Family Days out in London with affordable budget

When it comes to finding an easy way of organising family days out, London will never let you down. Whether you are searching for kid-friendly restaurants or famous attractions, there are plenty of amazing things to do in London for any age, from a restless toddler to a curious six-year-old.

We know that you'd like to show many things for your kids as much as you can, but what you'll find is that it costs you a lot more than you expect, even for just one day. But fortunately, the best part of family days out in London is that there are many great places for families that are free or affordable to visit.

We've selected some of the best things/places where you can entertain your kids in London. Let's make a plan for your family days out now so that you and the kids don't miss out on the wealth of adventures in London.

1. Diana Memorial Playground

Located next to the Kensington Palace, this amazing playground is a fitting tribute for a Princess who loved the innocence of childhood. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, this play area has a fabulous and huge wooden pirate ship as its centrepiece. Including a sensory trail, play sculptures, teepees, and a beach around the pirate ship, the playground encourages less able and able-bodied children to play together and explore their imaginations, learning whilst they play. There's also plenty of seating so the parents can relax. It’s free to enjoy, but on busy days there might be a queue to get in.

You can find more information here

Mom and baby watching the carved face in the Diana Memorial Playground

Image Source: Photo courtesy of The Royal Parks


2. Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace

Making a visit to the changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace could present an opportunity for your children to learn about the history of British pageantry. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, weather permitting. Make sure to check the ceremony schedule here in advance. The official start time for the ceremony is 11.00am, but it is highly recommended that you arrive much earlier to secure a spot with a good view.

The picture of the ceremony of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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3. Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch

If your kids are a huge fan of art, design, craft and baking workshops, Geffrye Museum located in Shoreditch is the heaven. Set in beautiful 18th-century almshouse buildings, the museum is surrounded by gardens - a much-loved oasis in the heart of inner-city London. Admission to the museum including the Eleven Period Rooms and Herb and Period Gardens is free. The museum runs free art, design, craft, and baking workshops for children and young people aged 2-16 every day during the October, February and Summer half terms and on selected days. Family-friendly audio-tours, quizzes, trails, activity back-packs and a box full of mystery objects are available during all half-terms and holidays and every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Find more information here

The View of the period gardens -  photography Jayne Lloyd

Image Source: Photo courtesy of The Geffrye Museum


4. Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

A visit to the dinosaurs makes for a great family day-out and you will find an amazing deal of history as well as fun. Crystal Palace Dinosaurs is a collection of over 30 statues created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894) in the years around 1854. This set includes the first ever attempt anywhere in the world to model dinosaurs as full-scale, three-dimensional, active creatures. It is free to visit and open daily. The dinosaurs are located in Crystal Palace Park, one of London's great green area., but make sure to check the local weather conditions before you visit.

Specific visitor information is here

A picture of the sculptures in Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

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5. Greenwich

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Greenwich is good enough to fulfil your kid's curiosity and imagination, standing on the Prime Meridian of the world, at the Royal Observatory where east meets west, and seeing breathtaking panoramic views across London from Royal Greenwich Park. There are lots of things such as great art, culture and maritime history for children to discover the must-see attractions in Greenwich, including the tea clipper Cutty Sark, the Queen's House art gallery and the National Maritime Museum. There are also lots of other free and paid things.

You can find more information here

A kid standing on the Meridian Line

Image Source: Photo courtesy of Royal Greenwich Park


6. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Are you looking for something new to explore? The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park might give you some inspiration. The park is free to visit every day of the week and the perfect destination for families of all ages and interests, enjoying a walk through the Parklands or letting the children loose in the playgrounds. There are plenty of fun and family friendly Park activities, why not enjoy them this weekend?

Here are more details

A family enjoying their picnic at the Elizabeth Olympic Park

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7. Sightseeing by local bus

If you don't want to buy a ticket for a sightseeing tour bus like the Hop-on Hop-off, trying some of the local buses might be a genuine alternative. You can enjoy something of interest on most bus routes in central London and the top deck of a proper double decker bus is way more fun for kids. There are lots of good routes that pass the famous and popular attractions: Number RV1 from the Tower of London to Covent Garden, Number 11 from Victoria Station to St Paul's Cathedral, and Number 9 from Trafalgar Square to High St Kensington.

You can find the details of tickets, routes, and etc here

A bus passing the Big Ben in London



8. Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly, free attraction in South London’s Forest Hill. They have been open since Victorian times when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors, including internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection. Why not take part in their exciting activities and enjoy the 16-acre gardens? It's free to enter the museum, but the aquarium is £4 for adults, £2 for children.

You can find more information here


A picture of the Horniman Museum clock tower - Michael Harding

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9. Picture House, The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

A trip to the cinema is the exciting moment for both parents and kids but we know that it is not easy. Thanks to the Picture House, there are 'Toddler Time' and 'Kid's Club' so that you can entertain your kids in the beautiful cinema. Toddler Time is on Tuesday and Thursday and Kid's Club on Saturday. The ticket is £3 per child and parents or carers are free to enter.

You can find the information here: For Toddler Time and Kid's club

The banner of picture house for toddler time

Image Source: Photo courtesy of Picture Book Party