14 Free Things to do in London with Kids

If you are planning a trip to the capital with your family then make sure you add some of these 14 free things to do in London with kids to your itinerary as they will be sure to add fun and variety to your day without breaking the bank.

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1. Science Museum

There are a number of incredible free museums in London and the Science Museum is just one of the ones that is perfect for visiting with children. Here your family will have the opportunity to engage in interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that will spark curiosity about science.

2. Natural History Museum

Another free museum that is an absolute must see with kids is the natural history museum. Here you can encounter dinosaurs, gemstones, and the famous blue whale skeleton as well as a number of interactive activities.

3. Hyde Park

If the weather is nice then make your way to Hyde Park and enjoy a day outdoors. Here you will find the Princess Diana Memorial Playground and the Serpentine lake as well as lots of places to walk and explore. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic too, so if you’re not local be sure to grab some lunch from one of the many delicious bakeries in the city on your way and have an al fresco lunch in the sun.

4. Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

The changing of the guards is one of the most iconic events in London and is very exciting for both children and adults alike. Check the times and head over early so you can experience the ceremony outside Buckingham Palace from a great view point.

5. Mudchute Park and Farm

Mudchute Park and Farm is a community charity set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London on the Isle of Dogs. It’s free to visit this urban farm where you and the kids can spend time interacting with animals and watch them enjoy their surroundings.

6. Covent Garden Street Performers

For something a bit different then head to Covent Garden where you can enjoy the lively atmosphere and street performances.

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7. Sky Garden

Sky Garden is a must for everyone who visits London. It is free but you do need to book your tickets in advance. Sky Garden, for those that don’t already know, is a roof top garden with panoramic views of the city.

8. Leadenhall Market

If you like to enjoy the atmosphere of the markets then discover this historic market at Leadenhall and enjoy the vibrant surroundings. Although entry to the market is free we can’t guarantee that you wont spend a few pound whilst there!

9. Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre often hosts free events, performances, and festivals suitable for families so be sure to check out the website prior to your trip so you can book your tickets and work out your timings.

10. Royal Festival Hall Fountains

What kids don’t love a bit of water play and a friendly water fight? If this sounds like fun then you need to pay a visit to the Royal Festive Hall Fountains at the Southbank Centre and let the kids splash around in the outdoor fountains on the Southbank.

11. Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory

Another free thing to do in London on a sunny day is to head to Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory. Here you can let the kids run of some steam as they explore the park and then head to the Prime Meridian and enjoy the beautiful views of London together.

12. Saatchi Gallery

If you make your way over to Chelsea you can enjoy the contemporary art exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery for free.

13. Hampstead Heath

If the hustle and bustle of the city centre is getting too much then visit Hampstead Heath where you can take a walk on the heath and enjoy the open spaces and panoramic views. Despite being in London you will feel like you are in the country side surrounded by the green space.

14. Wander along the Thames Path

One of the most overlooked free activity in London is to simply stroll along the river, take in the views, and maybe spot some street performers. People are often so bust trying to get from a to b that they forget to enjoy the journey too.

These activities offer a mix of cultural, outdoor, and entertaining experiences for families with kids in London, without costing a penny.

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