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Top 6 Things to Do in London with Kids

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Child in London, England

London is a fascinating world of majesty and wonders for the entire family, with plenty of things to do for kids of all ages. 

With an effortless blend of cultural history and modern life, you can spend your time enjoying the current culture or immersing yourself in the past. Combine interactive education with inspiring excursions and fun activities with hidden insights. 

Our recommendations for the best family-friendly things to do in London will provide you with the right blend of ideas to inspire your next trip.

1. Embrace the Magic of the Wizarding World

Harry Potter Warner Brothers studio tour in London, England

Harry Potter Warner Brothers studio tour in London, England

London is a place of magic that can inspire your entire family when immersing yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The adventure into the state of belief can take you into the exciting corners of Diagon Alley for a glass of butterbeer on a Warner Brothers Studio tour or visit Platform 9 3/4s in Kings Cross Station. From Snape’s laboratory to Weasleys’s Burrow, learn to summon broomsticks or practice particular spells, you can embrace the practical effects or simply enjoy the fantastical world that has enlivened children and adults alike around the world.

2. Discover and Uncover History at the British Museum

British Museum in London, England

British Museum in London, England. Photo courtesy of Visit London / Jon Reid

The British Museum is a wonderland of discovery for children of all ages. The past comes to life within the layers of artifacts that decorate the galleries from around the world. Explore the Golden Age of Greece or uncover the gilded artifacts of Ancient Egypt. Trace the history of language at the Rosetta Stone or discover images of a sacred king of a West African kingdom. The British Museum provides new perspectives of world history and turns the past interactive by making history relevant to the lives of your children to create an entirely new experience.

3. Witness Marching Knights at Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Royal Guard in London, England

The Queen's Royal Guard in London, England

The knights of Buckingham Palace have become an iconic symbol of London and the perfect picture of prestige for the entire family. The Changing of the Guard captures discipline, movement, and color as music provides the rhythm to which the guard marches. The ceremony’s pomp and exciting ambiance are crowned by the typical red coats and tall hats for which the guards are known. The march of the Queen’s Life Guard also takes place beginning at Hyde Park Barracks, where you can witness the beauty of the mounted regiment dressed in blue tunics and red plumed helmets.

4. Travel through Time at London Tower

The tower of London in England

The tower of London in England

Time travel is an enchanting prospect for families with children of any age, and the Tower of London takes you back in time to explore the legends, stories, and truths of the fortress. Each layer can feel like an architectural odyssey as you witness incredible diamonds, shimmering armor, and weaponry steeped in mythology. From the past to the present, you can witness the Ceremony of the Keys, as the guards keep one of the oldest surviving traditions of its kind alive and relevant.

5. Indulge in a Panoramic View on the London Eye

The London Eye with a view of the city

Panoramic view from the London Eye

As the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, it is the perfect viewpoint for the family to embrace a panoramic view of the city. Whether experiencing the Ferris wheel during the day or bu night to enjoy the city’s twinkling lights, the London Eye puts the entire city in the palm of your hand. View the most iconic architecture in a single space while soaring above the banks of the River Thames.

6. Enjoy a Family-Friendly Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea in London, England

Afternoon tea in London, England

A traditional English tea is the embodiment of British culture and heritage that the entire family can enjoy. From sweet treats to tasty tea, your afternoon tea experience can vary wildly. From a Paddington Bear-based excursion to a sleek twist on old traditions at the Shard, high tea at the Ritz or an English castle, your travel specialist can help you select the right one for your family.

Ready to Explore London as a Family?

Queen's Garden at Buckingham Palace in London, England

Queen's Garden at Buckingham Palace in London, England

A journey through London will always feel immersive for your family as you celebrate the cultural heritage from knights to castles, wizards to marketplaces. From traveling along a timeline of artifacts to sipping traditional tea, find more things to do on your customized vacation in our England Travel Guide. If you are planning a family trip, you can speak with a UK family travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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