20 FUN THINGS TO DO IN LONDON WITH KIDS | THE LONDON MUSINGS SUMMER EDIT
The summer holidays are make or break for one's sanity. You will be lucky to get a lie in and you'll run out of meal ideas by the end of the first week. The house will be messy and the laundry pile will resemble Mount Everest. There will be bickering, tantrums and injuries and you will begin to question your decisions in life thus far. Thankfully, all of this is completely irrelevant because we have searched far and wide to bring you the ultimate summer itinerary!
From museums and boat trips to child-friendly dining experiences and theatre shows, we have got enough material to keep your children entertained for the entire summer. Embrace London, learn new things and get caught up in moments of happiness with your wonderful family. Stay in control, have fun and stock up on plasters/snacks/bribes. Get ready to become THAT dynamic parent we all love to hate so much!
1.) With a beautifully designed indoor play area, your kids can enjoy The Corner House Brook Green, a dream world of toys, books, games, dressing-up clothes, table football and make-believe. Watch them from the calming comfort of the café area as you nurse the perfect flat white.
2.) On sunny days, head over to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Kensington Gardens. This eye-catching memorial symbolises Diana's quality and openness, providing visitors with a perfectly tranquil area where they can enjoy a relaxed family picnic and a cooling paddle!
3.) Book Matilda The Musical tickets, where the entire family will enjoy a show-stopping and memorable performance based on a nostalgic and much-loved Roald Dahl story. This fun and colourful show is a multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
4.) Take an awe-inspiring journey through space and time at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Stand on the world's Prime Meridian and discover the home of Greenwich Mean Time and catch a thrilling planetarium show - not to be missed.
5.) Head to the Discover Children’s Story Centre, the UK’s first Story Centre for children aged 0-11 and their families. Lose yourselves in the love of language, literature and stories, inspiring creativity and imagination.
6.) Discover award-winning exhibitions, iconic objects and stories of incredible scientific achievement at the Science Museum. Interactive games will transport you and your family to a world of wonder and amazement, educating and exciting you along the way.
7.) Treat yourself to home-style American cooking and bowling at All Star Lanes. Forget your visions of childhood bowling experiences featuring grimy carpets and deadpan staff. Here you will find stylish decor, delicious food and fine cocktails - fun for the whole family!
8.) Celebrate the joy of storytelling at Shakespeare’s Telling Tales, the lively family festival at Shakespeare's Globe. The festival brings together authors, performers and storytellers to celebrate the power of storytelling and that amazing thing we call ‘our imagination’.
9.) Arrive at London's beautiful Kew Gardens and meet Gnomus, a giant puppet and 'caretaker of the Earth'. Gnomus will lead you on an exhilarating story-filled adventure, showing children how important it is to value and learn about some of the world's rarest and most endangered species.
10.) Lose yourselves in Labyrinth and The Wizard of Oz at Film4's Summer Screen. For one night only on Saturday 11th August, Somerset House is transformed into a world of extravagant fantasy and musical delight with two of cinema’s most beloved dream-world adventures.
11.) Treat yourself to a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. From golden chocolate eggs and chocolate caramel milk to playful homemade candyfloss, every treat reflects the wit and wonder of Roald Dahl's classic tale. Scrumdiddlyuptious!
12.) Visit the National Maritime Museum to discover epic stories of exploration and endeavour that have shaped our world today. Children can play in the AHOY! gallery for under-7s or All Hands for 6-12 year olds. Enjoy lunch in the Parkside Café and Terrace with views overlooking beautiful Greenwich Park.
13.) Share a unique culinary moment together at Le Petit Cordon Bleu, with Cooking Courses for Children! This fun workshop aims to encourage creativity and taste and you can take home the gourmet dishes to share with your family. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.
14.) Head to the Pottery Café in either Fulham or Battersea for a jolly good painting session! Complete with a toy shop and delicious coffees, the café has crafted the perfect environment for families and friends looking to spend a few hours getting creative.
15.) Visit the V&A Museum of Childhood to see Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today. Enjoy and explore the 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins. On until 2nd September 2018.
16.) Take an exhilarating 90-minute climb at Up at The O2, over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue! Marvel at 360° views of Historic Greenwich, the Olympic Park and Canary Wharf as the climb guide assists you the entire way. Minimum age is 9 years old.
17.) Get your dancing shoes on at Morning Gloryville, the original morning rave! The family-friendly party offers inspirational, energising music and mesmerising visual entertainment as well as free massage, organic coffee and smoothie bars, yoga and personal motivation from trained and costumed performers.
18.) Meet colourful characters and discover stories of life on board the Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her day. Take the helm at the ship’s wheel, walk beneath the original hull and see spectacular views across London and enjoy a unique, luxury Afternoon Tea beneath the copper-plated hull.
19.) Hit the slops at Chel-Ski, London’s largest indoor ski centre offering the very best hi-tech slopes! Learn to ski or snowboard or advance existing skills with the speed and angle of the slopes are adjusted to match your ability. Minimum age is 5 years old.
20.) Spend Saturday mornings at Kids' Kino Club at The Regent Street Cinema, showing films for kids, including recent releases and old favourites. Tickets for children under the age of 16 are £3 and £5 for accompanying adults.