London with kids

Going to London with kids you have couple of options. We always end up doing the tour of museums as the museums have the biggest concentration of attractions for the kids.

King’s cross railway station


There are two big railway stations on the north side of the city centre very close to each other. They were built by two railway companies in 19th century. London Euston in 1837 by London and North Western Railway serving the North West and King’s cross in 1852 by Great Northern Railway serving the North East of the country.

King’s cross is features in Harry Potter series as the station in London. The Hogwarts express departs from platform 9&3/4. Today you can find the platform 9&3/4 even without pushing your trolley through the wall.

Science museum


Opened in 1857 the Science museum is supposed to be the main attraction for kids. There are couple of interesting items such as space rocket suspended from the ceiling, replica of Apollo 11 moon landing module and giant ball that changes into different planets. But given the central location and the huge space there could be more. It looks like the curators of the museum did not have anything to show. Some floors are filled with projectors showing short movies or interactive games. That type of activity the kids can do on their tablets without the need to travel to London.

British museum


The museum mostly displays all items stolen by British from the rest of the world. It is interesting even for kids to see the antient artefacts of all continents. The museum is not interactive so kids can get bored quite quickly if you don’t find the section which was subject to their school topic recently and they still hold little bit of interest in it.

Natural history museum


This is a huge museum. You can spend entire day in it. Some sections are interactive (like volcanos and earthquakes) but mostly it is displayed items. The architecture of the building is also interesting by itself (although I am not sure if the architecture gets appreciated by kids too much).

The Shard


Not museum and not free, but worth a visit. You can see the entire London from the roof top terrace. We have booked the last tour of the day and were able to catch some sunset views of the London city centre.

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