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Find your ideal off-peak adventure

TfL’s best value off-peak fares can whisk your family off on a sunny adventure where active little ones can discover new things and dash about to their hearts’ content

By Time Out in association with Transport for London

NOTE: As this article was originally published in 2018, any specific event mentioned in this article has now passed. 

Hot summer holidays are just made for being outdoors. Use TfL's off-peak fares to take your family on an outdoor adventure where you can run around and make the most of those cloud-less skies. 

Remember to check TfL Journey Planner before you travel.
When the British summer is at its best, remember to carry a bottle of water with you while you make your journey, and use sunscreen with high SPF for kids!



What kind of outdoor adventure do you want to have this summer?

Get soaked in some water jets

Sport and fitness Parks and gardens Olympic Park

Nearly 200 individually controlled jets of water = hours of fun. Follow winding paths among the fountains and try to dodge the showering jets as they rise out of the ground in unpredictable patterns. (Or just get totally soaked to cool down on a hot day.) Free.
Getting there Jubilee, Central or DLR to Stratford.
Local bus routes: D8, 108, 339.

Meet some dinosaurs in the park

Attractions Parks and gardens Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace may be long gone, but kooky Crystal Palace Park still boasts plenty of amusements. Get lost in the maze, ride on the miniature railway, spot the giant sphinxes and don’t miss the famous dinosaur sculptures lurking around the eerie lake.
Getting there Overground to Crystal Palace.
Local bus routes: 75, 157, 176, 197, 227, 249, 354, 358, 410, 432.


Dabble in some pond-dipping

Attractions Rivers, lakes and ponds Barnes

Saunter through lagoons and islets in London Wetland Centre, a watery paradise created from four disused Victorian reservoirs. Spot kingfishers, herons and otters, play in a giant water vole tunnel and dabble in a spot of relaxing pond-dipping.
£12.75, child £7.72, family £34.77, under-4s free.
Getting there Circle, District, Hammersmith & City or Piccadilly line to Hammersmith then 33 bus.
Other local bus routes: 72, 209, 485.

Venue says Award-winning nature reserve in the heart of the capital. Enjoy fantastic views, wildlife, lakes, gardens. Plus shop, café and playground

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Get your green fix with a playful twist

Things to do Literary events Queen’s Park

Let off steam while getting your green fix in the beautiful Queen's Park. Alongside the charming ornamental gardens there’s also a giant sandpit, a paddling pool, a mini-golf course and a small zoo. What more could you ask of a day out? 
Getting there Bakerloo line to Queen’s Park.
Local bus routes: 6, 36, 187, 316.


Get to know some farm animals

Things to do Isle of Dogs

Meet Claude and Columbus the alpacas, Juliet the rare-breed sheep, and a turkey who loves the tune ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ at Mudchute Farm, one of London’s largest city farms. Don’t miss a peek at the horses jumping and trotting around the equestrian centre. Pure animal magic.
Getting there DLR to Mudchute.
Local bus routes: D7, 135, 277.

Hang about in the treetops

Sport and fitness Parks and gardens Olympic Park

Monkey around high up in the lofty tree houses in the funpacked Tumbling Bay Playground. A gem in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there are also sandpits, wobbly bridges, rock pools and cool secret dens to play in. Oodles of fun is guaranteed here.
Getting there Jubilee, Central or DLR to Stratford.
Local bus routes: D8, 108, 339.


Clamber around in an adventure playground

Attractions Parks and gardens Barnsbury

Zip wires, rope swings, giant climbing frames – Barnard Adventure Playground is packed with stuff to keep little fidgets busy. Kids can join activities like minibeast hunting, so be sure to check what's on beforehand and make a day of it.
Getting there Northern line to Angel.
Local bus routes: 153, 274.

Play around in some treehouses

Kids Playgrounds Shadwell

Glamis Adventure Playground is one of the few adventure parks where kids are encouraged to use tools and light bonfires, this colourful community project has amazing structures to climb, swing and slide on and lets kids get hands-on building treehouses and dens – all in a safe environment. It’s fab.
Getting there DLR to Limehouse.
Local bus routes: D3, 100.


Go on a sky-high excursion?

Attractions Towers and viewpoints Royal Docks

Wing your way across the city in the UK’s first urban cable car. Step aboard Emirates Air Line for a bird’s eye view of the Thames, the O2 and the City. Book a Night Ride to see London twinkling away after dark. 
Single cash fare: £4.50, £2.30 children, under-5s free.
Getting there DLR to North Greenwich or Royal Victoria.
Local bus routes: 108, 129, 132, 147, 161, 188, 241, 422, 472, 486.

Get up close with some exotic critters

Attractions Zoos and aquariums Battersea

Spy lemurs, Asian short-clawed otters, monkeys, emus and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig alongside delightful goats and sheep at the small but sweet family-run Battersea Park Children's Zoo. Follow a special tunnel to get eye-to-eye with the super-cute meerkats.
£9.50, child £7.50, under-2s free.
Getting there Circle or district line to Sloane Square.
Local bus routes: 19, 44, 49,137,156,170, 239, 314, 319, 344, 345, 452.

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Get there for just £1.50

Yep, TfL’s off-peak fares mean travelling in the summer holidays doesn’t have to break the bank.


Off-peak fares apply on weekdays before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm, plus all day at weekends and bank holidays. 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. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. To check your fare, search TfL Single Fare Finder.

And let's not forget the bus or tram! The Hopper Fare lets you take unlimited bus or tram journeys anytime, anywhere within one hour for just £1.50.


Got kids? 
Children under five travel free. With a Zip Oyster photocard, five- to ten-year-olds can travel free on all TfL services, while 11- to 15-year-olds can travel free on buses and trams and travel at half the adult rate on all other TfL services.
Apply for a Zip Oyster photocard today by going to


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