity that gets the adrenaline pumping? Lea Valley White Water Centre may just be what you’re looking for, as it provides some of the more unique things to do in London. From paddling on the lake, to water rafting on an Olympic standard course, the excitement will not let up here. There’s also other family activities such as Disc Golf. Once you’ve enjoyed the wild adventure you can hit the River Lee Country Park for a stroll, picnic, cycling or even camping.
Circus training can be very fun and at the Circus Space centre in Shoreditch there’s plenty to do for family bonding. While there are specialist facilities for professionals, there are beginner workshops available for ages. Children can also learn essential circus skills through the Youth Experience Days which run monthly. Whether learning the trapeze or tightwire, these activities will provide an unforgettable experience. Be sure to book well in advance.