Our Favorite things to do with kids
London is a hotbed of new and exciting adventures for your family. There are museums, shows, parks, festivals and more. I explore lots of these options in my other London blogs, but here I have compiled a list of my family’s top 6 things to do in London.
- British Museum
Don’t think stuffy and boring when you think British Museum. This gem is packed with amazing items that will fascinate your kids: 5,000 three human figurines, the crushed skull of Ur from 2,500 BC, the Rosetta Stone, the Bog Man, a truly impressive Egyptian mummy collection and so much more. Head to the Information Desk for a special kid's trail booklet to follow free of charge or even better yet a kids’ backpack full of engaging activities for the kids to complete as they explore given sections of the museum. (£10 deposit for the backpacks, to be returned with the packs.) Pack a lunch and spend the day. Afterwards, think about an outdoor option for the kids. Regent’s Park is approximately a 15-minute walk and glorious. Best part: British Museum is free!
- Hyde Park
For a bustling metropolis, London surely does know how to slow it down and enjoy their great parks! Green spaces are plentiful in London and all seem to be done with pride. However, we do have a favourite. Hands down the best, according to my children, park ever- Hyde Park.
One of London’s eight Royal Parks, it covers 350 acres. Play in the Serpentine, boat in The Long Waters, enjoy art of the Serpentine Gallery, admire the Albert Memorial, wander through Kensington Palace, feed the ducks in the Round Pond, listen to political issues on Speaker’s Corner, or best of all frolic at Princess Diana Playground. The Playground in truly my kids’ favourite thing to EVER do. It is fabulous and I imagine Princess Di smiling at all the happy children having the time of their lives at a playground in her honour. Tip: A fabulous day would be to hit either the Natural History Museum or Science Museum (both free) and then spend the remainder of the day in nearby Hyde Park. OR check out Buckingham Palace then Hyde Park. It is wonderfully located so that you can hit a bit of the London tourist scene then let the unwind with a fabulous park.
- Tower of London
London has numerous free museums to visit that are wonderful. Tower of London is NOT one of them. It is a bit pricey…however, totally worth it! Buy your tickets ahead of time online to save some pounds.
Before entering the gates, we were given a booklet for the kids to complete as we walked the grounds. Along the way they met character actors that told them amusing historical stories and helped them complete their booklets.
Once in the gates, wait for the complimentary Yeoman Warder guided tour. It is humorous and provided loads of great information. Then you are off to explore on your own. Check out the impressive crown jewels and the White Tower which has an impressive collection of armoury and of course do not forget the prison! Tip: If using public transport, opt for the London Bridge stop. You get a great view of the Shard and can then cross the iconic London Bridge on your way to the Tower. Before crossing the bridge stop and picnic at Potters Field Park for incredible photo opportunities of both the Tower and Bridge.
- Stroll the South Bank
The South Bank never disappoints. Stroll along the Thames River and be entertained. Local artists and musicians, sandcastle artists, tasty treats, and depending on the date- a pop-up activity line the walkway. Find the stairs and you can hunt for treasure on the banks of the river. Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, London Eye, and the South Bank Centre all dot the trail. Tip: Stroll the South Bank and head toward Borough Market, London most famous market for food and drink.
- V & A Museum
Another of London’s free museums is the Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design. Stop at the information desk and ask about children backpacks for the day. They have several geared towards middle aged children and also a splendid pack for the wee little ones. Tip: Hit the museum when it opens then walk towards Hyde Park for some fun in the sun.
6. Kew Gardens
Pick a beautiful London day and spend it enjoying the glorious nature at Kew Gardens. Buy your tickets online to save a bit of money.
Kew Gardens is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a collection of living plants that is the largest and most diverse in the world.
The Hive and Treetop Walkway will be sure to excite the kids.