Planning a trip away with the family is no mean feat. Whether you’re looking to entertain younger children or find ways to keep teenagers engaged, creating an itinerary can be challenging – especially as you look for things to do which are close to your accommodation near Hyde Park London while still being exciting and unique.
Luckily, London is one of those destinations where every corner of the city boasts different family attractions and things to do – connecting London’s past with the present and future and integrating history and culture into the most vibrant and immersive of days out.
Here are some of the best things to do in London for families.
Check out the view
What better place to start than with a view of London. Whether you opt for a bird’s eye view from the height of The Shard, an exciting and experiential viewpoint from the London Eye, or a waterside view of the city passing by one of the River Thames cruise boats, London and its vibrant cityscape is an exciting and awe-inspiring destination to experience.
Harry Potter in London
Popular with kids and adults alike, the Harry Potter experience in London is something that you can construct for yourself – combining the more formal experiences such as the Photographic Exhibition near the Park Avenue J Hotel Hyde Park and the Warner Bros Studio Tour, with self-guided adventures around streets that were used for filming the movies, the iconic Harry Potter display at Kings Cross, and more.
This is a particularly great experience for younger children who are keen to explore and really immerse themselves in different lives and professions for a day. A playful way to ignite interest in different roles and areas of life, Kidzania brings the future to life for thousands of young people and is ideally located in the Westfield White City shopping centre.
History in London
Not so much a single attraction, but more of a collection of different places to choose from and visit according to the preferences and interests of your family. From museums to immersive tours, galleries, unique exhibitions and side streets packed with history, many of the hotels near Hyde Park are located a stone’s throw from the city’s best historical attractions. And best of all, many of these museums and historical sites are far more entertaining and immersive than you might expect.
Some of the best for younger visitors include the Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and V&A, and the Horniman Museum with all its weird and wonderful exhibitions.
Zoos and Parks
Finally, what better way to keep the whole family entertained during your London visit than with a high-energy trip to one of the city’s Royal Parks. Regent’s Park is a particular favourite as it combines the expansive gardens and green spaces with ZSL London Zoo – home to species from all over the world, with demonstrations and feedings occurring throughout the day.
Following breakfast near Hyde Park, wander up through Regent’s Park to the northern border where you will find the entrance to the zoo.