Alice Padfield

Things to do in London with Kids

Travelling with the family? Experience the best family-friendly attractions with our guide to top things to do in London with kids.

London is a city brimming with adventures, especially if you're exploring with kids. From the bustling streets lined with history to expansive green parks, there's no shortage of things to do in London for kids.

For those who prefer indoor activities when London does its rain thing, the Namco Funscape arcade offers a lively day out. Alternatively, the Transport Museum promises a delightful journey through time, showcasing the city's rich transport heritage. It's one of many kids activities London proudly presents.

Remember, planning days out in London for families can be both fun and educational. The city's diverse attractions cater to toddlers, teens, and everyone in between. When the sun shines, London's parks become the perfect backdrop for picnics and play. When rain comes you have indoor options.

So, if you're wondering about the best things to do in London with kids, rest assured, the city has something for every young heart and curious mind. Each day promises a new adventure, making every visit memorable.

British Museum

London Museums for Kids

Discover the delight of London Museums with kids! Starting with the wonders of the Science Museum.

Science Museum IMAX 
Experience the IMAX theatre at the Science Museum London with kids. It's every kid's dream! Watch some of the most spell-binding films in 3D with enhanced visual and sound effects on a screen the size of four double-decker buses. You’ll be captivated by the stunning images and you’ll feel like you’re experiencing it for yourself. An IMAX film is ten times the image quality and with a range of films to choose from you can go deep diving under the sea, visit outer space or fly to the moon. Strap on the 3D goggles and be swept away by the cinematography.

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD 
Underground stop: South Kensington 
Visit duration: Two hours

London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum is a great museum for the family and for those with a fascination for locomotives. The kids will love the exhibits, telling of the history of London and the evolution of modern transport since 1800. The museum features engaging displays showcasing old posters, newsreels, station signs, and even old tickets so it’s a fun way to look back in time at how things have changed. The museum is also home to the iconic red Routemaster bus and the world’s first Underground steam train.

Address: Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB
Underground stop: Covent Garden
Visit duration: Two hours

Museum of London Docklands
Did you know the Museum of London Docklands is on the site of London’s first port? Sister to the Museum of London, this old warehouse will reveal the early of trade and commerce that played a part in growing London’s great wealth. The exhibitions display historic artefacts from 43AD to 1840s and you can enjoy a recreation of the 19th century riverside. The Docklands are a great area to walk around for some great views over East London if you want to spend another hour exploring the area and waterways.

Address: No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
DLR stop: West India Quay
Visit duration: Two hours

British Museum
Every family should take a day out to visit the British Museum, one of London's grandest museums travel across the globe and through the world's history from ancient Egyptians and Native Americans culture to Ancient Greek, Mesapotamia, Anglo Saxons and more. Discover incredible artefacts and exhibits such as the Sutton Hoo ship burial, Egyptian mummies and Rapa Nui Moai from Easter Island as you wander through the museum's extensive grounds.

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
Underground stop: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road or Russell Square
Visit duration: Two - Three hours


Indoor activities for kids in London

When the weather is unpredictable, there are many delightful indoor activities for kids in London. Starting with the iconic HMS Belfast.

M&Ms World
Kids and sweets go hand in hand so treat them to a chocolate indulgence at the iconic M&M’s World in Leicester Square. There are four floors of chocolate M&M goodness, merchandise and other limited items to take home as souvenirs. With The London Pass you can enjoy 15% off your purchases – whether it be a novelty mug, or bags of multi-coloured M&Ms. Make sure you visit the chocolate wall with 22 colours and mix and match your own bag of M&Ms.

Address: 1 Swiss Court, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 6AP
Underground stop: Leicester Square
Visit duration: One hour

HMS Belfast
The HMS Belfast docked by London Bridge is one of the most iconic historic wartime attractions in London. Step aboard the historical HMS Belfast with your kids in London and learn about one of the most important battleships in the early 20th century. The HMS Belfast played a significant role in both the Korean War and the Second World War and continued to serve her country in military battle until 1965 so she has stories to tell. Walk the decks and learn about her history and of those who lived on board and fought bravely with her for over 30 years.

Address: HMS Belfast, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2JH
Underground stop: London Bridge
Visit duration: Two hours

London Bridge Experience
The London Bridge Experience is not one for the faint of heart – and not one for the little ones either. This is a great attraction to take adrenaline seeking teenagers who want to test their fears! It’s been voted the scariest attraction in London and will take you into the depths of London Bridge, down into the tunnels and tombs. Through this interactive attraction you’ll learn about the gruesome and gory history of some of London’s most notorious criminals and shocking events, from tales of Jack the Ripper, to venturing down into the 16th century plague pit.

Address: 2-4 Tooley Street, London SE1 2SY
Underground stop: London Bridge
Visit duration: Two hours

Swingers Crazy Golf - West End
Now welcoming children on Sundays before 5pm, Swingers Crazy Golf has a nine-hole round for kids to get stuck into. They'll be able to try their hand at a helter-skelter golf course with a light show and the Big Wheel, where players need to time their shot perfectly to beat the wheel. With decor evoking the 1920s English Riviera, Swingers West End will provide plenty of entertainment on rainy days. Hole in one!

Please note: Aside from Sundays before 5pm, Swingers is usually an 18+ venue

Address: 15 John Prince’s Street, London, GB, W1G 0AB
Underground stop: Tottenham Court Road
Visit duration: Two hours

Shows for kids

Kids Shows London

This beloved Broadway musical unravels everything you thought you knew about The Wizard of Oz, following Elphaba, the series' Wicked Witch, only to uncover that she isn't all that evil after all. Beginning with her time at school alongside her best friend Glinda the Good Witch and later following the events of the popular film, it's a show full of laughter, joy and tears. Plus, the sound track's going to be stuck in your head forever.

Address: Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 1LG
Underground Stop: Victoria
Visit Duration: Three hours (Two hours and 45 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission)

The Lion King
The Lion King is a West End veteran at this point, with years of experience on the kids theatre London scene and a continued sell-out streak. See the beloved Disney film as you've never seen it before onstage, with vibrant puppets, showstopping fight sequences and a stunning live musical score that'll send chills down your spine.

Address: The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ
Underground Stop: Charing Cross and Covent Garden
Visit Duration: Three hours (Two hours and 30 minutes, with an intermission)

London Zoo

Fun things to do with kids in London

If you're looking for an outdoor adventure, find out about the exciting things to do with kids near London Bridge and other areas. First up, the beautiful London Wetland Centre.

London Wetland Centre
If your kids love nature, wildlife and the outdoors take them on a day out to WWT Wetland Centre. Out in a loop of the Thames, it’s a quiet sanctuary hidden away in the city and you won’t believe you’re in London. Bursting with flora and fauna, wild ducks, birds and butterflies, the Wetland Centre is a beautiful attraction to get in touch with the beauty of nature and to see animals in their natural habitats. Stop off at the otters’ feeding times, or visit the kids adventure zones – you’ll be entertained for hours!

Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London SW13
Underground stop: Putney, Barnes Bridge
Visit duration: Four hours

Wembley Stadium Tour
If your kids love football you can’t pass up an opportunity to take them on a Wembley Stadium Tour. Home to English football, Wembley is one of the world's most iconic sporting grounds and a tour around these hallowed grounds is quite impressive! Go behind-the-scenes and visit the teams’ changing rooms, walk down the player’s tunnel and even get a look at the interview media room!

Address: Wembley London HA9 0WS
Underground stop: Wembley Park
Visit duration: Two hours

London Zoo
London Zoo is a great place to take the kids and you can rest assured they’ll be entertained for hours with the hundreds of animals to admire and enclosures to visit. The Zoo is packed with exotic creatures from gorillas to penguins, tigers and armadillos. There are live feedings which you are invited to watch to see the animals up close. There’s even a Rainforest Life, London’s only living rainforest, home to some of the rarest species on earth. London Zoo is one of the best kids attractions with dynamic and interactive exhibits as you go around so they can both enjoy the experience and learn something along the way, too!

Address: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
Underground stop: Camden Town, Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street
Visit duration: Four hours


Whether you’re visiting in London with a five year old or fifteen year old there are lots of great things to do with the family to keep everyone interested. From visiting museums about London, to watching a spectacular cinematic experience on the big screen, your kids will love it.

If you’ve got an Oyster Card you can easily take the stress out of sightseeing by getting from A to B with ease - which can be daunting with a family, and why not download extra handy resources, like a tube map and tourist map, in advance so you’re armed with all the necessary items to help you on your way as soon as you arrive.

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