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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.