Bringing your family to London this summer? You could not pick a better time to do it. There is a buzz about the place, the Olympic games have captured everyone’s imagination and the city is in a mood to party. If your planning to visit there are a lot of kids activities in London besides the standard attractions of the London Eye, buckingham Palace etc. As well as a whole host of Olympic inspired events there are a few hidden gems that you may not know about to, the following are a few suggestions.
Corams Fields – This delightful family based park in the centre of London is lovely place to while away a few hours in a safe and friendly enviornment. Within easy reach of the centre of London it hosts a number of events throughout the year including some open air theatre shows that are detailed on the website. The park is open all year round from 9am until dusk.
Museum of Childhood – Wonderful free museum charting the history of childhood through an exhibition of toys and interactive installations. During the school holidays the museum hosts a number of art and creative based workshops. There is plenty of room for the kids to run about, an indoor sandpit and puppet show in the upstairs area and a cafeteria that serves nice wholesome food. Or you can bring a picnic along and eat in the indoor picnic area downstairs or the gardens outside if the weather is good.
Tooting Bec Lido – It’s not been a good summer in London this year, with the sun only just making its first apperance. If on your visit you are blessed with some good weather why not take the family to one of Londons geat Art Deco Lidos. Tooting Bec Lido was opened in 1906 as Tooting Bathing Lake and is one of Londons oldest Lidos. There is paddling pool for toddlers and an enormous 90m pool for adults and older children. Arrive early in the hot weather!!!
Princess Diana Memorial Playground – Built in the memory of Diana – Princess of Wales this is a brilliant place for a picnic in Londons Hyde Park, with a great playground including a huge pirate ship, some teppees
and lots of other activities that will keep the kids busy for an afternoon while the parents can relax.
The Horniman Museum – this is one of Londons best free family Museums with Anthropology, Musical Instruments and Natural History collections displayed in the various galleries. There is also an acclaimed Aquarium and award-winning Gardens where children can have a run around and is ideal for a picnic. During the summer month the museum hosts a number of learning based workshops for kids and children, see the website for
more details. You have to pay to go into the Aquraium but at £7 for a family this is pretty good value.