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Things to do in London with kids - from free to cheap

By Edited Jun 30, 2014 1 0

There's so many things to do in London with kids, but with London being one of the top destinations in the world, this can also make it expensive. In this article we take a look at a few of the cheap or even free things to do in London with kids.

Big Ben - London

British Museum

There is something for everyone at the British Museum where you can explore 2 million years of the planets history in 100 objects. Children will also be fascinated to look at the many exhibits from Egypt with its collection of Egyptian mummies - always popular with the kids. There is so much to explore when you get into the museum it could take you a couple of days to look around.
The museum is free to enter (like all British museums) and is open from 10am until 5.30pm every day.

Battersea Park Children's Zoo

This is a great attraction for children of all ages and is open from 10am until 5.30pm every day (it closes an hour earlier in the Winter). While the zoo isn't free, it is excellent value considering the time you can spend there.
The attraction combines a zoo, animal encounters, a play area and a cafe. Some of the attractions include meerkat's, Kune Kune pigs, otters, Shetland ponies and fun times in the monkey house.
Battersea Park Children's Zoo is fairly easy to get to across the Thames in Battersea Park

The River Thames - London

HMS Belfast

Perhaps a visit to the Second World War navy ship the HMS Belfast would be more fun for them. This venue is free for under 16's and is a great example of what life was like onboard ship for the 950 crew during the Second World War. Visitors can explore the mess deck, operations room and engine rooms.
HMS Belfast is open all year round except over Christmas with their website giving full details.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - a great thing to do in London with kids

Children may rate this as their favourite thing to do in London as they watch the new guard taking over from the old guard at Buckingham Palace. While the change takes place, the Guards band play music from traditional pieces to even familiar pop songs.
Days vary when this spectacle takes place (depending on the time of year), but a look at the Royal website will advise you. If you want the best view near the railings, it's best to get there a little earlier as this is the top London attraction at this time of day.

These are just a few of the things to do in London with kids and there will be more to follow. Above all enjoy London, it's sure to be talked about by the kids for years to come.



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