Kensington in West London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world. This cluster of world-renowned museums includes the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. And on a hot summer day, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are never far away to enjoy a picnic.
West London was made for living. From Chiswick to Chelsea to Chepstow Road, towering stucco-fronted terraces, often interlaced by secluded communal gardens, testify to this being the land of the settled, the refined. There’s scarcely a warehouse conversion in sight; it’s the classic end of town.
The Holy Triangle on Exhibition Road
Three mighty museums have their homes on Exhibition Road: The V&A where kids can design their own clothes, the Natural History Museum where you can meet T-Rex in person and the wonderful Science Museum with all its interactive exhibitions. Their stately home cousins of Leighton House and Chiswick House are not far away either.
West London on a budget
If and when you get exhausted, Central London’s green belt is only a 10 minutes walk away to stretch out on the grass. There are not that many kid-friendly restaurants in the area so consider combining a trip to the museum with a picnic in Hyde Park or Kensington
Many of the main attractions in West London are completely free. Combine that with the fact that you can get almost anywhere in London with public transportation and have wonderful picnics with packed lunches in the park, you can easily plan some really affordable days out.
Playgrounds and Gardens
If you take the kids to the Diana Memorial Playground we can’t promise you it will be relaxing, but the kids will certainly burn energy by climbing the huge pirate ship inspired by the stories of Peter Pan. St James Playground is a small but well-planned playground right next to Buckingham Palace, perfect for a break after watching Changing of the Guard. If you want to check out a very unique Garden, go to the Chelsea Physic Garden where you can learn how to make herbal remedies and botanical soap.