Planning a London vacation for your family? The UK capital is without a doubt one of the most child-friendly cities in the world. Dripping with creative charm and sprinkled with childlike magic, it is not only home to the world’s biggest toy shop, real-life kings and queens and witches and wizards, but is the setting of some of the most beloved children’s stories. From Mary Poppins and Paddington Bear to Peter Pan and Harry Potter, it is no surprise that the city has been capturing the hearts, minds, and imaginations of children for centuries.
In this exciting and adventure-filled city, there is plenty of fun, educational experiences for children from 1 to 100. What’s more with many attractions offering a side adventure for kids, you need not worry finding activities that will appeal to the whole family.
Not just the oldest and biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys is by far the best! This colossal 7-story wonderland is pure unabridged excitement. Interactive, outrageous and extravagant, this is the real-life Santa’s grotto all year round. And if Hamleys isn’t enough, check out the world’s largest Lego store or M&Ms world at Leicester square.
London’s beautiful Navel Academy and Royal Observatory is not just a great trip to one of the cities greenest spaces, it is jam-packed full of adventures for little ones. Climb on board a real pirate ship ‘The Cutty Sark’ (Merchant tea-clipper but shhh! What’s the difference anyway) and meet the crew, real-life colourful characters who bring adventures on the seven seas to life! Don’t forget to check out the Royal Observatory where you can explore the universe and stand on the Prime Meridian with one foot in the East and one in the West! Once finished, have a kick around the incredible park or have a picnic in summer.
3. Animal Magic
Immerse yourself in the world of animals, meet the lions, tigers, and penguins of the London Zoo or take part in educational experiences from feeding gorillas to trying your hand at being a zoo keeper. For a great day out, why not take the canal boat ride through little Venice to Regent’s Park and hop off at the Zoo?
For some fairytale magic in Central London, don’t miss the pelicans around the lake and its island (the inspiration for Peter Pan) in Saint James’ Park.
4. Unforgettable Museums
While almost all London museums offer something for children, the interactive experiences of the Natural History Museum and Science Museum have been capturing the imagination of children from around the world for generations! From towering dinosaur skeletons to earthquake simulations, or learning about friction, color and space, not only will your family be in for amazing educational experiences, but perhaps best of all, the museums are both free of charge!
Get interactive with the countless attractions for kids in London. From the life-like waxworks of Madame Tussauds (with its brand new star wars collections) to Harry Potter studios, Shrek’s Adventure, The London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, and for the older and braver kids, The London Dungeons. And lunch at The Rainforest Cafe is a must.