London for Families
The capital is utterly brilliant for children of all ages with parks, playgrounds, museums and attractions galore. Here’s The Savoy’s pick of what to do in London with children, including the best nearby family activities for Summer 2021.
South Bank Summer
Just across the Thames from us is the South Bank, with a plethora of kid-friendly activities. A whirl on the London Eye is a must-do for any young visitor and a chance to spot all the city’s most famous landmarks. Just nearby in County Hall is Sealife, home to over 500 different species in 14 different themed zones. A word to the wise: we recommend booking well ahead, and also look into the ticket ‘bundles’ on offer, giving better value for money when you book more than one attraction.
West End Theatre
The Savoy is right in the heart of Theatreland and there are some great shows to suit a younger audience this summer. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Cinderella, with Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell as screenwriter, opens at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and is sure to be a hit, while The Lion King returns to The Lyceum. Why not take advantage of Kids Week in August, when children under 16 can see shows for free when accompanied by an adult?
Out and About
We have such a fabulous riverside location it makes sense to get out and about on the water. There are lots of different options from speed boats to leisure cruisers. A trip to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark or the Observatory is a great family excursion. This year Buckingham Palace Gardens are opening for the first time, so stroll through St James’s Park, spotting the pelicans on the way, to enjoy a great day out.
It can be a challenge to find things to do in London for older children, so here’s some inspiration! The West End has a range of shows where the plots focus on teens, for example, Hairspray, There’s Something About Jamie and Be More Chill. Alternatively get them active by picking up a Santander Bike and cycling a section of the Thames Cultural Cycling Tour, which will take you off the beaten track to see lesser-known sights. And if your teen wants to see something a little ‘edgy’, Leake Street Arches house some fun cafes and London’s longest legal graffiti wall; the potential backdrop to some very cool selfies!