When travelling in any metropolitan city, it can be difficult to find activities suitable for all of the family. This guide from our London based guest blogger Scott Wood highlights a handful of the best free family friendly activities in London today.
In trendy East London and host to a range of musical and cultural events, Victoria Park is an increasingly popular location to while away a few hours with the family. Also the oldest public park in Britain, the park was first opened to the public in 1845.
Spanning 218 acres, with a small boating lake, duck pond, paddling pool and designated children’s park; there are plenty of spots in the park to keep all family members entertained. For parents looking to take a break, sit, and drink a coffee at the excellent Pavilion Café’ which overlooks the tranquil boating pond.
Self-styled as ‘Country life in the heart of East London’, the Mudchute Park and Farm on the Isle of Dogs is a 32 acre facility providing children with hands-on access to a variety of friendly farm animals, interactive games and plant life.
Stop by and meet a range of friendly farm animals including cows, sheep, chickens and horses.
Despite being just a stone’s throw from the city, the farm has a calm and rural feel, which makes for a relaxing day out.
A trip on the seas
For fans of the sea, or even the history of military, the HMS Belfast is a free attraction suitable for families visiting London. The ship, which was originally built in 1938 and used around the world, is now managed by the Imperial War Museum and open to the general public.
(A picture showing the HMS Belfast at her berth on the River Thames, Central London)
The ship offers an intriguing insight into the workings of one of the navy’s most powerful cruisers of its time. Visitors can learn about living conditions on board, along with the history of the ship’s service during its active years.