If you decide to explore the magical city of London with your kids, we got your back. It might be a stressful thing to plan a family trip with the kids. You can never guess if they will like it or hate it. Fortunately, in London, there are many different things the kids would enjoy. You might actually use this opportunity to try new activities, spend some quality time and have fun together! Don’t worry if you are having trouble to find what to do in London with kids, here they are. Keep reading for our family guide for the best things to do in London with kids!
London is not a small city – which means there are always new things to discover, amazing places to see, visit and also so many stuff to experience. In order to spend the best time possible in London, get involved in these activities, or pick a couple of them to make sure every family member enjoys the trip – you won’t regret!
1.BOOK THE HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR
Harry Potter is now a part of the English literature and prominent hero figure for the young generation who love fantastic worlds. London is the home of the famous book’s movie studio. You have to take a total of 25 minutes long way to Warner Bros Studio with train and the bus. However, the experience here will totally with – both the money and the time. You’ll see where the movie was taken and what kind of sets they have used, the costumes, props, accessories and many more! There are also different experiences or exhibitions throughout the year, make sure to check their schedule for them. A family for four people in total – two adults and two children- ticket is £124.
2. VISIT ZSL LONDON ZOO
A short walk from Camden Town, ZSL London Zoo is located as one of the oldest zoos in the worlds which is nearly 200 years old. The zoo has been always a great place for family activities and hosting many different species of animals from all around the world. Still, nowadays it is a nice place to spend time with your family and teach your kids about the animals too! There information on boards about animals in every area stating their species, the endangerment situation, background, native area and so on. There are different activities during the day as well, which you should check the schedule of the zoo for the details. The fee is £24,30for adults and £18for the children.
3. HAVE FUN AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
National Maritime Museum is part of Royal Museums Greenwich. It is the largest museum maritime museum in the world offering free admission to everyone. For a family activity or a day-out, it can be a great opportunity. There are many interactive parts in the museum which your children can engage as well. You can attend lectures, workshops or guided tour in the museum. There are many things to learn here about both the British history and international counters. The museum is on the edge of Greenwich Park which you can enjoy a stroll around after the museum visit.
4. SEE A PUPPET SHOW
Puppet Theatre Barge is one of the last standing marionette-style based puppet shows in London. It dates back to 1978 when the performers used to tour for the puppet shows. The show is held inside of a barge on the river at Little Venice. The ambiance is quite magical, the shows are very whimsical too. The area is only available for 50 people at the same time, so book early or online for the tickets. Make sure to check their schedules for the upcoming or continuing shows too as they change frequently.
5. VISIT THE PETER HARRISON PLANETARIUM
The only planetarium in London is located at Royal Museums Greenwich. Here you can learn about the universe, stars, planets, solar system or the galaxy. Each show has a different timing an entry price which is £8 for adults and £5,35 for children. However, if you can go for the yearly subscription, you can enter every show as a family for £65. The planetarium doesn’t only offer an experience to children but also to the adults! So it can be easily a together-family activity for a couple of hours. The hosts and the staff are very attentive and great as well. A thing not to miss as a family while in London!
6. TAKE A RIDE AT LONDON EYE
London Eye is one the most popular tourist attractions in London. Since you can see the London in the best way possible from the wheel, it has been a long time favorite of travelers. Even from the outside, the eye is enough the make the children excited. Nonetheless, it is known that they will like it, even more, when they are inside the London Eye, seeing all the magnificence of London. You can find out different activities held in the capsules of London Eye too. Such as baby music, storytelling or an interactive family play time too. Make sure you book a ticket online to avoid the queue and have a reduced price.
7. ENJOY A FAMILY MEAL
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy some nice food when visiting London? The metropolitan city has many different food options to offer. Depends on the liking of your family, it is possible to find every kind of food in London. Whether you are looking for a classic fish and chips, a traditional Sunday roast or a nice brunch over the weekend – London has it. You can also have a light meal at the famous markets in London, which your kids might enjoy watching the vendors and the colorful displays of the fruits, vegetables, and many different ingredients.
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8. SEE A CLASSIC MUSICAL
After Hollywood, London could be the place for musicals. There are so many great ones that it is pretty hard to decide which one to go! However, whichever you choose, you should know that you and your family would enjoy and spend a good time. You can see many classical musicals here such as Lion King, Thriller, Matilda, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Cursed Child! or Alaaddin. Also, there are many theaters having these shows too: Lyric, Lyceum, Edward, Cambridge, Novello or Apollo Victoria. All you have to do is to pick a suitable time and book the tickets in advance. Then grab a good seat and enjoy the show!
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9. BOOK A CRUISE TOUR IN THAMES
Luckily, London has a river like the Thames which is a home to many great historical buildings or must-see places in London. If you want to enjoy the river a bit more with your family, the best thing is to book a tour of the Thames. It can be a dinner, museum, music or a sightseeing cruise. There are many options to choose from. You can also have lunch or even afternoon tea in the cruise with your children while watching over the landmarks of London from the cruise like House of Parliament, London Eye or London Bridge. Book the ticket online and in advance as well.
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