8 Enchanting Family-Friendly Experiences in London

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  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Group Travel

  • London

  • England

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Curator’s statement

London holds a special place in my heart as a treasure trove of family memories, from the enchanting Harry Potter Studio Tour that brought us into a world of wizardry to the timeless elegance of High Tea at the Ritz, where we indulged in a classic British tradition. Our adventures were captured in a professional family photoshoot, giving us keepsakes against the backdrop of this historic city, and educational visits to places like the Natural History Museum added layers of learning and discovery to our trip. This city, with its seamless blend of history and culture, offered my family a multitude of ways to bond and explore, making every moment spent in London truly significant.

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Where to stay in London

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The Rubens at the Palace

Proud royal heritage hotel featuring the best of British hospitality including red-uniformed doormen, extraordinary cuisine and even London experiences for the entire family.

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The Ritz London

Located in London's West End, this 5-star hotel is set in a historic Neoclassical building brimming with luxury and opulence.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

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The Ampersand Hotel

This stylish Kensington hotel from 1888 combines contemporary excellence and classic English charm with 111-rooms, a bar, restaurant and drawing rooms.

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  • Welcome treat in room on arrival.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.

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Things to do in London


London, with its rich tapestry of history and culture, offers an array of family-friendly activities that promise to enchant both young and old. Here’s a curated list of must-do activities that my family took part in during our last visit to the magical city:

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Dive into the magical world of Harry Potter with this immersive studio tour. Explore authentic sets, discover the wizardry behind spellbinding special effects, and marvel at the artistry of the costumes and props used in the beloved film series.

High Tea at Ritz London

Indulge in a quintessentially British experience with High Tea at the Ritz. This elegant affair includes a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and a range of delectable pastries, all accompanied by your choice of tea.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

A flexible and fun way to see the city's highlights, this bus tour allows families to explore at their own pace. Hop off at attractions that pique your interest and hop back on when you’re ready to see more.

Professional Family Photoshoot

Capture your London memories with a professional photoshoot. It’s not just about the photos, but the experience of exploring the city while creating lasting keepsakes. We loved our photos with Kirsty Hamilton!

Enjoy a Sunday Roast

Savor this British culinary tradition in a cozy setting. A hearty Sunday roast typically includes roast meat, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, and vegetables, all brought together with a rich gravy.

Family-Friendly Pub Crawl

Experience London's iconic pub scene in a way that’s enjoyable for all ages. Select pubs welcome families and offer not just craft ales for the adults but also non-alcoholic options and traditional pub fare in a convivial atmosphere.

Natural History Museum

A temple of discovery, this museum offers an array of exhibits from the age of dinosaurs to the present day. It's educational, interactive, and, best of all, admission is free.

Westminster Abbey

Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, this iconic landmark is a living pageant of British history. Audio guides designed for children make the experience engaging for younger visitors.

Each of these activities offers a unique way to connect with the city and create memorable family experiences. Whether it's through the magic of Harry Potter, the charm of a British teatime, or the grandeur of historical sites, London's family-friendly offerings are as diverse as they are delightful.

Places to eat & drink in London


In the heart of London lies a diverse culinary scene that ranges from the timeless grandeur of historic establishments to the vibrant flavors of contemporary dining spaces. Each restaurant on this carefully curated list represents a facet of the city's rich dining tapestry, promising experiences that tantalize the palate and create lasting memories.

Savoy Grill

At the Savoy Grill, classic meets contemporary in a menu replete with British and French dishes, served within an iconic setting that has hosted celebrities and royals alike.

Restaurant at Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Restaurant is synonymous with opulence and elegance, offering a dining experience that blends impeccable service with a menu that highlights the best of British produce.

Circolo Popolare

Circolo Popolare enchants with its exuberant Italian spirit, where the walls are lined with thousands of bottles and the dishes boast the generous soul of Sicily.

The Wolseley

The Wolseley presents a seamless blend of European café culture and old-world charm, making every meal—from breakfast to dinner—an occasion to remember.

The Quality Chop House Shop

This historic dining room and shop, dating back to 1869, continues to serve British fare with a focus on seasonality and quality, true to its name.


Dishoom pays homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay, offering a twist on Indian classics in a buzzy, vintage-inspired atmosphere.

Café Murano

Angela Hartnett's Café Murano brings the warmth of Northern Italy to London with a menu that reflects simple yet robust Italian cooking, served in a relaxed and inviting setting.

This collection of eateries, each with their distinct character and flavor, exemplifies the culinary excellence that London offers. From historical dining rooms to lively contemporary eateries, these restaurants are not just places to eat; they are cultural experiences that contribute to the narrative of an epicurean London.

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