What to do with kids in tow
London is a very child friendly city. When visiting London, you will see that there are enough places and activities to keep you and your children busy. Some of the places that you can take your children to while in London are:
V&A Museum of Childhood
The national museum of childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum has an extensive toy collection that comprises dolls, games, puppets, toy houses etc. The museum also has exciting costumes for children in addition to fun filled weekend activities and competitions.
Cambridge Heath Road, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 8983 5200
Open 10:00 until 17:45 every day
Free, occasional charges for special events
Imperial War Museum
The museum is dedicated to exhibits from the First World War to the present day. Walk in and be transported to the world of soldiers and their wars and combats. Unravel their stories, relive their experiences. The museum has numerous interactive displays and exhibits that are sure to keep the children absorbed and fascinated. Not to be missed is the museum’s acclaimed Holocaust Exhibition.
Lambeth Road, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
The Science Museum, which is a part of the National Museum of Science and Industry, features an engaging and spell binding collection of exhibits, from Stephenson's Rocket to the Apollo 10 command module. Children can also enjoy a special 3D movie along with a thrilling special effects simulator. Seven floors of interactive and absorbing fun Science ‘stuff’ is sure to keep your children engaged for a long time.
Exhibition Road, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 4000
Open 10.00-18.00 daily except Christmas.
Entry to the Science Museum is FREE but charges apply to the IMAX 3D Cinema, simulators and some exhibitions.
Located in the iconic Greenwich dome, the O2 is home to world class entertainment for everyone. IndigO2 features an exciting live music club, a huge multi screen multiplex in addition to an exhibition centre called the O2 Bubble. The spellbinding O2 arena regularly hosts some of the biggest names in music along with theatrical performances and sporting events.
Peninsular Square, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7536 2600
The London Aquarium
One of Europe’s largest displays of aquatic life, the London Aquarium is home to fascinating sea creatures including two-meter-long sharks, piranhas and seahorses. Children can also go ahead and touch some of the creatures, such as the crabs and starfishes. Walk in for a totally spell binding under water experience….......well almost!
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank,
The County Hall, Riverside Building, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7928 7766
Open 7 days a week: 10.00-18.00. Last admission: 17.00.
Late summer opening times: 22 Jul-3rd Sept: 10.00-19.00. Last admission: 18.00
Live actors, shows, rides and interactive special effects are just some of the things that make the London Dungeon experience totally spine chilling. All that you see at the dungeon is based on true historical events, right from Jack the Ripper to the Great Fire of London. A few thrilling rides and lots of gory, scary shows are sure to leave you screaming for more. Do you have what it takes?
28-34 Tooley Street, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7403 7221
Open 7 days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day. Opening hours vary during the year.
ZSL London Zoo
With over 12000 exotic animals and reptiles, the London Zoo is sure to dazzle the young and old alike. The exciting Gorilla Kingdom and the Clore Rainforest bring the jungle right into the heart of London. Visitors can come face to face with creatures such as Blackfooted penguins, Moon jelly fish, Komodo Dragon and African hunting dogs. Are you ready for the WILD?
Tel: +44 (0)20 7722 3333
Mar 5 - Oct 21: 10.00am - 5.30pm. Oct 22 - Oct 28: 10.00am - 4.30pm. Oct 29 - Feb 2008: 10.00am - 4.00pm. Last admission one hour before advertised closing time.
The house is open as a museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes. Take a step back in time as you wander through the interior which has been maintained exactly as described in the stories. The first floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained as it was kept in Victorian Times.
221 B Baker Street
London NW1 6XE
Tel: +44 207 935 4430
Open everyday ( except Christmas Day) 9:30 am - 6 pm
Admission: Adult £6, Child (under 16) £ 4