If you’re heading to the capital for a family holiday, you’ll be well looked after – there are plenty of things to do in London with kids. Whether you’re after some educational, cultural or just plain fun activities, you’ll never run out of ways to keep them entertained. Here are our top picks of things to do in London for kids.
These five kid-friendly London attractions are guaranteed boredom busters!
Spend some time with four-legged friends
The London Zoo is one of the most popular attractions – and for good reason. You can visit the Reptile house as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and it was also once the home of a black bear called Winnie who was the inspiration behind A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Amongst the 17,000 strong animals living at the zoo, you can see Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, gorillas, zebras, Galapagos tortoises, penguins, lemurs and more! And if you want to see bigger animals like elephants and giraffes, you can take the family out to London Zoo’s sister zoo ZSL Whipsnade in Bedfordshire, about an hour’s drive northwest of the city centre. At the zoos, you can take part in special events, such as being a keeper for a day, help feed the animals and even stay overnight in their exclusive Lion Lodge.
Witness the magic of Harry Potter
Muggles of all ages will enjoy a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. Visit all the famous sets from the movies, including Platform 9¾, the Hogwarts Express, The Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore’s office and the Gryffindor common room. Go behind-the-scenes to see the special effects behind the movie magic and find out how they created goblins, Buckbeak and Aragog. You can also take a tour on the Knight Bus, find the wand that’s perfect for you and enjoy a pint of Butterbeer! The Harry Potter experience is regularly voted as one of the best things to do in London with kids, although even adults are sure to have a good time.
Watch the Changing of the Guard
The long-held tradition of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a must when you’re in London. Head down to the palace about an hour before the ceremony to get a good view – the Buckingham Palace Old Guard takes formation in the palace forecourt from 11am and are joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at 11:15am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and officially takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard. It’s completely free to watch and the ceremony takes place every day from April to July, and on alternate days from August to March.
Feed the ducks in the park
London has no shortage of parks and green spaces – Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park are probably the most well-known of them all. At St James’s Park, you can feed the ducks on the large central lake, but just remember, we’re now being advised to throw them seeds instead of bread! There are more swans, geese and ducks around the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, where you can also see the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and Playground, the Peter Pan Statue and hire row boats and pedalos for a turn out on the water.
You have to see it to believe it!
Two of the most unusual museums in London for kids are Ripley’s Believe It or Not at Piccadilly Circus and Madame Tussauds at the exit of Baker Street Tube station. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you can see incredible art, bizarre discoveries and artefacts from all around the world, and weird and wonderful exhibitions guaranteed to make your jaw drop! Meanwhile at Madame Tussauds, you can get up close and personal with wax replicas of your favourite celebrities including the Beckhams, Brangelina, the Royal Family and Muhammad Ali.