London is full of places and attractions that can keep your whole family entertained on a budget. There are lots of activities for kids ideas online, but here are a few of the best for London. From parks and art galleries to pirate ship playgrounds and inner city farms, we show you the must-visit places for a fun and free day out in the capital.
Diana Memorial Playground
Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is a wonderful, safe space for children to run around, enjoying the various swings, slides and teepees. There’s even a life-size pirate ship and sandy beach for them to explore.
London’s museums are some of the best in the world and there’s certainly nothing boring about a day spent at any of these tourist hotspots. See dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and out-of-this-world space exhibitions at the Science Museum, or visit the under-12s Mudlarks play area at the Museum of London Docklands. Best of all, the majority of London’s top museums have free entry, making them a favourite with families all year round.
Changing of the Guard
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is a ceremony that should be on everyone’s London to-do list. Watch as one regiment takes over from another in a spectacle of British pageantry. It takes place daily at 11.30am throughout the summer, and on odd days throughout the rest of the year, but for the most up-to-date information, visit the official website of the British monarchy.
Street performers at Covent Garden
Every afternoon the West Piazza of Covent Garden Market comes alive with some of London’s best street performers showing off their talents, often to huge audiences. With escape artists, contortionists, magicians, street dancers and even fire shows, there really is something for everyone in this most exciting of London’s districts.
Boasting eight Royal Parks, London certainly has no shortage of green space to let your kids loose in. Head to Hyde Park for an afternoon of rollerblading, where skating is allowed on the roads and on the cycle tracks. Try Hampstead Heath for the swimming ponds and spectacular views over London. Or visit the city’s largest Royal Park in Richmond for grazing deer and seven square miles of National Nature Reserve.
Urban farms are big in London and there are plenty to choose from, wherever you find yourselves within the capital. For almost thirty years Hackney City Farm has been giving North East Londoners the opportunity to get up close to a range of farmyard animals. Other farms with free entry are situated in Vauxhall, Stepney, Surrey Docks, , and Kentish Town. While London’s largest farm, Park and Farm, is in the Isle of Dogs area of east London.
Founded in 1979, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and is regarded as one of London’s top visitor attractions. With children under 17 permitted free entry, the enormous greenhouses, treetop walkway and interactive children’s play area provide cost-effective fun and an alternative to more obvious activities for kids.