Phew… we are well into the summer holidays and I am trying to keep my one entertained as much as I can. Eva doesn’t start school until the 18th of September so I have even longer than usual. (her school prepare the youngest into the school first). I spend quite a lot of time in London and take Eva to lots of things so I thought I would compile a list of her favourite things to do in London. Hopefully it will give parents out there some ideas.
We all know about the popular venues – national history, science museums, zoo (I won’t take my daughter to the zoo anymore), London eye, Sealife Aquarium, parks etc. So I thought I would leave those out. Even though Eva loves going to the kids basement of the Science Museum. Some of these have been in previous posts, others I haven’t featured on the blog before and something I plan to do…
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Harrods
This is the most extravagant thing on the list, but it has left lasting memories for me and Eva. She still talks about her fairy godmother and being a princess for the day. The bibbidi bobbidi boutique is situated on the 4th floor of Harrods next to the Disney store. Little princesses can visit the special castle boudoir and get transformed into their favourite Disney princess. Prices start from £100 for princesses and there is also a £50 knight package. You can read my Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods post for a full review or visit the Harrods Disney site to book.
The Disney Cafe at Harrods
The most fantastic restaurant in London for kids! We have visited the Disney Cafe also at Harrods now a couple of times now. After the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and last week just for a treat. It’s one tube stop from the Science museum and the natural history museum, so an idea for lunch after visiting those places.
Eva’s favourite choice is the Mickey mouse shaped pizza priced £6.50. I picked the Falafel and Grilled Haloumi Cheese Bap – £8.95. There is an Afternoon Tea Menu Available From 4pm and I spotted the most delicious looking plate of goodies being served to the table next to us – Sweet Tea is £8.00 with homemade mini cupcakes, fresh fruit tart & a chocolate delice served with your choice of tea. Food prices are moderate but drinks are hideously expensive. £4.25 for a coke and £7 for a glass of wine.
It has been quite empty the last couple of time I have been in, including a summer holiday day. Each wall has a Disney movie playing, Toy Story, Cars and Tanagled. Kids are also handed an activity sheet while they wait. The service has been great both times and waiting times perfect.
Kidzania is role play on steroids! (Not literally). Kids can immerse themselves in a child sized city, trying out different careers. The kids will receive 50 kidZos in cash when they ‘check-in’ and they can earn money, or spend it on different experiences. Grown ups are not allowed in each experience, they can either watch through a viewing window or go upstairs to the Lounge and leave them to their own devices.
You can find my full Kidzania London review post. Along with prices and times.
Mini Tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel
A full sugar rush experience for little people and as you can imagine…it was quite a hit! Mini Afternoon Tea at the royal horse guards is a perfect treat during the summer holidays. A tea party for little ladies and gents costs £12.00.
The plates include Fun shaped sandwiches, Tea party pastries, fun fruit and creative cakes. There is also Warm, freshly baked fruit and plain scones, homemade fruit preserve and Cornish clotted cream. It also include a children’s activity pack and Baby Chai Latte, Babichino, or fruit juice. Fabulous value for money if you ask me! Especially in such a grand venue that is the Royal Horseguards hotel.
You can book in advance at the Guoman.com website
The Icing Cafe at Biscuiteers
We haven’t visited yet, but we have two biscuiteers icing cafe gift certificate that you can buy for £18 here. I have heard a few people say what a great experience it was so keep your eyes peeled for a full post coming soon.
“this gift certificate you can pop into our Notting Hill Boutique at any time and have a go at designing your very own biscuit creation. We’ll provide all the biscuits, icing and edible decorations and we’ll even pop the finished creations in a gift box for you to take home, or pop it in the post if you want to send it to friends and family.”
Take them on the Clipper and the DLR
This might seem the most boring and mundane thing to do if you live in East London, but to kids this is amazing! Eva calls the Dockland Light Railway the wibbly wobby train and it is like being on one of those fun trains that you go on at a theme park…if you are lucky enough you can sit at the front where there is no driver! You can go on the DLR using your Oyster or travel card.
Eva also enjoyed going on the Thames clipper which isn’t included on the Oyster or travel card, but there is a discount on these. You can book online in advance or just visit the ticket office when you are at one of the pick-up points.
We decided one day to take Eva from Waterloo embankment to Stratford (see below) via the Clipper and the DLR. We boarded the clipper at Waterloo (the foot of the London Eye) and it takes about 40 minutes to Greenwich. You wind slowly around the Thames looking at the sights including London Bridge and the Tower of London, you could even make a pitstop at the Tower to look and pay your respects at the new poppy WW1 memorial.
After the Tower of London the clipper goes on full speed which of course is super fun…especially when a little someone says “I need to go to the toilet” and you are hanging onto the sides of the walls for dear life.
Once we arrived at Greenwich we walked towards the ‘pirate ship’ (cutty sark) and headed towards the Cutty Sark DLR station to get on the wibbly wobby train to Stratford and visit the newly re-opened Olympic park below. Great low cost activity for the day!
The Olympic Park
The 2012 Olympic park venue has now reopened as Queen Elizabeth Olympic park with lots of greenery, trails and waterways. Children can enjoy the Tumbling Bay playground which features rock pools, sand pits, tall treehouses, wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. On hot days children can splash around in the dancing fountains and try some rock wall climbing. Such a lovely location to visit in East London and best of all its free!