LONDON FOR KIDS
London for Kids
London is a kid friendly city and has much to offer.
Special kid’s activities and events are offered at many of London’s attractions. The London Zoo with 12,000 animals, the beautiful urban farms with large rabbits makes a great day out. There are great playgrounds in the London Parks. However for fun and learning no place is better than London's museums, see Places To See.
The website www.kidslovelondon.com is a great resource for different options for kids. The site is based on reviews of kids themselves.
Playgrounds and Parks
This playground is situated in Kensington Gardens, near to Kensington Palace. This is a great playground of kids up to 12 years old. Kids will enjoy becoming pirates on Captain Hook’s timber pirate ship.
The Somerford Grove Adventure Playground located in Hackney, has been designed in a way that children will fall in love with it! The design encompasses exciting swings, climbing platforms and to add more adventure by creating new shapes and designs. The rare trees, a natural pond, a cave all make a great place for kids to run and play.
Address: Park lane, Northumberland Park, Tottenham, London, N17 OHL
St James's Park is a splendid Royal Park inLondon; enclosed by three historic palaces; Westminster Palace, St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace. It remains open from 5am till midnight daily.
This Park provides a number of attractions within the large span of greenery with ornamental garden, lakes and a few play areas. You can enjoy here with your kids by hiring a boat or playing football. You can drink and eat at cafés that are located at regular intervals. The park is opened from 5am daily.
This park is fantastic for adults and children alike. You can hire horses from here and ride along the tracks. It is good place for jogging and relaxing. You can even swim in the large lake, The Serpentine. You can also enjoy boating in Serpentine.
This park offers kids a cafe, sports facilities, playground, events and an ecology centre.
London City offers you a variety of farms. Many are free of charge and your children will certainly enjoy the time in these farms.
Horton Park Children's Farm
Horton Park Children's Farm is a great place for fewer than 8. Horton Park Farm offers a great deal of dairy goats, sheep, rabbits, gerbils, chickens and ponies.
Address: Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT.
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm, situated in middle of city provides you a chance to taste the chic of farming without going to the country side. Kids will really enjoy getting close to animals like sheep, goats etc., it also proffers an appetizing café.
Mudchute Park and Farm
Mudchute Park and Farm situated on 34 acres of open area makes it the biggest urban farm in London. It is a fantastic place for families you can enjoy horse riding and eating at tea bar with your kids.
Kentish Town City Farm
This farm is a free to visit place but donations are expected, these donations are used for maintenance of animals. This instructive and educational project was started to fulfil the needs of people, so you are encouraged to help in feeding and maintaining animals. This farm has cows, chickens, goats, horses, and sheep. The farm has a training room, activity room for kids, and class room.
Restaurants for Kids
Many of London restaurants provide special packages for family and kids. Following is list of restaurants where kids will love to go.
Belgo Centraal is a smartly decorated funky place; it will be a great to visit here with family, as one child under 12 can eat for free with one main meal per adult. The menu has a Belgian style.
50 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LJ, United Kingdom
If you want to get your child to try a bit more exotic food, Imli is a good choice. It’s an Indian restaurant, with a little spicy meal but kids just can’t resist its temptations. It is reasonably priced and has special offers for kids in school holidays. Meal at half price is offered to a kid if an adult is having lunch from the regular menu. Also your kids can have a three course meal for just £5.95 from the kids menu.
This jungle-themed restaurant is a great place for children parties; little monkeys, melodies of waterfalls, and tropical cuisine, all together make it a whole adventure of colour and glamour. A main meal with deserts costs £11.50 per child; For birthdays it will include invitation requests, party bags and dishes with a delicious cake will cost £14.50 per child.
You can hire a capsule for kid’s parties and birthdays, it’s a one-hour flight and a delicious menu is also included in it, a fruit shoot drink and a yummy birthday cake. It costs £28.87 per person.
Museums for Kids
Museums and galleries are great places for children to enjoy open spaces with an educational twist. Museums are free so it is a great value all around.
Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood can be a great place for kids, where they can see the toys of older generations.
The Science Museum is great idea to visit with kids, as it offers plenty of attractions that are fun for kids. Its modern and interactive. The basement is best place for kids where all the educational and interactive play are located. The museum also has workshops for kids. This offers so much fun stuff for kids that it might become difficult for you to force them out of the museum.
The Horniman Museum is situated in south London. It takes 13 min from London Bridge by train. It seeks to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments. It has a beautiful aquarium. This is not a place to be missed. You can enjoy the music, puppet workshops, and pieces of art. Again this is free of charge!
Kid's Zone at National Army Museum
National Army Museum has an incredible Kid's Zone. A ticket allows 50 minutes of play time. Visiting the castle, dressing in robes of soldiers, climbing over the rocks, crawl through tunnels, all make a timeless fun for kids. A café is also associated with the museum.
Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands is a fantastic place; it has an interactive playground Mudlarks for under 12 years old and a soft play area for under 5 where the kids can crawl around. They can also act as if they are drivers of DLR train, by taking the front seat.
More Places of Fun for kids
London Zoo will become an unforgettable experience for your kids. It has 12000 animals; many of these animals are very rare and have been brought from the dense forests of Africa. London Zoo was opened for public 1827, actually word zoo originated from here. It offers educational programs and breeding programs. London Zoo can be most exciting and thrilling place for the whole family.
Finding yourself amidst of small seas, having sharks and clownfish around you, yes this is the Sea Life London Aquarium. It is home of over 400 types of sea animals.
Alexandra Palace is a magnificent place for skating; it is a permanent major ice rink in London. This place offers an extensive variety of activities for all age groups, so fun for all ages. This place can also be hired for birthday parties.
Pricing: £6.50 (Adults, £8 for Holidays)
£5.50 (Children, £4.50 on Holidays)
Railway stations: Hornsey Railway Station (23 minutes)
Opening Times:11am-1.30pm in morning and 2pm-5.30pm in evening from Mon to Fri
10.30am-12.30pm in morning and 2pm-4.30pm in evening Sat & Sun
Hamleys Toy Shop
Hamleys is a dedicated toy shop, situated in Regent Street. It is one of the biggest and famous toy shops of world, it was founded in 1760. It is 7 floor building with all varieties of games, gifts and toys.
Kid’s cookery classes can be a good idea to keep kids busy. This will also be a lesson in basic nutrition, continental foods and how to cook healthy dishes.
This was established in 1960 by master John Wilkes, who was a puppeteer. This pioneering theatre for children that offers puppets displayed in showcase. This unique, small theatre produces work that amuses all ages. It also offers family fun days and Saturday Puppet Club. The kids can play with the puppets and make their plays. Kids will adore this