London days out with the kids…

Sevenoaks Mums Top Tips:

  1. Take a picnic and a lot of snacks therefore no complaining of being hungry!
  2. Don’t forget that children under 10 travel for free on the tubes and buses. You do have to buy them a train ticket! Children accompanied by an adult are £1.  And we only recently discovered the Network Railcard – for us mums to save a third on our train travel… you’re welcome!

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/prcff8307cb84deaafef7100d754f43a.aspx

  1. If you buy your tickets through the National Rail you will find some offers on the more expensive days out: https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london
  2. If picnics don’t take your fancy, find some vouchers for restaurants, there are always tonnes on and can save you up to 20% off you bill.  Pizza Express for example seem to have deals on the whole time.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

This is a very family friendly place and they have many activities for children. On selected Sundays of every month they hold drop in ArtPlay sessions where children can be creative. For example on the 20th August you will be able to create your own crocodile puppet!

Another plus, there is a park opposite the gallery with ducks, tricycle hire and rowing boats.

dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Southbank & Southbank Centre

This is a great place for the children to run around (if its not busy), watch street performers and admire the street art. There is a free beach set up along the Southbank, open 10am-10pm daily until Sunday 24th September. It is a great place to have fun with a huge variety of things to do, go along and see where the day takes you.

London Fountains

Why not go and find one of London’s many water fountains on a nice hot day. They are free to spend hours running in and out of them but make sure to take a spare change of clothes! Here are a few fountains you can try out:

  • Kings Cross
  • South Bank
  • Somerset House

Covent Garden

Have a wander around Covent Garden and take in all that it has to offer. Maybe buy an ice-cream, sit down and enjoy the street performers. This would also be a great time to use any vouchers you have for restaurants!

London Galleries

A few of the galleries run children’s activities throughout the holidays, great for encouraging those creative juices and saving yourself the tidy up mission if were to do it at home instead! Here are some of our favourite galleries:

  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Horniman Museum

Serpentine (and Hyde Park)

This year the Serpentine has been designed by Francis Kéré and it is beautiful. As this is a quick activity we would recommend visiting Hyde Park afterwards. The kids can then enjoy playing on the magnificent giant pirate ship surrounded by a huge sandpit. Bonus – on a hot day, dip your feet in the Diana Memorial Fountain.

London Green Spaces

Royal Parks

Den Building

There are a few places in London where you can go den building. How cool is that? They are all free to enter.

  1. Sydenham Hill Wood

This is a place to run wild and free.  Children can enjoy running up and down the old railway track as well as making dens! These woods are right next to The Horniman Museum. The museum is also hosting outdoor cinema events this summer.

  1. Queen’s Woods

There is a wonderful organic cafe in these woods to enjoy after all of the hard work den building.

  1. Epping Forest 

Being one of Londons largest open spaces it great for building dens. There is also a campsite to be enjoyed if you fancy a night away. Bonus – you are allowed camp fires! There are various paths, toilets and cafes across the forest.

Have fun!

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