One might think that making a London trip fun for kids is easy. And in a way it’s true. There are plenty of things to do and sights to see. However, that’s actually the problem because there are too many attractions. Quite a few of them also come with a hefty price tag. So, what should you do when you need a budget-friendly plan for a day in London with kids?
You do your research, choose the cheapest attractions, find child-friendly restaurants, and ruthlessly edit the lists until you have only 3-4 attractions left. Never forget that as much as you’d like to show your children everything London has to offer, you have to think of their comfort and health first. So, instead of overloading them with information, focus on some of the true highlights of the great city.
A Perfect Day in London with Kids: Best Places to See and Eat
Morning: Visit a Museum
Start with breakfast in one of the delis of Tom’s Kitchen as they have a grand children’s menu featuring all English cuisine classics in small portions. Tom’s Kitchen is a renowned chain of eateries of varied class, so everyone can find an option they can afford.
Once you’re charged with energy for the morning, head to one of the many London museums. It’s always best to do this in the morning because kids are still full of energy and buzzed up with the excitement of a new adventure. Thus, there’s no chance of them being bored with the educational part of the trip.
Choose the museum depending on your child’s interests. Luckily, London has a multitude of exciting places to offer. Some choices to consider are:
Note that all these museums are free.
Lunch and a Tour
While your child is charged with new information but starts getting bored stuck in one place, you’ll need a quick and fun lunch. The best places would be one of the Masala Zone eateries or Homeslice Pizza. Both are affordable and child-friendly.
After you’ve eaten, it’s time to go on a tour. As you’re planning a perfect day in London with kids, there’s no better option than a free Harry Potter tour. It’s a great adventure for any chi9ld who likes the books as they get to see some of the locations they love.
Other tours you can consider are Treasure Trails or the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. However, you’ll have to splurge on the latter as WB isn’t really friendly with its prices. A Family Ticket for two adults and a child is 124GBP.
Before Dinner: Go Outdoors
Now that the tour of your choice is done, you can pick up a snack at some place that strikes your fancy and set out for a park. Like with museums, London has many of them to offer, and each has attractions of its own.
Options to explore for a perfect ending of your day in London with kids are:
- Battersea Park
Be sure to visit the Children’s Zoo and Adventure Playground located there.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens
Visit the play zone in Kew Gardens.
- Kensington Gardens
Have your kids play at the Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground.
- Crystal Palace Park
You’ll be hard-pressed to choose between a maze, boating lake, and the farm you can find and explore there.
- Hampstead Heath
No better place for enjoying the sunset over London than the Parliament Hill.
Now that your kids are well and truly exhausted and brimming with impressions pick up the traditional fish-and-chips dinner and head back to your hotel. You’ll have plenty of things to discuss the next day and your next day-trip to London to plan.