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Plan a day out in the City of London with the children

The City isn’t just for grown-ups, there are lots of activities for the little ones to do while you soak up some history and culture in the oldest part of London.

Here’s our suggestion for a great day out:  

Morning

  • Explore the fascinating story of London, from pre-historic times to the present day at the Museum of London. Collect a themed under 5s Explorer Bag - packed with fun activities to help you look round the galleries together - from the reception desk on your way in.

Lunch

  • The Museum of London has a great café, or alternatively head to our next stop, Tower Hill Playground for a picnic. Hop on the 100 bus from outside the museum to the Tower of London.

Afternoon

  • Opposite the Tower of London and next to the Roman Wall remains, is Tower Hill Playground. Let the kids run around while you view this iconic London landmark.
  • Then catch the 78 bus to Shoreditch High Street and walk to Spitalfields City Farm. It is open every day 10am-4.30pm except Mondays and is free to visit.

Top tips and other ideas of things to see and do:

  • The Museum of London host regular events for the whole family - see what’s on for the under 5s
  • Introduce your children to music and the orchestra at one of LSO’s family events
  • Picnic in some of the City’s beautiful City gardens
  • Look out for the City dragons as you enter and exit the City boundaries
  • Look out for Hodge the Cat at Dr Johnson’s House

Need ideas? Visit the City Information Centre for help planning your perfect day in the City of London and beyond.  

Getting around

The City of London is great for families: there are plenty of toilets, lots of hidden alleyways to explore, handy shops on every street and beautiful parks and gardens to stop for a rest. You’ll also find it easy to make your way around with a pushchair or pram: all pavements have dropped kerbs, and there are plenty of lifts in the newer attractions. The City is also compact: at just over one Square Mile in size, it’s easy to walk around.

There are some older buildings which don’t have lifts – check the website of a specific attraction in advance if you’re bringing a pram.

The City is particularly busy with workers on Monday-Friday at around 8-9.30am, 12noon-2pm, and 5-7pm, and the streets can be full of people. If you’d prefer to visit during a quieter time, try the weekends.

Getting to the City is straightforward: there are many mainline and tube stations, and lots of bus routes that stop in the City. Check the Transport for London website for travel guidance.

Baby-changing and toilets

The City’s Community Toilet Scheme means you’re never far from a publically-accessible toilet. Need the info on the move? Pick up a paper toilet map at the City Information Centre or download the toilet finder app for Android and iPhone.

Baby-changing facilities are available in the public toilets at Eastcheap, Paternoster, Royal Exchange and Tower Hill. There are also baby-changing facilities in attractions such as the Museum of London, One New Change shopping centre and the Barbican.

City Family Arts Network

City Family Arts brings together cultural organisations across the Square Mile who provide activities for family visitors from St Paul's Cathedral to the Museum of London, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) to Salter's Hall. Collectively these organisations produce a huge range of events every year from tours, workshops, trails, concerts, drop-ins, festivals and performances.

City Family Arts is part of the national Family Arts Campaign working together to enhance the cultural and creative experiences of families.

Published:
13 November 2013
Last Modified:
05 December 2018

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