Educational places we love to visit in London

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As a family who loves to do things, explore and learn, we thought we would share some of our favourite places we love to visit in London. As life returns to normal post lockdown we can’t wait to be back doing the things we enjoy and as we live twenty five minutes from London by train, we often go in to visit and enjoy what our great city has to offer.

Here are our top 5 that we think are great for families, particualry from a homechool/educational pont of view.

The Tower of London

I personally don’t think you can come to London if you are interested in history and not visit the Tower of London. Built by William The Conqeror in the 1070’s, it’s a fascinating place that has seen London grow and change. It’s been a place of execution, a place of safety, a place of mystery and it currently houses the Crown Jewels and many other fascinating items and to me, it’s a place you can visit many times and not be bored. We invested in an Annual Royal Palaces Membership which has proved invaluable and great value for money and means we can visit more than once. Very handy.

Places we love to visit in London

The Science and Natural History Museums

We love visitiing both the Science and Natural History Museums. They are free to get into (although as homeschoolers we have found paying for their membership for extra events and actibotues has been super helpful for learning purposes. If you want dinosaurs, an earthquake experience, and galleries of nature and fascinating things to see, or you love science and enjoy hands on then these are both a must. We visit often and always find something new to enjoy. They are also next door to each other so you can visit both in one day if you wanted to, but we tend to find one museum needs it’s own dedicated day each. They do lots of family and learning activities and they are yet another place we never find boring.

Places we love to visit in London

Spitalfields Market

This isn’t a museum or a place meant to be educaitonal, but it really is. It’s a daily and weekly market where you can find the most amazing food, food stalls, market stalls and life and colour. My children love visiting there, mainly because they know they will get to eat and enjoy foods they love, but also because it’s so interesting and vibrant and always different. It’s open to the public, free to enter but I primise you, you won’t come away empty handed. We love going at the weekends when we have visited other places in London, on our way back, to grab food or treats. It’s one of London’s oldest markets and well worth a visit, we promise.

Greenwich Pennisula and The Greenwich Meridian Line

This is right over the other side of London from us but always worht the trip, and a place that is full of history and also a great place to learn and explore. You can visit the Cutty Sark, stand on the Greenwhich Meridian line, and also if you feel like it walk along the Thames and admire the fasicationg Thames Barrier that keeps london safe from flooding. We like to take a picnic and have lunch in Greenwhich park too. You can get there by train or take one of the water boats from London, which is always fun to do too. This is another “free day” mostly for us and always a good day out.

Greenwich Meridian line at the Royal Observatory in London

The Transport Museum and cafe

This is a place I have loved since I moved to London a long time ago, and now love taking my children to visit. If you want to learn about transport, particularly around London and the UK, but also more generally, this is a brilliant place to visit. It’s not free, but if you buy a ticket you can use it for a year, so it’s good value, and it’s easy to get to, in London. We love exploring and then either stopping for lunch at their cafe, or going early, having brunch then spending time learning about what makes London keep moving. It’s another place we enjoy homeschooling learning too.

places we love to visit in London

We cannot wait to be back in all these places we love to visit in London and enjoying the colour, learning and fun from them all. They are all easy to get to, and access, and really are iconic parts of London that we think everyone should enjoy.

Where do you like visiting in London? Maybe there will be somwhere new we haven’t been?

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4 Comments

  1. We lived in London for 11 years before moving to Australia. Our oldest child was 2 at the time and now they are 12 and 10 and we are really looking forward to bringing them back to London to show them all the sites. We regret not seeing more of them when we were living there, but I guess you take them for granted when they are on your doorstep! We loved going to the Natural history museum, Kew Gardens and Portabello Market. Hoping that we’ll be able to resume travelling sometime soon so we can visit although being in Australia that still might be some time away as our borders are closed 🙁
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  2. Love this, So many places to visit in London, we’ve been so many times, yet lots on here we’ve never been to. Can’t wait to go again, we are hoping to visit may half term

  3. What a great idea to go to Spitalfields Market for a family day out. I haven’t been since I had my daughter. She’d love it round there. Also can’t believe I haven’t taken her to see the Greenwich Meridian Line yet. She’s at that age where she’d be fascinated to straddle time. I haven’t been to any museums since the pandemic started and still feel nervous about indoor venues. But I hope we feel brave and safe enough to visit some soon. #ParentPower

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