Best things to do in London with kids

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 05.06.2024

Experiencing London in person is a bucket-list dream for many, and traveling with the whole family makes it even more special. With its interactive museums, numerous parks, and iconic landmarks, there are plenty of things to do in London with kids. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the city and maximize your family trip.

Is London suitable for kids?

Absolutely, London is fantastic for families. Beyond the iconic spots like Big Ben or the Tower of London, the city offers a wide range of activities and attractions for kids of all ages. London's public transportation system is comprehensive and generally accessible, and though the city is quite large it is a pretty safe place to travel to. 

An interior shot of the Science Museum in London © Shutterstock

London Science Museum  © Shutterstock

London with infants and toddlers

Travelling with infants and toddlers in London can be a breeze with a bit of planning. Many attractions are stroller-friendly and equipped with baby changing facilities. There's plenty to do in London with kids, even toddlers. Museums like the Natural History Museum and the Horniman Museum are not only educational but also have safe, child-friendly areas for little ones to explore.

Public transport, including buses and the Tube, can accommodate strollers, though some older stations might not have elevators. Planning your routes is key. It could benefit you bring a baby carrier. 

London’s parks are perfect for toddlers, offering playgrounds and lots of space to run free. You’ll find London also is great for indoor playgrounds as well (when the weather isn’t so great), You’ll also find plenty of child-friendly cafes and restaurants with high chairs and kids' menus, making meals easy and enjoyable.

River view of Big Ben and-Houses of parliament in London, England, United Kingdom © S.Borisov/Shutterstock

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London © Shutterstock

London with kids

Older kids will have a blast in London. The city is full of exciting and educational experiences. To start, you can take them to the London Zoo or the Sea Life London Aquarium for some hands-on fun. 

The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a must for fans, letting them step right into the magical world of Hogwarts. 

London’s theatres offer family-friendly shows like "The Lion King" and "Matilda," perfect for an evening out. 

Museums such as the Science Museum and the British Museum have interactive exhibits designed to engage young minds. For some outdoor fun, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a fantastic spot for play. 

Lion London Zoo

Lion at the London Zoo  © Shutterstock

London with teenagers

London is a fantastic place to explore with teenagers. Museums like the Tate Modern and the British Museum offer free entry and often have exhibits that appeal to younger audiences. If your kids are interested in history, they will enjoy the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill War Rooms. 

For an exciting outing, take a walk over Tower Bridge’s glass floor, which is a whopping 40 meters (131 feet) above the river. Or try the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where you can slide down the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide.

Another fun option is the spooky thrills at the London Dungeon -an immersive, interactive attraction that brings to life the city's dark history through live actors, special effects, and thrilling rides.

Shopping at Oxford Street and Camden Market can also be a great experience, with plenty of trendy stores and unique finds to keep teens entertained.

ArcelorMittal Orbit in London © Shutterstock

ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park © Shutterstock

Where to stay in London with kids

Choosing the right area to stay in London with kids can make your trip a lot smoother and more enjoyable.

Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea are fantastic choices when you’re visiting London with kids. This upscale neighborhood is packed with some of the city’s best museums and parks, making it an ideal base for exploring. 

You’ll have the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum all within walking distance. Kensington Gardens is another highlight.

Primrose Hill

This charming neighborhood feels like a little village, but it’s still close to the city’s main attractions. The highlight here is Primrose Hill itself, offering stunning views of the London skyline and plenty of space for picnics and outdoor play. 

Just nearby, Regent’s Park is a fantastic spot with plenty of things to do with kids, for example: a boating lake, open-air theatre, and the famous London Zoo.

Tower Bridge, Thames river and HMS Belfast in London © William Perugini/Shutterstock

Tower Bridge over the River Thames © Shutterstock

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a fantastic choice for families. The lively atmosphere, with street performers, shops, and family-friendly restaurants, is a big hit with kids. It’s centrally located, making it easy to walk to major attractions like the British Museum and the Royal Opera House. 

The Covent Garden Market is perfect for a stroll, with plenty of entertainers and vibrant market stalls to keep everyone entertained. Nearby, the London Transport Museum offers interactive exhibits that kids will love.


Southbank is another excellent area for families. Known for its cultural attractions and scenic views along the Thames, it offers plenty for kids to enjoy. The Southbank Centre frequently hosts family-friendly events and workshops. 

Nearby, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Eye are sure to be a big hit. The Jubilee Gardens offer a great spot for a picnic and a playground for younger kids.

The Pelicans basking in the sunshine in St. James's Park, London. Buckingham Palace is in the background © chrisdorney/Shutterstock

Things to do in London with kids: visit St. James Park © Shutterstock

Below are two of our suggested London itineraries. Did you know you can skip the hours of research and planning with our tailor made trip service? Our trips are designed by local travel experts and are completely customizable. You can enjoy your trip knowing that every detail has been carefully taken care of, and that support is available 24/7.

The most romantic places in the UK: London Eye, River Thames, London, England, UK.

London Eye and the River Thames, London © Shutterstock

Itinerary #1: London with younger kids

This five-day London itinerary is perfect for families with young children. On the first day, you’ll visit the Natural History Museum where kids will enjoy the dinosaur exhibits and hands-on activities. Dinner at the jungle-themed Rainforest Cafe will be a delightful end to the day. 

The second day includes a ride on the London Eye for stunning city views, a visit to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and playtime at Jubilee Gardens. In the evening, witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. 

Day three features a morning at the interactive Wonderlab gallery in the Science Museum and an afternoon at Kidzania in Westfield London, where children can role-play various professions. Dinner at Pizza Express in Covent Garden allows kids to create their own pizzas. 

The fourth day is dedicated to exploring ZSL London Zoo, with highlights including Penguin Beach and the Land of the Lions. On the final day, engage in last-minute souvenir shopping or a visit to a local playground before heading to the airport.


Broadwick Street, London © Shutterstock

Itinerary #2: London with teens

On this trip designed for older kids, you’ll spend five days exploring London. After arriving and checking into your hotel, you’ll spend the first day exploring Covent Garden’s street performances and unique shops. 

On the second day, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels and hear historical tales, walk across Tower Bridge to see the Tower Bridge Exhibition, and take a thrilling Jack the Ripper Tour in East London. 

Day three begins with a visit to the British Museum, followed by interactive exhibits at the Science Museum, and ends with a shopping spree on Oxford Street and dinner at Five Guys.

The fourth day is dedicated to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter, and concludes with dinner at Dishoom, known for its lively atmosphere. 

On the final day, take a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park, possibly renting a pedal boat on the Serpentine, then enjoy last-minute shopping or visit Camden Market before departing for the airport.


Things to do in London with kids: visit Broadway Market in Hackney © Shutterstock

Practical tips for travelling in London with kids

Traveling to London with kids can be an exciting and memorable experience for the whole family. Here are some practical tips from our local travel experts.

Getting around London with kids

Getting around London with kids is pretty straightforward with some planning. The city’s extensive public transportation system includes buses, the Underground, and the Overground, which are generally family-friendly. Buses are especially handy for families with strollers.

Walking is also a great option, as many attractions are close to each other. However, sidewalks can be crowded, so keep a close eye on younger kids. Navigating with a stroller can be tricky in busy areas, but most attractions provide stroller parking. Child-friendly navigation apps can help you plan efficient routes.

How many days with kids

A minimum of four to five days is recommended to explore the main attractions comfortably without feeling rushed. This allows you to explore iconic sights, family-friendly activities, and some downtime to rest and recharge. If you have more time, you might want to consider extending your stay to delve deeper into London's diverse neighborhoods and lesser-known gems.


Cherry blossoms in Greenwhich Park, London © Shutterstock

Plan for rainy days

London is notorious for its unpredictable weather, so it's essential to have a backup plan for rainy days, especially when traveling with kids. Fortunately, the city offers numerous indoor attractions suitable for families, such as museums, art galleries, and indoor play centers.

Many shopping centers and department stores also will have indoor playgrounds or family-friendly cafes. 

Best time to go with kids to London

The best time to visit London with kids is during the late spring (April to June) and early autumn (September to October). These months offer mild weather, fewer crowds, and a more relaxed atmosphere compared to the bustling summer peak. During late spring, the city's parks and gardens are in full bloom.

Winter, particularly around the Christmas season, can also be a magical time to visit London with kids, as the city transforms with festive lights, ice rinks, and holiday markets. However, the colder temperatures and shorter days might limit some outdoor activities.

London, England © Pixabay

There are lots of things to do in London with kids © Shutterstock

Pace yourself

With so many things to do in London, it’s tempting to cram as many activities as possible into your itinerary. When travelling with the family, especially with young children but even with teens, don’t forget to allow for downtime. 

Take breaks in between sightseeing to rest, refuel, and recharge, whether it's enjoying a leisurely picnic in a park or stopping for ice cream at a local café.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 05.06.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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