From a walk through the Hyde Park to exploring one of the many intriguing museums, we have collected 50 things to do with kids in London. You might need a couple of visits to cross them all off the list. But that’s OK, right.
Views of the city
1.London Eye – for the incredible views of the city.
2. The Shard – get to the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, and London’s newest landmark.
3. Madame Tussauds London – a chance to meet all the celebrities.
4. Sherlock Holmes Museum – discover the home of the world’s most famous detective.
5. Buckingham palace – check if the queen is home.
6. Tower of London – get the taste of history and daydream about wearing the stunning Crown Jewels.
7. Hampton Court Palace – learn more about Henry VIII and try the fun maze.
Harry Potter Fans
8. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films.
9. The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾ – visit Kings Cross and take a photo pushing a trolley through the wall.
10. Westminster Abbey – an important part of British history, this is the place of coronation and burial site for British monarchs.
11. St Paul’s Cathedral – one of the most famous buildings in London, with the dome among the highest in the world.
12. Houses of Parliament – you think London and you see Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
13. Covent Garden – the district in London, most famous for the Royal Opera House and a good place to shop, eat and have fun.
14. Piccadilly Circus – stop and enjoy the commotion of one of the busiest squares in the world.
15. Oxford Street – get all your shopping done on one busy street.
16. Trafalgar Square – sit on the steps after visiting National Gallery behind you and watch people pass you by.
17. Tower Bridge – if you are not in love with bridges then you can miss going inside, but leaving London without walking over it, isn’t allowed.
18. Greenwich – an area where you need to spend a whole day, because that’s home to Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College, London’s cable car, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park and The O2 arena.
19. Bridges of London – take your pick.
20. ZSL London zoo – world’s oldest scientific zoo.
21. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium – home to 500 species of aquatic life.
22. Walk through Hyde Park – for a well deserved break.
23. British Museum – a museum with so many interesting artifacts you’ll need to pick and choose, especially the young kids won’t have the stamina to see it all.
24. Museum of London – get the inside story on one of the greatest city’s in the world.
25. City Farm – a chance for the kids to escape the big city life and spend a day with farm animals.
26. National Gallery – plan your visits around different workshops and sessions designed especially for kids.
27. National Maritime Museum Greenwich – dress as a pirate and climb a look out post or steer a ship into port on the Ship Simulator and much much more.
28. Natural History Museum – visit the dinosaurs and get ready for a virtual reality trip under the sea…
29.Royal Air Force Museum London – with over 100 aircraft the museum has an unbeatable collection of aircraft.
30. Science Museum – a step into the incredible world of science, from IMAX Theater to exploring space to information age.
31. Tate Britain – for a taste of exquisite art.
32. V&A Museum of Childhood – visit during free activities, which include arts and crafts, tours and storytelling and learn more about kids’ toys, games, life through history.
33. Victoria and Albert Museum – have fun at the world’s leading museum of art and design.
34. Changing of the Guard – outside Buckingham Palace.
35. Prime Meridian Line – stand astride two hemispheres.
36. Planetarium & Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich – a chance to explore the intriguing universe from the comfort of your seat
Take a break:
37. A hop on hop off bus tour – plenty of tours to choose from and a great way to still explore the city and taking a well deserved rest.
38. Cruise along the river Thames on a City Cruises boat – a special way of discovering London and looking at it from a unique perspective.
food and drink
39. Have tea – you can’t visit the UK and not try the five o’clock or any o’clock tea. There are plenty of options to choose from, so pick one and enjoy.
40. Try fish and chips – the staple food of the UK and kids’ favorite, you’ll have no trouble convincing them to try.
41. Spend a day at a market: Nottinghill and Portobello road, Borough market, Brick Lane Market…- busy stalls, full of knick-knacks, great food, books, clothes, anything you can think off and a great place to people watch.
42. Shrek’s Adventure London – a step into the kingdom of Far Far Away.
43. KidZania – a chance for kids to be in charge and try working different jobs.
44. HMS Belfast – kids will love boarding the historic warship.
45. Shakespeare Globe Theater – where the kids get to learn all about the great Shakespeare and theater.
46. Musicals on the West End – right after the visit to the Globe Theater take them to one of the fun musicals.
for a souvenir
47. Hamleys – buy a souvenir at London’s famous toyshop .
48. Hyde Park has three playgrounds – near Caster Gate, Westbourne Gate and Edinburgh Gate, and the Princess Diana Memorial fountain.
49. Coram’s Fields in Holborn – you can only enter in the company of a child.
50. Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, Greenwich Park, Clapham Common, Clissold Park in Stoke Newington, Finsbury Park and Wimbledon Common.