Throughout the summer months London overflows with energy and fun, with an influx of activities and events to take part in. And amidst the city’s famous landmarks, there’s an abundance of activities for children to enjoy, too. To make a trip to the capital fun for the whole family, follow our tips on what to do in London with kids during the summer holidays.
If the kids have a head for heights, it’s hard to beat the capital’s famous landmark, London Eye. Rising up to 135 metres, this giant wheel sits on London’s South Bank, offering unrivalled views over iconic landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Before stepping inside one of the capsules, make time for The London Eye 4D Cinema Experience.
Set out on an adventure to the kingdom of Far Far Away with plenty of laughs along the way by joining Shrek’s Adventure. With Donkey leading the tour, everyone who takes part becomes immersed in this fantasy world through animation and shows, with characters like Gingy the gingerbread man and Pinocchio playing a part.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
People of all ages are captivated by the creatures in our oceans, so for many, getting up close to the marine life at SEA LIFE London Aquarium is an exciting prospect. Among the thousands of marine creatures within the aquarium are over 500 species of rays and skate, 46 sharks, and placid sea turtles, as well as the resoundingly popular penguins. Plan your visit to catch the fascinating talks and feeding times.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Any Harry Potter fan will embrace the opportunity to become immersed in the world of these world famous stories by stepping behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies. Visitors to the Warner Bros. Studio will see the film sets, costumes and props in-person, while finding out about the films’ special effects, among other insider secrets.
Designed to inspire kids to live out their dreams, Kidzania gives visitors the chance to be a part of role-play activities as a pilot, firefighter, police officer or singer, while learning some of the skills needed for each role. What’s more, this summer the venue will host The KidZania Games, with sporting events broadcast by the KidZania Radio Station and TV Studio.
The London Dungeon
Become absorbed in the ghoulish stories of London’s past, from The Great Fire of London to Jack the Ripper and the Gunpowder Plot, by setting out a journey through The London Dungeon. Each visitor is led between a series of high drama shows and rides, complete with special effects and live actors.
ZSL London Zoo
As one of the world’s most famous zoos, a visit to ZSL London Zoo is one of the best things to do in London with kids. See the gorillas in Gorilla Kingdom, experience the zoo’s recent addition, Land of the Lions, and see the animals in action at daily events such as Tigers Live! and Meerkats and Mongoose Mayhem.
Thames Rib Experience
Any boat trip along the River Thames is sure to prove popular with the family, but one of the most exhilarating tours on offer is the Thames Rib Experience. Instead of cruising past the city’s riverside sights, zip past on a thrilling speedboat ride. Choose between the Canary Wharf or Thames Barrier Experience, depending on which landmarks you’re most intrigued by.
Take a Day Trip from London: Warwick Castle
While there are many day trips to be taken from London, there’s nothing quite like a day spent in one of Britain’s ancient castles. Warwick Castle transports visitors back through its 1,100-year history of battles, banquets and Royalty, with 60 acres of gardens to explore. Interactive attractions such as the Princess Tower and Kingmaker ensure kids are entertained all day long.
To visit four of the city’s top activities, while only paying for two, visitors to the capital can opt for The BIG London Attraction Ticket, which includes entry to Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and Shrek’s Adventure. Alternatively, see the major landmarks in one whistle-stop tour by joining London in One Day.
Image credits: Cover photo © iStock / Andrew Rich. London Eye © Flickr / stigNygaard. Shrek’s Adventure! London © Shrek’s Adventure! A penguin in an aquarium © iStock / Gelato Plus. The entrance to Hogwarts © Warner Bros. Studio. KidZania © KidZania. London Dungeon © The London Dungeon. An Asiatic lioness at ZSL London Zoo © ZSL London Zoo. London Thames RIB Experience © Thames RIB. Warwick Castle © Flickr / Olly Boyo.