With all the hustle and bustle in London's city centre, finding a child-friendly area in London may feel like finding a needle in a haystack.
But besides having tons of tourist attractions and nightclubs, London also offers a number of different parks - as well as sports facilities and museums for children of any age to enjoy. Whether you're hoping to find accommodation in one of the safer neighbourhoods in London, or even if you want to make sure you hit up as many kid-friendly attractions in London as possible, here are the best neighbourhoods in London for families:
If you only have a limited amount of time in London, you can easily spend your entire holiday in Westminster with your family without having to venture anywhere else. Hyde Park's Serpentine lake has a swimming section which is open from May to September, and includes a chlorinated paddling pool, swings and sandpit. Hyde Park also has a Peter Pan statue, as well as the Peter Pan-inspired Diana Memorial Playground with a massive pirate ship for children to explore.Family-friendly things to do in Westminster: Play at the Diana Memorial Playground at Hyde Park, swim in the Serpentine
Not only is South Bank home to Europe's largest ferris wheel (AKA The London Eye), there's also the Sea Life London Aquarium (with the recent addition of the Lego City Deep Sea Explorer feature), and kids workshops at the family-friendly cinema event BFI Film Funday. If you have some extra time, be sure to check out Shreks Adventure (which includes rides and live fairytale shows) or the Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms (which boasts an interactive play fountain).Family-friendly things to do in South Bank: Visit the Sea Life Aquarium and Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms, check out Shreks Adventure, take a ride around the London Eye, see a movie at BFI Film Funday
Hampstead has forever been known as one of London's cutest villages, but it's also packed full of family-friendly restaurants, parks and tourist attractions. Hampstead Heath is famous for its three large freshwater swimming ponds (known as The Hampstead Ponds or Highgate Ponds), and there's also an adventure playground near Parliament Hill as well.Family-friendly things to do in Hampstead: Take a stroll around Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill, take a dip in The Hampstead Ponds, play at the Waterlow Park playground
Don't be deterred by the hoards of tourists strolling through Covent Garden on a daily basis, because this neighbourhood in London has a ton of different tourist attractions and facilities that every member of your family will enjoy. Not only are there attractions like the London Transport Museum and the Vertical Chill Ice Wall, The London Film Museum also contains a variety of different boats, bikes and gyrocopters (as well as the largest official collection of James Bond cars in the world).Family-friendly things to do in Covent Garden: Get behind a driver's seat of a tube train at the London Transport Museum, look at the James Bond cars at The London Film Museum
No visit to London would be complete without seeing The Changing of the Guard near Buckingham Palace, but there's also a variety of other family-friendly activities to do in St. James's as well. Some of the many kid-friendly activities in St. James's include The Queens Gallery (which includes a live story spoken by talking hats), and St. James's Park (which boasts a children's adventure play area as well as great cycling and hiking routes).Family-friendly things to do in St. James's: Watch The Changing of the Guard, tour the inside of Buckingham Palace, take an afternoon stroll around St. James's Park
If you're secretly hoping for your family to disconnect from their mobile phones and explore the more naturistic side of London, then Dulwich is the place to be. This family-friendly neighbourhood in London is especially famous for the 72-acre Dulwich Park (which includes football pitches, tennis courts and a boating lake), and there's also Crystal Palace Park, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill as well.Family-friendly things to do in Dulwich: Take a walk around Dulwich Park, check out the Dulwich Picture Gallery, take a short bus ride to visit the Horniman Museum