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9 things to do in London with toddlers and young children

London is such a fantastic place to be out and about with kids. There are almost limitless activities for kids. Or, at least, enough to keep your little one occupied for an entire trip.

Whether they love to tinker with toys, marvel at prehistoric monstrosities or just run around and around on soft, cool grass, the capital has something for children of all ages (and you!).

Discover our top nine things to do in London with toddlers and young children.

1. The Sealife Centre

Every child has at some point dreamed of being at the bottom of the sea. Now they can experience the wonder at London’s Sealife Centre. Go deep with the world’s slimiest, crawliest and fishiest creatures.

2. The Horniman Museum

This Aladdin’s Cave of strange items from around the globe will open your little one’s eyes to a world of possibilities. From ceremonial headdresses to ancient musical instruments, there’s enough here to keep everyone amused all day.

3. The Science Museum

They should really have called it the Science Playground. The SM is less of a museum and more of a hands-on learning experience that will help your kids to feel what the world of science is really about – discovery and invention.

4. The Making of Harry Potter

Adults and kids alike flock from all corners of the globe to feel the magic of this truly unique place. This studio museum features actual sets, props and costumes from the movies, as well as special Harry Potter experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Want to have your photo taken on a broomstick high above Hogwarts? Yup. Us too.

5. Legoland Windsor

Lego has always been about creating your own universe. Now, your kids can step into that world and see it come to life before their eyes. Take them to Legoland, where they’ll get to see some of the world’s most impressive Lego structures, alongside more games and rides than they can handle.

6. Shrek: The Musical

Shrek is one of the few characters that kids will love no matter their age. Sing along to his latest adventure at a real West End venue.

7. Kew Gardens

Sometimes, the only entertainment your child needs is a safe, open space and fresh air. A picnic in Kew Gardens is the perfect place to let them roam free and explore in a safe environment. For older kids, there’s also the hothouses, treetop walk and Japanese garden to explore.

8. The Natural History Museum

Being the most impressive of all London museums, every Londoner can remember the moment they stepped into the Natural History Museum for the first time. The spectacle it captures reflects the grand beauty of the natural world, all of which is there to explore. Don’t miss out on seeing the blue whale and the earthquake simulator.

9. Hamley’s

It’s the biggest toy shop in the world. What more can we say? This seven-floored behemoth is every kid’s dream. Just don’t let them get lost, or you’ll end up carting home more than you planned.

For more exciting ways to explore London, even with the kids in tow, look at our range of family tours in and around London – there’s a little something for everyone, and they make a fantastic family day out!