Things To Do in London with Kids

Coming to London with the family could well be a trip of a lifetime. The capital is your oyster and there are so many sights to see, landmarks to photograph and attractions to visit. But children can only spend a certain amount of time trudging through museums and gazing at the city's historic architecture.

Take some time out of your busy itinerary and visit one of our top attractions for kids in London:

1. Battersea Park Childrens Zoo

Designed especially to provide a younger children’s zoo experience, this zoo is a small but intimate alternative to the vast London Zoo and great for infants and toddlers to get a first time experience of seeing, and even stroking, animals. With lots of adventure and playground areas to explore, as well as interactive encounters, feeds and talks, this is a perfect family half-day out which can be nicely co-ordinated with a walk through the picturesque grounds of the park itself.

How to get there?
Take a five minute train ride from Victoria station to Battersea Park station and walk from the southern entrance of Battersea Park up through the park to the Zoo.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the official Battersea Park Childrens Zoo website or at the entrance on the day at £8.75 for adults and £6.50 for children (under 15 years old). Children under 2 go for free.

If you want to visit the main London Zoo, which is one of the oldest and most visited zoos in the UK, book your line skipping tickets here

2. SEALIFE Aquarium

A trip to an aquarium usually promises a great family day out. So visiting one of Europe’s largest collection of global marine life at the London SEALIFE Aquarium guarantees a day to remember. Explore the 500 species; 65 displays; 14 themed zones; 3 floors. Gaze at the Green Sea Turtles, cower from the crocodiles, watch the playful penguins, or encounter the sharks as you wind down the 2 million litres of water in the waterways and tanks.

How to get there?
Located at the foot of the London Eye, the Aquarium couldn’t be situated in a more central location, and you can’t miss it. Take the Circle and District or Jubilee tube line to Westminster tube station and it’s a five minute walk across Westminster Bridge.

Tickets can be purchased from the official SEALIFE Aquarium website at £18.63 for adults and £13.50 for children (3-15 years old). Children under 3 go for free. Or, for a discounted rate which includes skipping the lines (because who wants to queue when they’re on vacation!), click here

3. Harry Potter Film Location Bus Tour

For all lovers of witches and wizardry, this 3-hour bus tour really brings J.K Rowling’s magical world to life. Hop aboard an air conditioned bus and visit all of the filming locations and sites that inspired the books, such as Platform 9 ¾ and Number 12, Grimmauld Place, while your professional muggle guide tells secret tales of the wizarding world. Spot the entrance to Diagon Alley at the Leaky Cauldron pub and have your pictures taken against the brick wall portal at Kings Cross station (please note: it is advised that you do not run into it!)

How to get there?
Tours embark from central London near Temple, which can be reached on the Circle and District tube line, and drop you off afterwards at Kings Cross station, where you can arrange a tube, bus or train for your onward travel or journey back home.

Tickets are £25 per person and advanced booking is necessary due to popular demand. To book the Harry Potter Film Location Bus Tour, click here

Want to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of London- The Making of Harry Potter, which is located in Watford? Entrance tickets and transport from London and back can be purchased here

4. LEGOLAND Windsor

Designed for children aged 3-12, LEGOLAND is a children’s paradise. With over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions in 11 different themed zones- all themed around those small, colourful plastic blocks that get scattered around your living room until you step on them- this is often considered one of the best children’s days out in the UK. Hunt for treasure in the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, splash around in the DUPLO Valley water play area, or beam up to another galaxy in the STAR WARS Gallery and see life sized LEGO models of the characters. Interactive 4D exhibitions provide fun for the whole family and there are plenty of souvenir shops dotted around to take the fun back home with you.

How to get there?
LEGOLAND is located in Windsor, 25 miles from London, so if you’re staying in central London a First Great Western train from London Paddington can take you to Windsor & Eton Central station, where you can then hop on a shuttle bus to the resort. Train tickets vary in price and can be bought from the station. Shuttle tickets to the park are £3.80 for adults or £1.90 for children each way.

Tickets can be bought from the official LEGOLAND website at a discounted online price of £34.20 for adults and £29.25 for children (under 15 years old). Children under 3 years of age are free.

Alternatively, for a package which includes BOTH park entry and transport from London and back, click here

5. Diana Memorial Playground

Enjoyed by ¾ of a million children each year, this playground for children under 12 is one of the largest in London. It has the typical playground features such as climbing frames, slides and swings, but the adventure lies in its centrepiece- a very climbable pirate ship wreck run ashore on a bed of sandy beach. There’s also a sensory trail, teepees, and various toys and play sculptures, all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. The playground is encircled by lots of seating for onlooking parents and the playground’s own cafe.

How to get there?
Take the Central tube line to Queensway station and enter Hyde Park through the Black Lion Gate on Broad Walk.

No need. Just turn up.

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