Top 10 Family Days Out In London This Summer | The Moorgate
If you happen to be visiting the capital this summer and need some inspiration, we can help. There are plenty of things to do in London with kids, especially over the summer. So, whether you have young children or teenage adventurers, there really is something to suit everyone. Here’s our shortlist of the top ten most exciting activities and events taking place in and around The City this year.
Family days out in London
Kids Week on the West End
Throughout August, a child aged 16 or under can go free to any participating ‘Kids Week’ West End show as long as they’re accompanied by an adult who has a full-price ticket. This is an easy way to keep young children entertained, and is certainly one for the adults to enjoy too. A wide variety of popular performances are taking part in the scheme - from Mamma Mia! to the internationally famed Wicked, it's the perfect way to keep everyone happy when you visit London with the kids. Buy your tickets from the Official London Theatre website.
Feel the sand in-between your toes at one of London’s many urban beaches this summer. As this is an unusual sight in London, be sure to enjoy the beaches while they last. Delicious ice-cream, special events, deck chairs and tropical drinks are all guaranteed – even if the weather isn’t.
As far as family days out in London go, urban beaches are a lovely way to spend the day. These pop-up beaches can be found in many iconic city spots including Hampstead, Fulham, South Bank, with the biggest being located in the car park of Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
One of our favourite places to visit with children in London, and not for the faint hearted, ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest public artwork and is one not to be missed this year. Enjoy a 40-second ride on the world’s longest tunnel slide which allows thrill-seekers to reach speeds of up to 15mph. If anything, it’s a great way to catch a unique glimpse of London’s spectacular skyline – that’s if your eyes aren’t closed the whole way down.
This year London has provided a multitude of outdoor cinemas in prime locations, allowing you to enjoy a film (whether it’s a classic or a new showing) al fresco. A huge selection of genres are on offer so this is a great way to spend quality family time together - an afternoon in the park with a twist. There’s definitely a movie to suit everyone's taste - whether it’s a musical, a rom-com or even a gruesome horror film.
London’s outdoor cinemas can be found throughout the city, famously including Leicester Square, Hyde Park, Wembley Park, Camden and even Somerset House in Aldwych. A more detailed list can be found HERE.
Lidos and outdoor swimming pools
High on our list of things to do in London with kids, the city has a fantastic selection of lidos and outdoor pools which you and the family can take a dip in when the summer sun gets a little too unbearable. One of the most iconic is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Aquatics Centre, famously used to host a range of events during the London 2012 Olympics. This is the perfect place for a family day out as there are superb world-class facilities and pools to suit everyone, from beginner to professional.
If you’d rather go for a dip outside then London Fields Lido, Charlton Lido, Serpentine Lido, Brockwell Lido and Tooting Bec Lido are all excellent options which also offer great facilities for an afternoon of fun with the family.
Dine at a quirky restaurant
London is renowned for its infinite range of unique, and slightly peculiar, cafes and restaurants which can be found on almost every street. If we had to name them all our list would never end!
It shouldn’t surprise you to see Dinner by Heston Blumenthal make the shortlist of London’s quirkiest eateries. Immerse yourself in a culinary experience like no other at his restaurant in Hyde Park which boasts a menu consisting of typical British dishes carrying a true Heston Blumenthal twist. Circus in Covent Garden is another great venue, and hits the spot if you’re after cocktails and cabaret. Dancers and acrobats emerge from the darkness, usually every 30 minutes or so, to put on circus-style acts whilst you enjoy delectable Pan-Asian cuisine.
If you're visiting London with kids, Cereal Killer Café is another favourite of ours, and goes down well with children of all ages. Choose from over 120 different types of cereal and 20 varieties of milk to create your perfect breakfast combination. Alternatively, if your savoury tooth is calling then HIPCHIPS is the place for you. Based on the favourite combination of crisps and dips, you’ll be extremely spoilt for choice by their ever-changing menu. Try their handmade dips and a huge variety of British potatoes. Which child has ever turned their nose up at crisps for lunch?
Brit Movie Tours
A sightseeing tour of London’s famous film sets and TV locations is the perfect thing to do in The City for a family of film-lovers. Enjoy both walking and bus tours of famous on-screen sets including Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Peaky Blinders and Downtown Abbey. Indulge in fascinating behind-the-scenes information courtesy of your local guide, not before testing yourself with trivia and reminiscing on old favourites with DVD clips. To buy tickets and for a full tour list, visit their website HERE.
Santander City Cycles
Travelling across London, especially with family, can be quite stressful. Rather than getting caught up in public transport rush hour, why not hire one of the 11,500 bikes, which have been placed in 750 docking stations around London, instead?
For just £2 a day you can journey around London as part of the city’s cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles. It’s a great way to explore the capital in a way that’s slightly more unique than a taxi ride. Suitable for those with older of teenage children, it’s also a great way to get your exercise in during your trip.
‘Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security’ exhibition
When you visit London with kids this summer, you won't want to miss out on this. Interactive and highly fascinating, the ‘Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security’ exhibition at the Science Museum in London explores the intriguing 100 year history of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The exhibition is running from 10th July 2019 until 23rd February 2020 so there’s plenty of time to take a look, even if you’re not in the capital during the summer.
We can guarantee that even those who aren’t hugely interested in Science will still be extremely captivated by the hidden world of secret communications. Explore everything from codebreaking and ciphers from the trenches of the First World War to the very latest in cyber security. Did we mention, it’s free?
Cutter & Squidge ‘The Potion Room’ Afternoon Tea
Arguably the best Afternoon Tea experience in Soho comes from the creative makers of previous Disney and Hello Kitty themed immersions – Cutter & Squidge. You don't have to be visiting London with kids to enjoy this one. Everyone can participate in a spellbinding experience in the form of ‘The Potion Room’. Both spectacular and entertaining - spend two hours emerged in the magical world of wizard and alchemy whilst being treated to a selection of exquisite cakes, sandwiches and edible potions which you actually create yourself under the watchful eye of a suitably knowledgeable potions master.
The whole experience is held in a classroom which is hidden below a quaint café on Brewer Street. One for the wizard enthusiasts, upon entering you’ll be supplied with your own wand and gown to ensure you really look the part. Visitors wanting to buy a souvenir before heading back out to the humdrum of Central London are in luck, as there’s an array of spellbinding merchandise available to purchase on the way out. Buy your tickets HERE.
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