Today we have an amazing guest post from the fabulous Kirsty who blogs over at Navigating Baby. As parents, you maybe interested in finding things to do in London as a family. We have our free local pregnancy to pre-school directory of classes and business here but if you are looking for something a little different to do in London … carry on reading to find some awesome things to do in London as a family.
Fun Things to do as a Family in London
We have lived in South West London for the past 10 years (I have actually been here all my life) and we love it especially now as it is great area to be in as a family. People always think of London and see crowded spaces and loads of buildings, but our little corner of the city is a lot about being outdoors and large open spaces.
Here is my list of fab things to do in London as a Family;
Visit one of the Lidos for an open-air swim. There are fantastic outdoor pools in Brockwell Park and Tooting Common which make a perfect family day out in the summer months. For those feeling less brave Hampton Open Air Pool is also fabulous and has the added bonus of being heated. Be warned though you need to get to all of these early or face long queues.
Pack a picnic and head to one of the many commons. South West London is blessed with huge amounts of green space and a fair bit of woodland for tree climbing and adventure. We spend hours in the woods building dens.
To name but a few there is Tooting Common, Streatham Common, Clapham Common, Wimbledon Common, Wandsworth Common, Morden Hall Park, Richmond Park and Bushey Park. Each of these has playgrounds galore, there are also sandpits, tennis courts and often organised events such as Park Runs for kids or recently Easter Egg hunts.
Hampton Court Palace. This is one of my favourite places in South West London for a family day out and we don’t even always go into the palace. Being in the gardens is free and a lovely place for kids to run around. If you want to pay there are usually activities for kids organised during weekends and holidays and there is the amazing Magic Garden which is a fabulously designed play space for children. There are towers to be climbed, water to play in, sand to dig in and hills to roll or slide down.
If you do visit don’t forget the maze – I have been lost in there more times than I care to remember both as a child and an adult!
Visit Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard. You can combine this with a walk and a play in St James Park or a walk down the Mall will take you to Horseguards Parade where there are soldiers on horses. If little legs are not yet exhausted another short walk will take you to Westminster to see Big Ben.
The Wetlands, Barnes – there are over 100 acres of wetlands and marshes here where you can see butterflies, pond life and birds a plenty. If your little people love wildlife this is a total must visit
The more I write about it the more I realise how lucky I am to live somewhere so very full of history and amazing sites, but that still has extraordinary green spaces for my children to experience.
I am Kirsty from Navigating Baby and I write about raising my 4 crackers littles. I have two singleton boys and then after going for number 3 I was blessed to have very lively twin girls. My children can be found tearing around my house playing ninjas, loving one another or driving one other crazy. I can be found alternating between drinking coffee, pleading for order and writing about the chaos here.
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