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Top 10 Things for Kids to Do in London

And a few more for good measure...

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London can be a wonderful destination for a family vacation but it pays to do your research. Here are some great ways to have fun with the family in London without spending any money.

Don't forget to also see Top 10 Free Things for Kids to Do in London and Toddler-Friendly London Attractions.

2. Mudlarks at Museum of London Docklands

Mudlarks DLR, Museum in Docklands, London
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The Museum of London Docklands has a great play area for under 12s called Mudlarks. Everything is themed around life in the London docks so the big kids can weigh cargo or load a tea clipper while the small kids get to crawl around with large foam bananas and a London bus, plus they can pretend to drive a DLR train. Talking of trains, to get to the Museum of London Docklands you need to take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Get a seat at the front as these trains don't have a driver and you, or your little one, can pretend to drive the train!

3. Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan Statue, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London
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This bronze statue of Peter Pan is in Kensington Gardens, next to Hyde Park. The exact location was chosen by Peter Pan's author, J.M. Barrie. Barrie lived close to Kensington Gardens and published his first Peter Pan story in 1902, using the park for inspiration. In his Peter Pan tale, The Little White Bird, Peter flies out of his nursery and lands beside the Long Water lake - on the spot where the statue now stands.

4. Foundling Museum and Coram's Fields Playground

Coram's Fields, London
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The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children. The Foundling Museum is free for children at all times but there is a small charge for adults. They have regular family events on the first Saturday of every month and admission is free for all then. Just around the corner is Coram's Fields, a central London children's playground where adults are only permitted with a child and there is always staff on site. There's a Pet's Corner and a cafe as well as playground activities for all ages.

5. London Dungeon

London Dungeon
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The London Dungeon calls itself "the world's most chillingly famous horror attraction." It covers 2,000 years of London's gruesome history. Kids love that stuff. The London Dungeon Review will help you know if it's right for you and your family.

6. Hamleys Toy Shop

Hamleys
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It can be a chore taking children shopping with you, particularly in a big city, as they can get easily bored. Hamleys is the most famous toy store in the world (I'm told). Hamleys was established in 1760 and has been a London landmark since the early 1800s. The Regent Street store has 7 floors packed full of the latest toys, games, and gifts. And there's an exclusive Narnia staircase too. Keep your little darlings stimulated by adding a few of the Top London Shops for Children into your day.

7. London Zoo

Giraffe, London Zoo
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London Zoo opened in 1827 and I have heard it is so old it is actually where the word 'zoo' originates from. Its focus is on conservation and it has long-term breeding programs for 130 species as well as extensive education programs. Don't let the word 'education' put you off as London Zoo is an excellent family day out for all ages. There are plenty of free activities once you're inside so you can easily spend a whole day there.

You can book Skip the Line London Zoo tickets through Viator.

8. British Museum

British Museum: Great Court
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The British Museum opened in 1753 and has prided itself on remaining free for all that time. There is so much to see at the British Museum in London that it would easily take a week to get round everything, so to help I have put together some photos of the British Museum highlights that can be seen in a couple of hours. Kids love the Egyptian mummies and the Easter Island Statue.

9. Horniman Museum

Horniman Museum, London: Walrus
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The Horniman Museum is a real find. Tucked away in the depths of south London, the Horniman Museum has exhibitions of the natural and cultural worlds. And it has an aquarium. And it's all free. Really, this place is worth the trip - it's actually only 13 minutes by train from London Bridge train station

10. London Museums and Galleries, and More!

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
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All of these ideas are FREE!
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