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The Perfect 4-Day London Itinerary for Families with Kids

City Guide September 20, 2023

 

 

There's more to London than bus tours, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. This city has something for everyone in the family. Don't believe it? Allow us to show you!

We've meticulously crafted a family-friendly four-day London itinerary that guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone you're visiting London with.

Prepare to embark on a journey filled with historical landmarks, world-class museums, enchanting parks, and a magical full day on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour.

With our carefully curated itinerary, exploring London with kids becomes a breeze. We've included the must-see highlights from iconic attractions to hidden gems that will have the whole family engaged and entertained. Discover the enchantment of a do-it-yourself Harry Potter walking tour, where the magic of the beloved series comes to life.

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Day One

Start the day off by visiting the iconic Borough Market. One of the best things in London is the number of food markets available! At Borough Market, you can browse the selections and vast array of food options that will appease the pickiest of eaters.

After the borough market, explore the history and grandeur of London with a visit to the Tower of London! This is where you’ll learn all about the Crown Jewels. From there, you can walk across the iconic Tower Bridge and marvel at the stunning views of the River Thames.

The Sky Garden is just a 15-minute walk away, a hidden gem atop the Walkie-Talkie building. Ascend to the top and step into a breathtaking oasis suspended above the city. The Sky Garden offers panoramic views of London's stunning skyline, showcasing London's landmarks from a unique perspective. It's perfect to soak in the beauty of London while creating family memories.

Book your visit in advance, as this popular attraction tends to fill quickly!

In the evening, head to the vibrant district of Covent Garden in the West End. This lively area has street performers, boutique shops, and various restaurants. Enhance your London experience with a family-friendly musical like "Frozen" at one of the renowned theaters" in the"area.

Let the magic of the stage captivate your senses as you enjoy a heartwarming performance together. After the show, satisfy your appetite with a visit to Wahaca, a restaurant that specializes in tasty Mexican cuisine.

 

 

Borough Market

Location: London Bridge

Closest metro stop: London Bridge Underground Station

Working Hours: Tues-Fri: 10 to 17:00, Sat: 9 to 17:00, Sunday: 10 to 16:00

 

Tower of London

Location: London EC3N 4AB

Closest metro stop: Tower Hill Underground station

Working Hours: Tues-Sat: 9:00 to 17:30, Sun-Mon: 10:00-17:30

Price: Tickets start at £33.60 for adults, £16.80 for children

 

Tower Bridge

Location: Tower Bridge Rd, London

Closest metro stop: London Bridge Station

Working Hours: Tues-Sat: Open everyday 09:00-18:00

Price: Adults from £12.30, kids from £6.20

 

Sky Garden

Location: 1, Sky Garden Walk, London

Closest metro stop: Monument tube station

Working Hours: Tues-Sat: Mon - Thurs: 8:00 – 0:00, Fri - Sat: 8:00 - 1:00, Sun: 8 am – 0:00

Price: Free Admission but ticketed

 

Frozen

Location: Catherine St, London

Closest metro stop: Covent Garden station

Working Hours: Wed 2 pm, Thu 2 pm & 7 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat 2:30 pm & 7 pm, Sun 1 pm & 5:30 pm

Price: from £29.50

 

Wahaca

Location: 66 Chandos Pl, London

Closest metro stop: Charing Cross station

Working Hours: Open everyday 12:00-22:00

Price: ££-£££

 

Day Two

This day is all about experiencing the regal side of London. Begin your royal adventure at Buckingham Palace, where you can witness the captivating Changing of the Guard ceremony. Marvel at the precision and grandeur of this iconic tradition, or explore the opulent State Rooms and Queen's Gallery during the summer months, glimpse into the life of royalty, and immerse yourself in the palace's majestic ambiance.

Afterward, go to the esteemed British Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and worldwide historical wonders. Delve into the past as you encounter captivating exhibits, including the renowned Rosetta Stone and fascinating Egyptian mummies. The museum also offers workshops and activities throughout the day, ensuring an interactive and engaging experience for the little ones. Check their schedule to see what exciting things London with Kids has for you!

In the evening, it's time to shake off the history and have some modern-day fun. Head to Monopoly Lifesized, a popular tourist attraction where you become a living game token in a life-sized version of the beloved (by some, not all) board game. Roll the giant dice, move around the vibrant game board, and immerse yourself in the playful world of Monopoly. It's an exhilarating experience that brings out the whole family's competitive spirit.

After you've declared bankruptcy (or become a Monopoly champion), satisfy your hunger with a visit to The Top Hat.

 

 

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

The tour lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Closest Metro Stop: Piccadilly Circus

Price: £25.61 per person

Meeting start point: Outside the Criterion Theatre, next to the Statue of Eros on Piccadilly Circus

 

State Rooms and Queen's Gallery

Location: Buckingham Palace, Lond

Closest metro stop: St. James's Park station

Working Hours: 10:0James's0, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays Price: £17.00 for adults, £9.00 for children

 

British Museum

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London

Closest Tube Station: Russell Square Station

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Price: Adult: Free, Child: Free

 

Monopoly Lifesized

Address: 218-223 Baker St, Marylebone, London

Closest Tube Station: Baker Street Station

Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00-23:00, Sat-Sun: 10:00-23:00

Price: Adult: from £49; Families have a reduced rate

 

The Top Hat

Address: Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Ct Rd, London

Closest Tube Station: Goodge Street Station

Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00-23:00, Sun: 10:00–21:00, Mondays: Closed

Price: ££

 

Day Three

Embark on a magical day trip from London to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour. Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, this you're if you spend multiple days in the city! Explore the iconic sets, see the original costumes, and discover the secrets behind the making of the beloved Harry Potter films.

Head early to avoid crowds and get the most out of the studio tour. You’ll want to have lunch at one of the restaurants on-site or partake in the afternoon tea! Immerse yourself in the world of magic and create lasting memories with the entire family.

After an unforgettable day, return to London and savor a delicious dinner at The Arber Garden. This restaurant is on the tranquil side and contrasts the hustle and bustle from earlier in the day. Enjoy pub classics like fish and chips while the kids sit in a designated area for those over 3. Don’t worry. The area is supervised, and Don'tany no arts and crafts to keep the kiddos busy!

Suppose you want to keep the magic going after dinner. In that case, you can do a walking tour of the Harry Potter filming locations by visiting places such as the picturesque Leadenhall Market, which served as the entrance to Diagon Alley in the films, and the Millennium Bridge, famously destroyed by Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

 

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

Location: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford

Hours: 8:30 to 22:00. Times and duration will differ depending on the chosen ticket.

Price: Studio Tour tickets start at £51.50 per person, and children under 4 are free.

 

The Arbor Garden

Address: 1 Pearson Square, London

Closest Tube Station: Goodge Street Station

Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00–18:00, Mondays: Closed

Price: ££-£££

 

Day Four

Last day, best day! Just kidding, every day in London is equally fun and exciting! On your final day, kickstart the morning by immersing yourselves in the wonders of science and nature at the Natural History Museum.

As you encounter awe-inspiring dinosaur fossils, explore the Earth Hall with its stunning geological specimens, and marvel at the impressive giant blue whale skeleton that hangs gracefully from the ceiling. The museum offers a wealth of educational exhibits and interactive displays that captivate both young and old.

For a delightful lunch experience, head to Mercato Mayfair, a unique food hall set in a deconsecrated church. This culinary haven offers a wide range of cuisine options from all around the world. Indulge in a Napolean pizza from Fresco or savor some delectable Bao buns from Steamy & Co. If you order more than you can devour, ask for a to-go box, as we have an exciting plan for the leftovers!

With your packed lunch, venture into the magnificent Hyde Park, one of London's largest and most picturesque parks. Take a stroll amidst the lush scenery, allowing the beauty of this natural green space to rejuvenate your spirits. Breathe in the crisp air and find the perfect spot for a delightful picnic. As you savor your meal, the kids can have a blast at the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, a whimsical and imaginative play area that will keep them entertained for hours.

As the afternoon rolls in, it's time to savor a mouthwatering meal at the Flat Iron, a culinary gem renowned for its delectable and juicy steaks. Step into the cozy and rustic atmosphere and choose from prime cuts, each expertly prepared and served with crispy chips and fresh salad. The restaurant's commitment to providing a dining experience is evident in every aspect, from the attentive service to the carefully curated menu.

On this final day, indulge in the wonders of science, enjoy a diverse culinary journey, bask in the tranquility of Hyde Park, and savor a remarkable dining experience at Flat Iron. It's the perfect way to conclude your faIt's-friendly London adventure on a high note, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Oh! Speaking on a high note, end the trip by going on the iconic London Eye. From the London Eye, you can spot the landmarks and sights you visited throughout your trip, now transformed into a breathtaking tapestry of lights against the night sky. Take in the illuminated beauty of Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and the sparkling River Thames.

Reflect on the experiences, the laughter, and the joy that have accompanied you throughout your family-friendly London adventure!

 

 

Natural History Museum

Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London

Closest Metro Stop: South Kensington Station

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm (last entry at 5:00 pm)

Price: Free entry to the museum

 

Mercato Mayfair

Address: St. Mark's Church, N Audley St, London

Closest Metro Stop: Green Park Station

Opening Hours: Mon – Thur: 12 – 11 pm, Fri – Sat: 12 – 12 am, Sun: 12 – 10 pm

 

Hyde Park

Address: London, UK

Closest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner and Lancaster Gate

Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week; 05:00-24:00

Price: Adult: Free, Child: Free

 

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Address: London W2

Closest Tube Station: Queensway and High Street Kensington

Opening Hours: Open seven days a week; 06:00-21:45

Price: Adult: Free, Child: Free

 

 

Flat Iron

Address: 9 Young St, London W8 5EH

Closest Metro Stop: High Street Kensington Station

Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs: 12:00-22:30, Fri-Sat: 12-23:00

Price: Free entry to the museum

 

London Eye

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, London

Closest Metro Stop: Waterloo Station

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11-18:00, Sat-Sun: 10-20:30

Price: Prices start at £39

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