Top 10: Thing's to do in London with the kids this Summer

There’s so many great things to do in our wonderful capital, sometimes planning a family trip can be a little overwhelming. We have rounded up our top 10 recommendations to help you plan a fun and easy trip.

Number 1: Get lost in Hamleys

This legendary toy store is literally ‘toy heaven’ for kids of all ages. From the theatrical windows to ‘real life’characters on hand to welcome you into the store, every part of Hamleys is a fun experience. For the perfect selfie opportunity for the kids don’t miss the Meet & Greet with Hamley and Hattie bear (every day at 12, 3 and 4pm). Also look out for the new Lego experience, specifically created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lego brick.

Number 2: Story time at the National Gallery

Amongst Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Da Vinci’s greatest works children are invited to sit on the National Gallery’s magic carpet and hear stories inspired by what they can see. Taking place every Sunday morning, these sessions are free to book.

Number 3: Have a paddle in London’s biggest park

The Serpentine Lido and accompanying paddling pool is the perfect place to cool down and is conveniently situated within Hyde park. Entry for a family of four from May to September is £12 and includes access to the lido, paddling pool, sun terrace and children’s play area. If you’re feeling adventurous boats can also be hired at £29 for a family of four.

Number 4: Take a trip to the Amazon

Why not take the children to the Rainforest Café, this restaurant is designed to recreate the sights andsounds of the Amazon Rainforest. There’s lots of fun to be had with the sounds of waterfalls and rain,dynamic lighting as well as lifelike animatronics and real tropical fish. Kids main courses start from £7.90.

Number 5: Make a splash at the Science Museum

Entry to the Science Museum is free and there are lots of free activities and exhibitions to experience, once within the Science Museum you will find The Garden, a play zone where kids play with water, boats and discover the science of sound through a variety of fun and free activities.

If you’re after a more immersive scientific experience, why not visit the Wonderlab. There are over 50 exhibitions, a chemistry bar and live experiments. A day pass for a family of four costs £28 and you can come and go as you please throughout the day.

Number 6: Have a sweet treat with a difference

Pizza Pilgrims is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, with their iconic Nutella pizza ring. They have lots of restaurants across London and their authentic pizza is some of the best in the city. Their comic book themed restaurants will be a big hit with the kids.

Number 7: Watch the changing of the Guard

A family visit to London isn’t complete without a trip to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. For a traditional royal experience why not watch the changing of the Guard for free, which usually occurs each day at 11am (be sure to check out the website for the latest times).

Number 8: Get close to the wildlife

Take a trip around the world with the exotic wildlife at London Zoo. From Meerkats to Penguins there’s something for every animal fan to see, you can even book a ‘meet the animals’ tour at an additional cost. If you have travelled with East Midlands trains you can also get 2 for 1 general admission to London Zoo meaning entry for two adults starts from just £24.30. After your trip to the Zoo you can take a 50 minute journey to Camden Lock on a London Waterbus, this area has a bright and vibrant market and lots of street food to experience. Prices are £9 for adultsand £7.50 for children.

Number 9: Go star gazing at the Planetarium

This large domed cinema space provides a vivid picture of what our universe is all about. Shows like their ‘Space Safari’ hosted by the Observatory’s astronomers is an out-of-this-world experience. Prices startfrom £9 for adults and £5.85 for children.

Number 10: Become an athlete for the day

There is so much to do at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park you could spend more than a day exploring. The highlight has to be taking a trip to the top of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit to get a sneak preview inside the iconic Olympic Stadium. For all the thrill seekers out there you can reach speeds of up to 18mph braving the slide on the way down. (Be sure to book in advance, tickets for the slide and general entry are £16.50 for adults and £10.50 for children).

You can tour the park on foot, by boat and new for 2018 ‘Swan Pedalos’. Walking tours can be downloaded for free on the website. If you want to re-live the 2012 Olympic Experience then the 2012 Walking Trail is the thing for you. Be sure to check out the website before you visit to make the most of your day and help plan your itinerary.

Book early pay less and kids travel free! Travel with East Midlands trains and make the journey part of your adventure. You can travel for less by booking up to 12 weeks in advance to get our cheapest tickets. Don’t forget, under 5s travel free.

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