London With Children

London is a fantastic city for families with kids. There are plenty of fun activities and attractions to explore.  From historical landmarks to modern museums, London has it all. Here is a guide of things to do and places to visit in London with children.

London Zoo is a fantastic place to visit with your children. You can see around 16,000 animals from around 750 species including tigers, lions, monkeys, and more.

Current weekend prices are:

Adults (age 16-64) £33.00

Children (age 3-15) £23.10

Under 3s Free

Over 64s and students with ID £29.70

There are also special group rates so be sure to check out their website to find out the best pricing for you.

VIP Experiences

In addition to the general zoo visit you are also able to book VIP experiences for an additional price.  

There are various 20-minute experiences such as a meet and feed experience with the meerkats and monkeys and an up-close meeting with the penguins (although please note that this does not include feeding the penguins).  Prices for these experiences are all £54.00 per person and children must be accompanied by a paying adult.  There are minimum ages for participants depending on the activity so be sure to check out the zoo’s website for more information.  Also good to know that pregnant or nursing mothers cannot participate in these activities.

Giraffe or Junior Zoo Keeper Experiences

Have you ever fancied being a giraffe keeper for a day?  Or would you little one love to be a junior zoo keeper?  If so do not miss out on the chance to do so when visiting the zoo.  

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Feed the majestic giraffes

The price for the giraffe keeper experience ranges from £110.00 per person between November and March and £135.00 per person between April and October.  You will arrive at the zoo before it opens to the general public and will help clean out their dens, put together a browse bundle (a bundle of food made from leaves, buds and bark) and pick out tasty treats for the giraffes from the zoo’s herb garden.

Children aged 11-15 can also spend a morning as a junior zoo keeper.  Upon arrival, they will receive their special junior zoo keeper gear and will get started with their work.  Learning about a variety of species they will also help clean dens and feed some of the animals.  This experience costs £170.00 per person and includes access to the zoo for the rest of the day and free access to the zoo to the accompanying adult who must remain onsite and contactable during the duration of the experience.

Please note that some of the experiences do not have wheelchair access although the zoo is happy to offer a modified experience where possible.  Please contact experienceenquiries@zsl.org for further information.

The Natural History Museum in London is one of the most popular museums in the city and another great destination for families with kids.   The museum has a vast collection of specimens and exhibits that showcase the natural world.  From prehistoric creatures to modern-day wildlife. Here are some of the things you can see and do at the Natural History Museum:

Dinosaurs

The museum’s dinosaur collection is one of the largest in the world, with a range of specimens from the T-Rex to the Stegosaurus. The highlight of the collection is the animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, which roars and moves its head.

Mammals

The mammal collection is equally impressive, featuring specimens from all over the world. You can see everything from a life-sized blue whale to a tiny shrew.

Earthquake Room

The museum’s earthquake room is a fun and interactive exhibit that lets you experience what it’s like to be in an earthquake. The exhibit simulates the ground shaking and shows how buildings and bridges can be affected.

Human Biology

The human biology exhibit explores the human body, from the digestive system to the brain. You can see real organs, skeletons, and interactive displays that explain how the body works.

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Learn about the human body in the biology section

Wildlife Garden

The wildlife garden is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. The garden is home to a range of plants and animals, including butterflies, bees, and birds.

Minerals and Gems

The museum’s mineral and gem collection is one of the finest in the world, featuring specimens from all over the globe. You can see everything from diamonds to meteorites.

Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre is a research facility that is open to the public. Here you will see scientists at work and learn about the research that is being conducted at the museum.

Entrance is free although some of the attractions, including special exhibitions throughout the year may have an admission fee so be sure to plan your visit beforehand.

The Tower of London is a historic castle that has been used as a royal palace, a prison and an armoury.   It really is a great place to learn about British history. You will also be able to see the Crown Jewels, including the largest cut diamond in the world, the magnificent Koh-i-Noor diamond.

Children and adults alike will love this giant Ferris wheel that offers fantastic views of London.

The Harry Potter Studio Tour is an absolute must-visit for Harry Potter fans. You can see the sets, costumes, and props used in the movies.  Prices are from £104.00 per person. Be sure to book before you travel as this is a very popular experience and one which is highly recommended.

The Sea Life Aquarium in London is another top choice when visiting London with children.  It is one of the city’s top family attractions, offering a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. The aquarium is home to a wide range of sea creatures, from tiny seahorses to giant sharks. Here are some of the things you can see and do at the Sea Life Aquarium:

Ocean Tunnel

The Ocean Tunnel is the aquarium’s main attraction, offering visitors the chance to walk through a tunnel surrounded by water. You can see a range of sea creatures swimming around you, including sharks, turtles, and rays.

Rockpool

The Rockpool exhibit is a fun and interactive exhibit that allows visitors to touch and feel a range of sea creatures, including starfish and crabs.

Penguins

The Penguin exhibit is always a favourite with visitors, featuring a colony of Gentoo penguins. You can watch the penguins waddle and swim, and learn about their habitat and behaviour.

Rainforest Adventure

The Rainforest Adventure exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the Amazon rainforest. You can see a range of creatures that live in the rainforest, including piranhas, crocodiles, and poison dart frogs.

Shark Walk

The Shark Walk is a unique experience that allows visitors to walk above a tank full of sharks. You can see these majestic creatures up close and learn about their behaviour and habitat.

Ocean Invaders

The Ocean Invaders exhibit explores the world of jellyfish and their impact on our oceans. You can learn about the dangers of jellyfish blooms and see how scientists are working to combat them.

In addition to these exhibits, the Sea Life Aquarium also hosts a range of special events and activities throughout the year, including feeding sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, and educational talks. The aquarium is a great place to learn about marine life and have fun with your family.

Madame Tussauds in London is a world-famous wax museum that offers visitors the chance to see and interact with lifelike wax figures of some of the world’s most famous people. Here’s what you can expect when visiting Madame Tussauds in London:

Wax Figures: The museum is home to over 300 wax figures of famous people from history, politics, entertainment, sports, and more. From King Charles III, Ariana Grande, David Beckham and Mo Salah. There’s something for everyone

Interactive Exhibits: In addition to the wax figures, Madame Tussauds in London also features interactive exhibits that allow visitors to take part in their favourite movies, TV shows, and sporting events. For example, you can sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones or take a penalty kick against a virtual David Beckham.

Marvel Superheroes 4D Experience: Madame Tussauds in London also has a 4D experience that features Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk. You’ll get to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a superhero battle in a special effects cinema.

Royal Family: Madame Tussauds in London also has a dedicated section for the British royal family.

History: Step back in time in the history section which allows you to see famous historical figures like Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare.

London Taxi Ride: As part of the experience, visitors can take a London taxi ride through the city’s history and culture.

Football Club Tours

London is home to several famous football clubs, and many of them offer stadium tours that are perfect for football fans of all ages. Here are some of the football stadium tours you can do whilst visiting London:

Wembley Stadium: Wembley Stadium is the home of English football and is one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and learn about its history and see the behind-the-scenes areas that are usually off-limits to the public.

Arsenal Football Club: The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club and is located in North London. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and see the changing rooms, players’ tunnel, and the dugout.

Chelsea Football Club: Stamford Bridge is the home of Chelsea Football Club and is located in West London. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and see the players’ tunnel, the dugout, and the press room.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club: The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is located in North London and is the newest stadium on this list. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and see the changing rooms, the players’ tunnel, and the media centre.

West Ham United Football Club: The London Stadium is the home of West Ham United Football Club and is located in East London. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and see the changing rooms, the dugout, and the press room.

West End Shows

There are many fantastic West End shows that are suitable for children of all ages. Here is a list of some of the best West End shows to enjoy with children:

  • The Lion King: Based on the beloved Disney movie, The Lion King is a stunning musical with unforgettable music and stunning visuals. It tells the story of young lion prince Simba and his journey to become king of the Pride Lands.
  • Matilda: Based on the classic Roald Dahl book, Matilda is a musical that tells the story of a young girl with extraordinary powers who uses her intelligence to overcome adversity.
  • The Wizard of Oz: This timeless classic has been adapted into a stunning musical that features all the beloved characters from the original story, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
  • The Phantom of the Opera: Although it may be more suitable for older children, The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless musical that features stunning sets, beautiful music, and an unforgettable story about love, obsession, and redemption.

These are just a few of the many fantastic West End shows that are perfect for families with children. Be sure to check age recommendations and suitability before booking tickets.

Special Entrance Tickets

If you are planning to visit a number of attractions whilst in London we highly recommend that you look at buying tickets from Big Saver Tickets which can save you as much as 32% on the normal ticket prices.

Free Things To Do In London With Children

The great thing about London is that whilst there are obviously a whole load of paid activities which you can do with children there are thankfully some amazing free experiences too!  You may even be surprised that even some of the museum experiences are also free.

With free entry, the British Museum is a great place to learn about history and culture. The museum offers plenty of exhibits and activities for children of all ages. Please note that some exhibits may have an admission fee.

This world-renowned museum celebrates the history and progress of science and technology. It is home to a wide range of exhibits and interactive displays that showcase everything from space exploration to medicine. Here are some of the things you can see and do at the Science Museum:

Exploring Space

The Exploring Space exhibit is one of the most popular exhibits at the museum. It features a range of space-related artefacts, including rockets, satellites, and spacesuits. You can learn about the history of space exploration and see how scientists and engineers have developed the technology to explore our universe.

Medicine

The Medicine exhibit explores the history of medicine, from ancient times to the present day. You can see everything from early surgical instruments to modern-day medical technologies. There are also interactive displays that allow you to learn about the human body and how it works.

Energy

The Energy exhibit explores the science of energy and how it is generated and used. You can see everything from steam engines to solar panels and learn about the different sources of energy that power our world.

Flight

The Flight exhibit is dedicated to the history of aviation. You can see everything from early flying machines to modern-day aeroplanes and learn about the science behind flight.

Robots

The Robots exhibit is a fun and interactive exhibit that explores the world of robotics. You can see a range of robots, from the earliest examples to the latest cutting-edge technology. There are also interactive displays that allow you to control robots and learn about how they work.

Mathematics

The Mathematics exhibit explores the beauty and importance of mathematics. You can learn about the history of mathematics and see how it has been used to solve real-world problems.

3D Printing

The 3D Printing exhibit is a fascinating exhibit that explores the world of 3D printing. You can see how 3D printers work and learn about the many applications of this technology.

In addition to these exhibits, the Science Museum also hosts a range of special exhibitions that change throughout the year. These exhibitions cover a range of topics, from artificial intelligence to climate change. The Science Museum is a great place to learn and have fun with your family, and it is sure to inspire and amaze visitors of all ages.

London Parks

Take a stroll through St. James’ Park to enjoy stunning views of Buckingham Palace. Visit the palace and watch the Changing of the Guard  a centuries-old military tradition that’s now a popular tourist attraction. Other popular and beautiful parks include Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park (where you can visit the Royal Observatory and on the Prime Meridian Line, the line that separates the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth). These lush green spaces are the perfect place for a picnic lunch with the family.

The Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre offers free activities and events throughout the year.

Covent Gardens

Do not miss taking a stroll around Covent Gardens where you will be able to see everything from market stalls to cafeterias and ice cream parlours and watch magician and acrobatic shows.

Also recommended is The Puppet Barge which is located in nearby Little Venice.  This is a unique experience located on a barge where puppet shows are performed throughout the year. 

For a unique entertainment experience, visit the Punch and Judy Pub.  This historic pub has been putting up traditional Punch and Judy shows since the 17th century.

Refuel At Family Friendly Restaurants

After a fun-packed day exploring London, it’s time to explore some dining options which the whole family will enjoy.

  • Hard Rock Cafe: The Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to enjoy burgers and rock music. Children will love the rock memorabilia and the friendly atmosphere.
  • Yo! Sushi: This is a fun and interactive restaurant where you can choose your sushi from a conveyor belt.
  • All-Star Lanes:  Combine bowling and food at one of their various locations around London.
  • Hollywood Bowl:  Another opportunity to bowl and dine in the centre of London.  The Hollywood Bowl at the  O2 also offers arcade games and virtual reality tests. 
  • Giraffe:  Various locations are available around London.  This restaurant has a varied menu and some great reviews on Trip Advisor. 
  • Inamo Covent Garden:  Another option if you love Japanese cuisine.  Inamo will surely keep kids and teenagers entertained with its interactive tables and games room.
  • Poppies Fish and Chips:  A restaurant with a 1950s vibe specialising in…..fish!
  • Shake Shack:  Do your kids love burgers?  If so, be sure to visit Shake Shack for some delicious burgers, chips (fries) and frozen custard.

Happy Travels

In conclusion, London has plenty of attractions to keep children of all ages entertained. Whether you’re interested in history, science, or art, London has something for everyone.

If you fancy travelling to London without children, be sure to check out our guide here

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