5 Things to do in London With Kids

When you’re putting together an itinerary for a trip to London with kids, you can quickly become overwhelmed. London has something for everyone, even when you want to visit on a budget. You’ll find that your itinerary fills up quickly and several must see attractions haven’t found a spot yet. Before that itinerary becomes too full, make sure you take note of these 5 things to do in London with your kids. Include them in your plans. Your kids will love them.

1. Visit the Tower of London

Visiting the Tower of London is one of the best things to do in London with kids.

Rest assured that if you go the Tower of London, you’ll get your money’s worth. It’s one of the best places to visit in London with kids. The site is full of things to experience and of course it’s full of history. It’s really like a series of sites in one big location and each area has a little something different to see. Two things of note are the White Tower built in 1080 by William the Conqueror and the Jewel House which houses the crown jewels. The White Tower is a must see as it houses the armory and has several exhibits that will keep kids attention.

They will really like the interactive displays. It’s here that they’ll have the chance to see what it’s like to shoot an arrow and to wield a sword like a knight. As you make your way through, you’ll get to see the extensive collection of armor that has been used through the years.

The armory in the Tower of London is a great place to visit in London with kids.

Learning the story behind the tower is also really interesting. The Jewel House is really fun to go through. You get a bit of history and backstory of the monarchy and the jewels before you get to the main event. The wait and possible line to get in are definitely worth it. Though you can’t take pictures in the Jewel House, the whole family will love the opportunity to see the display of the crown jewels. You can’t possibly visit London with your kids and miss this site!

2. Ride a double decker bus

Riding a double decker bus is a fun thing to do in London with kids.

You see a photo of the iconic red two level bus and you automatically think London. One of the things to do when you make your way to the British capital is take a ride on the famed red double decker bus. Public transportation is very useful for getting around London and is a good alternative to using taxis or any other ride sharing companies. They’re clean, reliable and easy to use. The tube will likely be the primary way to get around the city. Buses are a very good option as well.

If you’re taking the bus you’ll likely have the opportunity to ride the red double decker. Kids get a kick out of heading up to the top level and going for a ride through London’s streets. If you’re using the Oyster Card it’s easy to tap upon entry to pay for your fare. As an added bonus, kids under 11 travel free when with a fare paying adult.

3. Go to Hamley’s

Hamleys toy store is a place to visit when in London with kids.

Hamley’s isn’t just any toy store. It is the largest and oldest toy store in the world. At seven stories it has a bit of everything and is more than up to the challenge of satisfying any child’s curiosity. The main store is on Regent Street which only adds to the atmosphere. It’s easy to get lost in what seems like a completely different world once you walk through the doors. After leading the way and sticking to your itinerary, this is a good opportunity to let the little ones take the lead. They’ll be more than happy to make their way through the many aisles and displays.

Inside Hamley's Toy Store.

In a toy store this large there is a sense of wonder and discovery not only because of the sheer volume of toys but also because of the anticipation of what the next floor contains. Allow for a good amount of time and let the kids discover all that this unique shopping experience will provide them.

4. Run Around in Victoria Tower Gardens

With plenty of open space to play, Victoria Tower Gardens is a great place to visit when in London with kids.

Since you’ll already be near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, why not take a minute or 60 and wander over to Victoria Tower Gardens. It’s just south of the Houses of Parliament nestled up against the River Thames. There is a nice wide open green space just perfect to let the littles run around and have some fun. It’s a great space for a lunch or for a picnic. With plenty of open space as well as benches, you can chose which one you’d like. Right up against the river is a scenic tree lined walkway that stretches a good ways south of the Houses of Parliament. With the trees forming a canopy over the walkway, it is an ideal spot to take a nice leisurely walk.

As you look out across the river to the north, you get a great view. You’ll see the River Thames, Westminster Bridge and the Eye of London. If you don’t want to walk you can bring your lunches or snacks and let the family sit and rest on the benches along the River Thames and enjoy the view.

Enjoy the view of the River Thames, Westminster Bridge and the Eye of London from the walkway in Victoria Tower Gardens.

5. Have some Lola’s Cupcakes

Lola's Cupcakes are a great treat to have when in London with kids.

Treats make the trip and a visit to Lola’s Cupcakes will make any trip that much better. There are several stores and stalls across London so you can check and see which ones are nearest you. We first ran into Lola’s at a little spot just outside the Leicester Square Underground Station. Just seeing the display with the variety, colors and flavors was reason enough to give it a try. We were very happy that we did as it was one of our favorite treats that we had in London with our kids. It’s something the whole family will really enjoy.

A good thing is that they’re not hard to find as they have locations in several well visited Underground Stations. There’s locations in Blackfriars, Leicester Square, London Bridge and Waterloo Station. Lola’s has full bakeries in West Hampstead and a spot in Covent Garden. When it’s time to order, there are plenty of classic options to choose from. The selection includes Red Velvet, Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel, Rocky Road, Caramel Macadamia Nut and Tiramisu. There are also gluten free options as well. This just may end up being your family’s favorite!

Ready for London with kids

Going to London with kids can be fun for the whole family.

Are you planning on visiting London with family? There’s several things to know before you go to London. Make sure you have a solid plan in place which includes the necessary packing list for London. Then, check out these 8 steps to help make a success of planning your family vacation.


  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog, smilesonarrival.com, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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