10 Things to Do in London with Kids

Tours & Tickets
14 Mar, 2022

Contents

  • Getting Around London with Kids
  • Top Tip: The Cheapest Way to Visit London with Kids
  • Top 10 Places to Visit in London with Kids
  • 1. The London Eye
  • 2. The London Eye River Cruise
  • 3. SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • 4. Shrek's Adventure! London
  • 5. The Tower of London
  • 6. KidZania London
  • 7. Madame Tussauds London
  • 8. Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • 9. Visit the Free Museums
    • The British Museum
    • Natural History Museum
  • 10. Borough Market
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If you're planning your next holiday with the kids, look no further - London Town's got it all. From its thriving culture to football (or soccer to some), affordable theme parks, free museums, and robust transportation system, London's one of the few cities in the world that everyone can explore easily without breaking the bank.

Getting Around London with Kids

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Whether you're traveling around London for the day or a few, be sure to take advantage of the capital's extensive Tube system. The world's oldest underground system offers one of the simplest ways of getting around, stopping at major London attractions and railway stations. Up to 4 children aged 10 years and under get to travel with an adult who has a valid ticket on the Tube and bus, allowing families to save on transportation costs. Kids aged 11–17 get to enjoy 50% off adult fares on all bus and Tube rides.

If your London itinerary consists of visiting only the major attractions, Golden Tours and Big Bus Tours both offer 24–72-hour hop-on, hop-off bus passes.

Top Tip: The Cheapest Way to Visit London with Kids

In comparison to many cities, London fares fairly inexpensive for kids - many attractions tend to offer discounted rates and free admission for children. For the most budget-friendly way of visiting London with the family, consider getting a city/tourist pass. The London Pass and Go City London Explorer Pass offer access to a variety of popular London attractions and tours over a multiple-day period.

Top 10 Places to Visit in London with Kids

Arguably one of the most remarkable landmarks of the city, enjoy 360-degree views of the capital onboard the London Eye. The 135-meter-tall (443 feet) observation wheel rotates approx. 30 minutes each turn and features a bird's eye view of some of London's top attractions including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Interactive touchscreen guides are fitted within each of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, allowing you to explore the capital's iconic landmarks in several languages.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Opening Hours: 11:00–18:00, daily

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo (District, Circle, Jubilee, Northern, and Bakerloo)

There's nothing quite like cruising down the River Thames. Set just steps away from The London Eye, The London Eye River Cruise offers a 40-minute, circular sightseeing boat tour through the heart of the city. Each cruise features live commentary by an expert guide to fill you in on everything there is to know about London. Each cruise departs at 45 minutes past every hour with no stop-over in between.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Opening Hours: 10:45–16:45, daily

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo (District, Circle, Jubilee, Northern, and Bakerloo)

Adjacent to the London Eye lies the SEA LIFE London Aquarium - Central London's only dedicated marine life conservation facility. Featuring over 600 marine species spread across 17 themed zones, you'll be dazzled by the magical underwater world SEA LIFE London Aquarium has to offer. Don't miss your shark encounter when you enter the Shark Walk or the close range viewing of the Gentoo penguin colony.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Opening Hours: 10:00–16:00 (Weekdays), 10:00–17:00 (Weekends)

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo (District, Circle, Jubilee, Northern, and Bakerloo)

Inspired by the popular DreamWorks film series, Shrek's Adventure! London is an indoor walk-and-ride attraction just steps away from the iconic London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and the London Dungeon. You and the kids will have a chance to meet your favorite Shrek characters as you traipse through a magic mirror maze, a smelly swamp, and a fun 4D ride.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Opening Hours: 10:00–15:00 (Weekdays), 10:00–16:00 (Weekends)

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo (District, Circle, Jubilee, Northern, and Bakerloo)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Tower of London is one of the capital's most famous historic sights. The striking fortress once served as a palace, an armory, and a prison - King Henry VIII's wives all met their gruesome fates at the palace's White Tower. For the ultimate Tower of London experience, be sure to tag along with a Yeoman Warder (or Beefeater) who will lead you on a free, informative guided tour.

Address: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

Opening Hours: 10:00–16:30, daily (last admission: 15:30)

Nearest Tube Station: Tower Hill (District, Circle)

KidZania is an amazing child-sized city, situated in the middle of Westfield Shopping Centre in London. Cleverly combining loads of fun with plenty of learning, KidZania features over 60 role-play adventures for kids to enjoy during their 4-hour sessions. From pilots and surgeons to firefighters and radio DJs, kids' imaginations can run wild as they explore all the city has to offer.

Address: KidZania London, Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GA

Opening Hours: 10:00–16:00 (Monday), 10:00–15:30 (Wednesday to Friday), 10:00–19:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

Nearest Tube Station: Shepherd's Bush (Central)

Immerse in the glitz, glamour, and spectacle of the world's most famous waxwork museum in London, the original Madame Tussauds to open over 180 years ago. With 14 themed interactive zones including the new Marvel 4D and Star Wars Experiences, you'll be guaranteed hours of photographic fun.

Address: Marylebone Road, Baker Street, London NW1 5LR

Opening Hours: 10:00–15:00, daily

Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City)

Royal Observatory Greenwich Tickets

The center of Britain's astronomical history, the Royal Observatory Greenwich serves as the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the famous Prime Meridian of the World. Built for the purpose of finding longitude at sea, architect Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Observatory is also a museum of time and astronomy. Check out the early Tompion clocks and displays on navigation at sea that show how Britain led the world in global exploration and trade. Greenwich was indorsed by international agreement in 1884 as the Prime Meridian of the world and you will be able to stand astride the very line that separates East and West!

Address: Greenwich Park, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ

Opening Hours: 10:00–17:00, daily

Nearest Tube Station: Cutty Sark DLR

9. Visit the Free Museums

During your visit to London with the family, kill 2 birds with 1 stone by taking advantage of the capital's free entry to national museums' permanent collections.

The British Museum

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Soak in some of London's best culture at the British Museum - the world's oldest national public museum. Set in the Bloomsbury area, the public museum is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of human history, art, and culture. We recommend getting audio guides and focusing on particular exhibits or areas to keep the kids engaged before stopping by the gift store for some souvenirs.

Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

Opening Hours: 10:00–17:00, daily

Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road (Central, Northern)

Natural History Museum

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1 of 3 major museums in London's South Kensington, the expansive Natural History Museum features a wide variety of specimens from various segments of natural history. From zoology to paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy, the historic museum houses over 80 million artifacts. Upon entry, you'll be blown away by the vast skeleton of Hope - a 25-meter-long, 126-year-old blue whale. Museum highlights include the giant Dinosaur exhibition in the Blue Zone and the evolution of Earth in the Red Zone. The Natural History Museum also offers kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to spend the night in the museum with their "Dino Snores for Kids" program.

Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Opening Hours: 10:00–17:50, daily

Nearest Tube Station: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly*)

*Piccadilly line trains serve South Kensington Tube Station from Summer 2022

10. Borough Market

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Borough Market - one of the oldest and largest food markets in London - highlights London's melting pot to a tee. Located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street, the specialty food market is the perfect starting point for discovering dishes from around the globe - enticing avid foodies, young and old. Borough Market is free to enter, and how much you spend is determined by your appetite.

Address: 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL

Opening Hours: 10:00–17:00 (Monday to Friday), 08:00–17:00 (Saturday), 10:00–15:00 (Sunday)

Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee)