Visiting London with kids should be an enjoyable and memorable experience. So, if you’re planning on visiting London with little ones and want to guarantee an unforgettable family trip, it’s important to know all about the best London attractions for kids.
London is a city where children come first, so you’ll always be able to find fun and unique attractions for kids throughout the year.
The best London attractions for kids
To help you in your quest for how to entertain the children in London, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 London attractions for kids.
1. The London Eye
A ride on a giant Ferris wheel is something that most children will love. Rising to a height of 135 metres, the London Eye offers wonderful views of London so adults tend to enjoy it just as much as the kids. We recommend booking in advance to avoid the queues and take advantage of the online discount.
2. Sea Life London Aquarium
The London Aquarium is located next to the London Eye and is another of the most famous London attractions for kids. It’s open from 10 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday and 9.30 am – 7 pm at weekends. Here you can discover one of the best collections of marine life in Europe, including sharks, turtles and colourful clownfish.
3. London Zoo
London Zoo is located in Regent’s Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Enjoy a trip to London Zoo and get up close and personal with lions, tigers, giraffes and creepy crawlies – it’s a must-see attraction for little ones. Be sure to check out the daily schedule of events and feeding times.
4. HMS Belfast
Situated between the Tower of London and London Bridge, the HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving warship of World War II. This floating museum offers an insight into life onboard during wartime. Kids will love climbing the ladders between decks, exploring below sea level and there’s even an interactive game. Sometimes there are special family events one weekend a month which we highly recommend. Entry is free for under 5’s.
5. A hop-on hop-off bus tour
In our opinion, taking a bus tour is the easiest option for London sightseeing with kids. Not only can you use the bus as a form of transport for the day, but you also get great views of the landmarks and children love the novelty of sitting upstairs on the open-top deck. Most of the bus tour companies also include a River Thames cruise in their ticket, so you get to see London from two perspectives.
6. Legoland Windsor
Situated outside of London close to Windsor Castle, Legoland is fairly easy to get to by public transport. Trains to Windsor depart from London Waterloo and London Paddington, but once at Windsor station, you’ll need to take a connecting bus to Legoland, which can be a bit of a hassle with smaller children. There’s also the option of taking a direct coach from London Victoria coach station which is probably the easier option for families. It usually works out cheaper to buy tickets on the Legoland website than at the gate.
7. Shrek’s Adventure
Situated close to the London Eye and one of London’s newest attractions, Shrek’s Adventure takes kids to a land far away from where they can enjoy magical adventures alongside our favourite green ogre and his friends. A great new attraction to consider when looking for things to do in London with kids.
8. Harry Potter Studios
If your child (or you) are a Harry Potter fan, then a visit to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. studios is a must. Discover the scenes where much of the films were filmed, ride the Hogwarts Express, learn to ride a broomstick and try a famous butter beer as you follow in Harry Potter´s footsteps.
This is unsurprisingly one of London’s most popular attractions, so be sure to book several weeks in advance as tickets sell out extremely quickly.
9. The Lion King musical
One of London’s most successful musicals of recent years, the Lion King is simply outstanding. It’s always one of our top recommendations to our friends who are coming to London with kids. You can get tickets for around £35 each and we think it is totally worth the money.
10. The Natural History Museum
At first, you could be mistaken for thinking that the Natural History Museum wouldn’t be that entertaining for kids, but the truth is, it’s made for them! They will be able to admire some of the strangest, preserved animals on the planet, along with dinosaur skeletons. The star of the show is currently ‘Hope’, the giant whale skeleton that presides over the central gallery. And, the best thing… it’s a free museum for adults and children!
More things to do in London with kids
In addition to these top 10 London attractions for kids, there are many other places to consider when visiting London as a family.
We particularly love musicals as they offer so much fun and entertainment for all ages. In addition to the Lion King mentioned above, we also recommend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Billy Elliot. You can learn more in our article The best musicals in London.