In London with Children? There’s no shortage of things to do to keep them busy and active. London is full of attractions which have appealed to children and adults alike for decades, if not centuries. Here is our our top five classic children’s activities in London which will create great family memories.
Natural History Museum
A favourite place with generations of children, the Natural History Museum houses an incredible range of animal exhibits in an awe-inspiring cathedral-like building. There’s hardly a kid on the planet who wouldn’t love the dinosaur exhibition – and CBBC enthusiasts will recognise some of the ‘set’ of Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures. It’s also your last chance to see Dippy the diplodocus in the main entrance hall. However, dinosaurs are only a small part of the museum, so it’ll be a good idea to plan ahead in order to see the exhibits you’re most interested in. Admission is free. Nearest tube: South Kensington.
The Science Museum isn’t just for scientists and nerds – it’s hands-on and interactive and everyone is bound to find something they find fascinating, be it a space toilet, medical history, photography, time, cars, farming…the list goes on. Admission is free but there are special exhibitions and an Imax cinema you will have to pay for. Nearest tube: South Kensington.
The Tower of London
One of the most famous London landmarks, The Tower of London is an impressive fortress with plenty to see, especially if your kids like the horrible side of history. It also famously houses the Queen’s Crown Jewels…and the scaffolding site you might be asked visit if you try and steal them! Admission: £63 for a family of four on the gate; £54.70 if you pre-book online. Nearest tube: Tower Hill.
Standards of animal care and ethics have changed considerably over the years, but the world-famous London Zoo has continually embraced ecological ideas and has been entertaining and educating children for two centuries. There’s always something going on and lots of animals to see and learn about. And if you’re looking for children friendly accommodation in London, you can even stay overnight – in one of their special lodges, not an enclosure! – although the price tag will be considerably more than the cost of a night in one of our serviced apartments! Admission: £88 for a family of four on the gate (though under 3s go free); £75 if you pre-book online. Nearest tube: Camden Town (0.6 mile walk), or Great Portland Street (0.9 mile walk). The nearest bus stop is outside the main entrance: 274 bus (Baker Street to Camden).
London is famous for its royal parks – and if your little ones need to run off a bit of excess energy, there’s plenty of room for them to do it! But the most famous London park is the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Come rain or shine, there’s an amazing amount of things to see and do for adults and children alike. Admission: £34 for a family of four (£32 if you pre-book online). Nearest tube/overground: Kew Gardens (400 metre walk to Victoria Gate entrance). Nearest riverboat: Kew Pier (500 metre walk to Elizabeth Gate entrance).
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