Fun Family Days Out in London
For exciting family days out there’s no better city than London. There are so many things to do in the capital, that it can actually feel a bit overwhelming. How do you choose between the different museums, galleries and tourist spots? And which ones are the most child friendly? To help you pick the best days out for your family, we’ve chosen five of our favourite London attractions that work all year round. Take the train with c2c for a stress free day out and book in advance online for our best fare offers!
2FOR1 at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Explore aquatic life like never before with one of the country’s most advanced sea life centres, in the heart of London. Children will be mesmerised by an underwater world that covers everything from ponds to rivers to the deepest oceans. The shoals of colourful fish, imposing sharks and playful penguins will spark a life long love of all water based critters. And of course, save those precious pounds with our 2FOR1 deal…
Location: Waterloo (25 mins on the Waterloo & City Line from Bank)
Kids go free at the London Transport Museum
Witness the magic of travel and the unexpectedly fascinating history of the London Underground at a gloriously fun museum, which caters for all ages. Take a turn in the driver’s seat in the realistic Tube simulator, explore and play on real buses and trains, and meet costumed actors who bring the exhibits to life. Of course, the best way to get them excited for a day of trains is to take one of ours on your trip to London. It’s the perfect treat for a rainy day.
Location: Covent Garden (15 mins from Bank, which is 10 mins walk from Fenchurch St)
AHOY! Children’s Gallery at the National Maritime Museum
The perfect activity playground for 0-7 year olds, this interactive gallery is open every day and is designed to completely immerse your children in the world of sailing. Watch them stoke the boiler, catch fish and gallivant around the boatyard, complete with marine life, pirates, and everything else a budding sailor would need to have fun! Plus, there’s a quick lift up to a café, so a cuppa and a slice of cake will be on the cards as well…
Location: Greenwich (16 mins on the DLR from Limehouse)
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
This is a playground where even the shyest child’s imagination can come to life, whether they’re scaling sea monster sculptures, giant swings, or turtle drums. Watch your little ones climb aboard the immense wooden pirate ship sailing the sandy shores and play with pulleys, ropes, and wheels. There’s also ample spots for grown-ups to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the gardens.
Location: Kensington Gardens (40 mins from Fenchurch St, via Bank Central Line)
Spitalfields City Farm
London’s Brick Lane is famous for many things – markets, vintage clothing, great restaurants and mouth watering spicy curry. However, what many people don’t know is that it also has a farm with many rare breed animals, and some familiar faces too. If weather permits, you can wander around and explore the bustling markets afterwards, or hole up in one of the many quirky nearby cafes with a warm drink.
Location: Whitechapel (12 mins from Tower Hill, which is a 6 min walk from Fenchurch St.)
Pick a place at random!
Of course, London is such an amazing, bustling and vibrant place that you could just pick anywhere and find something to do. Hop off at Fenchurch Street and walk round to the tower and along the river or jump on a tube at Tower Hill and randomly get off at a stop of one of the kid’s choices. That's one way to see all of London in its glory.
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