Summer Holiday Activities in London

From the fun green parks to the historic museums, the scenic riverfront to the best food restaurants; London is an amazing place to spend the school holidays. Here’s a roundup of some of the best things to do with the kids this summer, so you can focus more on enjoying your day out with the family.

Get a Family Travelcard into London for the best value fare

This is a great option if you’re travelling further into London, as on top of the 25% discount of an adult Travelcard from the station you’re travelling from, and £2 for each child, it also includes an off-peak London Travelcard Zones 1-6 too! You can buy the Family Travelcard directly from our station ticket offices.

Corams Fields

Coram’s Fields – Parks and Playgrounds

Located in the heart of London, this is the best place for any adventure seekers looking for a super summer day out. There are two wide lawns for play, a large adventure play area (including a zip-wire for the brave hearted) and one of the biggest slides in town. Summertime is also a great time to visit as there’s also two large sandpits and a paddling pool too. The park also includes a wheelchair-friendly play area so everyone can have fun.

How much does it cost? FREE

How do I get there? Take the c2c train to Fenchurch Street, then it’s either an enjoyable 2 mile walk through the London landmarks, or change for the Central Line at Liverpool Street to Holborn for a shorter walk to Coram’s Fields.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Another kid’s paradise worth mentioning is one just outside of the city based in Stratford called Tumbling Bay. You can find it in the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where you’ll discover rock pools, sand pits, tree houses and wobbly bridges. Plus, if it’s an extra hot day you visit you can enjoy splashing around in a fountain with 195 computer controlled jets of water.

How much does it cost? FREE

How do I get there? Take the c2c train to Stratford, or travel to West Ham and change for the Jubilee Line to Stratford.


Sea Life London Aquarium

This summer Sea Life will become the world’s first sanctuary for two beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White. From June you will be able to visit and say hello to the new duo, as well as enjoying a whole range of other fun stuff too like Coral Kingdom, Polar Adventure and the new creepy addition of Rainforest Adventure!

How much does it cost? 2FOR1 tickets are available via the Days Out Guide when you travel by train. Normal ticket prices can vary.

How do I get there? Take the c2c train to Fenchurch Street then change for the Circle or District Lines at Tower Hill to Westminster Station. Then it’s just a short walk over Westminster Bridge.


Underbelly Festival

Currently in its 11th year, the Southbank based festival caters to a diverse group of ages and people. This year however there’s some really great shows specifically for families and the little ones. With live readings from Julie Donaldson of The Gruffalo and The Warthog, as well as some unmissable productions that include The Wind in the Willows and Massaoke For Kids – the ultimate family singalong. The festival is running until the end of September, so there’s plenty of time to pick the perfect day for

How much does it cost? Tickets for entry to view and attend the live shows from £8.50

How do I get there? Take the c2c train to Fenchurch Street then change for the Circle or District Lines at Tower Hill to Embankment Station. Then it’s just a short walk over Hungerford Bridge.

Ride the Routemaster

If you and the kids are keen to see the amazing sights London has to offer, but maybe want the express version, then the Routemaster is the perfect way to do it. Enjoy the vantage point from the top deck of a ‘proper British double-decker’ and see the likes of Nelson’s Column, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral and more, in just over an hour.

How much does it cost? £1.50 for adults and children aged under 11 travel free.

How do I get there? Routes are available from the Liverpool Street to Fulham Town Hall areas and vice versa.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

There’s a reason this museum is known the world over. This summer there are lots of amazing events and activities for the family and kids, some of which include ‘Gaze up at the Moon’, ‘Nature Live Talk’ and ‘Investigate’; a hands-on science centre where you can view the museum’s collections. But even if you don’t manage to attend any events, there’s still so much to look at and learn you could still be there all day! Why not browse our 2FOR1 offers to see what deals they have! 

How much does it cost? FREE

How do I get there? Take the c2c train to West Ham and change for the District Line to South Kensington.

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