As the UK starts to reopen, family activities in London have come into the spotlight for 2021.
Not only do we know that getting outside is good for our wellbeing and mental health, but we are also about to be blessed with the spring sunshine.
Luckily, London has much to offer when it comes to al fresco activities.
Following Boris’s step-by-step easing of restrictions, here’s your guide to the best family activities in London to look forward to this year.
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From 29th March, six people or up to two households are permitted to meet outdoors. Outdoor sport and leisure activities are also allowed, as are larger outdoor parent and child groups.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens
Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens, which include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland, really come to life in spring. The gardens are also home to the world’s oldest puzzle maze and a record-breaking grape vine. Entry to the idyllic Gardens and Courtyards is available from 31st March – 16th May. The Tudor palace itself, former home of Henry VIII, is set to reopen from 17th May.
Price: From £24.50 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Hampton Court
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Kew’s Botanical Gardens is one of the most biodiverse places on earth with over 300 acres to explore. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is nestled in the beautiful borough of Richmond upon Thames and is home to over 50,000 living plants.
Price: From £17.50 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Kew Gardens
Harry Potter Film Locations Walking Tour
On this guided tour of London, you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable Harry Potter enthusiast who will walk you through the sights of the most beloved franchise in history. Step straight into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter films by visiting some of their most iconic locations, including Knockturn Alley, the iconic Platform 9 and ¾ and Gringotts Bank.
Price: From £28.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Westminster
From 12th April, outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas are allowed to reopen, as well as all retail and outdoor hospitality.
ZSL’s London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo! It’s home to a staggering 756 species, which are split up into different sections such as the African Bird Safari, Fruit Bat Forest, the Butterfly Paradise, and the Reptile House. You can view a map of the Zoo here to plan which animals you’d like to see during your visit and whereabouts they are.
Price: From £26.00 per adult
Nearest Station: Regent’s Park
Thames Speedboat Experience
If you have a sense of adventure or a need for speed, this is the perfect way to discover London’s landmarks. The Thames Rockets speed boats travel up to 30 knots (35 mph!) and will take you past over 20 iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Gherkin, The Shard, and the Houses of Parliament.
Price: From £39.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: London Bridge
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Hop-on hop-off buses simply do what the name suggests: you can just hop-on or hop-off as and when you wish around the city! In London there are up to nine routes which you can use to explore the wonderful city and along the route you can choose when to disembark. Meaning these handy buses will allow you to explore London in a way that suits your own pace.
Price: From £34.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: All over London
River Thames Sightseeing Cruise
See breath-taking views and enjoy London’s iconic landmarks on the open upper deck of one of City Cruises’ boats. Enjoy the fresh spring breeze, beat the traffic and lap up the sights.
Price: From £10.75 per adult, pre book here
Departing From: Westminster Pier, London Eye Pier or Tower Pier
Up at The O2, The Original Climb
Climb the superstar O2 arena to discover a different side of the city! You’ll get a 360 degree view of Historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf. You can choose from Daytime (when it’s clear, you can see landmarks up to 15 miles away), Sunset and Twilight Climbs.
Price: From £32.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: North Greenwich
From the 17th May, indoor entertainment and attractions are set to reopen and domestic overnight stays are allowed to take place, which is perfect for long weekend family activities in London.
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline and known across the world. When you step inside you’ll marvel at the awe-inspiring interior set over five levels, the highest of which will give you unrivalled views over London.
Price: From £20.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: St Paul’s
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and The Queen’s favourite weekend home. The castle can be easily reached by a quick train ride from central London, and when you arrive you’ll be struck by the imposing towers and battlements which create a spectacular skyline over the town.
Price: From £23.50 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Windsor & Eton
Royal Observatory Greenwich
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is one of the first state-funded scientific institutions for astronomy and navigation. Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium, it’s definitely worth visiting.
Price: From £16.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Greenwich
The Cutty Sark is a celebrated historic sailing ship and fastest of its time. Now an award-winning visitor attraction, the ship offers some of the most incredible views of the London skyline.
Price: From £15.00 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Greenwich
Tower Bridge was built in 1894 and is a marvel of Victorian Engineering. From its glass walkways you can enjoy spectacular views of the London skyline, from Big Ben to the London Eye. The Tower Bridge exhibition uses immersive multimedia and interactive displays to explain why and how the bridge was built.
Price: From £10.50 per adult, pre book here
Nearest Station: Tower Bridge
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