London with kids

Recently one of my friends asked me to suggest a few places to go with kids since they’re planning a Summer holiday in London. I suppose I got over excited and put together a (never-ending) list. I thought other families with young kids planning to come to London would find this useful too.

 

Where to go

Mudchute park and farm

https://www.mudchute.org/

Lovely little park with horse riding and animal farms. You can take carrot sticks with you to feed the animals otherwise you can buy animal food from there. There’s a lovely cafe for lunch. You can go by train then take the boat back from the pier (15 min walk from the park) using your oyster card to central London. It takes you to Westminster pier (and other piers along the way). Lovely day out!

Diana memorial and play ground

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/sports-and-leisure/diana-memorial-playground

The kids love this playground located in the West side of Hyde park. Large sand pit with a pirate ship in it. Musical outdoor activities. There is a cafe but we like to walk to Kensington High Street and grab lunch from there. Giraffe restaurant is very family friendly or you could go to whole foods market where you can pick anything you like and eat there.

Holland park

http://www.timeout.com/london/attractions/holland-park

Located in Kensington too, there are a few playgrounds and also during the summer they set up an outdoor theatre. You’ll need tickets for this. We normally go on the High Street before we go in and buy a picnic.

Houses of parliament

Just behind this magnificent building there is a green area and a lovely playground.

 

Where to eat

Comptoir Libanais

https://www.comptoirlibanais.com/

It’s a chain of Lebanese food. Lovely. They do hummus, meat and wraps.

Pubs

They are normally child friendly. Great if you can sit in the garden. Kids not allowed after 20:00.

Other restaurants

My boys love Zizzi where you can decorate your own pizza. Pizza Express is similar.

Nando’s spicy chicken. Very fast service. Kids menu slightly spicy. Bottom less yogurt for dessert. Heaven for the kids!

 

Sight seeing

Science museum

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The new playground in there is a perfect place to teach kids science through play. It is amazing for 4 year olds and up with younger kids will enjoy it too. You have to pay to get in but it’s worth it.

Natural history museum

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

It’s next door to the science museum. Worth visiting.

V&A

https://www.vam.ac.uk/

In the same street as the natural history museum. Various exhibitions permanent and temporary.

In that area we love the Italian restaurant Pierino. Authentic Italian food. Next door to that is a wine shop called The Sampler where you can sample wines if the kids are in a particularly good mood.

Museum of London

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

Exhibits from old London. Learn about the London wall built in Roman times. This is great for the younger kids and we love going here. Very close to St Paul’s cathedral and One new change shopping center (don’t miss the views -get the lift to the top floor!)

Museum of childhood

http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/

I look forward to visiting this. E had been with the school and loved it.

Transport museum

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

Located in Covent garden so maybe you can combine this with something else. Buses, cars, trains, cabs… A’s favourite!

Imperial war museum

http://www.iwm.org.uk/

Free to enter. My boys enjoy this museum very much. Lots of vehicles and planes from World War I and II. Walk through the trenches. Café in here serves gorgeous food.

Kew gardens

http://www.kew.org/

Visit the glass houses and look at the tropical trees and water lilies. This has 2 small aquariums in 2 glasshouses. Playgrounds for the kids. Visit the lovely picnic areas or eat from the cafés.

Other useful stuff

Check out the London pass. Consider using Uber when traveling. You would need oyster cards but kids under 10 go free. If you’re here in August kids go free in theatres but you need to book early. Tickets are released in June. http://www.kidsweek.co.uk/. We had seen The Tiger Who Came To Tea which was very engaging for the kids.

Hope this helps and if you need more info drop me a line!

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