Are you planning a visit to London with kids? Here are 10 fun ideas for free family stuff to do in London:
#1. The Diana Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden for Diana, Princess of Wales, in Kensington Gardens has a wonderful playground dominated by a huge pirate ship and is based on the Peter Pan story. Make sure you stop by and visit the bronze statue of Peter Pan, next to Hyde Park.
“It’s a fab place to spend a couple of hours. There’s a lovely cafe and is very safe with security on the gate who won’t let single adults in or kids out.” Cliodhna H
#2. London Museums
“We visited the Science Museum on our last trip to London and spent 2 hours in Launchpad, the hands on space, never mind the rest of the Museum. We’re definitely going back.” Jill H
Greenwich is a lovely place to visit with kids. It has a big open park space to play and run and chase the pigeons. You can wander around the market there too and browse the stalls and little shops nearby.
The National Maritime Museum, The Queen’s House and The Royal Observatory are all free to visit at Greenwich. You do have to pay to visit the Meridian Courtyard which is part of The Royal Observatory but it’s good fun to see the Time Ball, one of the world’s earliest public time signals, drop every day around 1pm, and you can also stand astride the Meridian Line in the Courtyard.
“Our nearly 3 yo had a great time and didn’t want to leave”, Dee N
Download the free FunKidDayz app which has a London City guide for parents updated weekly. The app covers playgrounds, parks, after-school classes, sports, farms, attractions, coffee mornings and lots more. Parents can read and leave reviews and find locations on the maps.
#4. Covent Garden
One of our favourite places in London, don’t miss a visit to Covent Garden to see the buskers, take in the shops and enjoy wandering around this pedestrian friendly area.
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#5. The M&M Store
The M&M Store in Leicester Square could well be the largest candy store in the world, it will take you a while to take in the 4 huge floors of M&M fun. (Obviously be prepared for some pestering from the kids to buy some merchandise!)