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London with kids

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440 total points

When you’re in search of fun things to do in London with the kids, there’s plenty of ideas for inspiration. Despite it being a sprawling metropolis, and busy commuter destination, London is also home to some of the most exciting kid’s attractions in the world. From huge aquariums, to riverside tours, and days out at the farm, you’ll be surprised with how much is on offer for you and the little ones. Your family day out in London has been carefully planned to keep travel to a minimum for little feet. The following five attractions are all relatively close to each other, especially handy when you have a stroller and children in tow. However, you may want to block out a whole day, to tick off the challenges in our list below. Ready – let’s get going!

Shrek's Adventure, Londres - Kinto
Amusement Parks

Shrek's Adventure

50 points

London’s Southbank is a big draw for tourists, and easy to reach being just a few minutes’ walk from London Waterloo. Here you will find an array of tourist attractions, especially for younger visitors. Start your day at Shrek’s Adventure – a magical tour that brings the movie to life. There’s lots of fun activities to enjoy as you walk around, including everyone’s favourite –gingerbread men! Other highlights include the magical flying bus and meeting the friendly giant ogre himself (cameras at the ready). New for 2020, there’s also a Trolls World Tour experience included, adding a touch of sparkle to your day out. Prices start from £22.50 per child and £30 for an adult (note to self; it’s cheaper to buy online). However, this attraction is probably best suited for four to five year olds’. The adventure can accommodate buggies too.

Useful information:

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, Royaume-Uni

SEA LIFE Centre - London Aquarium, Londres - Kinto
Animals & Wildlife

SEA LIFE Centre - London Aquarium

60 points

As if by magic, the SEALIFE London Aquarium is right next door to Shrek’s Adventure making it ideal for families packing in lots of excitement to one day. Suitable for little and big kids (as well as grown-ups), this huge aquarium is a hit with everyone. There are 50 aquariums in all, with over 180,000 sea creatures to wave at. This includes turtles, jellyfish and super-scary Tiger sharks! In fact, a stroll over the ‘shark walk’ crossing and the ‘Ocean tunnel’ are both highlights not to be missed. As well as lots of fun, there’s a strong conservation message too, making it one of the most enjoyable days out in London you can have. Tickets vary in price, starting from £34 – go online and look for 2-for-1 offers, there’s usually a promotion running. As you leave SEALIFE and turn right, Southbank awaits….

Useful information:

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB, Royaume-Uni

Jubilee Gardens at Southbank, Londres - Kinto
Parks & gardens

Jubilee Gardens at Southbank

60 points

Walking alongside the bank of the River Thames is a great way to take in the sights of London. However, Southbank itself has a couple of hidden treasures for kids. This part of town comes alive during the warmer months. Come in the summer and you can expect to see fairground rides, ice-cream trucks, and family-friendly festivals, lining the walkways. As you walk towards the fountains, you may want to take a quick detour via Jubilee Gardens which you walk past. This is a large playground for children, great for climbing around and letting off some steam. From here, the next stop is the fun fountains – officially known as "Jeppe Hein’s fickle fountain" outside the Royal Festival Hall. This interactive sculpture is open during the warmer weather – as kids jump in and out of the ever-changing fountains. Getting soaked is half the fun, so be sure to come with a change of clothes. As one of the top free things to do in London with kids, expect crowds in high season.

Boat ride, Londres - Kinto
Cruising

Boat ride

50 points

Being on the bank of the Thames is also the prime place for some riverside action. The Duck Tours is a very exciting attraction (a bus that turns into a boat) that kids of all ages love, which reopens again in 2021. Until then, there’s plenty of boat tours departing from London Eye Pier, with tickets starting from £7.20 per adult and kids under five going free. This is a great way to see the city from another perspective. Best of all, the kids will scream with excitement when they go under the world-famous Tower Hill Bridge – which in itself is a day out! Although you can get off, if you stay on the boat, you’ll return back to the Southbank.

Vauxhall City Farm, Londres - Kinto
Animals & Wildlife

Vauxhall City Farm

60 points

Back on dry land, Vauxhall City Farm is the perfect place to round off your day. Take the bus or train from Waterloo (roughly 15 minutes). Just be sure to arrive before it closes at 4pm to avoid disappointment. Albeit a small city farm, there’s lots of cute and cuddly animals for the little ones to point at. This includes; alpacas, guinea pigs, horses, pigs, ponies, goats, duck and sheep. You’ll be singing ‘Old Macdonald’s farm’ before you know it, and who could blame you in this charming farm. This secret gem is also one of the best free things to do in London with kids, since there’s no entry fee.

Useful information:

Address: 165 Tyers St, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HS, Royaume-Uni