Family Days Out in London


We are so very lucky to live in London as we get access to so many different activities and days out for the kids.  I actually still manage to miss out on loads, so I'm always reading about others suggested days out in London, but thought it was about time that we shared some of our favourite things to do in our favourite city.

Parks / Outdoor Activities

We love the London Wetland Centre there are so many different types of birds to see, as well as plenty of educational activities and a fantastic play area!

Often when we're in a different part of the city for a specific event we try to find something fun for the kids to do as well, so we were very excited to discover Spitalfields City Farm after a morning of grown up activities, as it gave Ethan a chance to really run around and explore.

Kew Gardens is one of those places that can often be overlooked, but it really is a fantastic place for kids as it's just massive and they really have lots of space to run freely.  There are also things like the treetop walkway that just can't be missed.

Another recent discovery we made on a busy day out is Coram's Fields.  It's a fabulous place for kids to play with playgrounds for different age groups, sand and water play areas, a few animals to look at and a cafe.  It's completely enclosed and safe and the perfect place to run around on a busy day.  Ethan absolutely loved the zip line!


We love to go to the Southbank and they've often got different art installations that you can take part in, like the Books About Town benches last summer and the Shaun the Sheep ones earlier this year.  There's also the London Eye, The London Dungeon, The SeaLife London Aquarium and Shrek's Adventure.  We've taken Ethan to the aquarium and he absolutely loved it!  The Eye and Dungeons are definitely for older kids, and Shrek's Adventure is for slightly older kids (they recommend for 6 and up) but I had the opportunity to have a sneak peek at a blogger event and it's so much fun, I can't wait to take the kids!

You can also take a Big Bus Tour to see the see on and open topped bus!  It's not just for tourists, all kids love buses and this way they can learn about the sights of the city as you travel around.  I went on one recently for a blogger event and can't wait to take the kids now!


Ethan absolutely loved the London Transport Museum and any little bus and tube fan would too!  We've also had a few fun days out at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum as they're so close to each other.  Who wouldn't love to do some scientific discovery and see dinosaurs on the same day!

Theme Parks / Fairs

Even though they are slightly outside of London, I can't help but mention Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland because we just love them so much!  But we also love a big London fair, and we go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park each year.

Indoor Play / Soft Play

On a rainy day we love to make crafts at home or somewhere fun like The Pottery Cafe which has several locations around London.  We also go to soft play sometimes and are big fans of the big indoor play centres like Snakes and Ladders as we really can spend a whole day there.

Shows / Plays

Ethan loves to go to the theatre and we've been lucky enough to see quite a few shows, the most recent being The 3 Little Pigs which I'm still singing the songs from!  We've also loved The Tiger Who Came to TeaUp and DownRoom on the BroomThe Gruffalo Live and In The Night Garden Live.  It's just such a fantastic experience to see our favourite stories come to life, and we're always looking for more productions to see.

There are just so many things to see and do in London that we just don't have enough days to do it all, so we're always open to suggestions.  What have we missed out on?

For a look at some of our favourite days out have a look at our Pinterest board:

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* Some of the places included in this post were originally part of review posts, but all opinions are my own.*

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