London has loads of fun things to do with the kids. So many, in fact, that choosing five is pretty hard. But here at Space In Your Case, we’re all about doing that helpful edit that will make life easier for you when you’ve visiting somewhere. So with that in mind, here are our favourite five things to do in London with kids…
Go ice skating. All year round, you can visit Alexandra Palace in north London and have a family skating session but near Christmas, you can book tickets to skate at the Natural History Museum or Somerset House (pictured above). It’s a truly magical way to spend a few hours and then you have the fun of warming up with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Somerset House even do special ‘Penguin’ sessions for 4-8 year olds where they can learn to skate. Natural History Museum cost: Adult £12.65 Under 13s £8.80. Nearest tube: South Kensington. Somerset House cost: £8.80. Nearest tube: Temple, Covent Garden and Charing Cross
The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is just fantastic. There’s a pirate ship to climb on! There are swings and slides! There’s sand to build castles in! There are lots of nooks and crannies to run around and explore. Brilliantly, you can only enter if you’ve got a child (they have security on the gate) and once you’re in, you’ll be there for hours. They even have a little cafe and picnic tables. Last time we visited, the loos weren’t ideal for changing babies (just a lone single change table in the ladies’ loos) but they might have improved recently. Cost: free. Nearest tube: Kensington High Street
Get on a red double decker bus and ride past the sights. Top tip: The No11 bus from Liverpool Street drives past loads of famous landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column and doesn’t cost as much as a tourist bus ticket. You can even take a loud hailer and do your own commentary (Disclaimer: Space In Your Case accepts no responsibility for anyone turfed off a bus for doing this.) Cost: Adults £1.45 on Oyster or contactless payment card, Ages 11-15 70p, Under 11s free. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
London Zoo is an epic day out. OK so it’s not the cheapest day out, but we suggest you make a proper day of it. Go early and take a packed lunch to save money (the Zoo cafe is large, clean and serves lovely food, but it’s pricey.) Don’t miss the lion enclosure and for little ones, the farm area is great. Afterwards, walk through Regent’s Park – it’s huge and beautiful – or wander back to Camden and check out the markets. Cost: Adults and kids 3+ £17.50, Under 3s free. Nearest tube: Camden Town
The Discover Children’s Story Centre isn’t in central London – it’s out near Westfield Stratford but only a five minute walk from Stratford station. It’s great for any weather because has indoor play areas, storytelling rooms (pre-book tickets when you arrive) and craft sessions. Plus an outdoor play area with great wooden structures to climb on. Cost: £5 per person (special events and exhibitions may cost more). Nearest tube: Stratford
Great collection of tips – we love the Discover centre and of course if your kids aren’t totally worn out by then, there’s the Olympic Park just around the corner (and Westfield if they don’t mind being dragged round a few shops)! I would recommend doing a day in London by multiple vehicles – sitting on top of the double decker bus is always a winner. But my boys also get dizzy with excitement about sitting at the front of the Docklands Light Railway train, because you can see the tracks. A ride from Greenwich on the Thames Clipper is fun and we’ve yet to try the Emirates Cable Car but that’s on our hit list! 🙂
We haven’t been to the Olympic Park yet but it’s up there on our ‘must do’ list. GREAT idea about doing London on different vehicles. The DLR is a lot of fun.
Three of these I had no clue about! Love the list.
…Ice skating it is then 🙂
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