15 Best things to do with Family and Kids in London

Entertaining kids and keeping them engaged can be quite tricky at times. Given their low attention span, kids tend to get their grumpy-pants on, if not attended to. London is awash with opportunities for you to do with your kids - set them free and wild at the city farms, tour them to the museums or indulge them in some pretty amazing gastronomical ventures! And no, who said you got to pay to have all the fun?! Listed below are best things to do with family and kids in London.

1. Take them up and above at the London Eye

This one’s a winner for the ultimate ‘taking-the-kids-out’ fun. Not just for the kids, but it’s a cool thing to do for grownups too. Even better if you book ahead, to save yourself 10% and tickets for under 4s are free! Anyone from toddlers to senior citizens can visit here.

Entrance Fee: 21.20 Pounds (Free for under 4s)

2. Teach them some glorious history at the British Museum

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One of the best museums in the world, the British Museum has a kid-friendly attitude and even children’s audio tours that they thoroughly enjoy. Watch your kids get amazed by The Rosetta Stone, the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles, and the Egyptian mummies and other jaw-dropping exhibits. On weekends and holidays, you can also get activity trails and activity backpacks from the family center in the Great Court as you enter the museum. The museum houses three restaurants too.

Entrance Fee: Adult - 16.50 Pounds, Child under 16 - free

3. Let them play to their heart’s content at The Paxton Pub

Sip on some mid-afternoon wine while your little one plays in the garden of The Paxton pub in Gipsy Hill. With a fab child-friendly menu, this place is perfect for the parents and kids to do their own thing.

4. Get close to nature - Go strawberry picking

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With a number of PYO (Pick Your Own) farms sprawling across the outskirts of the city, this is one of the favorite activities for kids in London, that will also get the entire family involved. Let the kids get dirty as they pick their own strawberries from the soil and then savourthem with some cream and ice cream! Also, a good lesson to teach them, how to earn and appreciate!

5. An ice-skating outing

Don’t restrict ice-skating only to festive times, there are places like the Alexandra Palace in north London where you can have a family skating session all year around. There is something to do for everyone and the cost of activity varies.

6. Take them to feed animals

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Places like the Bushy Park, the St James’ Park among others give you the opportunity to get close to animals, play with them and feed them. This can be an exciting experience for the kids as well as the adults, with some epic incidents that are ought to happen!

7. A musical evening

There are kid-friendly museums and theatres all across London, with great shows and tickets for even the most popular shows being available on relatively short notice. An evening watching The Lion King or Shrek The Musical or even Wicked The Musical could be an evening well spent with the kids!

8. Go garden and playground hopping

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When it comes to attractions for children in London, there is an abundance of open spaces - for them to play and adults to just relax or get a good run or everyone to have one jolly picnic.

  • Kew Gardens with a treetop walkway with great views, an indoor playroom, this is one of the best fun places for kids in London
  • Hampstead Heath, to feel like you’re not in the city
  • Hyde Park The Diana, Princess of Wales pirate-themed playground is very popular with kids, you can also rent paddle boats and row boats or cool off in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
  • St James’s Park is another great place where you can also Visit the pelicans on duck island
  • Battersea Park to boat on the lake and visit the highlight of this place - the Children’s Zoo
  • Regent’s Park for the London Zoo, boat rentals, and a beautiful rose garden decked out with waterfowl and Japanese bridges.

9. Get enchanted at the Harry Potter World

Having turned into one of the top tourist attractions in London, The Warner Brothers Studio in Leavesden is a must visit as much of the smash hit film series was created here, the studios now hold a treasure trove of memorabilia and even complete film sets used in the series, a must-see for fans! Check out their official website for tickets and timings.

Official website: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/

10. Fascinate them with the popular London landmarks

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The Tower Bridge, Changing the Guard, cross the famous zebra crossing on Abbey Road, and Prime Meridian Line for free at Park Vista or the street entertainers in Covent Garden are pretty good sites to spend the day.

11. Farm and play at the Coram’s Fields

A London itinerary for kids is indeed incomplete without the mention of Coram’s Fields given its seven acres of land spread right in the middle of London, galore with a farm and play areas!

12. Check out the Sea Life at London Aquarium

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Adore the kids’ bewilderment while they see the huge variety of fish species and underwater creatures! There is also a behind the scenes tour that is actually more interesting. Check out their official website for tickets and timings.

Official website: https://www2.visitsealife.com/London/

13. Ride on the double-decker

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London has amazing views all over, but a double-decker ride offers a one-of-its-kind view! Ride past the sights of loads of famous landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column that costs less than a tourist bus ticket!

14. Cook with your kids (not in your house!)

Any child would fancy baking some pirate biscuits or monster cupcakes at the baking classes for tots run in East London by BKD. Adelle, who runs the classes, is brilliant with kids along with her two-year-old who helps out at the class too, how cute is that?! BKD's official website will have all your queries answered.

15. Study outside the house

The Science Museum is one of the prime places for kids to visit in London! the under 5s can play with sound, light, contraction and water at the Garden Gallery in case they do get bored! A foreword - take a change of clothes, they might get wet. Their 

Official website: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

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    The London Eye

    Tags: View Point, Entertainment, Rides

    Address: Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    London Eye is easily one of the most visited attractions in the city of London. The construction of the London Eye began in the year 1998. Today, the London Eye is a person’s best opportunity to...Read more

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    British Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Gallery, History Museum, Landmark

    Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The British Museum is one of the highlights of London. The museum is home to various collections of paintings, sculptures, antiquities and many other curiosities. It is said that about seven million c...Read more

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    Tower Of London

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    Address: London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The Tower of London is a history lover’s paradise. The premises are steeped in history and tell tales of strategic battles and brave conquerors. It is a distinctive historic landmark that enhanc...Read more

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    National Gallery

    Tags: Art Gallery, Museum, Square, Heritage Building

    Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located at Trafalgar square and home to about 2300 beautiful paintings, the national gallery of London should definitely make its way to almost any London itinerary. Set up in 1824, it the fifth most ...Read more

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    Madame Tussauds Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Madame Tussauds is a worldwide phenomenon now but the magic began in London. For those who haven’t heard of Madame Tussauds, it is a museum of beautiful life-like and life-sized wax figures of f...Read more

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    Victoria And Albert Museum

    Tags: Art Gallery, Museum

    Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:45 pm Details

    Reputed as the world’s greatest art and design museum and often referred to as the V&A, it is home to over 4.5 million objects. The museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria ...Read more

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    Big Ben London

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    Address: Big Ben, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Big Ben is actually a nickname for the 13 ton, 96 metres tall world famous bell and clock tower in London. Big Ben was built in 1859. Big Ben located at Elizabeth Tower, the north end of The Houses of...Read more

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    Tower Bridge

    Tags: Bridge, Architecture

    Address: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The Tower Bridge which is located close to the Tower of London from which it gets its name is one of the many beautiful bridges that adorn the Thames in London. But this bridge is unique! For one, it ...Read more

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    Buckingham Palace London

    Tags: Art And Culture, Landmark, Palace, Architecture

    Address: The Official Residences of The Queen, London SW1A 1AA

    Timings: 09:30 am - 06:30 pm Details

    The Buckingham Palace is one of the many important royal landmarks that stand in London to this date. The Change of Guards of the Buckingham Palace has become a tradition that is also a huge attractio...Read more

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    Palace Of Westminster

    Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Houses of Parliament are housed in the Westminster Hall which has a history of being the seat of the ruling government in London, a tradition started by King Edward. Besides being the setting for ...Read more

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    St James's Park

    Tags: Park

    Address: London SW1A 2BJ, United Kingdom

    Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    St James Park can not only be remembered as the lovely place in 101 dalmatians, Children of men, 28 days later,  but also as the synonym of tranquility. The best part is that you don’t real...Read more

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    Harrods

    Tags: Landmark, Cafe, Market, Shopping Center

    Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The mecca of shopping and London’s most famous shopping landmark, Harrods is historic and grand. It is one of the most luxurious department stores and sits on 5 acres of land making it Europe&rs...Read more

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    London Underground

    Address: 8ql, 176 Camden High St, London NW1 8QL, United Kingdom

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    London Underground is a rail junction featuring 11 lines and routes that stretch up to 420 kilometers. The railway network came into existence in 1863 and today caters to 270 stations. London Undergro...Read more

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    Hyde Park

    Tags: Park, Entertainment, Picnic Spot

    Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

    Timings: 05:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    Spread over 142 hectares of land, Hyde Park is most definitely one of the best parks in the whole world. It houses various kind of buildings as well as three licensed restaurants that serve anything r...Read more

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    St Paul's Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: St Pauls Churchyard London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    St. Paul’s Cathedral is a religious site in London. It is a very old construction, dating back to 604 AD. It is a beautiful building that is definitely a must-see location in London. In fact, it...Read more