Keeping the whole family entertained over the Easter Holidays can be somewhat of a challenge, and an expensive challenge at that. London is bursting with things to do, and I've found that there are plenty of ways to keep your little and big ones entertained throughout the holidays. Here are some of my top recommended days out for your Easter break that won’t break the bank!
Natural History and Science Museums – South Kensington
Two of the top attractions for kids in London – and they’re free! You are asked to make a voluntary donation to both museums if you want to visit, but otherwise pack a lunch and make use of the many picnic and eating areas they have - you're on for a day of learning for next to nothing! Check out the exhibitions ahead of time as these can cost extra, and change frequently. If there is something you are particularly interested in make sure you book in advance!
Parks, parks and more parks
For the ultimate in free days out why not hit up one of London’s many parks? Obviously this can include Hyde Park, Regents Park, and St James Park – but also lesser known areas of nature such as Victoria Park, Greenwich Park and Lee Valley Regional Park. My personal fave at the moment? Battersea Park – offering playgrounds for the kids, a small zoo and tennis courts. Crystal Palace Park is a close second with a great Dinosaur Trail and one of the UK's largest mazes. So pack a picnic, and get exploring in some of London’s leafier offerings. You might just feel like you’ve left the city for a day!
Less than half an hour on the Thameslink from West Hampstead brings you to the Roman city of St Albans. A city because – yes there is a cathedral, as well as other roman ruins to explore and discover. This is all centred on Verulamium park – a beauty spot where you can take a walk around the lakes and feed the ducks, or have the kids blow off some steam in the large park area, complete with trampolines and crazy golf. There is a small coffee shop in the centre, and for just £6 an adult or £3 for children you can visit the Verulamium Museum on site and learn all about the previous inhabitants of St Albans. St Albans itself offers lovely cobbled streets with boutique and chain shops – great for a wander, and if you are kid free St Albans also boasts the most amount of pubs per square mile – so you won’t go thirsty! Top it all off with a visit to The Waffle House – a firm favourite with kids and adults alike on the edge of the park. It gets busy and they don’t take reservations – so be prepared to queue!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Kew Gardens
One of the more expensive suggestions but with tickets still under £20 for adults, booking in advance could mean a great day out at London’s most beautiful gardens. For Easter weekend only not only can you visit the iconic Palm House, and look at the world’s most diverse collection of plants and flowers – but be guided on the trail by Eric Carle’s much loved character learning facts and spotting sculptures right out of the book!
The Sheriff Centre – West Hampstead
Set within a renovated church The Sheriff Centre offers a soft play area for babies up until the age of ten. Three levels of adventure and fun, including ball pits, puzzles and slides – every child’s dream! You can sit in the café right next to it and indulge secretly in a chocolate brownie whilst your little ones are having the time of their life. A mere £6.50 to enjoy a sweet treat without having to share? An absolute bargain!
Cable car rides - Greenwich
Explore a more interesting way to travel by hopping on the Emirates cable cars at Greenwich Peninsula and heading over to the Royal Docks. A family of four can hop on for the 10 minute ride for just £12, whilst experiencing incredible views of the city.