Top Things to do in London with Kids

By Pia Marie Balquiedra  |  Posted: February 22, 2019


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    From exploring the Westminster Abbey to watching aquatic animals within the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, here are the top things to do in London for your kids!

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    Discover London’s history at the Museum of London

    Discover stories about London from prehistoric to modern times. Learn more with the help of the museum’s exhibits, performances, displays and workshops.

    Admission to the museum is free.

    150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN, UK

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    Visit the Churchill War Rooms

    Explore the Churchill Museum and take a look at the Cabinet War Rooms. Learn what life was like in Churchill’s bunker.

    Clive Steps, King Charles St, Westminster, London SW1A 2AQ, UK

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    Feast your eyes on paintings and art displays at The National Gallery

    Learn more about the story of European art at The National Gallery. They offer guided tours, short talks, and art workshops.

    Admission is free.

    Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK

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    Go on a tour of the Tower of London

    Appreciate the beauty of London’s castle and learn more about its history. Children will love the opportunity to go to Knight School and take part in Defend the Tower. Take a look at the Crown Jewels and try out a variety of weapons at the armoury.

    St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK

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    Appreciate modern art at Tate Modern

    Tate Modern offers a wide selection of exhibits, artworks, workshops and other events, which are all aimed at increasing the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art.

    Entry is free.

    Under 2s go free.

    Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK

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    Learn more about plants and animals at the Natural History Museum

    Take a look at more than 80 million specimens under the care of the Natural History Museum. Children will love the Dino Snores exhibition. The Museum also occasionally holds movie nights and silent discos.

    Admission is free.

    Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK

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    Explore Westminster Abbey

    Westminster Abbey regularly holds services, programmes for families, and other events. Go on tours of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries and appreciate the beauty of St. Margaret’s Church.

    20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK

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    Delight in watching aquatic animals at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    Observe the behaviour of numerous creatures including crocodiles, sharks, jellyfish, penguins, turtles and many more.

    County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK

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    Enjoy the wonderful view on board the London Eye

    Appreciate the city’s beauty at the London Eye. Children will love the storytelling sessions, puppet shows and other events held at the Eye. You can also go on the London Eye River Thames Cruise.

    Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK

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    Have a royal experience at the Buckingham Palace

    View numerous exhibitions, attend short musical recitals, and take part in other events at The Queen’s Gallery. They also offer tours of the royal palace’s State Rooms.

    Under 5s go free.

    Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

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    Relax and unwind at Hyde Park

    Admire views across the lake, go for a swim in The Sepertine, or dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Enjoy the open air as you take part in activities like riding boats, tennis, horse riding and many more.

    Hyde Park, London, UK

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    Visit Shakespeare’s Globe and celebrate his impact on the world

    Watch a variety of plays and have your children take part in numerous storytelling sessions at Shakespeare’s Globe. Guided tours are also offered all year round.

    21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK

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    Uncover stories of the past at The British Museum

    Marvel at The British Museum’s special exhibitions, and check out their workshops, trails and activities for family visits. Support the museum by purchasing beautiful jewellery, historic replicas and products inspired by cultures all over the world.

    Admission is free.

    Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK

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    Meet your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds London

    Brush shoulders with wax versions of your favourite characters, celebrities, and even the Queen. Experience Marvel like never before through the museum’s 4D movie.

    Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK

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    Participate in various events at the Royal Albert Hall

    The Royal Albert Hall holds everything from Cirque du Soleil events, storytelling sessions, music sessions and afternoon tea. Check out their website and look for events that match your interests.

    Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK

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    Go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

    Take a look at stunning costumes, detailed sets and intricate props from your favourite movies on display at the Warner Bros. Studio.

    Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden WD25 7LR, UK

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    Learn more about aviation at the Royal Air Force Museum

    Learn more about the Royal Air Force’s history and feast your eyes on their aircraft collection. Kids, and even adults, will love going on the 4D experience offered by the museum, as well as their flight simulator.

    Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL, UK

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    Learn more about wars and battles at the Imperial War Museum

    Take a first-hand look at some of the weapons and equipment used by different soldiers and feast your eyes on galleries featuring war artifacts. Explore how society was shaped by the First World War through a programme of free exhibitions, alongside immersive live music, performances and public debates.

    Admission is free.

    Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK

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    Relax and get active at The Regent’s Park

    Enjoy the park’s large open spaces with tree-lined pathways and formal gardens. Children will love the fact that there are four playgrounds and that it has excellent sports facilities. You can also visit the Open Air Theatre and the London Zoo.

    Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, UK

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    Go on a tour of the V&A Museum of Childhood

    The V&A Museum of Childhood offers plenty of free fun things for people of all ages. Take a look at displays and exhibitions, and take part in arts and crafts, tours, trails, and storytelling sessions.

    Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA, UK

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    Explore St James’s Park

    Explore The Mall and enjoy the Horse Guards Parade. Marvel at several landmarks surrounding the park. Enjoy impresive views of the lake and take a relaxing stroll alongside the beautiful flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace.

    London SW1A 2BJ, UK

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    Improve your knowledge of plants and fungi at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Expand your knowledge and connect more closely with nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Learn about a variety of plants and explore the 250 year history of the gardens.

    Richmond TW9 3AB, UK

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    Interact with wildlife at the ZSL London Zoo

    The zoo has a lot of attractions and events that will keep people of all ages entertained. Interact with wonderful creatures at the London Zoo Nature Trail, the historical Reptile House, and the Penguin Beach.

    London NW1 4RY, UK

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    Go on a tour of the Royal Observatory Greenwich

    Observe astronomical bodies, and unravel the mysteries of the cosmos at the planetarium. Discover the home of Greenwich Mean Time and spend some time in the centre of the world, literally.

    Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, UK

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    Have a walk around the Kensington Gardens

    Take a look at contemporary art and architechture at the Serpentine Galleries, marvel at the history and heritage of Kensington Palace or visit the Albert Memorial. Children will love the wooden pirate ship, sensory trail and play sculptures at the Diana Playground.

    London W2 2UH, UK

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    Go on a wild journey at the Chessington World of Adventures

    Go on rides at the theme park, interact with animals at the Chessington Zoo and SEA LIFE centre, and participate in many other live shows and events.

    Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE, UK

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    Learn more about mail-related history at The Postal Museum

    Discover one of London’s best kept secrets by going on an exclusive tour of the Mail Rail tunnels. The museum also offers a variety of arts and crafts workshops that children will surely enjoy.

    15-20 Phoenix Pl, London WC1X 0DA, UK

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    Visit London’s highest public garden, the Sky Garden

    Enjoy the magnificent view from atop the Sky Garden and experience the true beauty of London.

    20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK

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    Take a look at the Design Museum’s exhibitions

    Learn more about design and expand your creativity at the Design Museum. Go on workshops, listen to talks, and take a look at the museum’s displays.

    Admission is free.

    224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK

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    Grow your desire to make a positive contribution to society at The Foundling Museum

    The Foundling Museum celebrates the power of individuals and the arts to change lives. Explore the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.

    40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ, UK

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    Learn about the city’s dark history at The London Dungeon

    Go on thrilling underground rides, look at torture devices, listen to storytellers, and watch numerous interactive shows.

    Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK

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    Nurture your imagination at the Discover Children’s Story Centre

    Play, learn, and make up stories with your children at the Discover Children’s Story Centre. The centre offers a variety of interactive storytelling sessions and regularly holds TV screenings.

    383-387 High St, London E15 4QZ, UK

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    Try out different careers at KidZania London

    Learn new skills and learn to work with others through role-play. Take on the roles of police officers, nurses, doctors, paramedics, and fire fighters in KidZania’s kid-sized city.

    Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GA, United Kingdom

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    Go on a walk and ride tour at Shrek’s Adventure! London

    Hop aboard the DreamWorks Tours magical flying 4D bus. Interact with Puss In Boots, Pinocchio, Muffin Man, and even Shrek himself.

    Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, UK

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    Nurture your creativity at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

    Enjoy the resort’s interactive rides, shows, and attractions. Marvel at the beauty of miniature cities, LEGO versions of famous characters, objects, buildings and even reefs.

    Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY, UK

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    Have an unforgettable movie experience at Odeon BFI Imax

    Watch blockbusters on Odean BFI Imax’s enormous screen, which is the biggest in the country. They also offer educational films for your children.

    1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Waterloo, London SE1 8XR, UK

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    Explore and experience new worlds at DNA VR

    DNA VR’s wide selection of virtual experiences allows you to go on adventures, shoot zombies, play multiplayer survival games, and many more.

    1&2, 400-404 York Way, London N7 9LR, UK

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    Compete against each other at Star Command Laser Tag

    Take down enemies as you navigate through a maze inside the laser tag arena. Star Command Laser Tag also offers VR games and experiences.

    31-34 Victory Parade, London E20 1FS, UK

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    Learn more about your favourite heroes at the Avengers Station

    Feast your eyes on the operational equipment of numerous Avengers characters on display at the Avengers Station. Delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of your favourite superheroes.

    Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Eastern Gateway, London E16 1FR, UK

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    Give bowling a try at the Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays

    Compete with family and friends and have a delightful bowling party at the Hollywood Bowl Surrey Quays.

    Surrey Quays Leisure Park, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7LW, UK

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    Give different indoor sports a try at Tenpin Kingston

    Bowl as groups or as couples for a friendly competition. Their table tennis and pool facilties, as well as the arcade, will keep your family entertained.

    Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QJ, UK

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    Get active with your family at Kidspace Adventure

    Kidspace Adventure holds classes and sessions for adults and children alike. Participate in the Kids Bootcamp, the Kettlercise, or the Fit Mamas.

    Under 1s and seniors go free.

    Kidspace, The Brewery, Waterloo Road, Romford RM1 1AU, UK

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    Have fun and stay fit at the Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre

    Take advantage of their wonderful facilities, including swimming pools, a sports hall, and the only Olympic sized ice skating rink in London.

    390 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HX, UK

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    Have a wonderful time at Bramleys Big Adventure

    Dive and slide into ball ponds and hold parties at Bramleys Big Adventure. A separate under 5s and babies area ensures every child can join in on the adventure.

    Under 1s go free with a paying sibling.

    136 Bramley Rd, London W10 6SS, UK

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    Go on a tour of the Science Museum

    Expand your knowledge by going on a tour of the museum. Their exhibits explain the science behind computers, telephones, wireless technology, satellites and many more.

    Admission to the museum is free but tickets are needed for some special events and exhibits.

    Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK

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    Race against each other at Revolution Karting

    See if you have the potential to be a professional driver and compete with your friends and family in Central London’s best outdoor karting track.

    422-424 Burdett Rd, London E3 4AA, UK

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    Explore the Capel Manor Gardens

    Keep an eye out for a variety of animals as you explore over 60 gardens and landscapes. You can also visit the The Diana, Heritage Memorial Rose Garden.

    Bullsmoor Lane Middlesex, Enfield, Waltham Cross EN1 4RQ, UK

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    Develop skills at the Vauxhall City Farm

    Participate in a variety of programmes designed to help people build confidence, skills and motivation.

    165 Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS, UK

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    Visit the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

    Help feed, clean, and care for animals in this magical place for children in the heart of Battersea Park.

    Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ, UK

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    Discover a unique view of London at the Emirates Air Line

    Experience London’s attractions from a new perspective by crossing the Thames on the Emirates Air Line. Learn more about the operations and modern achievements of commercial air travel by going on the Emirates Aviation Experience.

    Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4, Emirates Cable Car Terminal, Edmund Halley Way, East Greenwich, London SE10 0FR, UK

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