London is a city bursting with fun for families, thanks to its eclectic mix of history, arts and parks. Sure, you can visit the Science Museum or take a spin on the London Eye, but these kid-friendly and unique activities typically fly under the radar. Here's your family guide to secret spots in London:
First up is an undiscovered treasure, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. What child wouldn’t love petting rabbits or playing on tractors? It is also home to ponies, meerkats, lemurs, emu and more. There are picnic spots, play areas and a café, too.
See what life was like for a poverty-stricken pupil in a Victorian school at the Ragged School Museum in the city’s East End. Your kids will realize how good they’ve got it.
Cast off from parents on a pirate ship! Or maybe play on the beach, or hide in a tepee. These and other Peter Pan-inspired activities take place in the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Then go in search of the fairies on Peter Pan’s nearby statue.
The race is on as you have one hour to escape from a locked room at ClueQuest using your minds, logic and teamwork. This is the perfect activity for families with 9-year-olds and above.
Hop on a traditional narrow boat that links Little Venice and Camden Lock Market on the historic and ridiculously pretty Regent’s Canal. The waterbus even stops inside London Zoo.
Tucked away behind London Bridge in a church attic is the ghoulish Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, the oldest surviving operating room in Europe. It offers an insight into the history of medicine.
By Janine Clements