London is one of the biggest metropolis in the world, so you may be excused for believing it is the opposite of child-friendly. However, nothing is further from the truth: from exciting art fairs to playful museums and winter extravaganzas, there are plenty of activities to entertain children in this big city. Below, I’ve listed my favourite fun things to do with children in London:
1. ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT THE ZOO
Is there anything more exciting for a child than getting face to face with tigers and gorillas? A trip to the zoo always makes for a thrilling outing for all the family that allows kids to meet all kinds of animals and even take your photo with them! But this is not all: the London Zoo, in fact, is notorious for organizing a series of fun activities through the year. My children’s favourite activities include sleepovers in the bedbugs pavilion, watching adventure films under the stars during Movie Nights and having an afternoon snacks with giraffes.
2. BRUNCHING WITH THE MUNCHKINS
This will probably surprise some of you, but London’s cuisine is absolutely delicious – there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to satisfy every palate. My favourite place where to have brunch with my munchkins, though, must be Electric House, a chic members club located in the heart of Portobello. On the menu are avocado on toast, steak tartare and flat-iron chicken as well as children’s favourites such as double cheeseburger and tagliatelle. The food is delicious, the atmosphere relaxed and the club very child-friendly. The Electric House also offers children’s movies every weekend at its own Electric Cinema.
3. ART FAIRS AIN’T JUST FOR GROWN UPS
The Frieze Art Fair, which takes place every year in the luscious surroundings of The Regent’s Park, is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the world’s busiest and largest contemporary art fairs – over a 150 art galleries snap up a place to showcase their most recent works of arts! What sets Frieze apart from other art fairs is their focus only on contemporary artists still living today, from the emerging to the renowned. On top of it, the fair organizes a series of events, including movie showings, talks and interactive projects that’ll delight both young and old. It is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the art world.
4. ARTSY DAY
Art fairs may be the perfect introduction to the art world for children, but London is also home to a vast number of museums, so you don’t need to wait for them to enjoy an artsy day with your little ones. My favourite museu must be the Tate Modern: not only it is full of beautiful works of art, it also offers plenty of fun activities to amuse children. Head to the Playing Up Art Trolley, where you will be able to dance with animals, create a small DIY concert in the Turbine Hall, pick up a map of Paris you can explore to use the museum or pick up a postcard and become a detective on the hunt for missing paintings and statues. My children absolutely love spending the day here!
5. WINTER WONDERLAND
Winter in London is absolutely magical – and not only because the city is dressed up in an array of sparkling coloured lights. The highlight of the season for little children is, without a shadow of a doubt, Winter Wonderland, a Christmas extravaganza in the heart of Hyde Park. There is so much to do here: the more than 100 rides and attractions include ice skating, circus shows, roller coasters, Christmas markets and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. I’ve never seen my children so happy as when they were sitting on his lap!