Things to do in London with the Kids

It seems like there’s always a school holiday around the corner, and now is no exception.  With the next batch of school holidays soon on the way, it’s a great time to treat the little (or big) ones to experience the unique buzz of London.  The city is so well prepared for entertaining kids of all ages, so there’s always something to do.  Plus, with the British weather being as wonderfully predictable as it is, it’s good to know there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to be enjoyed.  If you’re looking for a little inspiration, take a peek at our list of things to do with the kids in London…

 

The Railway Children @ Kings Cross Theatre

An all-time children’s classic, what better way to relive the Railway Children’s story than in a real life train station setting!  This beautiful adaptation is taking place at Kings Cross Theatre, complete with a real steam train.  A wonderful treat for the whole family.

Railway-Children Kings Cross

Jonathan as Mr Perks in The Railway Children at Kings Cross Theatre © Johan Persson

 

Outdoor Ice Skating

If you haven’t yet visited, enjoy the last weeks of London’s outdoor ice rinks.  Ice skating at Canary Wharf and Broadgate end their season at the end of the month, so take advantage of fewer crowds and have fun on the ice.

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Image courtesy of Canary Wharf Ice Rink

 

London Transport Museum

London is packed full of exciting, internationally renowned museums, and even more that you may not have heard of.  The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden helps you travel back over 200 years and discover the fascinating changes that have brought about the cities complex transport system today.

London Transport Museum

© TfL, from London Transport Museum Collection

 

Science Museum

One of London’s most iconic museums, the science museum is a goldmine of exciting and awe-inspiring exhibitions explaining the world around us.  With many interactive exhibitions, there are plenty of opportunities for children (and adults) to get involved.

Science Museum London

Image courtesy of Science Museum London

 

Self-guided trails

Make exploring the capital a bit more fun with a treasure trail you can take at your own pace.  Treasure Trails provide over 34 trails to choose from with murder mystery, spy mission or treasure hunt themes.  Trail locations spread across London including places like Covent Garden, St Katherines Docks and the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Trafalgar Square and many more.

Treasure Trails London

Image courtesy of Treasure Trails London

 

Kew Gardens

One of the world’s most popular botanical gardens, there is much to do with kids at Kew!  With conservation areas, over 20 badger setts, bee garden and the Climbers and Creepers interactive play zone, there is plenty to keep them active and entertained all day.

Kew Gardens

Image Courtesy of Kew Gardens

 

 

London Film Museum – Bond in Motion

Bring the silver screen to life and see their eyes light up when they come face to face with the biggest collection of genuine Bond cars in the world.  Alongside gleaming bonnets under spotlights, this exhibition that has taken over London Film Museum also provides interesting insight into the art concepts and storyboards behind the movies.

Bond in Motion London

Image courtesy of Bond in Motion @ London Film Museum

 

Warner Bros Studio Tour – Harry Potter

Sticking with the Hollywood theme, if your little ones are more enamoured with the magic of Harry Potter, whisk them off to the Warner Bros Studios Tour for an enchanting look at the Making of Harry Potter.  Be transported into Potter’s world, walk along original sets and experience some of the movies’ special effects for yourself.  If you’re planning to visit this February Half Term you might just catch their latest special activity, back by popular demand, animal actors who played Hedwig and Crookshanks!

Warner Bros Studios Harry Potter

Image courtesy of Warner Bros Studios – Harry Potter Tours

 

Museum of Childhood

The perfect place to take the kids in London, the V&A Museum of Childhood is full of wonderful delights that have entertained children through the ages.  As parents reminisce over their favourite childhood toys, children can get a glimpse into toys of the past.  This year’s main exhibition, Small Stories, focusses on the Doll House: a unique exhibit reflecting history through the stories of 12 doll’s houses.

Doll House at Museum of Childhood

Image Courtesy of Museum of Childhood- Given by Mrs H. L. Thomas

 

 

Planetarium at Royal Observatory

You may not think of London as being an ideal spot for stargazing, with the cities many bright lights – but take a trip to the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and you’ll be able to see and learn about the wonders of night sky and more!

Planetarium at Royal Observatory London

©National Maritime Museum

 

 

London Duck Tours

A wonderfully unique way to see the city, surprise the kids with a trip on one of London’s amphibious vehicles.  Watch their expressions as the mobile duck literally takes to water as your vehicle drives into the River and transforms into a floating duck for a ride along the Thames.

London Duck Tours

Image courtesy of London Duck Tours

 

 

Discover Children’s Story Centre

Let their imagination’s blossom at this interactive literacy centre.  Aimed at children under 11, Discover offers an indoor story trail complete with costumes to try on, tea parties to join in and secret caves to explore.  Take the fun outdoors and continue their adventures with a range of props and activities.

Children's Story Centre

Image courtesy of Discover Children’s Story Centre © Mike Massaro

 

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Ideal for kids with inquisitive minds, this is a London museum with a difference – boasting 700 exhibitions of the world’s most weird and wonderful artifacts!  Take on a spinning black hole, mirror maze and Laserace, and marvel at the many original exhibits.

Ripleys Believe it or Not

Image courtesy of Ripleys Believe it or Not

Up at the O2

More accurately, up, over and back down the O2 again!  That’s right, for the adventurers amongst you London’s docklands provide a thrilling 360 degree viewpoint from the top of the O2.  Pull your climbing boots on, get strapped up and prepare the family to climb over one of the city’s most iconic modern buildings.

Up at O2

Image courtesy of Up at O2

 

Putt in the Park

If the weather holds out (and even if it doesn’t!) challenge the family to a round of mini golf at Wandsworth Park.  A fun way to enjoy the outdoors in the middle of the city, once you’ve made your way through the beautifully sculptured course, warm up and refresh in the on site cafe.

Putt in the Park

Image courtesy of Putt in the Park

This list is by no means exhausted and there are so many more things for children to do in London.  The great thing is that there’s something for every taste, every age, all weathers and whatever location you choose to stay in.  Once you’ve tired the little ones out, consider going back to your own private serviced apartment in the city – a great alternative accommodation option for families.

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