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Your ultimate guide to off-peak London for kids in spring

Explore like never before with this pop-up guide to affordable family activities in London

Time Out in association with Transport for London
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London is bursting with amazing experiences, unexpected treasures and affordable things to do for families. At Time Out we’re always looking for great events, fascinating places and new spaces we haven’t tried before, so we’re chuffed to team up with Transport for London for this all-ages guide to enjoying London as a family this spring.

You can find this handy guide below. Inside, you’ll find sensational spring events (including Easter highlights), awesome activities for babies and pre-schoolers, an adventurous itinerary for active little ones, plus 16 things to do in London before you’re 16. We’ve even packed it full of fun quiz questions and colouring-in spaces to keep mini-explorers entertained.

And remember: TfL’s fantastic free travel for kids (and adult off-peak fares) make it even more affordable to make the most of the capital. You can find out more about the wonderful world of off-peak here. So… let’s go!

Off-peak London for kids

Your guide to the wonderful world of off-peak

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Get there for less!

Thanks to TfL's off-peak fares and fantastic discounts for kids, getting out and about in London as a family is super-affordable. Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services. You can tap into the wonderful world of off-peak every weekday before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm. Off-peak fares also apply all day at weekends and on public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. Touch in only on buses and trams. To check a fare, visit TfL’s single fare finder.

Apply for your Zip Oyster photocard today!
With a Zip Oyster photocard, kids aged 5-10 travel free on all Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services. All kids aged under 11 travel free on buses and trams. Apply for a Zip Oyster photocard today at tfl.gov.uk/zip.

Kids travel free!
All kids under 11 can travel free at any time on buses and trams.

Up to four kids under 11 can travel free at any time on Tube, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services when accompanied by an adult.

Children under five travel free at any time on Tube, DLR and London Overground services when accompanied by an adult. An adult is anyone 16 and over using an adult rate ticket (but not a Group Day Travelcard), pay as you go or travel concession.

Travel in Zones 2-6 for £1.50 
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

Travel by bus or tram for just £1.50
TfL’s Hopper fare lets you take unlimited pay as you go bus and tram journeys within one hour of first touching in for just £1.50.

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Your key to London adventures

The Cultural TfL Map is your key to finding more of London's family friendly hidden gems. This interactive map reveals more than 500 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art and more, all within a short walk or bus ride of each station. Many of these experiences are free!

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Discover more of the wonderful world of off-peak

We know that affordable, convenient public transport is the key to accessing the best that London has to offer – and thanks to TfL’s affordable off-peak fares and other discounts across the network, the possibilities for adventure are wider than ever. Here, you'll find plenty more unexpected and exciting off-peak outings.

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