London Things to Do

Things to do in London as a family  

Enjoy one of the London parks 

For being a busy nation’s capital, London does incredibly well on a “green side”. Soft grass, leafy trees and bushes, abundance of flowers and wildlife make London parks perfect for taking a nap, escaping the noise, slowing down and exploring. Have a picnic, admire the symbols of England in The Rose Garden and try to spot a black swan in Hyde Park. Feed the cheeky squirrels, admire the Victorian splendour of the Albert Memorial, and bury your feet in the sand in Diana Memorial playground in Kensington Gardens. Marvel at the regal peacocks, find your inner zen in Kyoto Gardens and eat an ice-cream in Holland Park. The peaceful Green Park across Mayfair, bloomy St.James Park with its pelicans and the views on Buckingham Palace, the elegant Regent’s Park with its lovely Boating lake and pedalo hire are just a few more green heavens to mention. Every London park has something unique to offer to everyone. 

Explore London by transport

London’s sightseeing can be overwhelming, especially with children, as there’s so much to see! Jump on one of the iconic red double-decker Hop On Hop Off buses that will take you through the key landmarks of the British capital and enjoy the ride. 

Exploring the city by water is an exciting way to see the best of London with a family. Thames River Cruise will transport you from Westminster Pier as far south-east as Greenwich. Sit back, count the iconic bridges, spot the cheeky seagulls and sip on refreshments from the boat's cafe.  

Iconic London Underground, or Tube as locals call it, was featured in James Bond classics Skyfall and Die Another Day for a reason. It is the fastest way to move around the British capital! Seventy of its 272 stations, including its new addition Elizabeth line, are buildings of historical interest. But be smart and avoid the tube during the rush hour. 

Postcard-friendly spacious taxis, or simply black cabs are easily available in London downtown. They are a great way to reach your destination. These family-friendly 6-seaters can nowadays be booked for the sightseeing tours too. 

Head to London’s West End to to see a show 

Home to some 40 theatres in total, London’s West End is unmissable for its neon signs, flashy billboards, long queues and inspired, smartly dressed audience. It offers world-class, critically-acclaimed musicals, comedies and classic plays for the whole family all year around. Sing along to the famous tunes from Mary Poppins, world's most famous flying nanny, in Prince Edward Theatre. Submerge in the world of wizardry and magic in the most awarded new play in history Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in The Palace Theatre. Treat the whole family with a delightful story by one of the world’s most celebrated children’s authors Roald Dahl Matilda The Musical in Cambridge Theatre. Get transported to the heart of the African Pridelands by the stunning effects, excellent performance and the enchanting Elton John’s music with The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. These are just a few of many wonderful shows to be seen! London West End productions are incredibly popular and it is recommended to book the tickets well in advance. 

Shop for London souvenirs, eat and explore in Harrods 

Knightsbridge-based Harrods is one of the largest and most famous department stores in the world. Just a few minutes walk from Hyde park, this London landmark housed in a historical building is a must-visit when in London.

Harrods dates back to 1824 when 25-year old Charles Harrod first established his business. The enterprise went through all sorts of ups and downs until eventually becoming an ultimate shopping destination for the British and international elite, from the royal family to celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Sigmund Freud and others. 

Harrods today is a home to seven floors of luxury and over 5,000 brands. The store also features two memorials dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Despite Harrods’ reputation as a luxury shopping destination, it offers excellent quality goods and excellent souvenirs for any budget. Adorable Guardsmen bears in bear caps and stuffed corgis, British Monarchy souvenir spoons and delicate Victorian era-inspired china teacups with saucers, cute London-themed tote bags and handmade cashmere beanies, teas, biscuits and chocolates in cute tins are just a few little treasures that will help you bring a little piece of London back home. 

Indulge in Art in The National Gallery 

Britain's endless source of pride, the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square is home to 2,300 iconic paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. A sizable free to visit space for art with 66 rooms full of history, inspiration and timeless mastery, the National Gallery is a place you cannot miss in London.

The artists whose works are exhibited in the National Gallery are the real A-listers of visual arts. They include Italians Botticelli and Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rafael, Dutchmen Rembrandt and Van Gogh, French impressionists Monet and Cezanne, and many others. 

If you visit with a family, keep in mind that small children can get restless in the rooms like dimly lit Dutch Portraiture. Think gloomy faces staring at you from the paintings and total lack of freedom to run around. Speed up to the rooms 43 and 44, where the impressionism brings in the colour and brightens the mood. Take a tasty break in one of the museum cafes. The curated museum shop is perfect for local and art-themed souvenir shopping. It also sells quality reproductions and excellent children’s books. 

Learn How Britain Ruled the Seas in the birthplace of GMT Greenwich 

A trip to vibrant Greenwich is a day full of adventures. Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage Site. It combines human achievements in science, architecture, naval engineering, astronomy, navigation, time-keeping and art to tell us a story of how Britain dominated the seas. Home to the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), this history-rich maritime hub on the Thames is where the eastern and western hemispheres meet. 

Pick one of the family trails from the "Play and Explore" trolley and discover objects, stories and people. Stoke the boiler of a steamship. Buy and sell fish in the marketplace. Tour the Universe at London's only Planetarium and enjoy many more family-friendly activities in the National Maritime Museum. Or why not climb aboard Cutty Sark? The fastest of its time, this historic sailing ship invites you to look around and meet the cast of its colourful characters. Play interactive games and see how the crew lived and worked at sea. For some extra thrill, you can even climb the rig of Cutty Sark! 

General admission to Greenwich Museums is free. Some exhibitions and shows need to be booked separately.

Saturday is the best day  

Take a selfie next to Queen Elizabeth II or Lady Gaga in Madame Tussauds museum

Located on Baker street, this wax A-listers-dense museum is a top place for big laughs and selfies to envy. Museum’s impressive collection includes British movie stars like Bondiana-famous Daniel Craig, the one and only Dominic Cumberbatch and Titanic-darling Kate Winslet. You will also find an impressive squad of sports celebrities, the British royalty and some of the best and worst political leaders and historical characters. The wax copies are so good that some say they are better than the originals! Marvel fans will be happy to see many of their favourite superheroes ready for action and lined up for selfies.  

The Sherlock Holmes Museum and leafy green Regents Park are a stone’s throw away from Madame Tussauds. 

Out of ideas for what else to do in London? Dig into the local produce and vintage finds in one of the historical London markets. The Borough Market at the foot of London Bridge, Saturday Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, and unconventional Camden Market are just a few to list. Count dinosaur bones and get frightened by the life-size moving T-Rex in the Natural History Museum. Or spoil the whole family with a tour to the Warner Bros. Studio London and discover the magic behind “The Making of Harry Potter”. As we say, London has something unique to offer to everyone. 

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