There’s something wonderfully exciting about London. It’s lively, bustling, multicultural and with fun activities around every corner, you’ll never be short of entertainment. It’s the perfect city for kids and adults alike, so here are seven family activities to add to your itinerary.
1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
London theatre shows pull in the crowds each year and it’s easy to see why. Professional productions are a joy to watch, with The Tiger Who Came to Tea being a great option for young families. Showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this is one of the best West End shows of the moment and is perfectly suited to children aged three and above.
2. Visit the Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾
As every Harry Potter fan knows, witches and wizards leave the Muggle world by boarding the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9 ¾. The secret entrance to the magical platform can only be accessed by running straight ahead, directly into the barrier. And now you can visit this very spot in King’s Cross. It’s even free to take your own photographs.
3. Explore Camden Lock
London is home to a phenomenal number of cafes and restaurants. But one of the best places to grab a bite to eat is the famous Camden Lock. Not only can the little ones watch the canal boats drop off excited tourists, but they can also explore the many stalls before choosing their favourite food. From pizza and crepes to exotic foods from across the world, Camden has it all.
4. Enjoy Street Entertainment in Covent Garden
Weird, wacky and wonderful, Covent Garden is the place to see all kinds of street entertainers from magicians and musicians to singers, beat boxers and comedians. It’s the luck of the draw as to who will be performing when you visit, but this is certainly the spot for talented artists. Another great place for street entertainment is Leicester Square if that’s more convenient.
5. Picnic in Syon Park
What better way to spend a warm summer’s day than by picnicking in the beautiful grounds of Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland in Isleworth, in the London Borough of Hounslow. The gardens open at 10.30am from Wednesday to Sunday each week, and are a delightful spot to let the kids burn off some energy.
6. See the Squirrels at Holland Park
Nestled in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Holland Park makes for a wonderful day out for the whole family. With 22.5 hectares of gardens including the Japanese-inspired Kyoto Garden, you won’t be short of things to do. There’s a large area of woodland for kids to explore as well as a huge adventure playground. And don’t forget to say hi to the many squirrels who are constantly on the hunt for nuts.
7. The Science Museum
The Science Museum is free to enter and is perfect for families thanks to its diverse and child-friendly exhibitions. This includes the Wonderlab, the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world packed with live science shows and demonstrations. You can also learn all about climate change and what you can do to protect the planet.
Book kids show tickets today and enjoy an innovative interpretation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea live on stage.