Known as a vibrant and international city, London is a great family-friendly destination. Many activities and attractions throughout the city are ideal for visitors of all ages. There is a rich history, impressive landmarks and diverse culture within the city which adds to the appeal of London, providing non-stop fun.

In this guide, we will explore a full range of activities and places to visit while in London to make your family trip unforgettable. From free attractions to museums and plays, our list will highlight all the fun things to do in London with kids.

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Explore London with your kids

One of the key benefits of travelling to London with kids is the ease of getting around. The city is famous for its efficient public transport system, including the London Underground, buses, and trains. This means that navigating from place to place around the city and its surrounding towns is quick, easy and comfortable. Let’s have a look at our top picks for fun things to do in London with kids.

Visit the London Zoo

The London Zoo in Regent Park is home to a variety of animals and exhibits. One of the more popular attractions is the Tiger Territory, home to the Sumatran tigers. The Gorilla Kindgon is another must-see where you can watch the gorillas interact close-up. There are interactive experiences that you can participate in, such as feedings educational presentations and animal talks. Families can enjoy face painting and marshmallow toasting. For smaller children and toddlers, the London Zoo also offers playgrounds and snack bars, ensuring that your visit to the zoo is easy and comfortable.

The London Zoo is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer months and ticket prices range from £21 – £33 for adults, while children under 3 years of age enter for free.

Ride the London Eye

The London Eye is perhaps one of the city’s most iconic monuments. It provides stunning panoramic views of the city from the 135-metre-high wheel. 

It’s a 30-minute ride that is truly breathtaking and fun for both kids and parents. Spot famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral from your capsule.

Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is open from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm in the summer. You are required to purchase tickets for this attraction, with prices ranging from £24.99 to £42. If you pre-purchase your tickets, you are subject to discounts, as walk-up prices are higher.

Visit the Harry Potter Studios

Going to the Harry Potter Studios at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden is a magical behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films. You can visit the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express. There are interactive exhibits and a guided studio tour. It is open daily, with tickets available in timed slots from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm. Prices range for adults and discounts are available for groups and larger families. Children under 4 years old are free.

Take a Boat Ride on the River Thames

Taking a boat ride on the River Thames is a great way to see London from a different perspective. There are many options for boat rides, ranging from leisurely cruises including dinner to speedboat tours. There are different providers, so research online for the best option for your family’s needs.

See a West End Musical

London’s West End is world-famous for its theatre productions. Shows like The Lion King and Matilda are just some beloved family classics. Check with the theatre’s website for matinee performances that are ideal for younger kids.

Free things to do in London with kids

London has many budget-friendly options that are perfect for families. From playgrounds to parks, there are plenty of free activities that will keep children entertained!

Explore the Natural History Museum

You can find the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. The museum is famous for its dinosaur exhibit, which has a life-sized Diplodocus cast in the main hall and an animatronic T-Rex. Another popular highlight is the life-sized Blue Whale model that is suspended from the ceiling in the Hintze Hall.

Apart from walking through the museum, there is also an interactive Discovery Centre for hands-on activities. They are designed specifically for children to explore and learn through play. Entry to the Natural History Museum is free, however you can donate if you’d like. We highly recommend reserving your tickets ahead of time through their website. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm).

Discover the Science Museum

The Science Museum is also in South Kensington and is an amazing place to visit with curious children who love to learn new things. There are many interactive areas, including Wonderlab, where kids interact with science experiments and exhibits. For younger children, the Pattern Pod is an ideal spot to learn about patterns in nature. There is also an IMAX theatre for the whole family to enjoy!

Admission is free, with donations welcomed, of course. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. We highly recommend pre-booking your visit through their website here.

Visit the Diana Memorial Playground

In Kensington Gardens, the Diana Memorial Playground is a Peter Pan-themed park. The playground has a giant pirate ship, sensory trail, and teepees, providing endless fun for your children. The playground is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm in the summer.

Play in the LEGO Store

The flagship LEGO store in Leicester Square is a must-visit for LEGO lovers. There are impressive 3D LEGO models and the Minifigure Factory, where you can create custom LEGO figures. The store also has interactive play areas for kids to build and explore. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Stroll Through Hyde Park

London has some of the most beautiful parks available in the world and Hyde Park is a great option full of activities for families. Take a boat ride on Serpentine Lake, play on any of the playgrounds and open spaces throughout the park, and don’t forget to take in seasonal activities like summer concerts and ice skating during the holidays!

Discover London with your kids

London is an exciting city full of activities and attractions that will entertain the entire family. From exploring the Natural History Museum, seeing a famous London musical or strolling through the royal parks, there is something fit for everyone.

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