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Let’s do London: 5 things to do with kids in the capital

July 12, 2019

You’re heading into the Big Smoke with the children? You’re in for a thrilling trip! The capital is a hustling, bustling adventure for all ages, that’s for sure. Zipping around on the underground is certain to excite, and the fun’s only just starting.

Of course, it’s impossible to do all of London’s attractions in a day or even a weekend. But, it is possible to tweak your itinerary to include some family-orientated favourites.

You will have considered visiting some of our countries, quintessentially British landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster, no doubt. So, let’s turn our attention to city-centre attractions that will add another dimension of culture to your city break with the kids. Here are just five of the best things to do with the family in London town.

Five of the best things to do with the family in London

London and Adventure

Madame Tussauds London

We live in a celeb-mad world and nothing encapsulates our fascination with all-things famous quite like Madame Tussauds London. Sure to capture the imagination of children of all ages, from tots to teens, Madame Tussauds offers much more than a chance to get up close and personal with your favourite celebrity.

Very much a fascinating exhibition of wax sculptures, adults will marvel at the intricate detail of each famous face as tweens check out YouTube greats Zoella and PointlessBlog. It goes without saying, there’s a whole host of Film stars, too, from young adult fiction star, Katniss Everdeen, to the classic Terminator.

The Natural History Museum

If you haven’t yet been to the Natural History Museum with your children, you must. It’s absolutely incredible. What’s more, there’s nothing to lose – it’s completely free, too, can you believe?

Meticulously exploring the natural wonders of the earth’s lands and oceans, past and present, the museum exhibits and cares for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years. Definitely add this one to your list of must-do world-class family attractions.

The West End

Whether you’re regulars to the theatre or not, nowhere in the world does on-stage quite like the West End. Scratch Broadway, even. There’s a refined British charm about seeing a show in the UK’s capital, and your children should definitely experience it. If they are seasoned theatre-goers, your choice of show is limitless.

That said, there are some more family-friendly West End shows to capture the imagination of young ones. Try Aladdin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, or Wicked.

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Just before you head to your West End matinee, do pop over to Regent Street and pay a visit to Hamleys of London. The company now has over 50 stores across the UK, but this was the very first. It is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world. Perhaps this would be a great time to pick up a souvenir of your trip together, too?

Don’t forget to check out the amazing Hamleys LEGO display on the top floor, or Harry Potter in the basement.

The Postal Museum

Suitable for all ages, but fantastically spectacular for younger children, The Postal Museum is perhaps one of the lesser known family attractions in London. Embark on an underground Mail Rail adventure through traditional tunnels, before heading over to the museum’s play area for under-eights, Sorted!

In between all that, there’s lots of work to be done too, as children learn what goes on in the UK’s postal service. Young Postman Pat fanatics will be amazed.

What other London family attractions do you recommend?

  • Kacie July 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I went to Madame Tussaud’s for the first time this year and I really enjoyed it, although it was so busy, I couldn’t believe how hard it was to get a tourist-free snap at times!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN July 12, 2019 at 11:42 am

    London is great and I’m glad we live there. There is plenty to keep children happy over the holidays.

  • Kara July 12, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I have never heard of the postal museum, adds to my visit list

  • Valerie July 13, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I visited London about 30 years ago and have wanted to go back since. It’s great to have suggestions of places to go from someone in the area.

  • Elizabeth Williams July 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I visited London many years ago when I was a child and really want to go back there soon with my kids as I had a great time there. Never heard of the Postal Museum before but it sounds like a great place to visit with the kids. We really want to go to the Natural History Museum and the boys want to go to the London Dungeons.

  • Rebecca Smith July 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for this list – we want to visit London in the summer so will be heading to some of these.

  • Olivia Jade July 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I actually had no idea the Natural History Museum was free, that’s incredible. I really want to go! x

  • Emma Reed July 14, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I haven’t been to Madame Tussauds since I was a kid. I remember Madonna being in there with her pointy boobs! hahaha That’s how old I am now! I’d love to go again.

  • Charli Bruce July 15, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    We used to live in Central London and recently left. The only thing I miss about it is how much there was to do, especially for families!

  • Claire Roach July 18, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I haven’t tried the postal museum, it’s now on my to-do list, thanks 🙂

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