Fun & Free London Activities That Your Kids Will Love

London is a fantastic family holiday destination. There are a plethora of child-friendly attractions to be enjoyed in the capital, better still; many of these attractions are free! Below is a detailed list of some of the best fun and free activities in the Big Smoke that children of all ages are sure to enjoy.

The Diana Memorial Playground


The Diana Memorial Playground can be found in the leafy enclave of Kensington Gardens, right next to the stunning Kensington Palace. Ideally suited for children up to the age of 12, the playground was designed around the theme of J.M. Barrie's classic, Peter Pan. A pirate ship, teepees, a sensory trail, a climbing frame and a story-telling space are just some of the well-designed playground's highlights. Staff are on hand at all times to ensure your children's safety, although children should not be left unattended.

The nearest tube stations to the Diana Memorial Playground are Notting Hill Gate and High Street Kensington. The opening times of the playground vary, depending on the time of year, but an up-to-date list can be found on the Royal Parks website.

Diana Memorial Playground

Photo by Alex Lecea

The Natural History Museum


The Natural History Museum is one London's most accessible for children. The unforgettable dinosaur gallery is probably the most famous part of this museum; however, there are literally hundreds of great attractions. The night safari, the Darwin Centre and an outdoor butterfly house are very popular. And, on October 30th, the museum will be opening up its outdoor ice skating rink to the public. No family will be able to explore everything that the Natural History Museum has to offer in one day, and with themed exhibitions often being updated, you can visit this museum time and time again, and experience something new. Eating establishments and shops are available in the museum, so it's easily possible to stay within the Natural History Museum from the moment it opens until the end of the day.

The Natural History Museum is open seven days a week, from 10am - 5.50pm. Tickets to the temporary exhibitions can be booked in advance to avoid queuing on the day. The museum is a short walk from South Kensington tube station.

Natural History Museum

Photo by Clara T

Changing of the Guard


No visit to London would be complete without visiting Buckingham Palace and watching the Changing of the Guard. This is a military tradition that takes place at Buckingham Palace at 11.30am. It occurs every day during the summer, and every other day during the winter, and takes around 30 minutes to complete. The Royal Collection has released an app which explains to children what is happening, and why. The Household Cavalry Museum and Guards Museum can also be visited if your children want to understand more about the ceremony. This is a popular tradition, so it's wise to arrive at the palace early in order to get a good view.

The closest tube stations to Buckingham Palace are Victoria, St James' Palace and Green Park. For further information on transport, check out the TFL website.

Changing of the Guard

Photo by Rennett Stowe

Tate Modern


The Tate Modern stands imperiously on London's south bank. The former power station is the UK's national gallery showcases modern art from the 20th-century. The building opened at the turn of the millenium and over 4 million visitors pass through its doors each year. Featuring works by Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Warhol, as well as many other renowned artists, it is sure to be fun for any child interested in art. All of the galleries are family-friendly, so children can be as loud as they like when talking about the various art pieces on offer. There's also an Under 5's Zone for little ones to explore.

The Tate Modern is open from 10am - 6pm Sunday - Thursday, and 10am - 10pm on Friday and Saturday. The closest tube stations are Southwark and Blackfriars.

Tate Modern

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Harry Potter Film Locations


How many children do you know that don't like Harry Potter? Going on the volume of book sales, there can't be many! Many of the Harry Potter film locations are in London, and, if you don't fancy taking a Warner Brothers Guided Tour of the city, you could always visit the locations yourself. From Platform 9 3/4, to the real Diagon Alley, and the Leaky Cauldron, your children can follow in the footsteps of England's most famous wizarding trio. If you take along your hats and cloaks, your children can even pose in the film locations and pretend they are a part of the wizarding world themselves!

For those wishing to bring some magic to their trip, The Georgian House Hotel is offering an overnight stay in a hogwarts themed room, priced at £363 per night for a family of five. Alternatively, those on a tighter budget should check out accommodation site Wimdu, who offer a wide range of family-friendly apartments across the capital that give you unrivalled access to all of the free Harry Potter film locations.

Harry Potter Film Locations

Photo by Karen Roe

 

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