With a seemingly endless list of fun things to do and see, London is a fantastic city to explore for expat families with kids. Those relocating to London with the little ones in tow can take comfort in the fact that there is plenty to enjoy, regardless of the weather, and kids are unlikely to ever get bored in the UK capital.
Here's a round-up of some of our favourite family outings in London.
Child-friendly activities in London
On summer days, we recommend expat parents take the kids for a ride on the famous red double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses. Other options for (cost-free) fun in the sun include exploring the city's wonderful parks such as St James's Park, Regent's Park and Hyde Park.
In the event of cold or rainy weather, check out Madame Tussauds with its wax sculptures of famous people. The museum is split into zones such as music, film, sport and royals. The Marvel Hall of Heroes is a highlight and includes realistic sculptures of Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America and more.
For the single best collection of toys in the world, be sure to pay a visit to the flagship store of Hamleys Toy Shop. The shop has seven levels over which around 50,000 lines of toys are spread.
Expat kids of any age are sure to be delighted by the London Eye, especially at night. For older kids who enjoy a touch of the macabre, the London Dungeon with its gory recreations of London’s medieval past is a must-see. Museums for kids are fun-filled: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the charming Victoria and Albert Museum are just some of the museums available to Londoners.
The West End offers a range of theatre experiences aimed at children. Classics like The Lion King play alongside newer productions such as Frozen the Musical.
A top winter activity is ice-skating, which can be done at various locations around the city throughout the festive season. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, with its array of rides and activities, is also great for children.
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