5 Things To Do With Kids In London
I wasn’t born in London. But I lived in London from when I was five until I was seventeen, and then again from 21 to 35, and London feels like my (and is my son’s) home town.
So here’s my recommendations for five things to do with kids in London. Despite the weather, it’s an extremely child-friendly city.
1: Go On A Boat
London Duck Tours
2: See Something Gross
The London Dungeons, by London Bridge, offers a gross and gory tour of the horrors of old London that boys, in particular, will love — it’s halfway between a haunted house and a history show. The Old Operating Theatre offers live demonstrations of 19th century surgery (no anaesthetic!) every Saturday. And the Hunterian Museum houses a collection of bizarre medical specimens and wildlife based on a nineteenth century collection: a great (free) thing to do with older kids in London.
Old Operating Theatre
3: Visit A Free Museum
London’s museums are free and famous. Dinosaur fans will love the skeletons, fossils and animatronic dinos at the Natural History Museum. The Science Museum, right by it, has interactive areas for little kids and tweens-teens. The British Museum provides an insight into ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece; the Museum of London gives onto a Roman wall; the National Gallery and Tate Modern hold world class art collections; and the Imperial War Museum, a mecca for war and vehicle buffs, reopens on 19 July 2014.
Natural History Museum
Museum of London
Imperial War Museum
4: Go Skating in Winter, and Swimming in Summer
During the winter, London offers open air ice skating in atmospheric venues from Somerset House to Hampton Court to the Natural History Museum. In summer, outdoor swimming is a great adventure. The bathing ponds on beautiful Hampstead Heath are open to kids aged eight and over, but the lido nearby on Parliament Hill is open to all.
Somerset House Ice Rink
Natural History Museum
Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds
London’s most famous maze is in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, built almost 500 years ago by Tudor power broker Cardinal Wolsey. Kids of all ages love the high green hedges, set among dazzling gardens and a royal park with deer in it too. Maze obsessives might want to check out the Crystal Palace maze too, not to mention the giant dino sculptures and the adventure playground.
Hampton Court maze
Looking for family-friendly hotels in London? Check Agoda.
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