Family fun in London

As the country's capital, London is chock full of amazing sights, tourist activities and cultural wonders. It's also a fabulous place to take the kids for a day out, so check out our guide to some of the family fun London has to offer.

Family days out in London

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The Natural History Museum
Gone are the days when museums were hushed buildings packed with endless cabinets. The Natural History Museum is packed with interactive features and awesome exhibits, and gives children an insight into the weird and the wonderful creatures of the natural world. From the animatronic T-Rex and the gigantic blue whale to the earthquake simulator and volcano room, the museum will keep the kids entertained for hours. There's even pond-dipping to be done in the grounds. Best of all, entry is completely free.

Perhaps the world's most famous toy shop, and certainly the biggest, Hamleys is a child's idea of heaven. Spread over seven floors are all the latest games, toys and gadgets the industry has to offer. And wide-eyed little ones can even try out their dream toys in the demonstration areas, where children can build, draw and play to their heart's content. Just remember to set your budget in stone before you walk through the door!

The London Eye
An iconic landmark since its completion in 2000, the London Eye is on many a tourist's wishlist, and for good reason. The fourth tallest structure in the capital at 135 metres, the view from the top is simply stunning and comes with a fabulous 4D experience while you're waiting for your turn in the capsule. Tickets cost £19.20 for adults and £12.30 for children, and each rotation takes 30 minutes.

The Science Museum
Featuring over 800 interactive displays, the Science Museum definitely has the wow factor. Kids can explore everything from steam engines to outer space, create rainbows, launch rockets and even discover what they'll look like as they age. Who said science was boring? Once again, entry is free and the museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 7pm.

Covent Garden
With street entertainment, market stalls and a wide variety of eateries, Covent Garden is the ideal place to wander. Stop for a spot of lunch, check out the fabulous markets for hand-made arts and crafts, and let the kids enjoy the entertainment, which could be anything from world music to mime.

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