4 Fun Family Activities To Try In London

(Collaborative Guest Post) London is a remarkable city that is a brilliant place to visit with children because there is so much to see and do. London offers sights to see that will appeal to everyone. Whether you live in the wonderful capital of Britain already, are visiting from the UK or from abroad there are countless opportunities. There are many places that London is famous for and from things to do, one off shops, stunning sites and new experiences what are the special things you should focus on? What are the activities that offer something different and give you an experience that you and your children will be talking about for years to come?

View along the river thames in london a beautiful sight to see in London
There is a lot to see and do in London when visiting with family

Places To Visit In London with Family

Be Amazed in The Natural History and Science Museums

London has some brilliant and interesting free museums, three of which can be found grouped together in South Kensington. The Natural History and Science Museums are probably the most interesting for children and will give your children (and you) new knowledge while they wow you with their exhibits.  Going up the escalators into the Earth as you enter the Natural History Museum is very special and children love to see the dinosaurs, fossils and experience what an Earthquake feels like. In the Science Museum prebook your tickets to the Wonderlab for hands on science learning that is a lot of fun. For younger children (aged 3 to 6) book a slot in The Garden for sensory fun and water play. While entry is free to both museums prebooking is required due to COVID restrictions.

Browse in Hamley's Toy Shop 

The shopping streets of Oxford and Regents Street contain many flagship stores, but the most exciting for children is definitely Hamleys. Across 7 floors you will discover every toy you can imagine and more. There are always lots of demonstrations and normally toys to play with as well.  Children have the opportunity to choose from a huge range of toys, covering every age and every taste (and yes lots for adults too). Each floor has a different theme and there is even an area dedicated to the world of Harry Potter with special edition items. You might want to set a budget before you go so your children don't try and talk you into buying everything in the store. It's handy to know that there are toilets on the top floor and lifts if you have a pushchair (but the queue for these can be slow). Going at opening time is also special as they have a special opening ceremony.

Spot Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park

London has lots of parks which are all worth visiting and have something special.  Crystal Palace in South London is a little off the tourist route, but is a fun (and free) spot for all those dinosaur lovers in your family to enjoy a walk. The dinosaur sculptures date from the 19th Century and were the first in the world! As well as the dinosaurs there is a beautiful lake, lots of green space, a small children's farm (open weekends and Bank holidays only) and a playground.  There are plenty of places for coffee and food both in and outside the park so you can easily spend half a day exploring.

Try Crazy Golf's Experience

Surprisingly the game of Crazy Golf is widespread throughout London and there are dozens of venues that are scattered throughout the capital. It is a game that constantly acquires new fans and is a lot of fun to play as a group.  Why not visit one of the fun Crazy Golf spaces in London with your family if you have older children (as some age limits apply), such as Plonk Golf that has 5 venues each with a different theme. The Southbank venue is most central and the Horniman one closest to Crystal Palace. Crazy golf is an experience you really will want to repeat, giving a real collective experience that you can share with your favourite faces. 

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