Keep reading to discover 50 Fun Things To Do With Kids In London.
Are you visiting London with your family and stuck for ideas? No problem. I can help with that. I’ve created a list of 50 family friendly activities that will ensure you have the best time in the city.
I’ve listed out my top 10 favourite activities below but you can download the entire list by entering a few bits of information and have it delivered straight to your inbox!
The London Eye is an icon of the city. It’s a 135-metre observation wheel that sits on the bank of the River Thames. It has 32 high tech glass capsules and takes about 30 minutes to do a full circle. On a clear day you can see 40 kilometres across London! The kids will love riding this giant ferris wheel! After your ride on the London Eye, take a walk along with the Southbank where there are so many family friendly options. The SEALIFE aquarium, London Dungeons and the Shrek Adventure to name a few. There is also Jubilee Gardens playground, a carousel to ride and lots of lovely places for food!
If your children are fans of Harry Potter you can’t miss Platform 9 & 3/4 in King’s Cross station. In the Harry Potter films, Platform 9 & 3/4 is the magic entrance to the secret platform to catch the Hogwarts Express. It’s actually in King’s Cross station and you can visit the platform and have your picture taken for FREE! Its great photo opportunity for Potter fans. There is also a big Harry Potter store next door with tons or merchandise such as clothing, collectables and you can even buy your very own wand.
Hoxton Monster Supplies Shop is London’s only shop that sells quality goods for monsters of every kind. Whether you’re a Werewolf, Vampire or Mermaid there is something for you. No, I haven’t gone completely crazy. Hoxton Monster Supplies Store are a brilliantly quirky shop in Hoxton, East London who through the power of imagination have turned your everyday goods into fun favourites such as ‘Brain Jam’ for raspberry jam, ‘Thick Snot’ for lemon curd and ‘Impacted Earwax’ for their bars of fudge. This fun concept is made even better knowing that all profits go to the Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring charity for kids. A really fun and unique experience for kids!
London has so many amazing museums to visit. Whether your kids are into history, art or science there is a museum for everyone! The best thing is most of them are FREE! Check out my round up of 10 museums you must visit in London . If you’re brave enough to step into the world of the weird and wonderful you can also check out my blog on 26 unusual museums in London to visit.
Chin Chin Labs is London’s most famous ice-cream shop. Located in Soho and Camden, they make unique ice-cream flavours using liquid nitrogen and mega indulgent desserts your children will go crazy for. Their decadent hot chocolate piled high with soft toasted marshmallow is their most famous item for good reason. Don’t be mad at them if they get messy. That’s all part of the fun at Chin Chin.
The Arcemetol Orbital slide is the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide. It’s 178m long with 12 twists & turns and speeds of up to 15 mph. From the top you’ll see views right across London! Created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the magnificent looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. After riding the slide, a walk through the Olympic Park is a nice way to round off your day. Minimum age 8 years old. The kids will love this one!
ZSL London Zoo is packed with wild adventures to keep your little cubs busy. Kids will love discovering the thousands of animals at the Zoo, including opportunities to get really up close to our animals in amazing walk-through exhibits and underwater penguin viewing! Kids under 3 go free!
Looking for something really unique to do? How about a guided expedition over the roof of the famous o2 arena in Greenwich? Adventurers will climb 365m to the summit, suspended 52m above the ground! Once at the top, you can take in the incredible views of London stretching in every direction, and take some epic photos, before heading back down to earth.
A trip to London is not complete without a trip to the theatre. There are lots of great shows in London suitable for children including Matilda, The Lion King, The Prince of Egypt, Wicked and Mary Poppins. The Unicorn Theatre specialises in theatre for young audiences and they always have a great programme of events.
The Emirates Cable Car is one of London’s quirkiest modes of transport. While a lot of people use it to get from A to B, most people ride it for its unique experience and great views! The Emirates Air Line is a cable car link that crosses the River Thames from Greenwich to The Royal Docks. It is called the Emirates as it is sponsored by the airline, Emirates. The cable car offers a really unique view of London such as the O2 and the London skyline. Journeys take around 10 minutes each way.