I have to say I am loving the summer weather especially for the fact the kids are just so happy to head outside and play – there is far less “I’m bored” and “what are we doing today?”, they happily jump into the pool or just play in the garden.
With the summer holidays fast approaching though we definitely won’t be staying in the garden for the next 6 weeks and will have plenty of trips into London as it’s our favourite thing to do and only 45 minutes away from us by tube.
There are plenty of free things to do in London with the kids so it doesn’t always have to be an expensive day out, and you’ll find discount vouchers around for many of the attractions is you look around, cereal packets often have money off vouchers for the Sealife Centre or Madam Tussauds etc.
Just in case this wonderful summer continues I thought you’d be interested in things you can do in London during a heatwave!
- British Summer Time 2018 – Hyde Park
This is a series of major rock & pop concerts running over 9 days from 6th July until the 15th July – these, of course, are ticketed concerts so you’ll have to purchase them in advance to save disappointed there is still Michael Buble on Friday, Bruno Mars on Saturday and Sunday you’ll find Paul Simon.
Open house – Hyde Park
This runs from 9-12th July and is an open cinema free for all to attend.
- Diana Memorial Playground
A huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centre piece of the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground. This children’s wonderland opened on the 30th June 2000, in memory of the late Princess. Located next to her Kensington palace home this is a lovely playground for children to explore and will keep them amused for hours – take a picnic and make a day of it, and don’t worry there are plenty of benches for adults too.
- Battersea Park & Zoo
This is somewhere we love to visit as a family and you’ll easily spend an entire day having fun here.
There is a huge children’s playground which is completely fenced in for children’s safety and also a lovely sand pit area which the kids all love. A cafe is situated just by the park so adults can order the most delicious pizza around and watch the children play until it arrives. There’s also crazy golf, a boating lake and a mini zoo plus loads more to amuse everyone. Take your skates, bikes or even scooters, walk the dog and enjoy a fun family day out – with loads of trees there is plenty of shaded areas to avoid the sun if needed.
- Hampstead Pond
Not for the faint-hearted as these can be cold even in the summer but a rather quick way to cool off – there are ponds for Men, Women and a mixed one too.
The wonderful thing about London is there are so many museums you can visit and they are free to get into too. We love nothing better than wandering around as a family, its fun, free and you can easily spend all day or half a day just pottering around the museums. Harry loves the Natural History Museum, My favourite is the V&A, while Emmy has a soft spot for the Science Museum and Paul’s favourite is the British Museum. There are so many to choose from – you can find a bigger list here.
- Afternoon Tea
Sometimes there is nothing nicer than treating yourselves to a little treat after a long week, or even during a shopping trip – perhaps a luxury treat just for the adults (I know mine wouldn’t behave the way I would like in a 5 star hotel and would be fussy over menus – but this would be a lovely treat while out with friends dare I say it – childfree). The Montcalm At The Brewery London City is somewhere I have been on numerous occasions, the venue for the Britmums Blogging conference for many years, it is somewhere I really do love to visit and they certainly do a wonderful afternoon tea here, available from Monday – Friday 3.30-5.30pm.
- Theatre Trip
London is one of the best places for finding something to watch at the Theatre, from Musicals, dramas to children’s show there really is something for everyone here.
My children love going to the Theatre and have seen so many shows now including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Wicked and many more. Over the summer I also have booked tickets for Emmy, my niece and I to see Kinky Boots and then we are all off to see Horrible Histories the same week and Harry can’t wait.
This is somewhere my children always talk about, they just love it. An indoor city designed for children only. Adults become redundant the minute they walk in the door as they aren’t allowed in the queues or the activities.Children are set to work in their own city, they can work in the bank or the supermarket, become firefighters, paramedics, dentists and even pilots. They even earn wages which they can spend inside, open bank accounts and so much more – we are actually booked in to return in the summer holidays and can’t wait.
Do you have plans to visit London this summer? What’s on your to do list?