With such an abundance of things to do in London this summer, it can be hard to choose what to do when visiting with the family. Luckily, we have compiled our top five family events taking place in the capital this season for you to gain a little bit of inspiration!
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (May – September)
Thames Speedboat Experience
If you’re looking for an activity for the older kids, why not try London’s number one outdoor activity? With child-friendly experiences, Thames Rockets offers speedboat rides on the River Thames, winning several awards including VisitEngland’s best UK family attraction. This unique activity has all the sightseeing included, where you’ll be speeding down the river at speeds of up to 30 knots. Hop on the boat at the London Eye and take an adventure!
River Stage 2023 (June – July 2nd)
Returning this summer, River Stage festival brings theatre, dance, music, and family workshops to the South Bank. Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between June and July 2nd, you can expect to see family theatre shows, DJs, dance performances, drag and so much more!
Vauxhall City Farm
Hop on the Victoria line and then take a short 5-minute walk, and you will find a little piece of the countryside in the middle of the city! Vauxhall City Farm is the most central city farms in London, and also one of the oldest. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am until 4pm, and entry is entirely free (donations optional).
Meet the famous alpacas Tom, Ben, and Jerry, who starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as alien farm animals. You can also meet chicken, sheep, chinchillas, donkeys, goats, and so many more animals! You can feed the animals with food available at the farm, and when you get hungry you can pop into The Old Dairy Café or bring a picnic and relax in their Pleasure gardens.
Superbloom at the Tower of London
Image: Historic Royal Places (hrp.org.uk)
Earlier this year, over 20 million seeds have been sown into the moat of the Tower, designed to transform and flourish throughout the summer, creating a habitat for wildlife and an attraction for pollinators. Visit the special tribute to Her Majesty The Queen at the Queen’s Garden, inspired by her 1953 coronation.
On arrival you can head down the stairs or slide down the four lane Superbloom slide! The attraction is ongoing throughout the summer and is free to view from the public viewing area, however tickets are available to walk along the winding pathways throughout the flowers.