The UK’s capital city of London is a great place for people of all ages, although the hustle and bustle can seem a bit off-putting for those travelling with smaller children. There are loads of ways to enjoy a visit to London with kids if you know where to look and plan a little in advance. Have a look at this great list and don’t feel stressed or panicked when trying to keep the whole family amused and entertained in this vibrant and exciting city.
Some great places to try when visiting London with children include:
The whole family can enjoy seeing a wide selection of different animals in the large and well maintained London Zoo. A bit of interesting info for adults is that it is the oldest scientific zoo in the whole world! Step Into Africa and see animals that are typically found on the hot plains and the savannah such as zebras, giraffes, and hippos. Venture into the outback and see kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and koalas, and stroll through the rainforest with various monkeys, bats, and more. Many kids are enthralled in Gorilla Kingdom, coming face to face with these mighty and large beasts. Watch numerous colourful specimens flitting around in the Butterfly Kingdom, watch penguins at play, see creatures from the ocean deep, and much, much more too. Feeding times are especially popular with younger visitors.
Obviously the actual shows available are constantly changing, but there are usually a few great kiddie friendly options showing at the London theatres. Check with the local box offices and head off for an afternoon or evening that everyone can enjoy.
One of the biggest and most famous toy shops on the planet, old and young alike cannot help but be enchanted with the wonderful array of play things found within the walls of this excellent store. There are many exhibits that kids can have a play with, although you may find that you end up buying a small token for your child as a reminder of their fun-filled outing!
In the south of London, this museum has loads of exhibits that will keep kids stimulated and entertained. It is also educational too! As well as the natural and cultural items there is also a fab aquarium where everyone can enjoy watching some interesting aquatic life. Even better – it’s free! So a trip won’t set you back a pretty penny.
Older kids will probably enjoy the gore and gruesomeness of the terrifying London Dungeon. Squeals and shrieks piece the air as you descend underground to learn about some of the city’s notorious and infamous killers, crooks, and criminals from times gone by. Live actors and rides add to the experience. It is not an appropriate attraction for very young children though and the attraction recommends that children are 8 years old or over. Children under 14 will not be permitted without an adult.
Tower of London
Old and young alike are often impressed walking around the mighty Tower of London with its defensive walls and interesting exhibits inside. Smile for the camera with one of the novel Beefeaters, see the dazzling crown jewels, and learn all about the tower’s past. See the ravens – legend has it if the ravens ever leave that the tower will fall down!
Children who aren’t afraid of heights may enjoy a ride on the soaring London Eye. Try and spot the famous landmarks together as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city at your feet.
Warner Bros Studio Tour
A short way out of the centre of London you can step into the world of Harry Potter with a visit to the Warner Bros Studios. See many scenes from the renowned movies as well as many of the outfits and different props that were used. You will also learn how some of the different scenes were filmed, really bringing the magic to life!
Other great places to enjoy when you visit London with kids include the many green parks all around the city, where children can run, play, and let off steam, a boat trip on the River Thames, Legoland Windsor, Sea Life London Aquarium, Hackney City Farm, Whipsnade Animal Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park, London Bridge, Mudchute Park, Buckingham Palace, especially to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the Science Museum, and a variety of other different museums and galleries.