Bring the whole family to London this summer for a trip packed with iconic sites, brand new attractions and one-off events. Find something to entertain children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers.
#1 The Natural History Museum
Marvel at the huge blue whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum’s spectacular main hall, the Hintze Hall, which reopens with fascinating new displays this summer. Plus, learn more about the sea’s giants in the Whales: Beneath the Surface exhibition, or mingle with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Sensational Butterflies tropical house.
#2 Underbelly festival
Catch a kid-friendly show at the Underbelly Festival in South Bank: enjoy a mix of street dance and circus in Metta Theatre’s thrilling production of the Jungle Book, or boogie the afternoon away with your toddler at Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall.
#3 Regent’s Canal
Cruise down Regent’s Canal on a narrowboat, self-drive boat or even in a kayak. Start with lunch at a riverside cafe in Little Venice, before heading for Camden Town. Stop off at ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park along the way, which welcomes a herd of dinosaurs this summer.
#4 Take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye
Take a ride on the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, the Coca-Cola London Eye, for stunning views over London. Or rise high up to level 72 of Western Europe’s tallest building where The View from The Shard’s open-air skydeck offers panoramic views of the capital.
#5 Cool off at Southbank
Pack your beach towel, bucket and spade and head to the Southbank Centre Beach on the banks of the Thames. The urban beach is part of Southbank Centre’s Summertime festival which also features circus and music shows, art installations and food parties, most of which are free to enjoy.
#6 Visit the Tower of London
Travel back in time to the Middle Ages to defend the Tower of London in an interactive live re-enactment. Once the fortress is saved, visit the dazzling crown jewels, see terrifying torture instruments, and hear gripping stories of passion and blood on a Beefeater tour.
#7 Try Zip World London
Whizz down one of the world’s longest and fastest urban zip wires, Zip World London, which pops up on the south bank of the river this summer. Admire London’s famous skyline on this high-up adventure, suitable for thrill seekers aged eight and above.
#8 Stroll through Hyde Park
Take a relaxing stroll among the flower gardens and wide open spaces of Hyde Park. Let the children run around in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, or join them for a rowing or pedal boat trip on the Serpentine lake.
#9 Take a trip back in time
Learn all about the City of London’s Roman story with the Londinium season of events. Join family storytelling, object-handling sessions and archaeology workshops; and don’t miss the thrilling gladiator games during the August bank holiday weekend.
#10 The West End theatre
From Matilda and Wicked, to The Wind in the Willows and Horrible Histories, take the family to a top West End production. Throughout August you can even get your hands on one free child ticket for every full-price adult ticket, available on selected shows as part of the Kids Week promotion.
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Thanks to visitlondon.com – you can find more things to do in London this summer at www.visitlondon.com/summer