Tuesday, 17 December 2013

London's Best Free Attractions for Kids

A Perfect Day in London with the Kids 
{Kensington, Mayfair & St James's}

There are plenty of things to do with kids in London, 
and, surprisingly, most of them won't cost you a penny.

 Here's how to spend a nice family day out
with free activities and fun for the parents too.

Free London Activities for Kids, A Mum in London

Starting Point 

Diana Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens. 
Go there early in the morning to beat the crowds.

(Queensway & Bayswater are the closest stations).

The kids: since this is possibly the best playground in the world
it's guaranteed children will have lots of fun 
(the Toddler's favourites are the pirate ship and the musical garden).

The parents: there is a lovely cafe just outside, 
so parents can enjoy a {peaceful} cup of coffee

~ ~ ~

Next Stop 

Hamley's toy store 6th floor, Regent Street. 
Meet the Queen in person (well, almost).

(take the Central Line from Queensway Station 
and alight at Oxford Circus - journey time 5 min).

The kids: this is the only spot in London
where you can photograph your little ones
next to HRM {Lego} Queen.

The parents: Regent Street is a shopping heaven.
Parents can take turns and go for mini shopping sprees.

~ ~ ~

Before Heading Home 

St James' Park to feed the pelicans.

(you can walk from Regent Street,
via Piccadilly Circus - journey time 20 min).

The kids: St James's Park is home to six pelicans. 
Kids can watch the pelicans devour fresh fish 
every day between 14:30 to 15:00.

The parents: Pick a bench just across Buckingham palace
free the kids on the lawn and relax - you deserve it.

Diana Memorial Playground: open daily from 10am till dusk
Hamley's toy store: open daily, check opening times 
St James's Park: the pelicans


  1. I haven't taken the boys to Hamleys yet, but it's on the list! : )

    Louisa - My Family & Abruzzo

    1. Have fun & take lots of pics with the whole royal family :)

  2. Great ideas! I didn't know about any of these and usually opt to take kids to the museums. Nice!

    1. Thanks, Mandy. It's a tried & tested schedule (we always have loads of fun)!

  3. Feed the pelicans - great idea!

    1. Thank you, they are such cute creatures and never fail to impress my Toddler :)

  4. Some great suggestions - I didn't know about the Lego Queen at Hamleys.

    1. Thank you, it's very fun, they have the whole Royal family (even HRM's crown!

  5. I love that London has so much to offer for free. My kids loved covent garden at Christmas - pure magic!

  6. What wonderful suggestions! I find LEGO Queen especially fun! I'm going to link this post to my website www.theeducationaltourist.com where I write about packing light and traveling with the kids. I would love a shout out from you!

    Since you are in Europe, you might find my FREE tips and $3 downloads on countries like Spain and France and musuems like the Prado and the Louvre interesting while traveling with your own little ones!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist


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