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