20 Best Things To Do In Greater London Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Greater London

From London’s top sights to the farms, parks and theme parks in the region, you’ll find lots of amazing things to do in Greater London. 

 

If you’ve done all your essential sightseeing in the capital, including Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower of London and all the rest of London’s famous landmarks, it’s time to venture further into the Greater London area - you’ll find lots of quirky surprises there! 

From the stunning Kew Gardens (they’re breath-taking in any season!), to the Royal glamour of Kensington Palace, your family days out in the region can be as kingly as they get. However, we’ve got lots to lead you off the beaten track as well. Our trusted explorer Ting has listed her top 10 fun ideas for what to do in Greater London with kids

If you’re a local, you’ll love Ruislip Lido, it’s the closest you’ll get to a beach in London! Plus, there you can take a ride on the Ruislip Lido Railway and it’s loads of fun too. Then, there’s Danson Splash Park, with an epic water play area open in the summer and a playground open all year round, it’s a brilliant free day out any time of the year.

Speaking of free things to do in Greater London, Richmond Park immediately comes to mind. It’s perfect for a family walk and you can spot hundreds of deer there. The Regents Park and Primrose Hill, Holland Park and Victoria Park Tower Hamlets are also on the list of parks to explore in the area. 

We couldn’t possibly list all of the great family attractions in Greater London here but we couldn’t miss out on mentioning Chessington World Of Adventures - it’s great for thrill seekers but it also features a whimsical Gruffalo ride. In fact, we’ve heard the Gruffalo himself visits the park quite often...

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The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

If you think The Postal Museum is just about getting your letters sent, think again! With a train ride, an adventure play zone and even a lion (?!),...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

The St Katherine Docks Treasure Trail

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Make new discoveries on the St Katherine Docks self guided themed Treasure Trail as you hunt for the long lost treasure! Can you solve the clues and...

Mr Mulligan's Sidcup

Mr Mulligan's Sidcup

  • Chislehurst
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Mr Mulligan's Sidcup offers a massive 36 holes of high adventure for brave families of all ages! Immersive and playable surroundings which delight ev...

Girl walking across ladder at Go Ape

Go Ape Battersea Park3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Big city, bigger challenge; Go Ape Battersea Park is the most central forest experience in London. It may be twice the height and length of most othe...

Kids on Adventure Playground at Hobbledown in Epsom

Hobbledown4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Epsom
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Based on the magical fantasy book of the same name, Hobbledown is a mystical farm park adventure full of adorable animals and crazy characters! Perfe...

Thames Rockets' Boat approach Thames Barriers in London

Thames Rockets

  • South Bank
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Indulge a need for speed with Thames Rockets: a turbocharged boat ride along the iconic River Thames. You’ll quite literally have to hold onto your h...

Big Ben on huntfun London Westminster trail

Huntfun London Westminster

  • Westminster
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for ways to make your day out in town with the kids more entertaining? How about a quest to crack a mystery! Grab a treasure map and complete...

Passengers sightseeing on ThamesJet boat in London

ThamesJet

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Did you watch that speedboat chase in James Bond and think, ‘I could do that’? Then get your tux ready for a ride on ThamesJet! This high-speed thril...

The Mercia cruising Thames at Thames River Services in London

Thames River Services

  • Westminster
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Enjoy some of the best views London has to offer on a relaxing cruise with Thames River Services! Cruise from Westminster to Greenwich and the Thames...

Passengers on City Cruises passing London Bridge in Westminster

City Cruises

  • Westminster
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Make like a duck and take to the water on a Thames tour of London with City Cruises. It’ll take you all over the capital and you’re welcome to hop of...

Kids exploring at Florence Nightingale Museum in London

Florence Nightingale Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Enjoy an educational day out with the kids in London at the Florence Nightingale Museum. Take an inside look into the life of the most famous nurse i...

People on the Harry Potter London Walk

Harry Potter London Walk

  • Westminster
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Cast a spell over the streets of London on a Harry Potter Walking Tour. The films captured the hearts of millions all over the world and now it’s you...

Big Ben

Big Ben

  • London
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

There’s hardly another landmark more synonymous with London than the famous Big Ben. Whether you want to learn about the historic clock tower at the...

Map and booklet for The Westminster Spy Mission Trail in London

The Westminster Spy Mission Trail

  • Westminster
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Explore the dark side of an iconic London spot on The Westminster Spy Mission Trail.  As secret agents, you’ll have to decide between fact and fictio...

Houses of Parliament Tour

Houses of Parliament Tour

  • Westminster
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Houses of Parliament have created an audio tour especially for families with children! The commentary is delivered in the style of a 'live' news...

Inside view of Banqueting House in London

Banqueting House

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Through feast and famine, Banqueting House has been a hideaway for royalty over the centuries. Explore its feasting hall, the secret drinking den, pl...

London Waterloo Codebreaking Walk

London Waterloo Codebreaking Walk

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Discover the unexplored side of Waterloo with the London Waterloo Codebreaking Walk. Join forces with your kids and work as a team to find clues and...

Kids in water sprinklers at Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms in South Bank

Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms

  • South Bank
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

At Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms the work of Danish artist Jeppe Hein often combines sculpture with architecture and technology to playfully solicit dir...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON BFI IMAX

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

If you fancy taking a trip to the pictures, do it right with one whopper of an IMAX screen - all the better for seeing the film with, my dear! Experi...

Boy in costume at The Household Cavalry Museum in London

The Household Cavalry Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. Through a large glazed partition you can see troo...

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