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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Bridge of Signs St Johns College at Rutherford's Punting Cambridge

Rutherford's Punting Cambridge

  • Cambridge
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Enjoy a delightful traditional punting tour with Rutherford's Punting Cambridge. See the city from another perspective and laugh all the way as you l...

Entrance to The Worthing Lido

The Worthing Lido

  • Worthing
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Lidos

The Worthing Lido has something to offer for everyone. Whether you‘re looking for a bite to eat, the perfect souvenir for a friend or member of famil...

Exhibit at Museum of Cambridge

Museum of Cambridge

  • Cambridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Museum of Cambridge, formerly the Folk Museum, is a local social history museum housed in the former White Horse Inn, a half-timber-framed building d...

Outside view of Art-Ful in Worthing

Art-Ful

  • Worthing
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Art-Ful pottery cafe offers a huge range of pottery to paint. Our resident artist is always here to help you get creative. We sell drinks, cakes and...

Punting in the snow at Scholars Punting Cambridge

Scholars Punting Cambridge

  • Cambridge
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Fancy an educational day out? Visit Cambridge with the family on a traditional punting trip. Take the 45-minute Scholars Punting Cambridge guided tou...

People in boat on river at Cambridge Punt Company

Cambridge Punt Company1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Cambridge
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Punting in Cambridge is the ultimate way to enjoy the sights, with the River Cam passing through the very heart of Cambridge’s University campus affo...

Cows at Weald and Downland Living Museum in Chichester

Weald and Downland Living Museum

  • Chichester
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Weald and Downland Living Museum covers 50 acres, with nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, along with gardens, f...

Kids with cameras at Centre for Computing History in Cambridge

Centre for Computing History

  • Cambridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Centre for Computing History is a large display of computers and video game consoles dating back to the early sixties. It is one of the rare muse...

Indoor soft play frame at PK Kids Zone in Buckingham

PK Kids Zone

  • Buckingham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

PK Kids Zone's brand-new play area, built into the old Tumblers' site, has been newly installed by soft play specialists to be a bright and (for its...

Playhouse

Playhouse

  • Milton Ernest
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a soft play centre that your under-10s will instantly fall in love with? Head out to Playhouse - Bedford's Ultimate Soft Play Centre, and...

Girl uses apple peeler at The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham

The Nature Discovery Centre

  • Thatcham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Nature Discovery Centre is a great family day out! With adventure playgrounds, lakeside walks and interactive wildlife displays, there's somethin...

Outdoor swimming pool at Jesus Green Pool in Cambridge

Jesus Green Pool

  • Cambridge
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Jesus Green Pool is around 90 metres long, and it ranges from 1.2 to 2.5 metres deep. Built in the traditional 1930s style it is the largest pool in...

Kids on Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Buckingham Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Buckingham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

On the Buckingham Spy Mission Treasure Trail there are eyes everywhere and footsteps behind every corner! See if YOU can get to the truth before they...

People jumping on trampolines at Sky High Trampoline Park in Peacehaven

Sky High Trampoline Park

  • Peacehaven
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Sky High Trampoline Park offers action, exhilaration and superhero parent status! For thrills, adventure and massive street credibility, go to Sky Hi...

Cineworld Ashford

Cineworld Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Discover the latest hit films from around the globe at Cineworld Ashford. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family at this ultra-mode...

Walking path at Clare Castle Country Park in Sudbury

Clare Castle Country Park

  • Sudbury
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare, just two minutes' walk from the town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautif...

Wax statues at Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

  • Buckingham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle as a purpose built prison,...

Victoria Park Ashford

Victoria Park Ashford

  • Ashford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Fancy a walk in the park, or a cycling session with the kids? Ashford’s Victoria Park is the perfect place for a peaceful stroll. There are lots of o...

Machinery at Cambridge Museum of Technology in Cambridge

Cambridge Museum of Technology

  • Cambridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cambridge Museum of Technology collections include letterpress-printing equipment ranging from early hand operated presses to power machinery, the pu...

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