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Fun and free family days out in London
With so much to do and see, London is a fantastic place for fun-filled days with the family. But it’s not always easy to keep costs down in the capital, particularly if you’re taking the whole family out for the day. That’s why we’ve put together this list of fun and most importantly free things families can do in London.
Explore the museums
There are loads of museums across London that offer free entry and are packed full of exciting things to do and see. Those that want to immerse themselves in art can head to the National Gallery, where there are more than 2,000 paintings to feast your eyes on. Explore the Natural History Museum to learn about the history of life on earth, or discover scientific wonders at the Science Museum. With so many to choose from, there truly is something to
suit every family member. And best of all, they don’t cost a penny!
Get active in the parks
What better way to enjoy a sunny day than in one of London’s fantastic parks? They are completely free to the public, making them the perfect option for families on a budget. If you’re in the Kensington area after a morning in the museums, head to Hyde Park. Here, you can relax with a picnic on the grass, paddle a boat around The Serpentine lake or enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Italian Gardens. Or, south of the river is the beautiful Peckham Rye Park, with an arboretum, Japanese garden and playground. There are regular trains to Peckham Rye from central London if you want to head here for an active afternoon.
Say hello to the animals
Do your kids love animals? Or do you want them to feel more confident around furry creatures? Then why not take them to say hello to some animals on your day out? Hackney City Farm is free to enter and gives you the opportunity to get up close to a range of animals. From donkeys to goats, rabbits to chickens, there are plenty of cute creatures to see. Golders Hill Park Zoo, located in Hampstead Heath, is also free to enter and is home to exotic birds,
ring-tailed lemurs and more! Plus, there’s a butterfly house and a kids’ play area that will keep the kids’ happy.
No matter where you decide to go, planning ahead is key. Take a picnic if you will be out all day to reduce the money you spend on meals and snacks. It’s also worth booking any train travel 8-12 weeks in advance as this is when you can take advantage of the cheapest fares.
Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration for your next day out in London that won’t break the bank.