In May, the world celebrated the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the newest member of the British Royal Family. To toast the occasion, we’ve compiled a round-up of five of our favourite family-friendly attractions in and around the capital, for a right royal day out - young and old.
Spitalfields City Farm
Hidden away in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch, Spitalfield’s City Farm is home to farm-yard favourites including rabbits, pigs, chickens, geese and cows. Kids can discover the wonderful world of creepy-crawlies at The Bug Hotel and harvest their own vegetables during Kids’ Kitchen cookery lessons. There’s even the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race – held annually on the same day as the University boat race, when goats Oxford and Cambridge compete for that extra bale of hay.
Tube Station: Whitechapel (District, Hammersmith & City lines)
Overground Stations: Shoreditch High Street, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel
Located a less than an hour from central London, LEGOLAND Windsor is a world-famous amusement park and bucket-list activity for many families visiting the capital. Divided into fantasy-themed lands based on the iconic brands most famous collections, there are 55 different activities to choose from, including the Atlantis Submarine Voyage in Adventure Land and the Splash Safari water park at Duplo®Valley.
Cost: Tickets from £32, children under two go free.
Getting there: From London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central, via Slough on Great Western Railway. Or direct from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside on South West Trains. There is a shuttle bus service to the park from stops close to both rail stations; please note that this is a chargeable service and is not operated by the park.
V&A Museum of Childhood
The nearby V&A Museum of Childhood is a must-see for London-bound families with an interest in history. Home to a range of fascinating permanent displays including the UK’s largest collection of dolls, the museum also hosts a range of special exhibitions such as Playing with Buildings – asking visitors to re-think how they interact with spaces, which runs from this month until March 2020.
Tube Station: Bethnal Green (Central line)
The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour
This perennially-popular Warner Brothers Studio Tour gives kids the chance to delve behind the scenes and experience the magic of Harry Potter for themselves. They can wander creepy Diagon Alley, discover how the goblins of Gringotts were created and learn the secrets of the special effects behind the Whomping Willow and Harry’s invisibility cloak.
Cost: Adults £45, Children £35, Children under five go free.
Getting there: Twenty minutes from London Euston to Watford Junction, with your Oyster card. Beginning at 9.20am, regular shuttle buses run every 20 minutes from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour, with a journey time of 15 minutes. Shuttle bus tickets cost £2.50, cash only. You will need to show a valid Studio Tour ticket or booking confirmation for the date of travel to use this service.
The Tower of London
A former palace and prison, The Tower of London is one of the city’s most intriguing spots. See the glittering Crown Jewels and meet the famous Yeoman Warders, known as Beefeaters, who have protected the Tower since the time of the Tudors. You can even hear its grisly history during a spooky twilight tour.
Cost: Adults from £22.70, Children from £10.75, Children under five go free.
Tube Station: Tower Hill (Circle, District lines)