Central London is the beating heart of the capital, with world-famous historical attractions next to modern superstructures. Here you’ll find a selection of our favourite things to do for families in the City of London and Westminster. Check our reviews of activities in Central London:
Parks & Playgrounds in Central London
- Coram’s Fields
- Diana Memorial Playground
- Green Park
- Horseferry Playground
- Hyde Park
- Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill
- St James Park and Playground
Historical Attractions, Museums & Galleries
- City of London Churches
- Museum of London
- Natural History Museum
- Science Museum
- Tower of London
- V&A Museum
Things to do in Central London with kids
Many families visiting London for the first time keep to the most central part of London to cover the main attractions. And there is nothing wrong with that! Who wouldn’t want to see Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament? Keep in mind that all the big museums in Central London are free of charge (donation suggested), and attracts millions of people every year.
We highly recommend planning what you want to see in advance while avoiding the busiest times of the day if you are going with small children. As an example, the British Museum is so enormous that it’s just impossible to cover everything in a day, even for the biggest museum buffs. Look for our tips when it comes to the most child-friendly exhibitions for each museum.
Popular Areas in Central London
When tagging posts with “Central London”, we have mainly included attractions within the borders of the City Westminster and the City of London as the two main historical areas of the capital:
Westminster, Whitehall & St James
The symbolic heart of London, Westminster is worldwide renowned for all its historical attractions. Classic activities for kids in this area include Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament and Big Ben, St James Park Playground, Tate Britain and Westminster Abbey.
Mayfair & Marylebone
The principal heart of London shopping street with Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly all located in the area. Family-friendly attractions include London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Regents Park and Burlington Arcade.
Soho & Bloomsbury
Located in Soho are the majority of London’s theatres as well as Chinatown, the gay quarter and the red light district. There are also plenty of colourful markets and specialist bookshops. Attractions in this area include the British Library, British Museum, Carnby Street and Liberty
A very lively part of the capital packed with buskers, street entertainers with plenty of places to enjoy a meal or a snack and a whole host of quirky little shops to explore. Attractions in this area include the London Transport Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Trafalgar Square.
Known as the square mile, the global finical centre of London, a very busy area Monday to Friday but as hardly anybody lives there it’s very quiet at weekends. We recommend a visit to the Museum of London to learn more about the Great Fire and where the Vikings left their mark in London.
Changing of the Guard
For first time families visiting London, Changing of the Guard is something that you don’t want to miss. The crowds can get quite huge, so you would want to be there early enough for a good view. On the other hand, you don’t want to arrive too early risking the kids to get fed up before the show even starting.