10 Summer Family Activities in London

10 Summer Family Activities in London

Friday, 14 July 2023
Here are some of the top attractions in London this Summer. 

In a city of huge possibilities and endless attractions sometimes it can seem overwhelming. There are numerous events for families to get involved in, but we understand it can be difficult to decide on what to do. The many sightseeing and London tour guide blogs are worth browsing for endless inspiration, but we thought we’d also put together ten of our absolute favourites for family fun and kid-friendly activities in London. 

Follow an object trail at the British Museum.
See a Westend Show or Shakespeare play.
Explore the city’s parks and gardens.
Attend craft workshops & creative play for kids.
Dine out together. Pizza is a must!
Stroll on Southbank and see the famous London Eye.
Visit Buckingham Palace and look for royals.
See a sporting event, such as tennis or cricket.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea in central London.
Stay at City Sleeper hotel for their central location and affordable comforts.

Read on below to find out more about these unique activities and top tips:

1) Visit the British Museum 
CHILDREN ARE VIPS AT THIS WORLD-FAMOUS ATTRACTION, VISIT THE BRILLIANT BRITISH MUSEUM DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Summer is the best time to visit the British Museum with your family, especially if there is a spot of rain and you need an indoor activity to escape the drizzle. An educational and enriching experience for the summer holidays, a trip to this famous museum in London won’t break the bank. Plus, it is right on our doorstep, so you can be there within a 2 minutes’ walk when staying at any of the Imperial London Hotels. 
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The impressive British Museum.

The British Museum also has a series of object trails, designed to keep children curious and entertained during your museum tour. From the Rosetta stone to an abstract serpent statue, your little ones will soon become little explorers.  They even have a ‘Young Friends’ subscription for children and young people to get the most out of their British Museum experience. It’s a completely free subscription too. 

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Breakfast at Tavistock Hotel.

And don’t forget to enjoy a breakfast buffet beforehand to keep you energised for your museum adventures. From sausages, egg, bacon, and beans to more continental options such as croissant, cheese, hams, fruits, cereals, and yoghurt. Our friendly breakfast teams at any of our Imperial London Hotels will be on hand to keep the coffee and orange juice flowing. 

2) See a Westend Show
FROM MAGICAL MUSICALS TO IMMERSIVE SHAKESPEARE SHOWS, SOAK UP SOME LONDON THEATRE IN SUMMER

Imagine seeing your kids’ eyes light up as they see performers sing their heart out on stage or their favourite characters come to life? Capture their imaginations and see a show they will remember forever. Head to the West End, just 15 minutes’ walk from our hotels or a 5-minute tube journey away (on the Piccadilly Line) and enjoy world class theatre in London’s theatreland. 

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Frozen is a firm favourite in theatre, bringing a blast of winter magic to the summer stage.

Some family favourites are Frozen the musical at Theatre Royal on Drury Lane or Back to the Future in Covent Garden. Disney’s Lion King also tops the list for things to do in London this summer with family. 

Another way to enjoy those warm summer nights, soak up some Shakespearean scenes with your family at the Globe theatre overlooking the river Thames. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a popular theatre show for families because it is filled with timeless magic and fairies. Buy standing tickets and you can admire outstanding theatre for as little as £5 per person.


3) Explore lovely London parks
PICNICS, TREE-CLIMBING, DOG WALKS & MORE – ENJOY A FAMILY DAY OUT IN LONDON

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Make use of London's green spaces this season.

Did you know 40% of London is made up of public green space? With 3,000 parks to choose from, there is plenty of room for your youngsters to run around and for the whole family to enjoy some fresh air.
A stay in the Bloomsbury neighbourhood will plant you in the leafy green centre of the city. A neighbourhood known for its flourishing and well-maintained gardens; it is a popular choice for nature-lovers in London. Enjoy a picnic in Bloomsbury, Gordon, Cartwright, Tavistock, or Russell Garden Squares and stroll amongst the trees and statues. Look out for the Gandhi statue in Tavistock Square and impressive water fountain in Russell square, which is fun to run through on sunny afternoons.

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Bring your dog to London and stay at a pet friendly hotel with your family.

Bringing your dog to London? Our dog-friendly hotels near Russell Square gardens mean you can bring your pooch during your family trip to London and have the added park space to take them for a walk, right on the doorstep.

4) Attend Craft Workshops & Creative Play
THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM AND POSTAL MUSEUM HAVE A RANGE OF FUN FAMILY DAYS OUT IN LONDON THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

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Spark your little ones' creativity at various workshops across the city.

The Foundling Museum, just 3 minutes from our hotels, is a creative hub within the Bloomsbury community – with children’s interests as their focus. They offer craft workshops throughout the summer, for parents to attend and a range of inspiring events such as children’s author book signings. 

And the Postal Museum is an active and energising place for youngsters, complete with a miniature train and soft play construction zone, for the whole family to get involved creating tunnels, trains, and chutes. They amplify their summer activities in July and August so it’s worth checking their website for regular updates.


5) Try a taste of London and beyond…
DINE OUT TOGETHER AND INDULGE IN ALL YOUR FAVOURITE FOODS, FROM TASTY PIZZAS TO FRESHLY PREPARED FISH AND CHIPS IN LONDON

London is a culinary capital of the world and has an array of restaurants at every turn. A city to enjoy all your favourite foods, you can introduce your family and children to new flavours and global cuisines without travelling too far at all. Visit Chinatown to taste delicious noodles and hotpots or Camden Market for authentic street food. 

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Tuck into a delicious pizza at Blooms Pizza Café.

It’s worth trying a delicious plate of fish and chips first, a London staple, eaten by locals and made even better with a refreshing pint on the side for mums and dads. Visit London Pub which serves a range of local ales and offers a generous portion of good fish and chips in central London. 

Or pop to Blooms Pizza Café for delicious stone-baked pizzas the whole family will love. The laid-back atmosphere is ideal for a chilled out and affordable evening in London. You can also dine alfresco. Guests of Royal National Hotel and City Sleeper hotel have the bonus of Blooms pizza café being just across the courtyard. You can even get a takeaway pizza and have it in your room for a pizza and movie night with your loved ones.  

From cheeseburgers to chicken tikka, click here for more restaurant choices during your family summer trip in London. 

6) Stroll on the Southbank and journey up the London Eye
THE SOUTHBANK IS A HUB OF MARKET STALLS, SCENIC VIEWS, AND HOME TO THE ICONIC LONDON EYE

We are a short bus journey to London Southbank, where your family can enjoy the buzz of the city this season. Take a pleasant stroll by the river Thames, there are plenty of benches to stop to take selfies and market sellers offering candyfloss and ice-cream. 

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Take to the sky on the London Eye.

For families experiencing their first time in London, we recommend a trip up the London Eye so that you can see breath taking views across the city. A common question is how fast does the London Eye move? It moves at a steady pace so you can look out over the whole city and enjoy the process. It is not like a fairground Ferris wheel, it takes 30 minutes to complete a full rotation, at 0.9 kmph. Therefore it moves slowly and is there is a very low chance of motion sickness.

7) Can you see King Charles? Visit Buckingham Palace
YOUR FAMILY CAN EXPERIENCE THE LIVES OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY AND VISIT THEIR ICONIC LONDON RESIDENCE

Did you know that it’s possible to take a tour of the palace, including a peek inside the state rooms? Many people do not know this and just go to the gates to take a quick photo and look for the royal guards. But inside Buckingham palace there is a vibrant world of regal furnishings and art which will capture your little princes and princesses’ imaginations.

Visit the palace on a Monday during the summer for some arts and crafts activities in the Family Pavilion. Free with standard admission, it is one of the best things to do with your family in London.

8) See a summer sporting event
FOR YOUR ASPRIRING LITTLE SPORTS STARS, BRING THEM TO LONDON FOR SUMMER EVENTS THEY’LL NEVER FORGET – SUCH AS TENNIS AT WIMBLEDON AND CRICKET AT THE OVAL OR LORD’S.

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Cricket Season in London is April - September.

We understand that it can be hard to get tickets to Wimbledon, but miracles can happen! And even if you can’t get tickets, there are large screens across the city to get comfortable on a bean bag and watch some tennis superstars. The atmosphere in the city can be amazing when Wimbledon is on, so it’s worth getting into the spirit and eating lots of strawberries whilst you’re at it. Summer is cricket season too, and the two major cricket grounds – Oval and Lords – is a great way to spend a day with family, especially if the sun is shining.

9) Enjoy Afternoon Tea in London
FOLLOW A QUINTESSIAL BRITISH TRADITION AND INDULGE IN AFTERNOON TEA WITH YOUR FAMILY.

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Afternoon Tea in a Secret Garden, just moments from the British Museum.

Everyone deserves a sweet treat once in a while. And indulging in delicious cakes and sandwiches in captivating atmospheres is an activity the whole family will love. Choose to have Afternoon Tea in the cosy Library or in a secret garden at Botanica for added magic. And live your London experience to the fullest! 

10) Stay connected. 
 HIGH-SPEED WIFI AND INTERCONNECTING ROOMS, YOU CAN TREASURE YOUR FAMILY UK TRIP WITH THE IMPERIAL LONDON FAMILY OF HOTELS.

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Stay in spacious interconnecting rooms at City Sleeper. Photo by @chaus_adventure.

Stay the night at City Sleeper after a busy day sightseeing in London. Your family will love the spaciousness of the interconnecting rooms so that you can have double the bathrooms, double the bedrooms and double the fun. Each room is equipped with a smart TV so you can browse the channels and watch your favourite films – parents can enjoy a show on one TV whilst the younger ones can watch what they prefer on the other. Up to 4 devices can connect to the Wi-Fi network, which is free, and means you browse the internet on smartphones, laptops, and tablets with ease. 

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