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September 16, 2019
Keeping kids busy and active is easy when you are on holiday in London. There are hundreds of possible opportunities – and many are free. We take a look at some of the best free family activities on offer.
Top of the list has to be some of the spectacular London sights. Start your exciting and fun-filled day with a good breakfast at any of the restaurants In Kensington London then watch the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace – but get there early for a good spot. It takes place every day, with lots of shouted commands and lively music from the band.
Londoners have always taken time off to relax in one of the many parks to be found everywhere. Regents Park, Hyde Park and St James Park are among the most popular and offer plenty of space to run and play. Don’t forget Kensington Gardens too – hunt for Peter Pan and let off steam in the wonderful playground with its pirate ship, beach and teepees.
Visit one of the many free to enter museums such as the British Museum and National Gallery and take advantage of their free children’s activities and packs designed to keep kids busy around the galleries.
Check out the Tower Bridge website for details as to when it will be opening each day (or night!). On average, it opens around three times every day. A bell always sounds before it starts opening to ensure that no one is caught unawares. The best place to watch the bridge opening is from the riverbank, but you can also see it from the edge of the bridge, as only the centre part opens. Make sure you are there at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time since it all depends on exactly when the vessel arrives.
Fancy a walk? Download one of the many free apps available such as a Harry Potter walk and follow the trails around the streets, to discover places related to the books or films. How many can you find?
Book any of the hotels near Kensington and head for Covent Garden near Trafalgar Square or the South Bank near the London Eye for lots of free entertainment. This is where all kinds of street performers tend to gather, providing lots of fun for everyone. Did that statue really move? Or there might be a street magician with lots of fascinating illusions and tricks. Watch break dancing displays, short drama plays or comedy acts. There might even be some familiar children’s cartoon characters to be seen. Whatever the time of day or night, there will always be lots of unexpected delights in store.