London is an incredible city, particularly for families who enjoy an eclectic and exciting lifestyle. However, it can also be a notoriously expensive city, which can put something of a downer on families who don’t have bottomless pockets.
If you’re willing to look past the big obvious attractions and tourist traps, however, you might be surprised to learn that there are many potential family activities on offer in the ‘big smoke’ that are either reasonably priced or (even better) completely free of charge!
Below, we’ll explore just a few of the affordable options for family fun.
The UK capital is one of the best cities on earth for free museum tours and best of all, most of the big ones are all located within either walking distance or a short tube ride of one another. The Natural History Museum is iconic for a reason and could comfortably keep the family entertained for an entire day on its own accord, but there are plenty of other incredible museums to explore too, all of which are completely free to explore. The Victoria & Albert is all about design and art, whilst the British Museum is constantly evolving and is always keeping up with the latest exciting technologies. There’s also the Science Museum, which is more like a futuristic playground. And that’s only scratching the surface of London’s museums!
For such a bustling metropolis, London is actually home to a deceptively vast amount of eclectic parkland. In South London, you’ll find Brockwell Park, which features several playgrounds and paddling pools (perfect for a long summer day) and further north on the banks of the Thames you’ll find Duke’s Meadows, which includes a seaside-style promenade and an adventure playground. Then there is always the famous Wimbledon Common (made famous by The Wombles), the more modern Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the truly gorgeous Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground. The wonders of Battersea Park, overlooking the river and with the old power station in the background, not to mention the zoo!
The cost of entry for all of these wonderful, family-friendly London parks? Nothing at all!
London is also home to two of the UK’s most esteemed zoos. We all know there is no more perfect family day out than a zoo and both the larger London Zoo and the smaller Golders Hill Park Zoo on Hampstead Heath are attractions that offer a lot of bang for your buck. The former is full of more exotic animals from across the globe, whilst the latter is a haven for birds, donkeys, lemurs and more, and will allow you to get up close and personal with the animals. London zoo cheap tickets can be purchased online before you travel, whereas, at Golders Hill, you can simply turn up on the day.
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