Many of you are based outside London and often ask me what to do when visiting this beautiful city your children.
As the Christmas 🎄 holidays are approaching, I have put together a list of fun things to do in London with or without kids! This could be useful to you whether you live in London or not!
– West end musicals. The best for kids I feel is Mathilda, not to be missed if you haven’t been. Gansta granny is great too, I took my boys and they loved it. We went to see Hamilton, my 10-year-old loved it but my 8-year-old was a little young for it.
– Visit the natural history museum followed by a pizza in the museum restaurant and/or a crepe at The Kensington Crêperie across the road
– London zoo! I am not a fan of zoos but this one supports conservation in Africa and the animals there wouldn’t survive in the wild given their past. So go there guilt-free and enjoy it! It is set in Regent’s park, one of London’s beautiful parks.
– The science museum is really fun and children can learn a lot there. About cars, planes, astronauts, etc. It is around the corner from the natural history museum and I would suggest going for a nice crepe at the Kensington crêperie afterward. I like to always give a nice treat to my kids after going to a museum so they associate the experience to positive memories!
– I take my children for a pizza at Harrods on the second floor followed by ice cream at the ice cream parlor next to it when they achieve something great at school. It is a real treat.
– When there is a good show at the royal academy, I take my boys, get them the audio guides, and when they have had enough, I take them for a hot chocolate and a macaroon at Ladurée in Burlington Arcade next to it. Again, a treat post museum!
– wander around China Town (my kids love it!) and then go to Leicester square to the movies (and maybe drop in at the M&Ms shop for a treat!)
– not to be missed, Kidzania in Westfield shopping center. My kids are crazy about it. It’s like a world for kids where they can get jobs, be paid, and buy things. There is a Five Guys burger place in that shopping mall which your little ones might enjoy too.
– for a fun outdoor activity, Go Ape in Battersea Park is amazing. The park is gorgeous and worth seeing in any case.
– pedalo on the serpentine and tea or hot chocolate at the restaurant on the serpentine in Hyde Park.
– afternoon tea at the Dorchester / Claridges / Lanesborough / Brown’s hotel / Mandarin oriental hotel or Berkeley Hotel for a full English tea and scones experience. It needs to be booked well in advance. It is a full meal FYI! You get served finger sandwiches, scones, and beautiful cakes and pastries. It’s like a never-ending merry go around of deliciousness.
– cupcake at the Hummingbird bakery on Portobello road and wandering around Notting Hill.
– The adventure playground in Holland park is great for kids aged 4 and above.
– The Diana memorial playground in Hyde Park is also fantastic. There’s a huge pirate ship and my kids have played there for hours.
– If you are in London in December, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is real fun and joyful experience with or without kids. My kids never tire of the rides and toffee apples.
– The London eye which all kids love and the Shard are an amazing way to have a beautiful view of the City from above. It’s a little touristy, yet my kids still love going!
I hope you have an amazing time in London. It is my favorite city in the world (that’s a completely unbiased statement 😉), full of understated beauty and marvels.