Five family-friendly activities in London: The world celebrated the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the newest member of the British royal family. To seize the occasion, we’ve compiled one of our favorite family-friendly attractions in and around the capital, for a perfect royal day out – young and old.
Spitalfields City Farm
Hidden in the heart of lively Shoreditch, Spitalfield’s City Farm is home to farm-yard favorites including rabbits, pigs, hens, geese, and cows. Kids can discover the wonderful world of creepy-crawlies at The Bug Hotel and cut their own vegetables during Kids Kitchen Cookery Lessons. There is even the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race – held annually on the same day as the University Boat Race when goats compete for an extra bale of Oxford and Cambridge hay.
Tube Station: Whitechapel (District, Hammersmith & City lines)
Overground Stations: Shoreditch High Street, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel
Located less than an hour from central London, Legoland Windsor is a world-renowned amusement park and bucket-list activity for many families visiting the capital. Divided into fantasy-themed lands based on the most famous collections from iconic brands, there are 55 different activities to choose from, including the Atlantis Submarine Voyage at Adventure Land and Splash Safari Water Park in Duplo® Valley.
Cost: Tickets from £32, children under two go free.
Getting There: From London Paddington to Windsor and Eaton Central, via Slow on the Great Western Railway. or direct from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eaton Riverside on South West trains. There is a shuttle bus service to the park from stops close to both rail stations; Please note that this is a chargeable service and is not operated by the park.
V&A Museum of Childhood
The nearby V&A Museum of Childhood is a must-see for families living in London with an interest in history. Home to an array of fascinating permanent exhibits, including the UK’s largest collection of dolls, the museum also hosts a range of special exhibitions such as Playing with Buildings – to make visitors re-think how they interact with the spaces. which runs from this month to March 2020.
Tube Station: Bethnal Green (Central line)
The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour
This perennially popular Warner Bros. studio tour gives kids the chance to delve behind the scenes and experience the magic of Harry Potter for themselves. They can roam the creepy Diagon Alley, find out how Gringotts’ goblins were made, and learn the secrets of the special effects behind Whomping Willow and Harry’s invisible cloak.
Cost: Adults £45, Children £35, Children under five go free.
Getting There: Twenty minutes from London Euston to Watford Junction, with your Oyster card. From 9.20 am onwards, regular shuttle buses run every 20 minutes from Watford Junction to the studio tour, with a travel time of 15 minutes. Shuttle bus tickets cost £2.50, cash only. To use this service you must show a valid studio tour ticket or booking confirmation for the date of travel.
The Tower of London
A former palace and prison, the Tower of London are one of the most interesting places in the city. See the gleaming Crown Jewels and meet the famous Yeoman Warders, known as the Beefeaters, who have guarded the Tower since Tudor times. You can also listen to its terrifying history during a spooky twilight tour.
Cost: Adults from £22.70, Children from £10.75, Children under five go free.
Tube Station: Tower Hill (Circle, District lines)
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