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! Enjoy the fresh air as you have a fun time in the capital. You can see a full list of activities now open in London here.
Spend a day at LEGOLAND® Windsor, a great way to spoil your kids wwith an exciting day out of fun actyivities with over 50 attractions. LEGOLAND® is designed for younger children aged 2-12 and can be reached from London by bus.
Rediscover London with our open-top bus tours. See your favourite Landmarks on board are naturally ventilated open top vehicle. Our 90-minute open top daytime tour departs in the morning and afternoon with a live guide. We also have an open top evening tour where you can see your favourite landmarks lit up at night.
Go Ape Adventure – Open Now!
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. With three different locations to choose from, this is an awesome way to spend 2-3 hours outdoors in London.
Locations in Battersea Park, Alexandra Palace and Cockfosters
Suitable for all ages
Restrictions: Minimum height 1M, maximum weight 130Kg
Get ready to climb the roof of the O2 Arena, suitable for children aged 8 and over. Enjoy a 90-minute climb over the iconic roof, with breathtaking views over London. Book a timed entry slot, and your ticket includes climb suit, shoes and a safety harness.
Suitable for children aged 8 and over, with height restrictions in place
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.
Kew Gardens is located 30 minutes from Central London and is easily accessible via the underground
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 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.