London is such an exciting place for children – there are lots of landmarks to see and places to visit. It isn’t too far on the train or by car from Berkshire either so good for a day trip or you could make a weekend away out of it. Here are some family friendly places to visit but of course there are many, many more!
Things to do in London for Families
London Eye – This is a great, fun way to see the city. The views from the London Eye are incredible. You can move around the pod to get a 360 degree view of the city. There is also commentary which points out some of the key landmarks. The ‘ride’ takes about 30-40mins. You have time slots when booking so the waiting time in the line when you get there is very short. All perfect for younger children. You can book tickets online here.
London Eye River Cruise – This is situated right next to the London Eye and is another unique way to see the capital. The Last Minute.Com River Cruise lasts about 40mins and there is someone providing live commentary throughout which is very informative. There are lots of different options for river trips along the Thames and some are also themed. You can book tickets for the London Eye River Cruise here.
Sea Life London Aquarium – The aquarium is in County Hall which is directly opposite the London Eye. There’s a huge variety of sea life inside. It usually takes an hour or two to view the whole attraction but you can walk around it at your own pace. You can book tickets online here.
Big Ben – One of the most icon landmarks in London is Big Ben (alongside the Houses of Parliament). They can be found just across the river from the London Eye and are very impressive. This is obviously a popular tourist attraction so an especially busy area of London.
Buckingham Palace – Is only a short walk from Big Ben and you can take a walk through St James’ Park to get there. Children will enjoy watching the guards at the palace. You could also take a walk along The Mall afterwards.
The LEGO Store, Leicester Square – This is the largest LEGO store in the world and a must visit for all LEGO fans! It is very popular so there is usually a queue to get in. This is a really vibrant area so there are quite often plenty of street performers to watch as you wait to go inside. There are some very impressive LEGO displays in the shop including a huge Big Ben replica.
Hamleys – No visit to London with children is complete without a visit to Hamleys. The shop is huge and set over several floors so can be a bit tiring for little legs. There are lots of staff demonstrating toys on each level and some performances at set times too.
Tower Bridge – You can walk along the lower level of Tower Bridge for free. You can also pay to walk along the upper level (which has glass floors) and view the engine room. It’s incredibly impressive. You can book tickets here.
The Natural History Museum – Tickets are FREE and you can book these online. They quite often hold events during the school holidays for children (there are charges for some of these). There is a cafe here too. You can find out more on the website.
London Zoo – A must for animal lovers with so many to see here. They have a children’s play area too as well as plenty of places to get food and drink. You can book close up animal encounters too. Find out more on the website.
The Science Museum – Admission is free but pre-booking is required. There are plenty of family friendly exhibits with some hands-on sections too. Click here to find out more.
The Tower of London – This iconic castle is an infamous prison and home to the crown jewels. They recommend about 3hrs to look around. They quite often hold themed events during the school holidays. You can find out more on the website.
London Transport Museum – You will need an annual pass and a timed entry ticket to visit (kids go free but will still need to book a ticket in advance) – you can book these here. There is also a children’s area with mini vehicles and costumes to try on. You can read about their family events here.
The Young V&A – A museum where children and families can imagine, play and design. Entry is free. You can find out more here.
The Sky Garden – This is London’s highest public garden and can be found at the top of the Walkie Talkie building. The views of London are incredible. You can book free tickets here.
The Postal Museum – Tickets include unlimited access for a year. There is a children’s play area for children 8yrs and under and you can ride through the Mail Rail tunnels too! There are plenty of interactive displays for children to engage with. You can find out more here.
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