London for Kids

Being one of the biggest cities in the world, London has a huge number of activities to keep kids entertained, from the BIG day out appeal of Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park to the half day excursions to Madame Tussauds, London Zoo and the London Dungeon.

But look further afield and you'll find a diverse range of activities on offer, some specially for children, others of interest to adults too. A boat trip from Westminster to Kew can be great fun for kids and relaxing for adults; The Polka Theatre for Children in Wimbledon with its critically acclaimed shows for kids, the enormity of Hamleys and its many floors of joy; the animals, fields and barns of Bocketts Farm near Leatherhead...

Below we have rounded up some of London's favourite kids activities:

  • Chessington World of Adventures

    Visit Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo for a day of exciting theme park thrills and animal encounters for the whole family. Take the quick fire challenge on Tomb Blaster or... more »

  • Hamleys

    Hamley's is the largest and most famous toy shop in the world. Situated on one of London's busiest shopping areas, Regent Street, the giant emporium occupies six huge floors packed... more »

  • Imperial War Museum

    The Imperial War Museum was originally founded in London in 1917 to commemorate those who died or suffered in the First World War. It has since expanded to include... more »

  • The London Dungeon

    Extremely popular and, again, you'll be queuing, the London Dungeon, based in Tooley Street, is a bloody, gruesome display of the less attractive side of London history. The venue is suitably... more »

  • The London Eye

    The London Eye is one of London's newest landmarks specially-built to open the 21st century, although it was not open for the New Millennium celebrations as planned. At 135 metres, it... more »

  • London Transport Museum

    The London Transport Museum charts the development of transport, from the first horse drawn bus to the very latest in technology. Housed in a section of the old Covent Garden... more »

  • London Zoo

    Embark on a wild adventure in the heart of the capital. Set in leafy Regent's Park amid heritage-listed buildings and beautiful gardens, ZSL London Zoo gives you a great excuse... more »

  • Madame Tussauds

    A long wait to get in, and lots of visitors inside make this one of Europe's busiest attractions. Madame Tussaud, she of the French Revolution who, in 1802, brought her... more »

  • London Toy and Model Museum

    Note: This museum has closed down. The London Toy and Model Museum had vast collection of classic toys and working models. One of the favourites was the newly restored model Victorian... more »

  • The The Millenium Dome

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  • Piccadilly Circus

    Piccadilly Circus is London's answer to New York's Times Square. Ablaze with neon advertisements, noise and traffic, Piccadilly Circus is a popular meeting place for all and sundry. Traffic swirls... more »

  • The Science Museum

    Founded in 1892, the Science Museum was originally a combination of items from the Royal Society of Arts and the Great Exhibition of 1857, but now is home to an... more »

  • The Tower of London

    More formally known as Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London is most famously known as a prison and execution site for high-profile criminals, usually accused of high... more »