Finding things to do in any new city can be difficult enough, but when you are travelling with your little ones, the challenge of keeping them entertained is first and foremost in your mind. We have compiled a list of London activities that will make your visit one to remember, but will also not break the bank.
Visit the Oldest Teddy in Town
Fresh from the teddy bears picnic, Pollock’s Toy Museum is more of a toy shop than conventional museum, located in the Fitzrovia area. Showcasing a collection of Victorian toys across six rooms, you can find toy soldiers, doll houses, puppets and so much more. Admission for adults is £7 and children, just £4.
Mad for M&M’s
How do personalised chocolate treats sound for a cool souvenir from London? In the centre of Leicester Square M&M’s World is the biggest candy store in the world. Spread over 35,000 square feet, they have a huge range of confectionery and matching merchandise. Entry is free for all but we can’t put a limit on just how much you will want to spend once inside.
Let’s Go, Lego
Just across the street from M&M’s World is The Lego Store. The largest Lego store in the world, set over two floors, sites to see include Big Ben at over six metres tall with a working clock, a London Underground train and hundreds of other models for endless family photo ops! Entrance to the store is free but there’s sometimes a queue to get in. Once inside, the whole family can enjoy the ‘Mosaic Maker’ which turns a conventional family portrait into a Lego brick version and this can be booked in advance, online to avoid disappointment.
Learn About London
It’s always fun to learn about where you’re visiting but it doesn’t have to be boring! The Museum of London has colour hunts, word games and activity bags all free to play and enjoy. There’s a gallery especially for kids to show them playtime across the years, right up to what they know today. There’s also shopping in replica Victorian streets and an Anglo Saxon house to show the London living in medieval times. Entry is free for the whole family and the museum is open every day.
Catch a Show
London has a notoriously famous theatre culture, which is just as notoriously expensive, but did you know that catching a show can actually be completely free? Since the 17th century, Covent Garden has had street performers putting on shows on a regular basis. From family friendly puppet shows to escapologists and contortionists; if you see a person balancing on a free standing ladder, juggling random objects and reciting Shakespeare, it’s just another ordinary day in London! Whilst you can never know who you will see, there’s always something going on around the marketplace.
Hamley’s Toy Store
The world famous Hamley’s Toy Shop is one like no other. Every day, you can meet the huggable bears Hamley and Hattie that begin the daily countdown of the Regent Street store opening its doors. Children are picked on a daily basis to ring the Hamley’s Opening Bell, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Opening hours vary depending on the day and more information can be found the stores website. If you’re not a morning person, drop by the store at 4pm instead for the daily parade. With ringmasters, pirates, wizards, ragdolls and lots more, it’s a show to behold, up on the fourth floor.
Cable Car Ride
Many people don’t know that London has cable cars, so it’s often missed off itineraries. At just £3.50 for a single adult ride and £2.30 for children (under fives are free), you can board the cars from Royal Victoria Docks or the Greenwich Peninsula. With amazing views of sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard, it’s something a little different and a great photo opportunity.
Animal Friends in the City
Horses, pigs, goats, chickens. Not things you’d usually expect to find in a city like London. However, London is loaded with city farms and Kentish Town City Farm is completely free. Open to visitors every day until 5pm, the animal magic at these farms guarantees fun for all the family and saves money too, compared to the expenses of visiting London Zoo.
Tickets to the Tower
London’s iconic Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. You can go inside the towers of the bridge and even cross the river at the very top, on a glass floored walkway. For entry to both the Tower and The Monument adult tickets are just £8.80, (if you book online/in advance) and £3.80 for children, with under five’s being free.
As you can tell, London is one of those cities where there is something for all ages and interests. It is a city where you never need to be bored. It is a city that everyone should experience. It is a city waiting to be explored, so bring your family and all of your kids to have the best time in London!