Things to do in London With The Kids
If you’re enjoying a weekend away or making plans for the school holidays, you will definitely find something for you and the kids to do whilst visiting London. Explore the capital's most famous landmarks with The Original Tour, or try out some of our top picks of things to do with the kids in London.
Save money and time by purchasing your tickets for London’s top attractions for kids when you buy a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket with The Original Tour.
For unrivalled 360 views of London, soar 135m above the ground on the London Eye. The magnificent wheel has been an iconic part of London’s skyline since 2000 and you can’t miss it on the South Bank of the river Thames. Whilst flying high above the city with the kids, see who can find the most landmarks and try to visit the ones you spotted from the Eye during your stay in London. Once you’ve finished your ride on the London Eye, hop back on an Original Tour bus to continue your trip around the city.
Discover London’s dark history as you venture into The London Dungeon. Recommended for children aged 12+, there are 19 interactive shows which uncover 1000 years of history and thrilling rides through the dungeons. This one is not for the faint hearted so prepare to be spooked and enthralled by the gripping tales of London’s dark past. The London Dungeon is a great place to visit with older children so plan your visit now.
A crowd pleaser for all ages, your kids will love getting their photo taken with their idol’s in Madame Tussauds. Get close to Marvel characters, the cast of Star Wars, Youtubers, pop stars and even the Royal Family before taking the Spirit of London black cab ride of the capital through the ages. Madame Tussauds is a family friendly day out, perfect for all ages - even the big kids will love it!
Days That Are Out of This World
Venture into new realms with the kids and explore different ways of life with these exciting days out.
Ever wondered what life is like under the sea? At Sea Life London, the kids can come close to their favourite sea creatures and get a sense of life in the depths of the ocean. Find Nemo in the coral reef or stroll beneath the aquarium through the ocean sea tunnel and marvel at the fish and sea turtles passing over your head! When you combine your visit with an Original Tour ticket, you can save money and enjoy priority entry!
Take part in music and dance workshops and embrace different cultures and performance styles at the Southbank Centre. You can also enjoy historical productions, theatre and circus performances and literary adaptations with the whole family. Challenge your children's creativity and try something new at the Southbank Centre, with different events and productions on offer throughout the year.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
If your child is a Harry Potter bookworm or loves the movies, step into the action and take a Harry Potter Studio Tour! Enter the Great Hall, brave the Forbidden Forest and see what magical treats you can find in Diagon Alley. When visiting the Warner Brothers Studio, book in advance to avoid disappointment with tickets starting from £31 per child. Enter the world of Harry Potter and discover the magic.
Play the day away
Come rain, shine or muddy puddles, there are loads of things to do with the kids in London so they can explore and have fun, whatever the weather.
For endless adventures and great activities for kids which won’t cost you a penny, head to Hyde Park. Take a picnic, fly a kite, play football or spend time in the Diana Memorial play area and make memories with your children in Hyde Park. If you have cash to spare, you could swim in the Serpentine in the summer months, hire a boat or a bike or visit the magical Winter Wonderland when Christmas is approaching.
Take the kids to meet their favourite farmyard friends at one of London’s city farms. Escape from bustling city life and enjoy a free day out at one of London’s farms to see rare breed farm animals and get a taste for rural life in the city. Depending on which farm you visit, the kids might want to take a horse riding lesson, feed the animals and take produce home from the farm shops. Learn more about London’s city farms here.
At KidZania, children can enter a world which operates their way! In this miniature city, kids can try out a variety of professions such as a librarian, shop assistant, tour guide, performer or engineer. Parents can join in the fun by becoming hospital patients, taking a bus tour, visiting the sports stadium or by boarding the aeroplane. Let your children amaze you with the new skills they have learnt in their careers at KidZania.
The Royal Treatment
Treat your kids like Royalty and give them a taste of how our beloved Royal family live when you visit the Royal Palaces and marvel at the crown jewels.
You can’t go to London without visiting the Queen! Take the kids to Buckingham Palace and if the Royal Standard flag is flying, you’ll know the Queen is home! In the summer months, you could even visit the state rooms and family pavilion or take the multimedia family tour. Look out for royal signs and symbols and see if you can spot the secret doors used by the Queen as you journey through the Palace. Save time and money by booking the Royal Pass from The Original Tour.
The Royal Mews is home to all of the road travel arrangements for the Royal Family and a fine working stables which is open to the public between February and November. You will see royal coaches and carriages and will even be able to step inside a carriage to feel like royalty. On your visit, you can take the family multimedia tour and the kids can dress up as coachmen and even try tacking up a horse. Try to pick out your favourite horses name too as the Queen names them all herself!
Tower of London
You don’t even need to pay to amaze the kids with the spectacle that is the Tower Bridge but if you really want to win parent points, take them inside the Tower of London. There are medieval stories, historical re-enactments and interactive adventures to enjoy whilst you wow the kids with the crown jewels and the grand castle walls. Whilst you’re visiting, kids can take part in digital missions, see the ravens who guard the Tower and find life-sized sculptures of exotic animals who were once held captive. Save money and time when you book with The Original Tour.
See and Discover
Who said learning can’t be fun? If you’re looking for free things to do in London with the kids, why not visit one of London’s museums and blow their minds!
Natural History Museum
Discover fossils of dinosaurs, mammals and sea creatures in the Natural History Museum. Hope the Blue Whale will greet you in Hintze Hall before you explore exciting exhibitions, creepy crawlies, gems & crystals or volcanoes & earthquakes. You can even meet a T-Rex on the dinosaur trail, feel the earth shake in the earthquake simulator or ride the escalator through a giant globe from Earth Hall. Discover the past and uncover the future at the Natural History Museum.
Are you raising the next Picasso? Encourage your children’s creativity with a visit to the National Gallery. Enjoy magic carpet storytelling or free art workshops on selected Sundays and explore the galleries with interactive tours or printed trails. Together, you can hunt for Kings and Queens, discover blooming marvelous paintings with hidden meanings or even learn from your kids on a guided audio tour where they take control! You may need to pay for tours but there are plenty of guides you can print off at home.
If there’s a budding scientist in the family or your kids love exploring through play, the Science Museum should be at the top of your list when looking for things to do in London with the kids. There are interactive galleries to discover, simulated experiences, science shows and experiments you can take part in through ticketed events. Learn about medicine, genetics and inventions which have shaped the modern world as you explore the Science Museum with the kids.
Looking for more specific ideas for different ages? Check out our guides for things to do with toddlers in London or cool things to do in London for teens. Or, if you’re looking for something fun for all the family, book a hop-on hop-off bus tour with The Original Tour to explore London’s famous landmarks.
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