London with kids on your family’s bucket list?
It’s such a magical city. So much history, art, theatre, music, palaces, gardens. The list just keeps going. You’ll find something for everyone. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can afford to go to London with kids. I’ll show you how to scout out the best places to visit with your family. Take my word for it, you can do London on the cheap. I’ve got you covered with Bucket List on a Budget: London with Kids.
Mind the Gap!
Almost all of them are free! Yep! Brits love their museums. Here’s a short list of the most popular. check the websites to find your family’s favorite. If you are having trouble deciding which is best for your family, London Toolkit gives a brief description of each museum.MP2 is our family travel formula. Museum, Pub & Park.Click To Tweet
- British Museum Rosetta Stone & Mummies just to name a few captivating exhibits.
- Museum of London – Prehistoric history to modern day London
- Museum of London – Docklands The history of London’s most famous river.
- British Library Original manuscripts and music scores of some of the most famous authors, composers and musicians in the history of the world.
Science & Art
- Science Museum – Robots, space, chemistry & a gazillion hands on interactives.
- National Gallery Art. Lots of art.
- Royal Museums Greenwich -This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some museums & galleries may have a fee, others are free, so make your plans and check your budget. Check this link for the free museums.
- Tate Modern – This modern art museum is even open until 10pm on Fridays & Saturdays!
- Tate Britain – Yes, there are actually four Tates in England, but only two are in London.
- Imperial War Museums – Umm, there are 5 war museums; 3 in London to choose from, or do them all!
- National Army Museum – Re-opening 30th March, 2017 after undergoing refurbishment for over a year, this museum focuses on military life. As their site says, “revealing true stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities.”
Man, that’s a lot of museums and it’s not even all the free ones! If you are having trouble pleasing all your little travelers, I’ve got a trick that might just save the day! If there are enough adults, think about splitting up. One group for war museums, the other for castle interiors. Or, one group science and one group art. Sometimes breaking it up this way gives everyone a break (less bickering and whining? Yes please!).
Our favorite parks to wander through, play or have a picnic lunch.
- Russell Square – It’s near the British Museum.
- Coram’s Fields & The Harmsworth Memorial Playground. This park isn’t too far from the British Museum either. It has outdoor play equipment and a unique variety of experiences depending on the time of year. These first two parks are just your basic local hang outs for the families in the neighborhood, but we like them for the relaxed atmosphere. BTW, this is near The Foundling Museum (not free for over 16’s, but it’s so worth it if you enjoy Handel – the composer, and Gainsborough – the artist).
- St. James – I fell in love with this park many years ago with a picnic lunch and my favorite travel companion! It’s great to just stroll through as though you were on royal business as you make your way from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben or Westminster Abbey.
- Hyde Park & Kensington Garden – It’s actually one gigantic park with a road and lake splitting it in two. Kids under 7 years will enjoy the Diana Memorial Playground, near Kensington Palace.
Check out all the Royal Parks, for detailed information about what’s on and special events.
We’ve traveled with our kids to quite a few large European cities for day trips, mid-week or weekend adventures. We’ve finally come up with a formula to keep our sanity and enjoy ourselves. MP2 is our family travel formula. Museum, Pub & Park. That keeps everyone happy and able to make it through the long days of sightseeing. We mix in ice cream & coffee too as needed.
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