Kids from 4 to 7 years old
The newly-transformed Kensington Palace is now open following a two-year, £12million refurbishment.
Explore the new gardens, shops, café and terrace as well as four redesigned visitor routes revealing both the secret and public lives of Kensington's inhabitants. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life told in her own words in the new Victoria Revealed exhibition; master the games of royal court in the magnificent King's State Apartments; get a glimpse of a modern Princess in a small but special exhibition of some of Diana's dresses and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the beautiful Queen's State Apartments. A new lift makes the Palace accessible to all and, for the first time, kids under 16 go free.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park - From 22nd November 2013
This year promises even more thrills, spectacle and Christmas magic at Hyde Park, they will be open 10am till 10pm every day until 5th January (excluding Christmas Day). As always Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, so you can wander through the park, soaking up the festive atmosphere and enjoy all the free entertainment on offer.
Penguin Club at Somerset House Ice Rink – From Saturday 16th November
Children under 8 years old can join Penguin Club which provides a safe environment to take their first tentative steps on the ice at the training rink. The Penguin stabilizers give young children the support to encourage good skating posture and practice, plus create lots of fun.
Children over eight years of age can join the grown-ups at Skate Lessons on Saturdays: 16, 23, 30 November & 7 December
Sundays: 17, 24 November, 1 & 8 December 2013
Biscuit ceramic café, Greenwich
Biscuit is the most exciting place to create your personal masterpiece. Kids can choose from the available ceramic cups, plates, vases and paint colours, to create their own one- off designs.
Biscuit is located in Greenwich town centre and it is a place to enjoy quality time with friends and family.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Have you ever come face to face with a ring tailed lemur? Or popped up right beside a meerkat? Have you ever spent time with Kune Kune pigs - Piggle and Wiggle? Seen an otter at work? Chatted with a mynah bird? Or patted a pygmy goat? From giant rabbits to miniature Shetland ponies, monkey mayhem to the mouse house - this is the zoo that gets you up close and personal.
Hamley’s Toy Shop
Over the squeaking, bleeping, whizzing and chiming of toys, you can hear children laughing excitedly as they gaze at the sheer choice of seven floors of toys and games.
One of the city’s great new landmarks with breathtaking views over 25 miles of London and surrounding areas, taking in Canary Wharf, Wembley Stadium and Windsor Castle.
London Transport Museum
Children under 6 can let their imaginations run wild as they climb aboard a fun versions of a bus, train, ube and taxi. They can take the wheel, becoming a driver for the day, or bump around with the other passengers in the back. They can also explore our miniature London, taking control of the transport system, moving buses and trains around London's most famous landmarks.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
A huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centrepiece of this children's wonderland opened on the 30th June 2000, in memory of the late Princess at Kensington Gardens.
Tower of London
London’s famous former fortress, royal palace and prison, containing The Bloody Tower, The Crown Jewels and Beefeaters.
Fastest, longest, highest... Discover amazing animal records – Natural History Museum
Compare the feats of some past Olympic medallists with extraordinary records from the animal world. When it's animal versus athlete... who wins, Usain Bolt or the African Cheetah, Mo Farah or the American antelope ?
ONE HOUR AWAY
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – one of the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.
Howlett’s Wild Animal Park
Spend a thrilling day out in Kent at Howletts Wild Animal Park - a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland with everything from Gorillas to Tigers for your little Monkeys.
Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
The Museum's permanent displays are arranged into three main galleries: Moving Toys, which showcases the Museum's extensive collection of moving and optical toys; Creativity, featuring examples of toys related to the development of imagination and creativity during childhood; Childhood, which tells the social story of childhood using a variety of objects, from dolls' houses to children's clothing dating from the 1600s to the present day.
Gung-ho children will find plenty to keep them entertained at Firepower, a museum dedicated to the soldiers of the Royal Artillery. The Real Weapons gallery allows the firing of (mini) cannons and the whey-faced youth can join a drill class run by a fearsome sergeant major. Then get the free Woolwich Ferry to the north shore. Here you’ll find the North Woolwich Old Station Museum, (where kids can climb all over the Coffee Pot, a Victorian commuter train, and ride Dudley the Diesel).
A DAY TRIP
Chessington World of Adventures
There's nothing like a sense of wild adventure to really make you want to dig deeper and discover more. And at Chessington World of Adventures, you can let your intrepid explorers loose on the wildest lessons of their lives! Go on a journey of exotic exploration together and unearth the secrets of far-flung lands and the untamed inhabitants that lie within...
The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years. The Castle covers an area of about 13 acres.
Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor Palace with its famous maze set in extensive gardens on the banks of the River Thames.
A small piece of the jungle in the city serving great food for kids and adults.
Lunch on Sunday at the Notting Hill Brasserie
Their mission is to provide a relaxing afternoon, great live Jazz, a fabulous Traditional Roast and, if you wish, to entertain your children. For children between 2 and 6, they have a trained Nanny in the Playroom to entertain them and are happy to serve children half portions (at half the cost) from the main Menu.
As distinctive as its long-necked namesake, Giraffe is a fun, vibrant chain that’s a sure-fire hit with the kids. Buzzy surroundings & genuinely upbeat service mesh with an international menu.
Hard Rock Cafe
The world first Hard Rock, opening in 1971. Serving great burgers and more amongst brilliant rock memorabilia.
Sale e Pepe
Very nice family run Italian in Knightsbridge, serving great food with entertaining staff.
The Lion King
The popular story of the young lion cub Simba, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical.
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.