If you are heading to London and you are looking for some entertainment, then you couldn’t be in a better location. London is packed full of delights and wonders, no matter your circumstances or budget! Given the vast array of information available in guide books and the internet, you would think it would be easy to find new and exciting entertainment, but it can actually be quite difficult to separate the boring from the worthwhile especially when travelling with children.
London is a wonderful place to visit with children, despite having to think ahead a little bit when it comes to navigating the public transport (particularly if you have a pushchair) but it can be done and you will certainly reap the benefits of introducing your children to the wonders of the country’s capital city and all the fun attractions which go along with it.
If you are staying at The Montcalm Hotel At The Brewery London City and are looking for some interesting and diverse attractions which won’t require too much back and forth then we have compiled a list of those worth visiting:-
Museum of Childhood
Admission to the V&A Museum of Childhood is free and it is open daily from 10am. It has been designed to engage children and adults of all ages and there are lots of fun and interactive exhibits and activities. You can see all kinds from Victorian puppets to model cars from the 1930s and there is even a sand pit. As a branch of the Victoria and Albert museum there are often special exhibitions taking place as well. It is just 2 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, so not far for little legs to go once you have disembarked from the train either.
Museum of London
This is a great museum to visit if your children have been learning about the capital city at school; it takes you through the history of the city from Prehistoric times right up to the present day. As with most of London’s fabulous museums, entry is completely free and it is a wonderful place to spend part of the day. The only thing to note is that it can get busy during school holidays so you may wish to make sure you visit first thing in the morning to ensure that you don’t get caught up in the crowds.
What child wouldn’t love to climb aboard a warship and pretend to be a sailor or a pirate for the day? Visitors can explore all nine decks of the warship and discover what life was like aboard; as well as the history of HMS Belfast from the Second World War and beyond. There are plenty of interactive elements to keep little people engaged from clambering up and down ladders to trying their hand at running the ship in the Operations Room.
Spitalfields City Farm
One of the unique things about London is the number of city farms which reside within its boundaries; for such an urban setting it really is quite an unusual thing to discover. Of course, children of all ages love farms and Spitalfields is a lovely little example of a city farm which is well worth a visit if you have a bit of time to spare. It features all the usual animals you would expect to see such as chickens, sheep, goats and donkeys and although it is free to enter it does rely on donations of visitors to keep it going so donate generously if you can.
The area around Liverpool Street Station is particularly well known for green, open spaces but if you were willing to take a short tube ride in order to let your children burn off their excess energy in the fresh air then Weavers Fields would be your best bet. Finsbury Square Garden is closest but there is no children’s play area so if you simply wanted somewhere for them to run around then you would be within walking distance from the station here. However at Weavers Fields there is a small children’s play area and two football pitches as well as a cafe located in the centre. Of course, London is also well known for its parks so if you were willing to travel further afield then the likes of the Royal Parks become open to you.