(Written by Wendy Derbyshire) Planning days out with the kids in London can be a somewhat stressful affair. Having a handy guide of where to go and what to do often makes the process a whole lot easier, providing some fun for all the family along the way.
What To Do In London With Children?
- The Best Things in Life Are Free
Believe it or not, there are some free activities on offer which ensure days out with the kids in London are pretty spectacular. Try heading down to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard, watching as the Queen’s Guards trade places. Both sets of guards are traditionally dressed, donning the famous bearskin hats. The ceremony takes place daily from May to July but can also be witnessed at other times of the year.
Another impressive building accessible for free is the Houses of Parliament. The Palace of Westminster was constructed in 1042 and remains equally as striking today. Big Ben can be viewed whilst you are there and you never know; you may just catch a politician coming out of the building.
If you fancy introducing your child to a spot of culture, there is a vast array of museums and art galleries that are free to enter, such as the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, situated by Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery features paintings by Da Vinci, Picasso and Monet amongst many others; there really are something for everyone. If you want to introduce your children to traditional history, then head on down to The British Museum. The building provides some exciting activities for children and adults alike, as well as putting on educational displays.
- Park Life
When visiting the capital in the summer, there is always the option to spend a pleasant day basking in the sun. In Hyde Park there is plenty of room for picnics and strolls as the children enjoy themselves burning off some steam. Coram’s Fields is another park for children located in central London. The play area covers seven acres and adults are only allowed in with a child. There is even a pet corner to keep those small, inquisitive minds happy.
Additionally, the Diana Memorial Playground is a haven for all, with parents given the opportunity to pay their respects and children able to clamber over the giant pirate ship to their heart’s content. Children aged below seventeen can enter Kew Gardens for free and with activities such as the Treetop High Walkway and Treehouse Towers, there is hours of fun to be had.
- Luxurious Life in London
If you would like to supplement these free activities with some luxury fear not, there is a multitude of opportunities to glam up days out with the kids in London. Hopping aboard the London Eye gives you a bird’s eye view of the metropolis below, with visibility reaching up to 40km on a good day. The Tower of London is similarly a fun day out for all. The atmosphere provides all the excitement you need; with the warders on hand to ensure visitors are entertained.
Why not imitate the Jubilee celebrations and take a boat trip down the Thames? The flotilla may not be quite as impressive, but all the sites, from St Paul’s Cathedral to Tower Bridge, can be witnessed in one go. It is not only the day time which should be considered, but the evenings too. Seeing a West End show caters for all the family and is bound to be an amazing experience, providing you with the chance to test your vocal chords. Whether you want a cheap and cheerful or extravagant and exciting day out, there is bound to be something to please each member of your family.
About the author: Wendy Derbyshire is a mother of three who loves days out with the kids in London and coming up with ways to have fun on a budget.