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Things to do in London with Kids this Weekend

Things to do in London with Kids this Weekend

With museums, playgrounds and animal attractions in the process of being reopened, there are more and more things to do in London with kids. Here is an overview of what you can do this weekend.

Museums

LONDON MUSEUMS: While the government announced that museums could open from July 4, the majority are still in the process of implementing social distancing measures. Here is a list of reopened places you can visit this weekend:

Museum/Attraction:Area:Opening Date:
Sky GardenCityJuly 3
Tower BridgeSt Katharine’sJuly 4
Kew Gardens (Glasshouses reopening)KewJuly 4
Bletchley ParkMilton KeynesJuly 4
RAF MuseumGrahame ParkJuly 6
National Army MuseumChelseaJuly 7
National GalleryTrafalgar SquareJuly 8
Foundling MuseumBloomsburyJuly 8
Tower of LondonSt Katharine’sJuly 10
Westminster AbbeyWestminsterJuly 11
Barbican ConservatoryCityJuly 13
Whitechapel GalleryWhitechapelJuly 14
The Photographers’ GallerySohoJuly 14
Royal Academy of ArtsPiccadillyJuly 16
Somerset HouseStrandJuly 16
Hampton Court PalaceRichmondJuly 17
Cutty SarkGreenwichJuly 20
National Maritime MuseumGreenwichJuly 20
Royal ObservatoryGreenwichJuly 20
Charles Dickens MuseumHolbornJuly 25
Tate ModernSouthbankJuly 27
Tate BritainWestminsterJuly 27
Horniman MuseumForest HillJuly 30
Kensington PalaceKensington GardensJuly 30
The View from the ShardSouthwarkAugust 1
Churchill War RoomsWhitehallAugust 1
Imperial War MuseumLambethAugust 1

Animal Attractions

LONDON ZOO has reopened, but make sure to book your tickets online in advance. Note that there are no indoor or walkthrough exhibitions, and no talks or demonstrations.

London Zoo has reopened, but remember to book tickets online in advance.

BATTERSEA CHILDREN’s ZOO has also opened, and while they prefer you to book tickets online it’s also possible to get tickets at the gate using contactless payment. Food-options will be somewhat limited, and we recommend taking a packed lunch to beautiful Battersea Park which is perfect for family picnics.

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Instructions as published to the public by London Zoo after the reopening

LONDON’S CITY FARMS are all working hard to put necessary safety measures in place. Kentish Town City Farm opened already on June 22 allowing a maximum of six visitors at a time. Go to their website to prebook tickets. We are eagerly waiting for more farms to open, like our local favourites Mudchute Park & Farm and Surrey Docks Farm.

Parks And Playgrounds

LONDON’S PARKS are open, but they are also becoming increasingly busy as temperatures rise. Londoners that would normally go on vacation or day-trips to the coast at this time of the year are instead flocking to the city parks, generating a huge amount of additional plastic waste, bottles and food. Please follow the appeal from the Royal Parks and take your litter home.

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For many relaxing in the park is going to be high up on the list of tings to do in London this weekend

PLAYGROUNDS OPENING: Finally after so many weeks of isolation, we can let the kids loose in the nearest playground! At least in theory… According to the latest government reopening announcement, playgrounds can open from Saturday, July 4 but it remains to be seen how many will have all the necessary safety implementations in place on time.

If you want to try to dodge the biggest crowds, you can always take a look at the Google Maps’s stats which will show you an updated forecast of visitor numbers based on actual location data from people’s mobile phones.

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Google Maps shows you a good estimate for when the parks will be most busy. Example from Greenwich Park.

KEW GARDENS has opened their gates and require tickets to be pre-booked online for specific time slots. At the time of writing, time slots for Sunday morning July 5 is starting to sell out. You can stay as long as you want once you’ve entered the park. Note that Kew’s excellent playground Children’s Garden is still closed, and there is no communication yet for when it will open.

Landmarks and Palaces

Kensington Palace and Queen Victoria
Kensington Palace is due to open its doors on July 30

HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES, which includes Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace have announced their opening dates.

Many of the classic London tourist attractions like London Eye, Sea Life and the Shard are in the process of implementing the reopening guidance and we expect announcements to follow soon.

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