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The Idol (< 1 mile)
is a fantastically unusual black and white adventure play feature combining the ideas of a super robot with an ancient monument… there are labyrinthine chambers, a drop slide, balls and you can look out of his giant eyes!
Museum of London (< 1 mile)
Museum of London
Explore one of the world's largest urban history museums knowing the kids are as interested as you are, thanks to the Under 5s' Explorer Bags, 4 to 11s' Family Activity Bags, and over 10s may borrow an ipad to join an interactive gallery adventure.
St Paul's Cathedral (< 1 mile)
St Paul's Cathedral
This is where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Visit Nelson's Tomb, test the unique acoustics of Whispering Gallery and climb up to the Golden Gallery to enjoy a panoramic view of London that is second to none.
Bank of England Museum (< 1 mile)
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Bank of England Museum
This highly interactive Museum traces the history of the Bank of England since 1694 to the present day. There’s something for everyone, with attractions including activity sheets for children of all ages, banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game, touch screens and the opportunity for some safe cracking!
National Centre for Circus Arts (< 1 mile)
National Centre for Circus Arts
A range of options for kids, tweens, teens and families to learn differing circus skills from professional experts like trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, diabolo and tight wire!
The Charles Dickens Museum (< 1 mile)
The Charles Dickens Museum
An important Dickens collection, based in the author’s only surviving London house, decorated in Victorian style. See some of his possessions, plus other memorabilia. Free Family Activity Days held during the Summer.
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour (< 1 mile)
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour
a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse. Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the theatre is included in your visit to Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, bringing this extraordinary space to life. Great idea for a fun family day out in London.
The Monument (< 1 mile)
Standing 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Climb the 311 steps to the balcony at the top and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the City, and a certificate of achievement!
Tate Modern (< 1 mile)
is the most popular gallery of modern art in the world. Located on the Thames, it is a landmark site for everyone visiting London. But did you know that it is not only child friendly but encourages families and children to visit with free activities and art trails? Plus interactive multimedia experiences and...
Harry Potter London Bus Tour (< 1 mile)
Harry Potter London Bus Tour
Join the Harry Potter Tour of London Locations and take a magical fun packed bus tour of the film locations and inspirations in the muggle capital.
The Golden Hinde (< 1 mile)
The Golden Hinde
is a full-sized reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor galleon, Golden Hinde, on which visitors have a unique opportunity to learn more about British Maritime History.
Corams Fields (< 1 mile)
has a wide variety of activities including extensive lawns for free play (and very suitable for family picnics), artificial turf sports pitches, a paddling pool, sandpits, a flying fox and other slides, a city farm with pets corner (with sheep, goats, ducks, hens and more), vege cafe, a nursery and drop-ins...
London Bridge Experience (1 miles)
London Bridge Experience
- and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Good idea for fun things to do in London for kids - older kids that is!
All Star Lanes Holborn (1 miles)
All Star Lanes Holborn
Small and friendly bowling alley with four lanes, one of which is bookable in advance. Extra light bowling balls; Bowling ramps; Bowling bumpers and Kids' party menu available.
All Star Lanes Brick Lane (1 miles)
All Star Lanes Brick Lane
Small and friendly bowling alley with six lanes, one of which is bookable in advance. Extra light bowling balls; Bowling ramps; Bowling bumpers and Kids' party menu available.
Muggle Tours (1 miles)
Come and visit many of the stops around London that either inspired Rowling or appeared in the films, including Grimmauld Place! Fun for over 7s, taking around 2 hours.
The St Katherine Docks Treasure Trail (1 miles)
The St Katherine Docks Treasure Trail
Solve the clues on a treasure hunt with this self guided themed Treasure Trail around St Katherine Docks. There’s more to London than first meets the eye!
The London Film Museum (1 miles)
The London Film Museum
An opportunity to see the largest official collection of James Bond cars. There are also boats, bikes and gyrocopters to see plus scripts and model miniatures. Free entry for under 5s.
London Transport Museum (1 miles)
London Transport Museum
See a bus so old it was pulled along the street by horses. Get behind the driver's seat of our tube train simulator, experience journeys of a bygone era.. Your only problem will be trying to fit it all in! Great fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do in London with kids.
The View from The Shard (1 miles)
The View from The Shard
Offering stunning panoramic views up to 40 miles across the capital, with flexi timed tickets, step-free option, bonus bus tour and free return tickets in the event of bad weather. Handy!
HMS Belfast (1 miles)
Tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Explore the interactive Operations Room, hear veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, and immerse yourself in the midst of a battle in the Gun Turret Experience.
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden (1 miles)
Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden
The internal temperature ranges from -5C to -7C. The wall is 8m in height and ranges in steepness from a pleasant slab to a drastic overhang! Strict lower age limit of 13 years old, with conditions.
British Museum (1 miles)
Explore the world under one roof: whether you come to the British Museum for the whole day or just a couple of hours, there is always something free for families to do together!
Tower of London (1 miles)
Tower of London
Today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. New Wall Walk for 2014!
Oasis Swimming Pools (1 miles)
Oasis Swimming Pools
has 2 pools, 1 indoor pool and also a stunning outdoor pool surrounded by 2 seperate patio areas for adults and families.
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes (1 miles)
Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
is a small but classy alley with 8 lanes, karaoke rooms, award winning burgers and live music weekend nights. Kids welcomed until 7pm, booking required!
BFI London IMAX Cinema (1 miles)
BFI London IMAX Cinema
The state-of-the-art cinema shows 2D and 3D films on the largest cinema screens in the UK, transporting viewers to the world's greatest places, from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
BFI Film Funday (1 miles)
Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms (1 miles)
Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms
Dart through the rising and retreating walls of water created by playful jets as designed by Jeppe Hein at this free entry interactive play fountain. How wet you get is up to you! Mostly... Seasonally available.
Barnard Park Adventure Playground (1 miles)
Barnard Park Adventure Playground
features loads of play equipment, football and basketball areas, fire pit, amphitheatre and a seasonal splash pad with water play equipment too!
London Canal Museum (1 miles)
London Canal Museum
invites families to discover the fascinating facts and history of the city's hidden waterways. Take part in fun activity days, set sail on the Regent's canal and hear the stories of those who have lived and worked on the canals since the 1820s brought to life.
London RIB Voyages (1 miles)
London RIB Voyages
Fast, fun sightseeing speedboat trips for all ages. The whole family will love this fast paced adventure whilst our comedian guides make learning about our great city entertaining. Toddlers, children and their grannies will all love this capital experience. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Potter Platform at Kings Cross Station (1 miles)
Potter Platform at Kings Cross Station
One for particular Potter-heads only, as it's essentially a photo opportunity with no features, but has a fantastic themed shop adjacent well worth your perusal!
Tower Bridge Exhibition (1 miles)
Tower Bridge Exhibition
From the depths of the Engine Rooms up to the lofty heights of the new glass bottomed walkways, this is an iconic London experience few kids would forget! Plus guided tours, photographic exhibition and animated displays.
Laser Tag Star Command (1 miles)
Laser Tag Star Command
After years of confrontation, Federation Troopers and Alliance Commandos come together in a final battle to win control of the sector's primary hub Star Command! Laser Tag is a fun, fast paced, team game that is great for all ages.
The London Eye (2 miles)
The London Eye
is the world's tallest observation wheel with 40 kilometre panoramic views on a clear day. The Eye has become an iconic image for London and is a must for any tourist trip. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
London Dungeon (2 miles)
invites you to delve into the capital's most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience three thrilling rides, interactive shows and special effects as you're transported back to those black, bleak times - are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London's dark past?
Shreks Adventure (2 miles)
You're in the for a Shrek of a day with 10 awesome live and immersive fairytale shows that include rides, animation and serious adventure!
Sea Life London Aquarium (2 miles)
Sea Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life - the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Newest addition is the Lego City Deep Sea Explorer feature!
The National Gallery (2 miles)
The National Gallery
Plenty of talks, workshops, and holiday fun for all ages at this iconic British day trip location. children truly welcome and a great many facilities made for them.
Nelson's Column (2 miles)
Family days out in London wouldn't be complete with a visit to Trafalgar Square, with lots of other sights such as the National Gallery right next to it. A must do for things to do in London with kids.
Granary Square Water Feature (2 miles)
Granary Square Water Feature
Modern tourist green space set around a working historic barge canal and featuring 1000 lit and choreographed water jets, surrounded by historic buildings and playing host to exotic street food markets.
Hackney City Farm (2 miles)
Hackney City Farm
boasts a wide variety of animals on the farm including pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Free to all.
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (2 miles)
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Learn about the history of life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through to the Islamic period. Thousands of objects to look through including ancient papyrus and carvings. Free to visit.
City Cruises (2 miles)
Take a leisurely cruise through London's illustrious history from a half an hour to a whole afternoon, with informative commentary, plus refreshments and the necessary facilities available. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Namco Funscape London (2 miles)
Namco Funscape London
This huge family entertainment centre is 3 floors of fun, with bowling and techno bowling, laser maze, arcade and Europe's fastest bumper cars!
Grant Museum of Zoology (2 miles)
Grant Museum of Zoology
Visit the only remaining university zoological museum in London, with around 67,000 samples covering the whole animal kingdom, including lots of skeletons. Free to visit.
Wellcome Collection (2 miles)
A free museum that explores what is means to be human plus the connection between life, medicine and art. Plenty of interactive displays to enjoy on a variety of subjects.
Design Museum (2 miles)
Museum dedicated to contemporary design in all its forms. Family friendly with free Family Trail to follow, plus plenty of chances to get creative with the kids. Brilliant varied calendar of exhibitions, activities and events to enjoy throughout the year.
The Household Cavalry Museum (2 miles)
The Household Cavalry Museum
A most unusual living museum, where amongst other things you can watch troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables through a huge glass partition.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Barbican with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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