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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In London

London is big and so is our list of fun things to do in London with kids - we’ve got plenty to keep the whole family entertained! 

Let us tell you one thing -  taking the little ones to London’s top museums is fun, whether you live in London or you’re just visiting. From coming face to face with real dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum to meeting the costumed actors at the London Transport Museum and trying on a bright red unifor at the Household Cavalry Museum, your mini explorers will have lots to keep them entertained. Make sure you also take a ride on the underground train at the Postal Museum and check out their lovely postal-themed role play area for the kids too. 

Want to see  the sights? Go to the top of The Shard or take a ride on the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city and see all the famous landmarks, including Tower of London, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. How many can you spot? 

After an animal day out? Take a walk on the wild side at London Zoo where you’ll have a roaring good time spotting lions, lemurs and lots more. It’s also one of the top zoos in the UK. For a peek into the wonderful world of the deep oceans, check out SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Or if you fancy making friends with the local farm animals, head out to Surrey Docks Farm, it happens to be one of the best free things to do in London with kids

Kids have plenty of energy to burn, so we’ve got many active family days out in London to offer too. Water fun at Leyton Leisure Lagoon, outdoor high ropes adventures at Go Ape Battersea Park and shooting lasers at Star Command Laser Tag - just to name a few.

We couldn’t possibly describe all the fun things to do in London in this little intro but we surely have most of them listed below for you to explore. Time to discover London’s best family days out!  
Oh, before you go, we've got a handy breakdown of the UK school holidays to help you plan as many activities with the little ones as you can this year.

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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...

People participating at Sunday Stroll Skating in London

Sunday Stroll Skating

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

A mass skate on Sundays, which is designed for beginner skaters and kids accompanied by an adult, where the music is vetted to ensure no profanity or...

Market on huntfun London Covent Garden trail

Huntfun London Covent Garden

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Fancy yourself a bit of an adventurer? With a treasure map in hand, it's time for you and your kids to crack the mystery of the huntfun treasure hunt...

Oasis Swimming Pools

  • Holborn
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

At Oasis Swimming Pool, in Oasis Sports Centre on the heart of West London swimming outside doesn’t have to be just for the summer months! As London’...

Lake at St James Park in London

St James Park

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

St James Park is London's oldest Royal Park and is surrounded by three palaces. St James Park provides fantastic green routes in London, taking cycli...

Man ice climbing at Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden

Vertical Chill Ice Wall Covent Garden

  • Covent Garden
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

It can be a struggle to keep teenagers entertained; especially if they have younger siblings who are usually the ones catered for on family days out,...

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...

Go Ape Alexandra Palace

Go Ape Alexandra Palace

  • North London
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Release your inner ape on a high ropes adventure at Go Ape Alexandra Palace! Set in an iconic London spot, the site offers 4 epic treetop adventures...

Boy driving bus at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden

London Transport Museum

  • Covent Garden
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Does your little one have a need for speed? Take them for a great day of family fun and interactive adventure at the London Transport Museum. All abo...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON London Tottenham Court Road

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Step through the silver screen and explore a world where goodies and baddies battle - and dogs do all the talking - at ODEON London Tottenham Court R...

Sci-fi exhibit at The London Film Museum in Westminster

The London Film Museum

  • Westminster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The London Film Museum is now the venue for the Bond in Motion Collection, including the famous Lotus Esprit (as a submarine!). This is a chance for...

Buckingham palace from Green Park in London

Green Park

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Green Park is one of the Royal Parks in London, offering large open spaces with iconic British landscaping. Although situated so close to St James's...

Outside view of Churchill War Rooms in Westminster

Churchill War Rooms

  • Westminster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

In 1940, shortly after becoming what would become Britain's most celebrated Prime Minister, Churchill stood in the War Cabinet Room and declared: 'Th...

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...

Exhibition room at British Museum in London

British Museum

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

There is always something for families to do together at The British Museum. Special family events and activities include: Activity backpacks: Puzzle...

Invisible Superheroes

Invisible Superheroes

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Invisible Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes, and in this interactive exhibit, you’ll learn how they save the world every single day. Join 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...

Outside view of Buckingham Palace in London

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  • London
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Have a royal day out at Buckingham Palace! The palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office. T...

Photo of the outside of Somerset House

Somerset House

  • London
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fancy a day packed full of arts and inspiration? Somerset House may be in the heart of busy London, but this creative community and arts centre is a...

Entrance to The Queens Gallery in London

The Queens Gallery

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Queen's Gallery features more historic art than you can shake a sceptre at, great for artistic and imaginative kids. Family Activity Bags are fre...

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