The London Eye with a lot of colors in the afternoon

Things To Do In London: 13 Kid-Friendly Ideas

A place full of charm, for children and adults, difficult to ignore, impossible to forget!

London is so much more than just the capital of the United Kingdom. It is a place to get lost in and meet new people, visit beautiful sites, listen to music, see theater plays, and experience cultures from all over the world, among many other things. London has the charm of not just a beautiful city, but of a town packed full of action. 

Each street corner is special, and many of them are full of art and traveling to London with children can be a unique experience. The streets are bubbling with life, and among the fun things you can do with kids in London are the markets of all kinds, museums, monuments, shows and dozens of other places of leisure.


Things to do in London with kids

Traveling to London with children can be an arduous endeavor, filled with planning transfers, accommodation, transportation, what to bring for everyone... As this planning involves many moving parts and it's quite time consuming,  we thought it would be helpful to address the most critical question of the holiday: what to see in London with children? This way, the idea of traveling with your children to London will be less daunting.

London has no shortage of variety so that we will list places as diverse as museums, historical sites of the city, theaters, viewpoints, markets, and many other places. Traveling to London with children will be enriching, entertaining and fun.

1. Tower of London

Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster
Things to do with kids in London - The Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.

Traveling to London with children should also have an element of history in it. This is why, our first entry on this list about what to see in London with children, is this historical monument. Dozens of myths and legends are enclosed between these walls, so it will be an excellent place to tell tales of battles and let the imagination of the little ones run free.

2. Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster

Buckingham Palace
Things to do in London - Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London.

Two beautiful historical buildings that will delight adults and children alike. An aristocratic place where there are different references to important characters from British history. A must-see for history fans. 

3. Buckingham Palace

London Eye
Things to do in London - Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the monarch of the United Kingdom.

An excellent answer to the question "What things can we do in London with children?" is of course " visit Buckingham Palace." Why? It's because  every child likes the idea of being a king or queen, so what better way to make that fantasy come true than taking them to an authentic palace. Also, they will have the opportunity to see the Changing of the Guard.

4. London Eye

Tower Bridge
Things to do in London - The London Eye is an observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London

Coming in on the fourth position in our top 13 fun things to see in London with your children, this legendary wheel allows incredible views of the entire British city. Touching the River Thames will be an exciting experience for young and old alike. An important note is that, like most places in London, it is also beautiful to see at night, since London has spectacular night lighting.

5. Tower Bridge

Madame Tussauds wax museum
Things to do in London - Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894.

A symbolic landmark in London and a mandatory stop (at least once) would be to cross the River Thames. It is a bridge that combines the characteristics of a bascule bridge and suspension bridge, in addition to its beautiful aesthetic both by day and by night (when it is illuminated).

6. Madame Tussauds wax museum 

Natural History Museum and the Science Museum
Things to do in London - Madame Tussauds is house to life-size wax replicas of celebrities & historical icons in themed galleries.

Another place to visit when traveling to London with children is the most famous wax museum in the world.  Here, you will have the opportunity to be photographed with memorable characters; from the English royal family to the King of Pop or sportsmen like David Beckham.

7. Natural History Museum and the Science Musem 

Hyde Park
The Natural History Museum in London exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.

Both places are enriching, both you and the kids will  learn interesting things and have fun doing it. There is always room for a little more information that can be absorbed by the minds of the little ones (and older ones alike).

8. Hyde Park

Hamleys toy store
Things to do in London - Hyde Park is the largest of four Royal Parks.

A vast, green area with plenty of space to take a bike ride or spot a few cheeky squirrels. The children will love it, as it's the perfect combination of nature and urban attractions. It can also be an excellent place to sit and rest while you enjoy a hot dog from the food stall at the entrance.

9. Hamleys toy store

Legoland Windsor Resort
Things to do in London - Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world and one of the world's best-known retailers of toys.

This toy store is  the largest and most famous in the United Kingdom, and when it comes to toys, you can not miss Hamleys when traveling to London with children. Located in the center of the city, it will be difficult to leave Hamleys without buying something. Could this be one of the best things to do in London with kids? Let the staff members win you over with their enthusiasm while the little ones play and find out!

10. Legoland Windsor Resort

Warner Bros Studios
Things to do in London - Legoland Windsor Resort is a child-oriented theme park and resort in Windsor, Berkshire in England.

This theme park located in Windsor  will amaze the little ones thanks to the huge Lego figurines that can be found everywhere on the premises. Aimed at children between 3 and 10 years old, you will enjoy a fun and dynamic day with the attractions and activities of this park.

11. Warner Bros. Studios

Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a public attraction in Leavesden in Southeastern England.

Harry Potter seems to have reached a multitude of generations so that this place will delight the imagination of the little ones and that of their parents alike. Riding on the Hogwarts Express, going through the different stages of the films and getting a magician's diploma at the end - children will love it! And, if you really want to get your Harry Potter fix, you can visit the famous platform 9 and ¾ at the King's Cross metro stop.

12. Theaters

Camden Town
Things to do in London - Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before any theater show starts.

It would be futile to recommend any particular one, as London is full of theaters where mythical works are played almost every night: The Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Matilda and a long list of classics. Furthermore, London also has many musical venues, the best known is the Opera House. Enjoying theater nights and live music should be essential for both young and old tourists.

13. Camden Town

Things to do in London
Things to do in London - Camden Town is famed for its market, a warren of fashion and curiosities by the Regent’s Canal.

The popular neighborhood of the British capital is the last suggestion on our list of things to do in London with children. It is a place brimming with life, full of art from all corners of the world and people from all walks of life. Camden is famous for its eclectic market, where all the family members can scavenge for affordable souvenirs. 

As we have seen, traveling to London with children can be a great idea as a family plan. They can learn, have fun and experience new places and people. Traveling opens minds easier than we might think, so don't hesitate,  traveling to London with children is one of the most enriching holidays you can take in Europe.