Close enough to the city centre that you can explore all London has to offer but with enough space to still enjoy some peace and quiet (and not to mention a character all of its own!), Wembley Park is the perfect place for families of all ages.
We’ve compiled some of the best things to do with kids in West London, with suggestions organised by age range. Read on for just a sample of the best family activities in London located close to our lovely and luxurious Wembley Park apartments.
The best family activities in London
As one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world, London has a huge amount to offer residents of all ages. From escape rooms and play areas to bus and walking tours, there’s always something to see and do.
Whether you have a baby, toddler or teenager, we’ve got you covered: here is our list of some of the most unmissable family activities in West London.
Things to do with young kids in London (0-5 years)
1) Visit Hounslow Urban Farm
Many young children love animals, and getting to see barnyard creatures up close can be a real treat for toddlers.
You might think living in a busy capital city would make this difficult, but thanks to places like Hounslow Urban Farm, you don’t even have to leave West London.
With everything from peacocks and bearded dragons to goats, sheep, bunny rabbits and guinea pigs, there’s more than enough here to keep children excited and engaged.
- Adults: £7.50, or £6.50 when pre-booked online
- Children (2-16 years old): £6, or £5 when pre-booked online
- Family (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children): £25, or £23 when pre-booked online
2) Eat at a child-friendly restaurant
While fine dining might not be the best option when you have toddlers in tow, there are plenty of restaurants all over London that make it their business to provide family-friendly environments with well-curated kids’ menus (and good selections for adults too).
Kid-friendly eating options around Wembley Park include:
- The Italian all-rounder Zizzi
- The Latin American specialist Las Iguanas
- The casual American dining experience TGI Fridays
- And many more!
The last thing you want is for your little ones to get hungry. And a day of family activities in London can take it out of you - by the end, you’ll need to sit down, rest and recharge. Why not make that part of the experience too?
3) Explore Holland Park
One of the simplest things you can do with young children in London is just get out into nature and explore. Holland Park is perfect for this, with enough green space to grant you peace and quiet for as long as you need.
There’s also an adventure playground, with an enclosed play area just for toddlers, so you can let your young ones burn off some steam while you relax.
Located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, near High Street Kensington station, the park is free to enter.
Things to do with older kids in London (6-11 years)
1) See the sights on a London bus tour
While we’re stretching the requirement that we recommend activities in West London a little, no list of family activities in London would be complete without a mention of the city’s famous sightseeing bus tours. This activity is perfect for children aged 6-11, as they’ll be old enough to appreciate the sights.
From Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral to Trafalgar Square to Tower Bridge, London boasts a huge number of the UK’s most iconic sights. A bus tour will let you see them all in one trip, with commentary to help you understand what you’re looking at and why it matters. There’s a vast range of options available, from hop-on and hop-off routes to more dedicated themed tours.
2) Head to KidZania London
Based in the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, KidZania is an indoor play centre perfect for kids.
It’s designed for those aged between 4 and 14 years old, and is set up as an interactive indoor city where kids can take on roles from airline pilot to firefighter and let their imaginations run wild. What’s more, those aged 8 and over are free to explore without parental supervision.
Tickets range from £26 for a pre-booked child’s ticket to £38 for walk-ins.
3) Get learning at the London Museum of Water & Steam
London is home to a long list of the country’s most impressive museums, including:
- The Natural History Museum
- The Science Museum
- The British Museum
But here, we’re recommending one both a little less well known and a little closer to Wembley Park - but just as fun! The London Museum of Water & Steam has a unique focus on the capital’s water supply.
While this might sound a little stuffy, it’s far from it, with an interactive waterworks gallery, weekend rides on the Waterways miniature railway and the courtyard’s Splash Zone all available to explore and experience.
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, with entry £18 for adults and free for children.
Things to do for teenagers in London (12-17 years)
1) Break free at Escape London
Escape rooms have gone from a niche activity to one of the most popular ways to spend your time in London, and Escape London in Shepherd’s Bush is one of the best of the bunch.
With five themed rooms, from Area 51 to the Da Vinci Room, there’s enough here to engage and excite even the most picky teens.
Bookings are available for groups of two to five, at a rate of £36 per person.
2) Tour Twickenham Rugby Stadium
One of the most well-known attractions in West London, Twickenham Stadium is the world-famous home of English rugby, and a tour of it perfect for anyone with even the slightest interest in the sport.
Visitors who book the stadium tour will be able to see areas like the players’ tunnel and the England changing rooms, and the World Rugby museum includes a world-class collection of memorabilia.
- Children (5-15): £16.50
- Students (16+): £21.95
- Adults (16-60): £26.95
3) Visit Westfield Shopping Centre
Finally, for those who just can’t decide on a single activity, the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush offers a wide range of excellent things to do for teenagers in London. Shopaholics will be in heaven, of course, but there are also options here for those who are may not be so interested in clothes and department stores.
Vue Westfield, for instance, is a cinema that boasts 20 screens, ensuring you’ll be able to catch everything from the latest big tentpole releases to smaller and mid-level films that you never knew you wanted to see.
While you can pre-book online, we recommend showing up on the day and seeing what takes your fancy. With this much choice, you’d struggle to go wrong, and there’s every chance you’ll stumble across something you and your teenagers will love.
We hope this list of family activities in West London has given you some inspiration for what to do with your kids. Whether you’re trailing toddlers or teens, the area has a huge amount to offer, with everything from organised fun in escape rooms to sightseeing on bus tours and chilling out in one of the city’s wonderful parks.
With so many activities located close by, it’s obvious that Wembley Park is a great place to live - and one well worth exploring. Get in touch if you’re looking to relocate to one of the best areas in London for families - if we do say so ourselves.