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.
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:
|Sky Garden||City||July 3|
|Tower Bridge||St Katharine’s||July 4|
|Kew Gardens (Glasshouses reopening)||Kew||July 4|
|Bletchley Park||Milton Keynes||July 4|
|RAF Museum||Grahame Park||July 6|
|National Army Museum||Chelsea||July 7|
|National Gallery||Trafalgar Square||July 8|
|Foundling Museum||Bloomsbury||July 8|
|Tower of London||St Katharine’s||July 10|
|Westminster Abbey||Westminster||July 11|
|Barbican Conservatory||City||July 13|
|Whitechapel Gallery||Whitechapel||July 14|
|The Photographers’ Gallery||Soho||July 14|
|Royal Academy of Arts||Piccadilly||July 16|
|Somerset House||Strand||July 16|
|Hampton Court Palace||Richmond||July 17|
|Cutty Sark||Greenwich||July 20|
|National Maritime Museum||Greenwich||July 20|
|Royal Observatory||Greenwich||July 20|
|Charles Dickens Museum||Holborn||July 25|
|Tate Modern||Southbank||July 27|
|Tate Britain||Westminster||July 27|
|Horniman Museum||Forest Hill||July 30|
|Kensington Palace||Kensington Gardens||July 30|
|The View from the Shard||Southwark||August 1|
|Churchill War Rooms||Whitehall||August 1|
|Imperial War Museum||Lambeth||August 1|
Read how Britain’s museums are preparing for their grand reopening and how Covid will change how they operate for a long time.. https://t.co/jPTxCrVCDC— Anders | LondonDucklings | 🇳🇴🇬🇧 (@londonducklings) July 9, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.