When you think about the Capital, you think about the expensive city that is not really welcoming to children, but you are mistaken! London is a beautiful city filled with plenty to see and do, even for free, no matter your or your child’s age. Here is a guide of things to do in London with your child for free.
But always keep in mind that London is quite a rainy and cold town, so make sure that you’re your child is always warm. But putting a lot of layers on your child may cause your child to overheat because children can be quite active, so the best solution is to use the toddler leg warmers to keep them warm in a cold London.
Visit the free museums
Maybe you think that your kids are not ready for museums and that they are going to lose focus or get bored, but you could not be farthest from the truth. Here are some museums that your children need to see.
The Horniman museum located on Forest Hill is an anthropological museum filled with ancient walruses, cabinets with pickled animals, birds, and insects.
Apart from this collection, there is also a permanent collection of African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art and a collection of over 1600 musical instruments. The museum will occupy your child for hours! Horniman museum also has an aquarium that has an entrance fee; otherwise, it is completely free.
Next on the list is the Natural history museum, which has to be on your bucket list, because it contains around 70 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, and minerals. You could spend a day in it and still not be able to see everything. Your child will definitely be interested in the dinosaur collection, so make sure to see that first.
There are many more free museums in London, and the list is available here.
Go to the parks
There is nothing children like more than playing outdoors, and London is filled with parks with open playgrounds for your children to explore.
You must visit the Battersea park and the zoo. Kids simply love this park, with its beautiful lake and lovely smells of the garden, but probably its best feature is Battersea Park’s adventure playground. There are many climbing structures and nets, as well as slides that will offer your child quite a challenge, but there is also a separate area for the younger children.
Another park you should visit is Brockwell Park. With its 84 acres of greenery, your children will be fascinated by its beauty. Just like the Battersea park, kids are mostly interested in the park’s massive playground. Brockwell Park has every child’s favorite – sandpit. Although you may not be as excited about cleaning sand from your child’s clothing, your child will be filled with excitement.
Regular events in Brockwell park are circuses, concerts, and festivals, so make sure to check them out, too.
Visit the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
This is probably the best place for children in the entire city. The playground contains massive sculptures and swings, but its most famous attraction still remains the huge pirate ship. And the best part about this playground is that a lot of the equipment has been designed with the children with special needs in mind, including children in a wheelchair.
But one thing to keep in mind is that the playground can be very crowded on the weekends, so make sure to plan your trip ahead.