The best things to do with kids this summer in London

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London can always be relied upon to provide you with fantastic things to see and do. From kid-friendly attractions to must-see events, these summer-centric locations will be fun for all the family...

Madame Tussaud’s

Arguably the most famous wax museum in the world. Madame Tussaud’s will be popular with kids eager to find their favourite famous faces. Here you can have photos taken next to everyone from Hollywood stars to Royalty, as well as key figures from the past.

There are 15 distinct areas where kids can take part in interactive activities, and if you’re planning a visit then we recommend heading here early in the day to avoid the rush. Booking your ticket is another fantastic way to help ensure you see everything you want to see while staying at the Montcalm Hotel London.

Tower of London

A historic site which older kids will find very interesting, the Tower of London represents a fascinating look at the past in London, having been a prison, a zoo and even a place of execution.

Today it is significantly friendlier– and also provides visitors will the chance to see the Crown Jewels.

Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor has been designed with children in mind, and this can be seen everywhere you go. Located just a short train journey from the heart of London, it’s the perfect place for kids of all ages to explore and discover a newfound love of all things Lego!

With rides and special attractions, its no wonder so many people visit Legoland Windsor each year. It is often particularly packed during the summer, so to help you beat the crowds, we recommend getting there early and exploring before the summer crowds appear.

V&A Museum of Childhood

An unusual museum which is dedicated entirely to childhood, this is a vast selection of toys and artefacts which help bring the experience of being a child to vivid life. Here you’ll be able to show children more about the toys which helped shape prior generations, introducing them to action figures and puppets which are now beginning a thing of the past.

Adults will also find plenty to keep them entertained as they reminisce about their own childhood adventures while staying at hotel city rooms in London.

London Zoo

Not just a zoo but also a site of fantastic conservation projects, London Zoo is located in the northern area of Regent’s Park, and has always been a particularly popular site for families to explore.

There’s plentiful wildlife in store including everything from lions to gorillas, while the reptile house and penguin beach are fascinating to younger children. The chance to meet monkeys has been another big hit with kids, and they’ll also have the option of becoming a zookeeper for the day.

The zoo regularly hosts special sleepover events in the bug house, where kids can learn all about the creepy crawly animals which surround them.

Science Museum

Without doubt one of the most child-friendly of all museums in London, the Science Museum is interactive enough to appeal to even the most hard-to-please kids. There’s so much to discover here, and the information on offer will be every bit as interesting to the adults!

We recommend heading here early if you want to avoid the summer crowds, but alternatively you could also look out for the extended opening hours which take place throughout the year. This will give you a chance to see the museum in a whole new light, and could provide you with the chance to explain to kids all the different things they’re looking at.

Kidzania

This is a theme park like no other, presenting itself as an entire city run for and by kids. Here kids can get a taster at different professions by trying them for the day, learning more about the world around them and the way their life could be if they chose a variety of different jobs.

There’s also a special area where the adults can relax while the kids have fun, helping to make this one of the best child-friendly things to do this summer.

SeaLife Aquarium

There’s nothing quite like an aquarium to impress inquisitive kids, particularly if they’ve already expressed an interest in the world below the waves. Here, children will be able to get up close with some of the most incredible creatures in the sea, and learn more about how they live and what they do.

For budding wildlife fans, this is a wonderful way to encourage the interest while visiting London this summer.

Changing of the Guard

Not all kids will have the patience for this one, but for older children or those who have a keen interest in pageantry, royalty or the military, the Changing of the Guard is a fantastic daily event at Buckingham Palace.

Here the Old Guard are replaced by the new, as the Queen’s senior guards parade and exchange places. A visit here will be a wonderful opportunity to explain what’s happening and why to curious children.

London Transport Museum

London’s transport system is nothing if not complex, but this museum helps bring it all to life in a way which kids will find fascinating and easy to understand.

Key exhibits also include an entire tube carriage and a red London bus, as well as interactive elements which kids can discover for themselves while staying at the Montcalm Hotel London.

You don’t need to be a big fan of transportation to visit, as everything is explained in a way which will give kids a new appreciation of the transport systems which are all around them during their visit to London.

Thames Boat Tour

This is perfect for all ages, helping both adults and children alike see more of London’s famous river and landmarks. The best boat tours can be enjoyed come rain or shine, but we recommend you wait for a sunny summer day as you cruise past sights such as the London Eye, Cutty Sark and the Houses of Parliament.

If you’re travelling with older children, then you may prefer booking a high-octane trip on a speedboat courtesy of Thames Rockets. Whatever option you choose, exploring London in this way is a decidedly child-friendly option for summer.

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