London is great for kids and has lots of family-friendly attractions, events and activities. Whether you're looking for free attractions for kids, playgrounds or ideas for your day out in London, you'll definitely find something.
Here's our top attractions for kids in London
The London Dungeon is an exciting, scary and fun attraction for older kids and adults. A 90-minute journey through 1000 years of London’s gruesome past, based on real history from Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd to The Great Plague and what could have been if Guy Fawkes hadn’t been caught.
Bringing together an outstanding cast of theatrical actors, 360 degrees stage sets, special effects and spooky rides. Make sure you plan ahead to guarantee entry.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices http://www.thedungeons.com/london/en/
The London Sealife Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collection of fish and global marine life. Located on the popular South Bank of the River Thames, next to The London Eye you can explore the well-known Shark Reef Encounter and get up close to the Antarctic in the new Penguins Ice Adventure. This is a great attraction for all the family from babies who are amazed by the soothing sounds and colours right through to teenagers and adults.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices http://www.visitsealife.com/london/
London Zoo first opened in 1847, today it has more than 760 species and is a great day out in the capital for the family. You can enjoy daily feeds, animal displays and children can sign up to courses within the zoo to get up close and study the animals. The newest exhibits are The Tiger Territory and Meet the Giraffes.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo an opportunity for children to enjoy animals and learn to respect dear friends who we share the planet with. You can meet monkeys, meerkats, otters, farmyard animals and various bird species. The zoo also has a great play area and cosy café.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices http://www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk/
Diana Memorial Playground opened in 2000, in memory of the late Princess of Wales. It is next to her Kensington Palace home, as a tribute to her love for children and their innocence. This is a free attraction inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, with a huge wooden pirate ship as the centre piece, attracting over 750,000 every year.
Check the website for opening times which change monthly www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington_gardens/diana_playground.cfm
Madame Tussuads is a world-famous attraction known for admirable wax work creations of celebrities, world leaders and famous people. Visit sporting heroes, the royal family, marvel superheroes film and Bollywood stars. See the chamber of horrors, take the spirit of London cab ride and learn about how these amazing wax works are created.
Check the website for opening times and ticket prices http://www.madametussauds.com/London/
Hamleys is technically not an attraction but with children you could very easily spend a whole day in this huge store. Hamleys has just recently celebrated their 250th birthday providing the finest toys for children, with a huge range of soft toys, a girl’s boutique, action toys, a huge Lego department as well as preschool toys and arts and crafts. Every day there are live puppet shows, activities and various competitions so it’s much more than just a toy shop.
Open Monday – Friday from 10am until 9pm and 12 – 6pm on Sundays
Coram’s Fields is an exceptional seven acre playground for children with a youth centre, children’s centre, city farm, community nursery and café (open from March – October)
The park holds various fairs, charity events and sports matches throughout the year and is open daily from 9am until dusk. Located nearby Kings Cross and Euston.
Harrods in London is sprinkling some Disney magic in London this year in the form of the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Disney fans can now enter a world full of their favourite films in a castle-themed environment and can transform into a knight or a princess in the first Disney themed attraction to come to London. A Disney shop and café are also there to complete the magical experience.
There is so much to do in London with children and young families, as well as these top attractions for kids there are also some great free attractions including the royal parks with a huge amount of open space for picnics, walks and various activities. There are also so many museums to suit every interest, whether its cars, toys, dinosaurs, art or science. You can find a full list of the free attractions in London here.
We have a superb range of child-friendly hotels located near to all the attractions listed above.