Cheap or Free Things To Do in London with Children

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Being close to London means that it can be a good place for a family day out; even with little ones, there is a lot to do. But as a result, as there is so much choice, it can be tricky to decide what to do or where to go. The good news is that there are plenty of free and cheap things in the city, whether you are on a budget or not. So here are some of the things that you can do the next time you are planning a family day out in London. Is there anything else that you would add to the list? It would be great to hear what you think.


Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Battersea isn’t somewhere you might not have thought of visiting, but if you are looking to cut the price of a day out, then Battersea makes a much better alternative to the famous London Zoo. There are a host of animals that you can spend time with from lemurs to pigs, as you might expect at a farm. There are also things like climbing frames and swings so they can get some wiggles out.

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum (in Covent Garden) is something in London that will take you on a journey through time, as it is such an informative attraction taking you through some of the capital’s transport history (more interesting than it might sound). There are many hands-on and interactive displays for little ones, as well as a general play area. Right in Covent Garden, it leaves you time to grab a coffee and a cake and see some of the street artists doing their thing.

West End Matinee Show

Just round the corner from Covent Garden is the theatre district of the city. And even with children, you can still get to see one of the many London shows. There are ones that are specific for children, such as Dear Zoo or The Gruffalo’s Child and they run for shorter times. But shows like The Lion King, School of Rock, and Matilda can be a good choice for families. If you book in advance then you can usually get some pretty good prices.

V&A Museum of Childhood

If you want to show your children some toys of the past or share some of the things that you might have enjoyed as a child, then the V&A Museum of Childhood is a great spot to visit. There are some exhibitions that you have to pay to see, but there are plenty of free things to see, such as things like Doll’s Houses and children’s literature. It is also a short little walk to Victoria Park which is a great spot to walk around and have a play on the climbing frame.

National History Museum

On Exhibition Road there are several free museums to visit, and the Natural History Museum is a great option for children. Plus, it is only a little walk away from a Hummingbird Bakery, so a good spot to grab a cupcake for the train home.

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