London with Children Itinerary

A jam-packed, three-day London itinerary for all the family.
  • SEA LIFE London

Family Hotels

There are plenty of hotels that offer family rooms, from Premier Inn and Travelodge to the five-star Athenaeum. If you'd prefer a hostel, YHA also has family rooms.

For more ideas, read our Family-Friendly Hotels in London feature.

Day One

Morning: London Eye and the London Aquarium

Board a 30-minute flight on the London Eye, Europe's tallest observation wheel, and admire London from the great height of 135m.

After seeing the amazing views on the London Eye, walk just a few metres to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life. You can walk through a glass tunnel under a 'tropical ocean', watch diving displays and get hands-on in the touch pools and discovery zones.

Lunch: Natural History Museum

Head to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington to make friends with the dinosaurs, explore the wonders of the natural world and enjoy a packed lunch in the museum's picnic area or a snack in one of the three cafés.

Afternoon: Science Museum

Next door in the Science Museum you can experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years through a range of exciting, hands-on exhibits.

Evening: Hard Rock Cafe and the West End

Have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, the very first Hard Rock restaurant.

Then head to London's famous West End to see a musical. The Lion King and Matilda are both great for kids and half-price tickets for many shows can be bought on the day from TKTS stalls.

Day Two

Morning: Madame Tussauds

Mingle with the rich and famous at Madame Tussauds' world-renowned collection of wax figures. Enter the Chamber of Horrors if you dare!

Lunch: Regent's Park

Behind Madame Tussauds is Regent's Park – the perfect place for a picnic.

Afternoon: London Zoo and Hamley's

Make your way across Regent's Park to ZSL London Zoo, where you can learn about the animals and their natural environment. Don't miss feeding time for the penguins and the bird display.

You should just have time for a bit of shopping before dinner. The kids will love Hamley's in Regent Street, a seven-storey Aladdin's Cave devoted to toys.

Evening: Rainforest Café

Continue the animal theme and end the day in the Rainforest Café, Piccadilly, a fantastic recreated rainforest with a cascading waterfall, thunder and animated wildlife!

Day Three

Morning: Royal Observatory

Take the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich and visit the Royal Observatory, where you'll find the Greenwich Meridian Line and some fantastic views over London.

Lunch: Greenwich Park

Picnic in Greenwich Park or eat in one of Greenwich's historic pubs or restaurants. Family-friendly local favourites include Goddard's At Greenwich for traditional pie and mash at bargain prices, Jamie's Italian with its own kids menu, and Desperados for Tex-Mex/Spanish specialities.

Afternoon: V&A Museum of Childhood

Take the Docklands Light Railway to Stratford, and then change onto the Central Line to Bethnal Green. Here you'll find the V&A Museum of Childhood, a whole museum dedicated to toys, puppets, dolls, games and children's costumes and furniture.

Evening: Curry in Brick Lane

Head to Brick Lane in London's East End for a curry. Try Preem or Bengal Village for good, value-for-money meals. Watch out though – the food can be spicy!