There are plenty of outdoor activities in London for kids. From rock climbing and zip lines to pony rides and city farming, we’ve come up with a list of the best ways to spend a day outdoors in London for all the family!
speedboat on the river thames
Take a speedboat along the River Thames for the ultimate thrilling outdoor experience. A 50 minute trip will take you past some of London’s most famous attractions, including the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, HMS Belfast and more!
- The minimum age is 6 months
- Available: Multiple times every day
- Ticket price: Adult £43.50, Child (14 and under) £29.50
- Tickets: Speedboat >>>.
ride the worlds tallest tunnel slide
The world largest and tallest tunnel slide is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Arcelor Mittal Slide is an absolutely thrilling outdoor experience for kids! It takes 40 seconds to pass down the 178-metre long slide, seeing the dramatic London landscape along the way. The park is also home to the iconic London 2012 Olympic stadium and you can tour the stadium every day.
- You must be at least eight years old and over 1.3m in height to ride The Slide
- Opening Times: Every day from 11:00 to 17:00
- Ticket Prices: Adult £16.50, Child £10.50
- Tickets: ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide >>>
go ape adventure
Go Ape Activity Centre
The Go Ape outdoor activity centre offers an urban jungle where you can climb ropes through the tall trees, slide along a zip line, and cross dangling bridges! There are two sections with one geared towards kids aged over 10 (along with adults!) and another for juniors under age 10. Located in Battersea Park on the south side of the River Thames, this is an awesome way to spend 2-3 hours outdoors in London.
- Suitable for all ages
- Restrictions: Minimum height 1M, maximum weight 130Kg
- Price: from £21
- Average visit length: 2-3 hours
- Tickets: Go Ape >>>
Hyde Park is London’s most famous green space and the Serpentine Lido is especially geared towards kids and adults. During the summer months, you can swim in the lake and relax outdoors, there’s a playground for children and even a special kids paddling pool. You can even go boating on the Serpentine, with pedal and row boats available for hire, and don’t miss taking a ride on the SolarShuttle, a solar-powered ship that sails up and down the lake.
- Suitable for all ages
- Serpentine Lido: Adult £4.80, Child £1.80, Concessions £3.80
- Opening times: Seasonal (always open during June, July, August)
- Tickets: Hyde Park >>>
The deer in Richmond Park
Richmond is the largest of London’s royal parks, where 630 red deer roam freely through the beautiful green fields. You can rent bikes to cycle along the bike routes, or roam through the fields in the summer time. There are a number of stables in Richmond that offer horse riding lessons for adults and kids.
diana memorial playground:
Located next to Diana’s home at Kensington Palace, this extraordinary playground was created in memory of the Princess. The playground is built around the Peter Pan stories, with a special pirate structure and sandy beach which make it an amazing place for younger kids to run around in.
- Best for toddlers to age 8
- Opening times: Every day from 10am–7.45pm in summer; it closes earlier in the autumn, winter and spring
- Entrance fees: Free! (but it can get very busy, you’ll get turned away if the playground reaches maximum capacity)
Ice Skating in London
There are several indoor ice skating rinks open year round, namely Queens’ in Central London, along with Alexandra Palace and Broadgate. Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit London, and it’s over this period that several outdoor ice skating rinks appear, especially at the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
One of London’s newest trends in the creation of City Farms, where kids can come and learn about farm life. There are often special activities and workshops that take place for children. City Farms in Central London include Spitalfields, Kentish Town, and Surrey Docks.
Fun at Kew Gardens
The Royal botanical gardens at Kew is the perfect place to explore outside with kids. There’s so much to do and see with highlights of a visit including the Log trail, woodland walk, giant badger underworld, treetop walkway, beehive and glasshouse. And Kew are developing a special children’s garden that will be opening soon!
Kew Gardens is located 30 minutes from Central London and is easily accessible via the underground
- Suitable for all ages
- Opening times: Every day from 10am to 7pm
- Ticket prices: Adults £16, Concession £14, Children (4-16) £4, Under 4 is free
- Tickets: Kew Gardens >>>
Holland Park is famous for its Kyoto gardens, along with a special adventure playground for kids, where there are climbing ropes, zip wire, huge see-saw, and a mini climbing wall. It’s a great place to visit if you are spending time in Notting Hill.