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101 things to do in London with kids: the full list

See the complete rundown of the 101 best things to do in London with kids of all ages. How many have you done?

By Laura Lee Davies
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For completists, and those of you looking to measure how much of London you’ve explored, here is the full list. As they’re so varied, the entries are in no particular order. If you’re looking for a themed way in, look to our categories and age splits. Then go forth and explore!

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Things to do with kids in London

11. Hone your wheel skills at BaySixty6

Sport and fitness Ladbroke Grove

This skate park under the Westway is a brilliant mix of street cool and great organisation (reassuring for parents who don’t want to spend hours in A&E). Friendly and encouraging, they offer regular beginner sessions but also plenty of challenging thrills for experienced skaters, BMX bikers and professional scooters at an excellent purpose-built skatescape. Perfect for kids who want to mix it with older riders who’ve acquired serious smarts.

£7 session, £4 beginners’ weekend session, £2 after school Mon-Fri, £10 day pass. £5 skateboard hire, £2 helmet hire (£10 deposit)

Age up to 16

12. Hire a laid-back bicycle from London Recumbents

Sport and fitness Cycling Dulwich

Cycling for kids in London gets harder as roads get busier and space to store a bike at home gets squeezed. Happily, London Recumbents, who hire all kinds of funky, differently styled cycles in Dulwich Park and Battersea Park, are here to help. Have a go at a three-wheeler (you sit low on the ground and the pedals are stretched out in front of you) or one of the many other models suitable for all ages, including tandems and cycles adapted for special physical needs.

No need to book ahead. Hire from £8 per hour, hirer must be over 18 (ID required)

All ages

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13. Tackle a floating assault course at London Aquatics Centre

Sport and fitness Olympic Park

The stunning swimming pool complex designed by Zaha Hadid for London 2012 is now open to the public. There are Aqua Splash sessions with a 25m inflatable obstacle course suitable for kids 5+, diving for children 8+ and family sessions – but beware, booking is essential. Under-8s and non-swimmers under 16 must be accompanied by a competent adult swimmer.

£4.50 Swim for Families, £2.50 under-16s. £7.50 Aqua Splash, £5 under-16s. £3.50 Dive for All, £2 under-16s

All ages

14. Ride a Shetland pony across Richmond Park

Things to do Richmond Park

Stag Lodge Stables operates lessons and hacks in the relatively car-free settings of Richmond Park and nearby Wimbledon Common, suitable for all ages and abilities. For little ones (ages 3-6) the Shetland pony sessions are particularly popular, and include a four-day holiday course. Birthday party bookings are also available.

From £25

Ages 3+

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15. Scale a skyscraper at Clip ’n Climb

Sport and fitness Climbing Fulham

Give your furniture a break and take the kids to a proper climbing centre. Clip ’n Climb in Chelsea is a colourful landscape of specially designed climbing walls suitable for various ages and levels of ability. Completely safe for beginners, with challenges including ‘The Skyscraper’, ‘Jungle Gym’ and ‘Vertical Drop Slide’, this is a brilliant place for restless little monkeys to gain confidence clambering, climbing and dropping.

£19, £14 under-16s (£14 off-peak, £9 under-16s)

Ages 4+

16. Get frisked by a mechanical artwork at Novelty Automation

Things to do Games and hobbies Holborn

We might live in a digital age, but kids and grown-ups alike are still fascinated by the kind of mechanical curiosities that used to amuse Edwardians in old coin-operated machines. Taking that tradition and giving it a humorous, twenty-first-century spin, engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin’s gallery of jolly mechanical scenes in Holborn includes an ‘Alien Probe’ and the ticklishly good ‘Autofrisk’. This is what science lessons should be like.

Free, buy tokens to operate the exhibits

All ages

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17. Watch the pelicans being fed in St James's Park

Attractions Sightseeing Westminster

Surrounded by some of London’s most popular sightseeing attractions (Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Trafalgar Square), St James’s Park often gets overlooked, but it’s one of the loveliest green spaces to let the kids run about in. Duck Island, at the east end of the park’s lake, is perfect for birdwatchers. There have been pelicans here since the 1660s, and every day you can watch these curious feathered creatures being fed fresh fish at 2.30pm.

Free

All ages

18. Make your own temporary sculpture at Liminal, Tate Modern

Art Galleries Bankside

Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall is an inspiring space for young children – years before they even consider looking at the art on the gallery walls. The hands-on Liminal play room offers a chance for kids to create their own sculptures, using huge blocks to explore shape, form and composition (or just to let off steam and have a good clamber around). Every weekend 11am-4pm, also Fridays during school holidays.

Free

All ages

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19. Hurtle down the giant slides in Victoria Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Victoria Park

On the east side of vast Victoria Park, The Hub is a playground for bold adventurers. Along with climbing equipment and sand play (plus a pool play area that’s open in summertime), The Hub boasts huge swooping slides for speedy thrills. There is a skatepark here, too, though smaller children might prefer to head for the V&A playground to the west of the park, near Grove Road, for the gentle pleasures of swings and other things.

Free

All ages

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20. Balance on stepping-stones at Thomson’s Pond in Isabella Plantation

Attractions Parks and gardens Richmond Park

Richmond Park’s wild landscape is ideal for families. Venture beyond the gates of the Isabella Plantation (near the south side of the park), and you’ll find yourself in a scented, colourful world of flowers and bushes. Choose your pathway into the woods and find the pretty oasis of Thomson’s Pond. Picnic under the weeping willow then try to negotiate the stepping-stones and the series of bridges over the stream without getting shoes and socks wet.

Free

All ages

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