London is the perfect venue for a family visit. This post lists several excellent activities to keep your children engaged and entertained during your time in London.
Many of our pay-what-you-wish tours are suitable for children, especially our food tours - they gobble them right up!
TIP: If you plan on taking the Tube, dd you know that children under 11 can travel FREE with a ticket-holding adult? Read more from our post with tips on navigating the London Underground.
Changing of the Guard
You can’t go wrong with the Changing of the Guard! This is a traditional London treat that is good fun for ALL ages.
Check out our post for tips on the best place to stand, or even to march alongside the Guards themselves!
Nearest Tube: Victoria or Green Park
Visit a Museum
These museums have dedicated children's sections or activities that entertain and educate during a family visit.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum is worth visiting even for those traveling without children – but for those with little ones, the Science Museum is full of hands-on educational activities.
Here children can create science-based art, construct their own crafts, and take in a fun film in the Science Museum IMAX theatre.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Museum of Childhood
Run by the brilliant heads of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Childhood is aimed at visitors of all ages, with special events and programmes for children even as young as under 5.
With multimedia interaction and various displays and installations, this museum highlights childhood experiences from all over the world and is a great day out for the entire family.
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Explore Harry Potter's London
Lovers of the Harry Potter series will adore London! Join us for our free, guided Harry Potter London Film Location Tour.
Or enjoy our self-guided tour of Harry Potter London locations.
Take a Walking Tour
All of our daytime tours are great for families, with engaging guides and stunning sites. Join us on one of our famous pay-what-you-like walking tours of London. Tours explore all different parts of the city.
The typical hop-on-hop-off bus tour usually includes at least a few sites that children will enjoy, but there can be times where even the most attentive youngster loses interest while traveling around the city.
Thankfully, the Original London Kids Bus Tour was developed specifically to provide commentary aimed at younger visitors and cover sites that children love to see!
This outing is much shorter than other bus tours, and it’s non-stop to make sure that your kids won’t get bored.
There are also free activity books available which include games, quizzes and fun stories for kids to read.
- Tickets: £15/Adults | £8/Kids
- Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Kids): £38
- Availability: Mon – Thur from July – September
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Non-stop bus tour
- Purchase tickets or learn more
TIP: If you do plan on taking the Original London Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour, it’s worth noting that you can still pick up the activity book for free at their visitor centre!
See a Show
Both theatres have kid-themed shows running often and at times host interactive workshops.
Ride the Stratford Slide
This is the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide! It was originally intended to be a piece of art, but in 2016 the slide was added.
The slide takes guests from the observation tower at the top, 12 circles throughout the curves on the structure, and all the way to the bottom in a 40-second trip!
- Location: The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- Tickets: £16.50 for Adults / £10.50 for Children / £13.50 for Concessions / £52.00 for a Family of 2 adults and 2 children
- Note: Riders MUST BE AT LEAST 1.3m tall and above the age of 8. Only children above the age of 14 can ride unaccompanied by an adult.
- Book here.
Enjoy a Self-Guided Wizard Game
If you have any young Harry Potter fans who are looking for even more fun while visiting London, there is a self-guided exploration game that you might want to consider.
The Wizards of London is a mystery game which puts you in the role of a wizard who is attempting to complete a mission to protect humans. Along the way, you'll discover and learn about several notable sites.
One of the best things about visiting London is that there is a whole load of events and activities that won’t cost you a penny to visit.
This is true for families traveling with children, too!
Take a look here at some of the best activities you can enjoy in London with your children – for FREE!
Many of the activities listed above are also available at no cost.
Diana Memorial Playground
The Diana Memorial Fountain itself is good fun for children, it’s free to take off your shoes and tread through the water (a great treat, especially in summer!).
But next to the Fountain is the Memorial Playground, full of activities and displaying a large climbable pirate ship right in the centre.
It’s one of the best outdoor activities for youngsters here in the capital.
London is one of the biggest and most sprawling metropolises in the world – but we also have our fair share of green spaces and wild animals!
City farms are popping up all over the place and offer a great way for children to get hands-on experience with farm animals as well as speaking to their caretakers and learning about running a classic British farm.
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The Barbican Big Adventure
This is a family-oriented do-it-yourself adventure trail! By solving clues, playing games, and even using artistic talents, families will be led through the vast architecture of the Barbican Centre.
They will learn about the building – and London – whilst making their way. Totally free and with a possible prize at the end – this is one of the most unique family experiences in London.
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
Located entirely inside Crystal Palace Park, the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a collection of over 30 statues, all designed by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.
Although the statues are Victorian, they are still a brilliant treat for modern families.
Listed by English Heritage as a Grade 1 Monument, the dinosaurs are life-like and fantastical and definitely worth a visit.
Note: Nearest Tube: NONE. Use Crystal Palace Railway Station
The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum currently has on display fossils, bones and re-created statues of dinosaurs on display…including a moving, ‘breathing’ T-Rex!
Also at the Natural History Museum is the wonderful section on bugs and insets, giving children a chance to get up close and personal with creepy crawlies!
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Feeding the Ducks
Both Regent’s Park and St. James’s Park play host to hundreds of birds and waterfowl.
Bring along a loaf of bread and get feeding! The birds in both parks are tame and will even take food right from your hands.
Although it’s important to keep an eye on your children (especially with the shockingly big pelicans and swans) it’s a fun experience for members of the entire family.
Nearest Tube: Green Park or Regent’s Park
London is full of people making a living by performing as human statues, break-dancers, musicians, magicians and even some of your children's favorite cartoon characters.
Head to places like the Covent Garden Piazza, the north side of Trafalgar Square, or the Southbank near the London Eye.
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Waterloo