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An insider’s guide to family friendly London

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If you visit London with kids you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the family friendly activities available but if you’re only visiting for a short while, where should you spend your time? Here are our insider tips for all our favourite family friendly places to visit in London.

What is the best thing about London?

London is an amazing city packed full of family friendly activities. Literally whatever you and your family fancy doing will be available. When the weather’s good there are many, many parks to explore or if you fancy being inside, the museums all have kid friendly programs and most are totally free!

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What's your favourite restaurant?

So many to choose from! We recently visited Ping Pong in St Katharines Docks which is a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant. My daughter loves the smaller sized plates/sharing style of eating and devoured their ribs!

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Another chain restaurant we love are the Eds Easy Diners which have a vintage American diner theme and fantastic milkshakes – always a child pleaser!

If you’re still looking for inspiration here’s a great run down of Family friendly restaurants in London

Any local hotel recomendations?

We recently stayed at the Hotel Indigo in Tower Hill and absolutely loved it. We were staycationing for the weekend and as it’s in the financial district it was really quiet over the weekend but still very centrally located and walkable to the Tower of London and the Gherkin. The rooms are huge (for London) and the décor was super stylish. I think it’s a lovely family friendly hotel in the city.

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What do you do when you want to relax here?

On a nice day we love to pack up a picnic and head to one of the many parks. I love St James Park for the central location and view on the London Eye. There’s a lovely café in the middle which is a great spot to grab a coffee whilst the kids play.

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Another favourite is the Princess Diana Memorial Playground at Kensington Gardens

What's the best way to get around London?

Driving in London sucks, even at the weekend the traffic will drive you crazy so I would say the underground wins hands down. Its easy to get everywhere you want to go and actually isn’t as dirty as rumours would lead you to believe! It can be quite expensive so make sure to get a day pass if you will be making several journeys. Under 11s travel free with a paying adult. Buggys on the tube are a bit of a nightmare as you can imagine – use a carrier if you can.

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Are there any child friendly bars or pubs to visit?

Pubs in central London are so pretty, they are lovely to look at but not all are particularly child friendly. Most will allow kids but if we’re out for an evening in London with kids we tend to find somewhere for dinner.

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How safe do you feel here?

Very safe – all the usual rules apply – keep your valuables close, kids included!

What do you wish was different about London?

There’s no getting away from the fact that London is expensive, keep an eye out for deals and online voucher codes and remember that the parks and most museums are free. It’s also super busy, I haven’t found a solution to that so far!

Where is the best place for a coffee break?

I love a visit to Covent Garden, the kids can spend ages watching the street performers and there are lots of places to sit for a coffee to watch the world go by.

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What's your favourite cultural thing to do here?

Museums and galleries! There’s so many and they’re all so good. I love the Tate modern for awesome art which will entertain both kids and grown-ups. Most exhibits are free and they have regular family friendly activities, a drawing bar and a family friendly map so you can let the kids lead.

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What's your favourite thing to do in London on a rainy day?

For me the most iconic London museum is the Natural History museum. It’s both educational and fun and every time we visit we seem to find something new!

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How helpful are the locals?

Londoners are super helpful, and they love sharing their top tips about the city.

Insider hints and tips?

If the weather’s good then it’s worth taking a walk along the South Bank, along the Thames. If you go from the London Eye to Tower Bridge you’ll spot many iconic buildings such as Shakespeares Globe and the Tower of London.

What's the one thing you can't miss when visiting London with kids?

If you can then try and book a family friendly show. The theatres in the West End are some of the best in the world and it makes for a really special treat. We love The Lion King, Wicked and Matilda.

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