If you and your family live outside the capital, then London is one place you should take the kids whilst they’re still young enough to appreciate the amazing history, and also the magical royal connections of places like The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, as well as the joy of seeing animals in zoos and the sheer delight of playing in parks. Children appreciate the smaller things in life, so take them to London in the school holidays and feel the reward when their faces light up at the fun attractions on offer. Here we have picked the 5 most unmissable places to go with the kids.
Tower of London
There’s nowhere like the Tower of London to set your child’s imagination alight. This world famous tower was home to famous prisoners such as Sit Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and various traitorous royals. Your children can read about the stories of the tower, as well as making up their own stories. You can catch a glimpse of the gleaming crown jewels, discover the variety of animals that lived in the tower and be enchanted by actors dressed as historical characters. Free children’s packs are available at the welcome centre, which also includes treasure trails and activities.
Nearest train station: Tower Hill Underground
Hackney City Farm
You wouldn’t think it, but hidden among the urban sprawl there are several farms in London. Hackney City farm is one of the largest and most vibrant. It is free to visit and you can view and pet a variety of cuddly creatures including lambs, donkeys, chickens, geese, pigs and goats. Hackney City Farm often has events to raise money for the farm, and they also run classes such as making mosaics and pottery which are great fun for the family. It’s best to ring before you visit to see what’s on.
Nearest train station: Hoxton Overground or National Rail
The Science Museum makes for an amazing and cheap family day out. This museum has interactive displays, simulators to ride in, games, videos and an incredible 3D IMAX cinema. Not only will your little ones have bundles of fun, but they will also learn plenty and you’ll be inspired too! Explore decades of science and technology development on seven floors, with topics ranging from human psychology to space exploration. Guided tours of certain floors are available, so check with staff on arrival.
Nearest train station: South Kensington Underground
This is the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s largest park. It covers 22 hectares and incorporates gardens, greenhouses, a huge children’s play area, cafe and woodland which is abundant with wildlife. There is also a beautifully landscaped Japanese garden, and areas to play sports such as tennis, golf and football. Children will love the adventure playground which has swings, large climbing frames, mini climbing walls and an aerial zip wire. Why not make a day of it and take a picnic?
Nearest train station: Kensington High Street Underground
Staying in London with the family doesn’t have to be expensive; if you’re looking for cheap London hotels then we have comfortable rooms of varying sizes, some even with access to a courtyard garden. We have family rooms and triple rooms available, but hurry because they get booked up quickly!