15 Things to Do With the Kids In London This Summer Without Breaking the Bank | My Baba

Trying to find things to do during the long summer holidays, that don’t break the bank, can be a really hard task. I have been wracking my brains for some different ideas, and have come up with these 15 ideas for you:

1. Go on a Duck Tour (££)

This 75-minute tour will take you around the roads of London, before you drive straight into the River Thames for a river tour as well. I have done this tour in many different countries and have always loved doing it (I was even allowed to steer the Duck in San Francisco).

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2. See Shrek’s Adventure (££)

Opening up in early July, this should prove to a favourite amongst families.

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3. Have a bite to eat in the conservatory of the Barbican (Free)

This is open every Sunday, but make sure you check the website for any planned closures.

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4. Visit the children’s playground at the Olympic Park (Free)

Take the children to play in this amazing playground, it is sure to keep them occupied for hours.

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5. Go to Coram’s Field (free) and the Foundling Museum (free for children)

Located next to Russell Square, Coram’s Field is a haven for children to play in. Only adults with children are allowed into the park. There is even a wading pool for them to play in. You can also head over to the Foundling Museum, which is just next door, and find about Thomas Coram, who set up the Foundling museum for babies who were at risk of being abandoned.

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6. Climb Tower Bridge (£)

Everyone has thought about going, or has been to, the Tower of London, but have you ever been to the top of Tower Bridge?

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7. Try a Nanny Anita Cookie trail

Why not try one of my trails that are on mybaba.com, there are a few to choose from, The Buckingham Palace trail, Westminster to Trafalgar trail, or The Peter Pan trail.

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8. Take a Trapeze class (££)

Why not sign yourself and your child up for a lesson with gorilla circus in Regents Park. Please note that children must be over 8 years old.

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9. Go for a dip (free)

The V&A have a beautiful pool in their courtyard that you can splash around in, or if you want to go swimming try the Oasis Sports Centre in Covent Garden. Kids swim for £1 Monday-Saturday. I would email them to double check on times that the Swim for All is on.

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10. Visit the Bank of England (free)

Far from being dull, this is a great hands on museum for children of all ages.

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11. Let them blow off steam at a soft play area (£ – adults go free!)

Try It’s A Kid Thing, which is just down the road from Earlsfield Station. It has a 2-tier play structure, tons of daily activities and a café that serves yummy organic food. Plus it has an ingenious booking system that means that it won’t be overly crowded.

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12. Visit a city Farm (free)

Trying going to Kentish Town City Farm, Deen City Farm or Spitalfields City Farm for a bit of country fun right in the heart of London. Deen City Farm offers Pony and Horse Riding, so check out their website for more details.

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13. Create your own work or art (free)

Head over to the Tate Modern for some great family friendly activities.

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14. Visit the Imperial War Museum

I have to admit I have never been here! It is on my to-do list, and has been for a really long time. There are plenty of exhibits to explore that tell people’s stories of modern war and conflict.

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15. Play Pooh Sticks in the 100 Acre Woods (free)

This one isn’t technically in London, it is East Sussex, but it is still a goodie. Ashdown Forest was the real life setting for Christopher Robin and his teddy, which inspired his Father AA Milne to write the Winnie-the-Pooh books. There are some wonderful trails to walk along that will take in many of the places featured in the books, including the bridge where they famously played pooh sticks.

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What ever you decide to do this summer I would highly recommend that you book any tickets in advance, this will save you time, money and possible disappointments if they are booked up for the day.

I wish you all a very happy and relaxing summer holidays.


About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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