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There are so many things to do in London that you’re spoilt for choice, but it’s not always easy finding something that interests the whole family. We’ve listed eight of our favourite London family activities that are great to the keep the kids entertained and we’re confident any adults will have fun too!

1. A Day Out in Greenwich

There is so much to do in Greenwich, we feel it warrants a full day. For the kids, there is The Royal Observatory which is home to the Prime Meridian Line and the National Maritime Museum and The Old Royal Naval College before visiting Cutty Sark.

For Christmas presents, there are so many little boutique shops as well as the delights that Greenwich Market has to offer – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

London Family Activities in Greenwich, find out more:

Greenwich: https://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/

The Royal Observatory: https://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory

National Maritime Musuem: https://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum

The Old Royal Naval College: https://ornc.org/

Cutty Sark: https://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

Greenwich Market: https://www.greenwichmarket.london/

2. Activities at the O2

The O2 hosts activities with something available for everyone. If football is your thing and you’re buzzing from the World Cup, take a few friends to try Toca Social – an interactive football and dining experience. It’s great fun – even for non-footballers.

Similarly, the trampolining park is a good way to burn off energy or perhaps ten pin bowling is more your thing? If you prefer outdoor activities, try climbing the famous roof at ‘Up at The O2’. 

If you’re looking for shopping options, did you know there is an outlet store at the O2 with the lowest prices on big brand names?

London Family Activities at the O2, find out more:

The O2: https://www.theo2.co.uk/

Toca Social: https://toca.social/

Oxygen Free Jumping: https://oxygenfreejumping.co.uk/locations/the-o2-greenwich-london/

Hollywood Bowl and the O2: https://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/london-o2

Up at the O2: https://www.theo2.co.uk/up-at-the-o2/climb

3. Exploring London and Solving a Crime

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If your kids like to be doing things out and about, then StreetHunt Games will keep them entertained for an hour or two.

This engaging, self-guided mystery is perfect for a family or friends and they’re even allowed to use their phones! Think scavenger hunt meets escape room meets murder mystery, whilst being outdoors and exploring areas of London. Under 16s will need an adult present.

London Family Activities to Solve a Crime, find out more:


4. Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum

At the V&A, you can see a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. Check out everything from architecture to photography, and from  fashion to theatre and performance.

You could then take a walk across Hyde Park to the fantastic Frameless Immersive Art Exhibition (see number 6) or if you’d rather stay in Knightsbridge, visit the National History Museum or the Science Museum. Plus, there is always Harrods just up the road for that extra special Christmas present!

London Family Activities around the V&A, find out more:

Victoria and Albert Museum: https://www.vam.ac.uk/ 

The National History Museum: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

The Science Museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/home

5. A Day Out at Camden Market

There’s no doubt that in any young person’s mind Camden Market is cool. It has such an enormous collection of unusual fashion, trinkets, gifts and is on point with its Manga and Anime stores for the teenagers.  The food stalls are plentiful, and there’s something here for everyone.

London Family Activities at Camden Market, find out more:

Camden Market:  https://www.camdenmarket.com/

6. Frameless Immersive Art Exhibition

This new art exhibition is one of the most impressive we’ve visited. It is beautifully curated and keeps everyone entertained. It’s ‘a culturally rich, immersive, multi-dimensional art experience.’ Located at Marble Arch, you can then take a walk across Hyde Park to the V&A museum (see number 4) or perhaps if you’re in need of some retail therapy –  a trip to Selfridges.

London Family Activities at Frameless, find out more:

Frameless: https://frameless.com

7. A Day in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is beautiful at Christmas time with its famous 60 foot Christmas tree. You can experience live snow flurries and impromptu performances from the Royal Opera House ballet dancers. 

You can take a trip to the London Transport Museum – which also has some great gift ideas – before enjoying Covent Garden Market and the spontaneous entertainment.

London Family Activities at Covent Garden, find out more:

Covent Garden: https://www.coventgarden.london/

London Transport Museum: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

8. Christmas on the South Bank

The Southbank has much to offer and its Christmas vibe really gets you in the mood. For the kids, there are many things to do such as SEA LIFE adventures, the London Eye and the London Dungeons. Or perhaps you’re a Shrek fan and would like to meet Shrek Santa in a new immersive Shrek-themed attraction?

For older children, the immersive gaming experience is bound to impress. As for food and drink, head to the winter market where there’s lots of Christmas cheer!

London Family Activities on the South Bank, find out more:

South Bank: ​​https://southbanklondon.com/

Sea Life Adventures: sealife-adventures.com

London Eye: https://www.londoneye.com

London Dungeons: https://www.thedungeons.com/london/

Shrek Adventures: https://www.shreksadventure.com

Immersive GameBox London: https://immersivegamebox.com/

Hopefully, that’s given you some inspiration for London family activities.

There’s something for everyone from interactive museums to indoor activities to solving crimes – you name it!

You could even combine a few of these ideas with a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping.

For another shopping idea check out our Christmas Gift Voucher.