I love London so an annual visit with the kids is always a must and we have taken them since they were toddlers. It might seem daunting if you have never been before but it is a great place to explore with kids and there is so much to do that is free, keeping everyone happy.
Some free favourites include:
The South Bank is my favourite place in London, I love wandering past the National Theatre and there is so much going on down there – food, street art, play areas and seats to stop, eat an ice cream and watch the world go by. There is also The Box fountain by the National – it results in wet, happy children every time! But do take towels and spare clothes with you – we have had to take dripping kids on the tube before.
Camden – explore, shop, people watch, eat in the brilliant food market and watch the boats at Camden Lock.
London is full of parks – from Greenwich to Hyde, London Fields to Brockwell and Regent’s to Hampstead Heath, there are playgrounds and plenty of space to explore and have a picnic while babies have a crawl and older children play.
Coram’s Fields playground is a must if you have young children – it is staffed and there is a cafe, a paddling pool as well some animals. There are toilets along with grass and seats to chill and let the children play.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain is great fun and a perfect pitstop on a hot day.
The Olympic Park is a new must – there’s loads of space and pathways to explore, along with a big playground. You could also go for a dip in the Olympic Swimming Pool (now the London Aquatic Centre) or ride the Orbit Tower Slide – although you will have to pay for these.
and here’s some paid for favourites
Although free to get into I am yet to leave without spending any money in Harrods, Hamleys and M&M World!
See a musical – Lion King, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Wicked, Aladdin and The Railway Children are all brilliant options.
Time Out – for a guide to what’s on for kids when you visit. In addition to the main London activities you will also find free/cheap outdoor shows and theatre performances.
To get about you will need an oyster card or a contactless debit/credit card to explore London on public transport – kids under 10 are free with adults and the buses will take you past all the landmarks. All you need to do is present your card to the yellow card reader at the beginning and end of your underground or overground rail journey and just at the beginning of your bus journey.
Plan your journey – check out the bus routes and look for the fully accessible tube stations if you have a buggy.
A good sling and a light foldaway buggy for babies and toddlers can be a lifesaver for buses and the tube as well as for tired little legs.
Carry water and snacks with you all the time – especially if you have an older baby/toddler. It can be thirsty work and public transport can be hot.
walk, explore and enjoy – London is a beautiful city and there is so much to discover and see