You must buy London Travelcards to save you money getting around the city by tube or bus. And don’t forget, children 15 years and under are half-price. If it’s their first time to London, the Original London Sightseeing Tour will give them a great feel for the city. What better way to see all the famous landmarks and attractions on an open-top double decker bus? The Original London Sightseeing Tour also offers a kids club that includes an activity pack with commentary via headphones.
Take a breather and relax at one of the many kid-friendly restaurants including Giraffe, Blue Kangaroo and of course, Rainforest Café. You can also enjoy extensive discounts to many restaurants with the London Sightseeing Pass that also covers entrance to the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London and the London Zoo.
The afternoon calls for a little education at one of the many museums offering activities for children, including the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert.
VisitBritain’s shop offers a Theatre Passport entitling you to the best available seats in participating musicals and plays. You can also book specific tickets on our Shows & Events section and spend the evening with Billy Elliot, Oliver or Lion King.
Spend the morning at London Zoo and don’t miss the Animal Adventure zone for kids. Be sure to check out feeding times.
After lunch, head to the Tower of London (children half-price) and give them a little taste of history as well as the amazement of the world’s most magnificent collection of jewels.
With history in mind, make your way to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the re-constructed 16th Century theatre offering summer season plays as well as year round exhibition and tours.
As you’re that side of the river, London’s most visited attraction is before you, the London Eye. This is Europe’s largest ferris wheel offering breathtaking views of London.
How about getting them on the train for a half day visit to Hampton Court Palace? A magnificent Tudor Palace set in acres of parkland. There are costumed guided tours each day as well as kid’s ghost tours every Sunday. Make sure you lose them in the famous maze for a while.
Head back to the city for some serious kid shopping. Hamleys on Regent Street is a must, with 7 floors of toys and games. If your kids love comics and books, then don’t miss Gosh Comics in Bloomsbury and the Children’s Book Centre in Kensington