Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Matt1
Best places to see and visit in London with young children
London is full of parks and attractions suitable for young people. For example, the Natural History Museum provides an impressive showcase for viewing dinosaurs. The grizzly London Dungeons and the Tower of London will give older kids a thrill, while the Harry Potter London Bus Tour will excite and delight visitors with a trip to the locations used in the final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
When a family group includes toddlers and younger children, finding the right attractions is essential. At the end of the day, most parents want their youngsters to be tired, but happy – not hyperactive with minds that are perfectly primed for night terrors. Here are a few suggestions for the best London spots to visit with young children.
There are fabulous museums in London, such as the innovative Science Museum and the charming Museum of Childhood, both of which organise activities for children under five years old as well as for those aged up to three years. Indoor soft play areas can be found easily at the Mudlarks gallery in the Museum of Docklands and the Kids’ Zone in the National Army Museum. Outdoor play areas are also plentiful – Diana’s Memorial Playground in central London is especially suitable for toddlers. It has great access for pushchairs and also has baby changing facilities.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo will provide a brilliant introduction to animal life; it features meerkats, mynah birds and donkeys, as well as farm animals. There is also a playground with a sandpit and a variety of outdoor play equipment. Among London’s many city farms, Hackney City Farm at Bethnal Green has traditional farm livestock, plus guinea pigs and smaller animals. Both of these sites are accessible via train, bus and underground. Hackney City Farm also has parking places for visitors arriving by bicycle.
London Zoo in Regent’s Park has something for everyone, including an aquarium. The areas to explore can be chosen with a child’s temperament, as well as age, in mind. Among the wide range of sections to visit, “Into Africa” will delight those who wish to see African hunting dogs and zebras up close, and a clever viewing platform means toddlers can get eye to eye with a giraffe. Meanwhile, the “Butterfly Paradise” provides a chance to enjoy beautiful butterflies, and older children can learn more about their habitat. There is also a children’s zoo that caters specifically for young children. Feeding the animals is great fun, and feeding the children is easy as well – London Zoo has a café which serves healthy food, along with a picnic shop and a fish and chip shop.
If travelling from one of the many family-friendly hotels in London, there is a choice of arrival points to London Zoo. Camden Town on the Northern Line is the nearest underground station, with a walk of about 15 minutes. Other nearby stations include Regent’s Park on the Bakerloo line and Baker Street on the Bakerloo, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.
Toddlers will love the chance to travel by bus, canal, river and train. All of these transportation options are possible in different parts of London.