Together, Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens make up a giant area of parkland in Central London. It’s actually bigger than the entire principality of Monaco! However, instead of casinos and tax exiles the park is packed full of exciting things to do with kids.
This is an absolute must do! It is literally one of the best playgrounds in the world. The playground is Peter Pan themed and there is even a pirate ship! To enter, kids must be with an adult and adults must be with a kid, creating a really safe atmosphere for kids to just be kids. This is the closest place to Neverland in London! The café next to the playground is reasonably priced and serves organic ice cream.
For kids, possibly a little too old to want to go to a playground, Kensington Palace is gorgeous. Teen girls (and boys) will love seeing all of the royal dresses from through the ages.
If you want a truly English experience in the park and don’t mind splashing out then why not have high tea at the Orangery? At certain times of year, such as Christmas, look at for special teas.
The Serpentine was the location for the swimming section of the Olympic triathalon in 2012. For kids who are not strong enough swimmers to brave the Serpentine Lido, then there is also a children’s pool. It is only open June to September.
The kids meals at the Lido café are cheaper than at the Serpentine café across the water, however there is less variety.
Kids love doing this. If the weather is at all nice, head here, it is generally quite busy but also fairly serene. The fountain is very unusual looking but it is a great place to cool off, especially if it is too early to swim in the Lido or your kids are very young.
This is great fun. You can also hire pedalos. Parents beware that half an hour of rowing or peddling round in circles can get tiring. Make sure you can actually row before you hire the boat!
This is a totally twee thing to do, but if you are prepared, why not save money and bring your own picnic rug. Save even more money by packing a picnic as opposed to picking up a sandwich in one of the cafes. There are plenty of grassy patches to relax.
Sometimes the exhibitions aren’t child-friendly but generally this will be pointed out at the entrance. The two Serpentine galleries (the original and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery a little further up the road) are small and so great for kids with short attention spans. The art is modern and thought provoking. A good place to shelter from summer showers!
There is a beautiful garden full of flowers in Hyde Park and another in Kensington Gardens. The flowers, particularly in Spring and Summer are really beautiful. Green fingered kids will enjoy looking all the colourful flowerbeds.
If your kids prefer fauna to flora there are a few animals to spot in Hyde Park. Bring nuts to feed the squirrels if you don’t mind sharing with all the other kids in the park. In spring look out for fluffy chicks on the banks of the Serpentine. Click Hyde Park Wildlife to see what wildlife to spot.
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