My top Days Out in London

This blog first appeared as a guest blog on – The Creative Bus Stop

When I was asked to write this post on the top 5 things to do in London with young children my first reaction was “how on earth will I choose”!  There is so much available and much of it is far more accessible and child friendly than you might at first think.  Clearly I have completely failed to condense to a top 5, but hopefully the list below will give you some inspiration to try something new.

All of these places I can manage on my own with both the kids and a double buggy and where I have conducted reviews I have added links (my aim is to have reviewed them all this year).

Top 3 museums

1)      Science Museum (reviewed – click here for details) – http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ – for its interactive fun (water play, tower building etc), places to run around and many buttons to press!

2)      London Transport Museum – http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/ – for the chance to clamber on real buses and trains

3)      The Horniman Museum- http://www.horniman.ac.uk/ – for its eclectic mix of exhibits including a stuffed walrus and lots of hands on activities where kids are encouraged to try on and touch things

Bollie in the Pattern Pod in the Science Museum

Top 3 parks

1)      Crystal Palace Park with its huge stone dinosaurs – http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200073/parks_and_open_spaces/780/about_crystal_palace_park – a huge park with boating lakes, a mini farm and most importantly huge Victorian dinosaurs looming out of bushes

2)      Kensington Gardens (and the Diana Memorial Playground) – http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/facilities-in-kensington-gardens/diana-memorial-playground – for its pirate ship, beach and splash park

3)      Holland Park – http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries/parksandgardens/yourlocalpark/hollandpark.aspx – for its Japanese Gardens and Adventure playground

Top 3 animal / fish experiences

1)      London Aquarium (reviewed – click here for details) – http://www.visitsealife.com/london/ – for its many sharks, turtles, Nemos, Giant Crabs etc

2)      London Zoo (reviewed – click here for details) – http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo – for its tigers, gorillas and chance to walk in the monkey enclosure

3)      Natural History Museum (reviewed – click here for details) – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/ – for its thousands of dead, stuffed animals but mostly for its dinosaurs skeletons and huge plastic whale

Bollie and the Dino

Top 3 FREE fun places to explore

1)      Southbank (reviewed – click here for details) – http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk – for its great view of London’s skyline, fantastic free exhibitions, street food markets, opportunities to scoot in safety and for the beach at low tide

2)      Battersea Park – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200073/parks_and_open_spaces/266/battersea_park  – for its adventure playground, mini zoo, fantastic views of the Thames, huge boating lake and mini art gallery

3)      Covent Garden – http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/ – for its street performers, indoor market and the chance to soak up city life in a relatively pedestrianized area

Southbank - The Terrorists on the Thames Beach

If you think I have missed somewhere, please do comment below

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