Things to do in London with Kids – by Area

One of the reasons we started LondonDucklings was the struggle to find family activities in London near where we wanted to go. While you can find many great blogs by London mums and dads, few sites display child-friendly activities by area.

Since London is so big and spread out, the location is essential to avoid travelling for an hour or more across town to find a nice place to take the kids. This is why we always try to make it easy for our readers to quickly search for child-friendly activities near to where they want to go.

Browse through family activities in each of London’s areas:

Family Activities in Central London

Central London

Central London is a fascinating place for kids with royal places, beautiful parks and historical landmarks wherever you go.

Packed with family-friendly activities, Central London has something for everyone, from classic experiences like watching the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace to visiting the glorious museums in South Kensington.

London’s two historical centres Westminster and the City of London are also full of surprises with hidden sanctuaries like the Inns of Courts where you’ll find beautiful serene gardens.

When visiting Central London with kids we always take advantage of the many playgrounds and parks, so everyone gets a break from the sightseeing.

Favourite family activities include visiting the Diana Memorial PlaygroundRegent’s ParkBritish MuseumMuseum of London and Tower of London. Read the full list.

Things to do with kids in East London

East London

East London is for authentic experiences; great for people-watching, buzzing markets, street art and charming city farms.

Visiting a Sunday market is a great way to get to know East London better. Hackney is a good starting point taking in all the impressions from Columbia Flower Market, enjoying Hackney City Farm, before walking through Spitalfields and Brick Lane Market. Then, if you still have energy left, finish your East London tour with a visit to Old Spitalfields Market or Petticoat Lane.

If you want to explore a more modern version of East London, head to Stratford and the Olympic Park, where you can enjoy state of the art sporting venues and several large play areas.

Family activities include Colombia Road Flower MarketBrick Lane MarketMudchute FarmHackney City FarmVicky Park and Museum of Docklands. Read the complete list.

Horniman museum in South East London

South East London

Discover family-friendly museums, historical attractions and fantastic green spaces in South East London.

Greenwich stands out as a hub for family-friendly activities in South East London with popular attractions like Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. A short hop away from Central London, Greenwich is a popular weekend destination for families in London with the Royal Park as a perfect place for picnics in the summer.

There is no lack of excellent playgrounds in the South East, with superb play areas like in Crystal Palace Park, where you’ll also find a group of exciting vintage dinosaur statues from the Victorian age.

Favourites include Greenwich ParkRoyal Observatory, National Maritime MuseumHorniman Museum and Crystal Palace Playground. Read the full list.

West London Activities for Kids

South West London

South West London is perfect for active days out in parks and nature without leaving the city. 

You’ll find more green space in South West than in any other place in London. With renowned parks like Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, you can choose between perfectly manicured gardens and woodlands full of wildlife.

Perfect for cycling, scooting and walking, you can plan active days out with the whole family without worrying about dangerous traffic.

Family favourites include Battersea ParkKew GardensRichmond Park and London Wetland Centre. Read the full list.

West London Activities for Kids

West London

Inspire your children by exploring the wonders of West London’s world-renowned museums.

Gone are the days when the museums were full of static displays labelled with long academic explanations. Instead, when you visit the museums in South Kensington today, you can expect highly interactive galleries and engaging hands-on displays tailored towards inspiring children to learn more about the wonders of the world.

The Royal Parks are never far away, perfect for picnics on hot summer days and blowing off steam in the many playgrounds.

Family-friendly favourites in West London include Natural History MuseumScience MuseumV&A Museum and Holland Park Playground. Read the full list.

Kite flying in north london

North London

Discover the many green spaces and animal farms in North London.

From alternative fashion in Camden’s markets to outdoor swimming in Hampstead Heath’s ponds, North London is an intriguing area to explore with a very different set of attractions compared to Central London.

Each part of North London has its distinct vibe and atmosphere. Walk from St Johns Wood through Primrose Hill towards Islington, and you’ll understand why London is often described as a collection of villages.

Favourite family activities include visiting Hampstead HeathEpping ForestAlexandra ParkLondon ZooCamden Market and Kentish Town Farm. Read the full list.

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