London is the absolute best place for children and families. With dozens of attractions and museums, we guarantee you’ll never be bored exploring the city. Here are our top family-friendly activities to keep you entertained this weekend, next weekend and at least 45 weekends after that.


Harry Potter studios

It’s often fully booked, but check daily for tickets. Just outside London so will need to hop on a train.

Where: Studio Tour Dr, Watford WD25 7LR

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Natural History Museum

During the summer they have a great butterfly house.

Where: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

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The Science Museum

Where: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD


Museum of London

Don’t miss the Beasts of London exhibition

Location: 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN


The V&A Museum

Where: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


Gardens and Parks

Kew Gardens

The children’s garden just opened at Kew and is definitely worth a look

Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond, London TW9 3AE


Boating in Hyde Park

Where: London

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Regent’s Park

It has Gorilla Circus Trapeze which is fantastic. Also an open air theatre.

Where: Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR

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The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium

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Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST

Go Ape in Battersea Park

Where Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

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Shopping & Boroughs


Covent Garden

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Marylebone High Street

This is really central and has great shops and cafes.

Carnaby Street

Just by Oxford Street and great fun

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Pavillion Road

There’s a lovely Bill Grainger restaurant there. It’s best to start on Pavillion Road and then pop on to Sloane Square and up the Kings Road.

Where: Pavilion Road, London, SW1X 0BP


Borough Market

Where: 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 8EL

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Spitalfields Market (close to Soft Serve Society)


Where: Old Spitalfields Market 16 Horner Square London, E1 6EW


Westborne Grove

We love shopping on Westborne Grove. It has great shopping adults and kids, and great restaurants.

Where: Westbourne Grove, w2


Primrose Hill

This is a lovely spot (and where Paddington was filmed!).

Where: Primrose Hill, NW1 8XL


Soft Serve Society

Where: Unit 35 BOXPARK,, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, E1 6GY


Milk Train Café

Go for the candy floss ice creams


Where: 12 Tavistock St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PH

Cereal Killer Café

Where: Stables Market, Mezz 2, Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH


Peggy Porschen for cakes

Where: 116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ


116 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9QQ


Ice cream parlour at Fortnum and Mason

Where: 1st floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER


Hamleys for toys

Where: 188-196 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5BT




Where: The Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden, WC2

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School of Rock

Where: Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PW

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Royal Albert Hall

Where: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

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Royal Opera House

If you have children that enjoy ballet, this is perfect.

Where: Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD


The O2

This place is great for shows in Greenwich

Where: Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX


Afternoon Tea


Where:9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG

Visit Sketch.London


Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR


Tourist Attractions

London bus tour

Madame Tussauds

Where: 8 Marylebone Road, London W1


Coca Cola London Eye

Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SRE1 7PB

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Shrek’s Adventure

Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SRE1 7PB


Body World London

This place is fantastic but better for over 7 year olds.

Where: 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1


ZSL London Zoo

It’s London’s Regents Park and is close to Primrose Hill, so would be nice to combine the two.

Where: Outer Cir, London NW1

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Zip Now

It looks amazing but terrifying!

Where: Zip Now London, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1


Emirates Cable Cars

Where: 27 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1FA


Speed boat down the Thames

Go Boat is a self-drive boating experience, ideal if it’s a nice day


Tower of London

Where: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB


Hampton Court Palace

Where: East Molesley, Surrey KT8 9AU


Buckingham Palace

If you go to Hyde Park corner, go the little arch, there is a museum there and if you go up to the top floor you can peek into the Queen’s gardens

Where: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA

Changing of the Guards @ Buckingham Palace

Where: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA

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Houses of Parliament

Where: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

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