Are you looking for things to do in London with kids? Maybe you have a family holiday planned in the big city, or maybe you’re just visiting for the day… Whatever situation you’re in, this list of things to do with kids in London is going to be your ultimate guide!
London may not initially strike you as a family-friendly location, but we can assure you it is. London has plenty of things to do in London for kids – you just have to know where to look and where to go.
Hopefully our list of things to do in London with kids will help fill your mind with ideas and suggestions, and make your family holiday the best one yet.


Classic Tourist Attractions


在泰晤士河上乘船

Did you know that almost all of London’s major tourist sights can be seen from The Thames? Taking a boat down the river provides you with all those perfect photo opportunities, and you won’t even need to leave your seat. This is one of those perfect things to do in London with kids, as you don’t need to worry about them wandering off, or walking too far and getting tired. On the trip you’ll be able to spot Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, Tower Bridge… The list goes on!

伦敦眼

如果你正在寻找孩子们在伦敦可以做的事情,这个城市最有名的地标之一绝对是游客的最爱。乘坐伦敦眼的队伍可能很长,但是一旦你站在轮子的顶端,你就可以看到整个城市!这对孩子来说是完美的,因为几乎没有人会迷路。非常适合儿童,因为几乎没有人迷路,而且舱室相对较大,所以他们总是能够看到他们感兴趣的东西。
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Watch a film in Leicester Square

This famous square in central London is home to lots of cinemas, and is where most movies have their UK premieres. If there’s a movie you fancy watching whilst you’re on holiday, then this is the place to do it! Your kids will love knowing that their favourite celebrity has also sat in their seat, or bought popcorn from the same shop.
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参观莱斯特广场的M&M世界

Leicester Square, 1 Swiss Ct, London W1D 6AP
If your kids love chocolate, then a trip to M&M World in Leicester Square has to be on the top of the list for you. This huge shop is dedicated to the famous chocolate brand, and is comparable to a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. You may not want to buy them too much chocolate…. But this had to make our ‘things to do in London with children’ list. What kid wouldn’t love it?


教育景点


科学博物馆

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD
There are plenty of educational things to do in London with kids. The Science Museum is a fantastic day out in London, for kids of all ages. It’ll spark their curiosity, and probably yours too! The different exhibitions are tailored to different ages groups – and it’s free admission.

国家海洋博物馆

Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
该博物馆位于伦敦的格林威治区,是世界上最大的海洋博物馆之一。它离泰晤士河很近,如果你乘坐旅游船在城市里游玩,这是一个完美的停靠点。对于小海盗或美人鱼来说,这里有很多东西可以发现,而且博物馆为家庭提供了特别的活动和展览。入场费是免费的。
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邱园

皇家植物园,邱园,里士满,萨里,TW9 3AE
如果您正在寻找与热爱自然和户外活动的孩子在伦敦的活动,那么邱园就是一个户外仙境。最好是在夏天(这时雨水的威胁可能较小!),孩子们会喜欢探索这个自然天堂。
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V&A儿童博物馆

Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
This museum is a treasure-trove of childhood nostalgia and toys, dating back hundreds of years. For adults, it’s amazing to discover things you thought you’d forgotten about, but for kids it’s like travelling back in time and seeing how other children throughout history have lived. During the school holidays, the museum often put on special exhibitions or activities for children too.

大英博物馆

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
The British Museum is one of the biggest and most iconic museums in London, and they do some fantastic tours and activities for families and children. If your kids love exploring history then they’re going to love discovering all the artefacts and items hidden inside these walls.


Free activities


警卫队的更换

这个古老的传统是伦敦的标志,并出现在许多电影和电视节目中。如果你想彻底感受到伦敦的魅力,那么这绝对是你想要见证的事情。孩子们将会感到敬畏,并且永远不会忘记它。这里离泰晤士河很近,如果你乘坐旅游船游览城市,这是一个完美的停靠点。
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白金汉宫

If you want to go inside the palace, then there is a price attached to tickets. However, the real experience is walking up to the front gates and peering inside – and for this there is no fee attached. Learn some fun palace facts ahead of time to keep them entertained, and your kids will be amazed at the building, and being so close to The Queen herself.
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在皮卡迪利广场看灯光

皮卡迪利广场被称为 "伦敦的时代广场"--是城市的一个户外区域,那里有商店、广告牌和(有时)艺人。如果你的孩子以前从未去过大城市,那么这里肯定会让他们惊叹不已。我们建议在傍晚时分参观,这样广告牌的灯光就会更加耀眼。
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Take a stroll around Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the most famous park in London (it sits on 350 acres) and is located right in the heart of the city. It’s a great place for picnics, outdoors games, and general exploring. You’ll find all sorts to do once you’re inside, such as boating on the lake, playing in the fountains, climbing trees, spotting wildlife, and so on.

看喷泉或爬上特拉法尔加广场的狮子。

Trafalgar Square is one of the most photographed areas of London, and you’ll definitely recognise it once you arrive. There some huge fountains in the Square to take a look at, and (for bigger kids) there are the famous stone Lions guarding Nelson’s Column which many people try to climb. If you do manage to get atop one, you’ll have a great view. It’s a short walk from The Thames, and a perfect stop-off if you’re getting around the city by tour boat.
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Watch the boats sail along The Thames

The Thames is a hive of activity running right through the city, and there is a beautiful walkway along Embankment that lets you soak it all in. Sit on one of the many benches along the route and look out for boats – any aspiring captain or pirate will love it. Once you’re done on dry land, try jumping on a boat yourself. Many tour boats leave from Westminster Pier, including City Cruises.

Walk across Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the World’s most recognisable bridges, and it costs nothing to take a walk across and soak in all those amazing views. Top tip – if you buy your kid an cheap disposable camera, they won’t mind walking around, as they’ll love having the opportunity to take lots of photos! It’s a short walk from The Thames, and a perfect stop-off if you’re getting around the city by tour boat.
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Watch the street performers in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is primarily a shopping and dining destination in the city centre, but there are also lots of incredible street performers there each and every day doing all sorts of amazing things. From tightrope walking, to fire juggling – there’s something to keep everyone entertained. Watching the performers is completely free. However, they will ask for a donation at the end – so try and have a bit of pocket change available.
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Visit Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

If your kids have read Harry Potter, they’ll definitely want to visit Platform 9 ¾ for themselves! Now an official attraction in Kings Cross station, they can go and see the magical entrance with their own eyes. There’s a gift shop right next to it too, if you want to pick up a new wand, or chocolate frog.

 


青少年的活动


伦敦地下城

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
This spooky attraction is definitely suited to older kids, rather than younger ones. The recommended age for The London Dungeon is 12 years and above, though it is up to the discretion of the accompanying adult. If your kids are desperate to do something different, and a bit quirky, this certainly ticks the box. Just be ready for a fright!

杜莎夫人蜡像馆

Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
A chance to have a selfie next to all your favourite celebrities? What teenager would say no to that? Madame Tussauds has long been a favourite for teenagers and older kids – and you might even end up taking a selfie or two yourself!

 

沙尔德大厦的风景 

伦敦SE1 9SG,铁路路
年轻的孩子可能不欣赏这里的景色 - 但青少年应该会喜欢。只要他们没有恐高症!观景台是这个城市的最高点,可以看到整个天际线的不可思议的景色。我们建议在晴朗的日子或晴朗的夜晚参观,以确保你获得最佳的能见度。

 

莎士比亚环球剧院

21 New Globe Walk Bankside London SE1 9DT
这家剧院位于泰晤士河畔,如果你乘坐旅游船游览这座城市,它是一个完美的停靠点,是伦敦最独特的建筑之一。仿照原来的环球剧场,所有的戏剧都是按照莎士比亚时代的方式来表演的。这是一种独特的体验,你的青少年会喜欢的--特别是如果他们在学校学习了莎士比亚的知识。任何能将历史带入生活的东西都是伟大的--而这正是这样做的。

 

One New Change Shopping Centre

1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF
Most teenagers love shopping, so why not take them to the coolest shopping centre in the city? One New Change has plenty of shops, a few eating options – and (best of all) an incredible view over the city and over St Paul’s Cathedral from their open-air rooftop. You’ll earn serious cool-points for bringing them here.

 

沿着泰晤士河的船游

If your teenagers are moaning about walking too much, then a boat tour is the ideal way to sightsee in the city. Book your tour ticket and enjoy all the main tourist sights from the comfort of your seat. Depending on the weather, you can sit on the top deck with a breeze in your hair, or the bottom deck protected from the elements – it’s up to you. There are refreshments on board, and loads of amazing things to see including Big Ben, Parliament, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and more. There are multiple departure points too, so you simply choose the one closest to your hotel.

伦敦桥的经验

2-4 Tooley St, London SE1 2SY
When looking for things to do with kids in London – here’s another spooky experience, perfect for keeping teenagers on their toes. We’d recommend going around Halloween, or in the evening hours.

Churchill War Rooms

Clive Steps King Charles Street London SW1A 2AQ
If your teenagers have been learning about WW1 and WW2 in school, then visiting the Churchill War Rooms will really help bring those history lessons to life. The museum was once a secret WW2 bunker, and now tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy. If you’re looking for things to do with kids in London that are fun and educational, this ticks both the boxes.


Outdoor Adventures


Take a stroll through Epping Forest

A little journey out of central London is Epping Forest, an ancient woodland area where your kid’s imaginations will run wild. When looking for things to do with kids in London, don’t limit yourself to the centre of the city. As Epping Forest proves – there’s plenty to do outside the city too. Try creating a scavenger hunt for them, with items from nature to collect along the way.

Camley Street Natural Park

12 Camley Street London Greater London N1C 4PW
A hidden oasis between two of London’s busiest railway stations, this is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon in the city. This unique urban nature reserve is the perfect place to encourage your kids to have green fingers, and take care of the world around them. It’s one of those perfect things to do in London with children on a sunny day.

Get Lost in the Hampton Palace Maze

Wilderness Cottage, Hampton Ct Rd, London KT8 9AU
See if you’re brave enough to enter without a map… and if you’re smart enough to find your way out again. If you’ve never taken your kids to a maze before – this is a fantastic day out and something they’ll definitely remember.

 

Explore the treetop walkway at Kew Gardens

Royal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
The Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens is 200 metres long and towers 18 metres above the ground. You’ll get amazing views over the city from here, as well as getting a cool view over the gardens and the birds, animals and insects living in the forest around you.

Cruise along the Thames

If you want to feel the wind in your hair and enjoy some of London’s best sights at the same time – then a boat tour is the way to do it. City Cruises have multiple departure points around the city, and once you’re onboard you’ll be able to spot so many amazing London landmarks. Want the perfect photo opportunity of Big Ben? You’ll find it on the top deck of a City Cruise boat during your tour!
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Take a dip

London doesn’t have a beach – but it does have plenty of outdoor swimming pools, which become hugely popular around summertime when the weather warms up.


Perfect for Animal Lovers


Vauxhall City Farm

165 Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS
When looking for things to do in London with kids (especially younger kids, under 8 years old) Vauxhall City Farm would be a great day out. It’s a little piece of countryside, right in the heart of the bustling city.
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ZSL London Zoo

London, NW1 4RY
London Zoo is located right near Regent’s Park in Zone 1, so very easy to get to. The zoo is home to loads of beautiful animals, from cute penguins, to exotic birds, and big cats. You could even make the day more special with a ‘meet and greet’ experience – where your kids will get to meet an animal, assisted by an expert zookeeper.

 

Battersea Park Zoo

Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ
A much smaller zoo, this one is recommended for younger kids who might find the bigger animals overwhelming. It’s a great place for birthday parties, and the zoo even have special events and educational days designed for children.

Deer spotting at Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a huge park on the edge of London, home to lots of beautiful wild deer. Whilst it’s not guaranteed you’ll spot any (they are wild after all) you’ll sure have fun looking for them.

 

SEALIFE London

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
For children who are more obsessed with sea animals than land animals – London has an incredible Aquarium right on the River Thames. It’s a short walk from the boat piers, so would make a great day out paired with a City Cruise boat tour. The Aquarium is home to all sorts of sealife and fish – and your little ones will be transported to another world… Under the sea!

 


Theatre for Kids


London is home to The West End, so you’ll find plenty of musicals that children will adore. Seeing a musical might not be the most affordable thing to do in London with kids, but it’s definitely one of the most memorable.
Musicals tend to have long runs, so performances will generally be regular, and tickets shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of – if you book in advance. There are plenty of online ticket selling websites to choose from.

For children, we’d recommend these musicals:
The Lion King – A colourful, popular, lively musical adapted from the famous Disney film.
Wicked – A different look at the two witches of Oz (from The Wizard of Oz). Younger children won’t be familiar with the plot or songs, so this may be better suited to older children (10+).
Matilda – A musical adapted from the hugely loved Roald Dahl book. Pure magic!
If you don’t fancy a musical, but instead want to see more traditional theatre – this changes from season to season, with new shows popping up each month. If you’re planning your visit to the city within a certain date range, we’d recommend checking out this theatre guide by Time Out. There you’ll be able to search by date range, and find shows that are performing on the dates you’re in town.


Festive Fun


During the festive season, there is plenty of stuff to do in the city. In fact, the city seems to come to life around this time of year. Here are a few things children of any age would enjoy:

Hamley’s Toy Store

188-196 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5BT
When talking about things to do in London with children, you could never forget to include Hamley’s. If you need a few hints on what to buy your kids at Christmas, then taking them to Hamley’s is the perfect idea. Take a walk around with a pen and paper and ask them to write their letter to Santa as they go.

 

Harrods Christmas Grotto

87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Talk a stroll through a winter grotto, check out all the latest toys, and then end your visit with a trip to see Santa himself. On a list of things to do in London with children at Christmas – Santa has to be on the list! If you’re going to schedule a visit to Father Christmas whilst in London, this is the most magical place to do it.

 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
The biggest tree in London stands right in the heart of Trafalgar Square. It’s a fantastic sight to see, and will probably be bigger than any Christmas tree your little ones have ever seen before!

Pantomimes

All across the city in various theatres, you’ll find festive shows and pantomimes. If you want to have a fun and festive evening out, this is definitely the ticket.

海德公园冬季仙境

A huge winter-themed amusement park, right in the heart of the city. Hyde Park transforms around the festive season to be full of market stalls, food stalls, ice rinks and fairground rides. It’s free admission (different attraction inside may charge), and is absolutely magical.


Quirky / Random Things To Do


Harry Potter Studios

A short train ride out of central London (to Watford Junction) will bring you to Harry Potter Studios, an immersive and incredibly impressive behind the scenes look at how the Harry Potter movies were made. If your kids loved the books and the films, they will be in awe here.

 

在泰晤士河上乘船

If you never thought of seeing London by boat before, it’s time to be convinced! Most of the city’s major tourist sights can be seen from The River Thames, so why not book a boat tour, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride? You can sit outside upstairs, or inside downstairs – and no matter where you sit you’ll be have a tour guide to listen to. There’s even a refreshments shop, so you can enjoy a drink and snack while you sail.

 

Brighton Beach

An hour’s train journey from central London via Victoria Station – if you want a day out of the city, but don’t want to venture too far, this is a fantastic option. Head to the quirky, kitsch and friendly town of Brighton and experience what the British Seaside is like!

 

Eat Dinner at The Rainforest Cafe

One of the most family friendly restaurants in London – and after you’ve worked through this list of amazing things to do with kids in London you’ll need a good meal to top up your energy! This chain is super family-friendly, and they provide entertainment while you dine too. We don’t want to ruin the surprise, but expect things to get wild!

Visit The Cutty Sark in Greenwich

King William Walk, London SE10 9HT
This incredibly preserved sailing ship, is fascinating to visit for both children and adults alike. It’s like stepping back in time, and you’ll be able to explore above deck, below deck and pretend you’re pirates.

 

Ride the World’s longest tunnel slide

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton St, London E20 2AD
If you’re looking for things to do in london with children that are a bit adventurous and like doing whacky activities – then Visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit in East London (the previous Olympic Park) and not only will you get to explore the UK’s tallest sculpture, but you’ll also get to ride the World’s longest tunnel slide.