Taking your family on a trip away to London is a great opportunity to bond and enjoy each other’s company, but when you have your children with you it can add pressure to your time.
Whether it’s keeping them entertained or ensuring that they’re getting along with their siblings, there’s always something to consider and plan for when you bring your children on a weekend break.
That’s not to say it can’t be fun though. London is a great city to bring kids to because there is so much going on and so many activities and places to visit to keep them occupied.
Read our guide, which is crammed full of exciting locations and useful tips, on how to survive bustling London when you’re travelling with younger family members. It might get stressful, but your room at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel London will serve as the perfect retreat.
188-196 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5BT
No trip to London with the kids would be complete without a visit to this world-renowned toy shop. Spread across seven floors, this iconic landmark has everything any child could possibly want and is sure to be a unique experience for them. Let the little ones loose to browse the extensive range of toys of offer or get involved in a free store tour if you want them to have fun but don’t want to spend the pennies. Be sure to take time to admire all of the stunning window displays and look out for Hamley and Hattie Bear, the life-sized store mascots that make daily visits.
Walking up and down those seven floors is sure to have tired you out, so head back to your room at Park Grand Kensington Hotel London to put your feet up and rest. The kids are likely to be preoccupied with their new toys, leaving you free to relax.
South Bank, Greater London
If your kids are a fan of Dreamwork’s Shrek and would love nothing more than the chance to meet some of their favourite characters, this experience will be right up their street. During this immersive and interactive adventure you will come face to face with Shrek, Donkey and other characters from the film while you join them on their mission to help Shrek save the day. Children will love the opportunity to fly over London in Donkey’s 4D bus and with the experience only lasting 75 minutes, it’s the perfect length to ensure little ones don’t get bored. Still craving more fun and adventure? The London Eye is nearby so why not take the opportunity to take in some of the best views of the city? Kids can get restless after spending too long out, so round up your group and head back to one of our hotels near Hogarth Road where you can be guaranteed the whole family will get a good night’s sleep.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Battersea Park, Battersea, Greater London, SW11 4NJ
Small animals for small children makes a visit to this zoo the ideal outing for adventurous little ones. Here they’ll have the chance to see a range of different animals including otters, monkeys, lemurs and donkeys. Prepare for lots of questions and perhaps a new animal obsession once you leave here though.