One of the great things about living in London with children is that there’s always so much to do, and West London is no different. Whether it’s outdoor swimming and woodland walks or children’s amusement centres and even the world-famous Madame Tussauds, you’re sure to find something new, fun and exciting for toddlers through to teens.
That’s why we’ve brought together five of the best places to visit in West London - all of which are less than 20 minutes away from Quintain Living’s Wembley Park apartments - to make planning your next family day out a breeze.
1. Pop Golf, Wembley Park
If you’re looking for a family day out in London like no other, then Pop Golf in Wembley Park is difficult to beat. Combining the worlds of pop music and indoor golf, it’s a space that offers the best crazy golf experience in London, bar none.
Located inside Boxpark Wembley, London’s famous street food mecca, Pop Golf is the closest thing you’ll ever get to playing golf inside a music video. It features nine pop-themed holes that are dedicated to iconic clips from the likes of Kylie Minogue and Drake. That unlikely theme, paired with eye-catching neon lights and a killer sound system, creates an experience that older children won’t forget in a hurry.
While the course is relatively short, with the nine holes typically taking less than an hour for a family of four, the beauty is that you’re right in the heart of Boxpark Wembley, which has plenty more to offer.
Address: First floor leisure area, Boxpark Unit 30, 18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0JT
Phone: 020 8146 8246
Monday - Thursday: 3pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm-11pm
2. Partyman World, Wembley
If you have younger children, you can get the party started with soft play, ball ponds, air cannons and balloon modelling at Wembley’s Partyman World.
The Partyman World of Play, to give it its full name, is the sort of attraction that toddlers dream about. The centrepiece is a multi-level indoor play area for climbing, sliding and exploring, which most children will easily be able to spend a couple of hours in.
Once they finally reemerge, they can take a dip in the ball pond or get to grips with the air cannons. If bouncy castles and go-karts are more their thing, then they can have a go on those, too. There’s also a specially-designed toddler area for guests under 3, so you don’t have to worry about all those bigger children dashing around.
Perhaps most importantly for mums and dads, Partyman World has comfortable chairs - not those tiny little plastic ones - so you can relax and grab a coffee or some freshly prepared food from the on-site café while your little ones have the time of their lives. What’s more, there’s no need to pre-book and ticket prices are listed on the Partyman World website.
Address: Vale Farm Sports & Leisure Centre, Watford Rd, Wembley, HA0 3HG
Phone: 020 8904 9044
Monday - Friday: 9:30am–6:30pm
Saturday - Sunday : 10am-6:30pm
3. KidZania, Shepherd’s Bush
KidZania, which is located on the first floor of the Shepherd’s Bush branch of the Westfield shopping centre, is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where children can learn real life skills. Designed for children aged 4 to 14, this 75,000 sq. ft. indoor city, run by kids, features a range of immersive play areas that give children the freedom to be whoever they want to be while exploring different careers and learning essential life skills.
Working collaboratively and independently, children can discover their talents through immersive and exciting experiences that change every time they visit. If your child has ever dreamed of being a surgeon, an actor, a code-cracker, an airline pilot or a firefighter, KidZania gives them the opportunity to play dress up and learn more about those jobs in a safe and fun environment.
Tickets start from £24 for children between the ages of four and 14 and £16 for visitors over 15. Every ticket gives you access to a four-hour time slot, with each activity taking between five and 50 minutes.
Address: Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GA
Phone: 0330 131 3333
Wednesday - Thursday : 10am–3:30pm
Saturday - Sunday : 10am-7pm
4. Ruislip Lido, Ruislip
Looking for things to do with the kids in West London in the great outdoors? Then Ruislip Lido is difficult to beat. This 60-acre lake comes complete with its own sandy beach, fantastic play area, cafés for ice creams, woodland walks, and perhaps the star of the show, Britain’s longest 12” gauge miniature railway, which takes you around the lake and through the woods.
All of that makes it a spectacular place to visit with the kids in the summer, but it’s great in any season. With most Londoners living a couple of hours from their nearest coastline, Ruislip Lido is your opportunity to have a family day out at the beach without going beyond the reaches of zone 6. Entrance to Ruislip Lido is free although you will have to pay for parking if you drive.
Address: Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY
Phone: 01895 556000
November - February: 9am-4pm
May - August: 9am-9pm
5. Madame Tussauds, Marylebone
Get guaranteed giggles and possibly even a few brownie points from the kids by taking them for a family day out in London to Madame Tussauds. This world-famous attraction is home to lifelike waxworks of more than 150 globally-recognised stars, including everyone from the Queen and David Beckham to Usain Bolt, Ed Sheeran, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the eternally youthful Justin Bieber.
But that’s not all. As well as bumping into some famous faces, you and the kids can also immerse yourselves in the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie and get a fun ride through the history of London in an iconic black cab. Another exciting exhibit, particular for dads who’ve always fancied themselves as a Jedi Knight, is the Star Wars Experience, which showcases some classic scenes and characters from the iconic film series.
With family tickets available from £24 per adult, it’s not as expensive as you might think and you’re practically guaranteed a great time. Madame Tussauds is open seven days a week from 10:00-16:00.
Address: Marylebone Rd, London, NW1 5LR
Phone: 0871 894 3000
Monday - Sunday: 10am-4pm
A hotspot for families
With so many different things to do with kids in West London, it’s easy to see why Wembley Park has become such a hotspot for families, but that’s just the start of it. Throw in the high-quality homes, great travel links and entertainment for all ages, and you’ll soon understand why our neck of the West London woods is thriving.