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 Things to do in London with kids

Visiting London is always a great day out with the kids. Getting on the tube, seeing Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are all great experiences but sometimes you want to see something different. London may seem like a massive place to narrow down, but with these great suggestions, your trip to London will leave you and the kids wanting more!

 

The Postal Museum

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The Underground is one of the world’s most famous transportation systems. But did you know that it’s not just people that get transported underground, its post too! The National Postal Museum was opened to the public by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1969, and since then has housed a ground-breaking collection of Britain’s postal history.

Tracey Kifford from the blog Pack the Pjs suggested this location, explaining: “Last weekend we visited The Postal Museum and it was really good fun (and educational); who would have known that there’s a mini London Underground just for mail?! The highlight is a ride on the Mail Rail - a teeny tiny train that takes you on a 15-minute ride along some of the tunnelled route. The kids loved it (so did the adults!) Oh, and there’s a nice cafe there too!”

Shrek’s Adventure

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If you’re a fan of the Shrek movie franchise then you’ll love this next suggestion from Melanie Edjourian. She suggests taking the kids on a little trip to Shrek’s Adventure, a movie tour that takes kids on a magical adventure to try and find Shrek in a magic flying bus!
 
Melanie describes her trip with the kids: “Shrek’s Adventure is fantastic! We didn't realise how much fun it would be until we went. This interactive attraction is great fun for the whole family and ideal for anyone that loved the movies. You'll meet some of your favourite characters from the movies as you travel through Far, Far Away.”

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

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Another great place to take the little ones is Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. It’s away from all the hustle and bustle of the city and has a great expanse of the outdoors for your kids to play and learn about animals. You can see animals like otters and chinchillas as well as many farm animals and birds. Not bad for what was once marshland and fields where vegetables were grown!
 
This recommendation comes from Keri, founder of Our Globetrotters who suggests: “The perfect size for your littlest explorers, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is hidden away inside Battersea Park, on the south side of the Thames. Far cheaper to enter than its more famous north London counterpart, all their mammals, reptiles and birds are small and in keeping with the zoo's size. Hands-on children’s activities are scheduled throughout the week encouraging animal interactions including feeding times and educational programs, as well as special seasonal events. There’s also a magnificent adventure playground within the zoo’s grounds and the cute Lemon Tree Café”.
 
This was also suggested by Rachel Thomas, from the blog My Crazy Brood. She suggests “Don't let the small size fool you, it was the perfect size to spend the morning and the staff were passionate and knowledgeable about the animals in their care. The talks were interesting, and we learnt so much about some of the animals whilst watching them. There were several play areas for the children and the small size meant it was a lot safer for children without the fear of losing them like in bigger zoos and other animal parks”.

The Cutty Sark

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There are many reasons why visiting ships can sometimes be the best types of trips for kids. They are always so exciting to discover and dripping with history that it’s always a great experience for everyone in the family. At The Cutty Sark, you can explore the ship, meet the crew and even enjoy afternoon tea when the kids are off exploring. Built in 1870, this ship has visited some of the most exotic places of its time, carrying precious cargo like beer, good and tea! It also is famous for “Transporting wool from Australia which saw it sail faster than every ship at the time by 25 days to a month. Jodie Humphries from the blog Maidenhead Mum suggests “The Cutty Sark has plenty to keep kids of all ages busy, plus you get to see lots of London landmarks”.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

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Going to the Sea Life Centre has been a staple in many people’s London experience. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, it is easy to get to on public transport, or from a nearby pier. The flagship aquarium offers over 5,000 creatures to discover. They even claim that they are the only place in the capital where you can see sharks and deadly stonefish!

Blogger, Rachel Downing, says “My favourite thing to do whenever we visit with my children is SEA LIFE London Aquarium. We've been quite a few times, but we never get bored! It's fun, educational and the glass walkway makes it looks like you're under the sea which is mesmerising. Every time we go it feels like we see something new.”

It was also suggested by Melanie who also says “SEA LIFE London is the perfect spot for a family underwater adventure. My son and daughters couldn't believe their eyes when they came face to face with sharks, stingrays, turtles, crocodiles and more. They especially loved stroking the starfish and the fact there were fun things to do dotted around the attraction.”

The Horniman

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If you like your animals but maybe not them running around, The Horniman might be the museum for you. With a collection of anthropology, musical instruments and even an aquarium, this museum has something for everyone. Want to enjoy the fresh air? They have a 16-acre garden complete with a butterfly house, there really is something for every occasion and season.

This suggestion came from Becca Tooth from the blog Pears and Chocolate Sauce. She says “The Horniman is a fantastic museum with lots of taxonomy including an enormous walrus. It also has a small aquarium downstairs. The grounds outside are beautiful and a lovely place to play or have a picnic and include a music area and a few animals”.

The Science Museum

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Being with kids is a great excuse to visit the Science Museum. Founded in 1857, the science museum is great fun for those aspiring minds! This location is recommended by Victoria from the Travel Vixta who told us: “The Science Museum is a great free day out for all the family. There are exhibitions suitable for all ages from a soft play area in the basement, a bubble show, transport museum and space centre.  The kids loved the bubble show, so I’d recommend seeing this if you have young children. There are lots of hands-on activities and interactive displays with various exhibitions spread out over several floors.  It’s definitely worth a visit with kids, especially considering it’s free to enter!”

Thamesjet

If you’re looking for alternative things to do in London, check out Thamesjet’s speedboat trips and ride along the River Thames. It’s a great adventure for all the family as you get to see some great sights along the river. We also do some great packages that can incorporate meals to cut the cost including, the Shard Package Meal Package, London Eye Meal Package and the James Bond Package. Thamesjet departs from Westminster Pier so don’t forget to check sailing times as you have to be there 30 minutes before your time slot.

If you are looking to travel with kids, there is a height restriction in place for safety reasons. Children that travel with Thamesjet have a height requirement of 1.35 meters (4ft. 5in). Also, any children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. All safety requirements and FAQ can be found on our website if you have any questions before you book.

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