London Attractions For Families: 5 Fun Ideas The Family Will Love

London, the sprawling metropolis along the River Thames, is a city full of surprises at every corner. History mixes with modernity, and adventure awaits those looking to explore its treasures. But what about London attractions for families?

While us adults may be excited to dive into London’s dense culture, if you’re traveling with kids doing so can be a little bit more challenging. Therefore it’s wise to have a few tricks up your sleeve and include a few things the whole family can enjoy.

In this guide, we’ll help you by taking you on a journey through some of the most captivating London attractions for families of all sizes who want to ignite their sense of wonder.

family walking near Tower Bridge in London exploring the city together.
There’s plenty of activities in London that families can enjoy together. Photo credit: jana bemol

London attractions for families everyone will love 

London’s great parks – a breath of fresh air

Before we dive into the city’s museums and attractions, let’s take a moment to appreciate the lungs of the city, London’s great parks. These green oases provide a breath of fresh air in the heart of the bustling city, making them a perfect London attraction for families who want to enjoy the outdoors. 

There are 8 royal parks which are always pristine and welcome escapes for tourists and locals alike. 

If we had to choose one to visit it has to be Hyde Park. Some of the parks highlights include:

  • The largest of the royal parks, here families can enjoy leisurely strolls, picnics by the Serpentine Lake, and even paddle boat rides.
  • Princess Diana’s Playground: This whimsical play area is a fitting tribute to the beloved Princess and offers a delightful escape for children. 
  • With its pirate ship, sensory trail, and imaginative play sculptures, it’s a place where young adventurers can let their imaginations roam free.
Lake at Hyde park with buildings in the background.
Walk around Hyde park and you’ll see why it’s our top park recommendation. Photo credit: Simon Hurry

The Young V&A: A creative wonderland

Our journey continues to the Young V&A, a vibrant offshoot of the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum. Opened on the other side of the city to its progenitor, its purpose is to educate and inspire children and young people, offering interactive and engaging exhibitions and activities that promote an appreciation for art, design, and cultural heritage. 

This hidden gem is a creative haven for young minds, inspiring them by means of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and a world of design, fashion, and architecture.

Here your young ones can participate in workshops that nurture budding artists or immerse themselves in enchanting storytelling sessions. Step into a world where creativity knows no bounds.

Inside the Young V&A museum in London, a great option for London activities for families.
From permanent collections about Barbie to special exhibitions about Manga, Young V&A is the place for kids and adults to get creative. Photo credit: Matt Brown

Natural History Museum: A journey through nature

No family trip to London is complete without a visit to the iconic Natural History Museum. This majestic institution is a visual spectacle and an educational wonderland rolled into one. 

The museum boasts an extensive collection of natural specimens, including awe-inspiring dinosaur skeletons, dazzling gemstones, and a life-sized blue whale model suspended from the ceiling. 

Families can immerse themselves in interactive displays (don’t miss the earthquake room), watch captivating documentaries, and embark on a thrilling and educational journey through Earth’s history.

Dinosaur skeleton on display at London attractions for families museum.
Think you could outrun a raptor? Photo credit: Adam Mathieu

The Postal Museum: Unraveling history

An under the radar gem, our next destination is the Postal Museum. This museum punches above its weight when it comes to interactive activities, which are all the more important on family visits to a museum. 

The highlight here (for children and adults alike) is the Mail Rail, an underground train that once transported mail beneath London’s bustling streets. Both kids and adults can hop aboard this miniature train for a journey through time. 

With its interactive exhibitions, engaging workshops, and a chance to send postcards using historical postboxes, the Postal Museum is a unique experience that combines history with adventure and is perfect for all the family.

All aboard! Get ready for an exciting and educational ride on the Mail Rail. Photo credit: Steve Knight

Hamleys: A toy wonderland

A trip to the world’s largest toy shop may seem like a sacrifice for the youngest ones in your family. But most adults soon realize the moment they step inside this seven-story wonderland that it’s them who will likely need dragging out. 

The legendary Hamleys at Regents street is a toy store like no other. Here shelves are lined with toys, games, and gadgets of every kind:

  • From classic teddy bears and Play-Doh to Catan and the latest tech gadgets, you can watch live demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, and let your little ones meet their favorite characters. 
  • Hamleys is more than a store; it’s an experience that will light up your child’s eyes and your inner child too.

As you can see London also embraces families with open arms, offering a diverse range of attractions that cater to all ages. When done right you can guarantee a magical experience for the whole family.

Child leaning over a toy display at one of the London attractions for families.
Toy stores aren’t just for kids, get in touch with your inner child. Photo credit: Vika Glitter

For those who want to add an extra layer of excitement to their visit, consider one of our walking or food tours in London.  Our expert guides will ensure that the whole family has an unforgettable experience in this remarkable city.

Tours the family will love:



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