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Activities for children in London

By Annie Grace Helena Ring

Activities for children in London.

This guide aims to help you find interesting activities for your children in London whatever the weather!  It also contains some links for parents, carers and child educators.  Please let us know of any activities, days out or resources that you would like to see listed on this page.  Email us

French clubs and activities for children in London

Diabolo menthe French lessons for children

Samedi s’amuse for children aged 2 to 7.
Contact Elizabeth Amor: 1 Rustic Cottages, Tandridge Lane, Oxted, RH8 9NJ
01883 730 850
Samedi matin de 10h00 à midi

Petite ecole de Redbridge
The Petite Ecole de Redbridge is not a school but a French-speaking childrens' group. It is entirely run by parents and is located in Wanstead, London E11.
Bilingual children can reinforce and learn French through play, songs, storytelling, arts and drama.
10 Norlington Road, London E11 4BG
020 8558 4140
Closest tube: Snaresbrook, Central Line

Beano Le Clown
Parties, birthdays, magic, balloon art, games, shows in one or two hours, bilingual.
Address: 11a Kensington Park Rd W11 3BY  020 72293417 Borough: Notting Hill

Les Petits Pois
Events and party organisers, French or English-speaking events.
07949 20 89 50

Petit Artisan Ltd
Petit Artisan offers an innovative range of creative craft activities and party bags to entertain children at home, based on natural materials. The perfect solution for your children to have fun decorating the house, making toys or presents for friends or family.
Available by mail order, online or private sales
Address: 62 British Grove, London W4 2NL E-mail: Telephone: 0208 748 9488 Tube: Stamford Brook

Other clubs and activities for children in London

Haggerston one o’clock club

A free club for children to play while their parents stay.

Sunsail holiday clubs
There are resorts in Greece, Turkey or the Caribbean, most set on their own secluded beach and offering a heady array of activities and award winning, all-day kids’ clubs. For children 4 months – 17 yrs old.
Call 0870 770 6315 for a brochure

Support for parents

Enfield women’s centre
Provides counselling, employability training, personal development, healthy diet and exercise, cinema visits, social activities, all with the aim of improving mental and physical health, increasing empowerment and participation and counteracting social isolation.
31a Derby Road
Ponders End
Phone:020-8443 1902 ~ 020-8351 9128
Fax:020-8351 0102
Hours:10am to 4pm Mon-Fri
Languages Spoken: English French Greek Spanish Arabic Turkish BSL (all by appointment)

Neal’s Yard Remedies Workshop
15 King Street, TW9 1ND.  0208 948 9248.  Tube: Richmond.
Thursdays at 6pm.  £5
Mel Owen-Browne advises on homeopathy for pregnancy and childbirth.  Booking essential.

Push the Buggy Out
At the Common Ground Café, Wandsworth Common, SW18 3RT.  07711 714 135.
Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am, £5 per session.
Take your baby (six weeks or older) in a buggy to these mother and baby fitness sessions and get back into shape with lunges, speed walking, stomach exercises and cardio work while your offspring gets a good walk and plenty of fresh air.  After the workout, undo all the good work with coffee and cake at the local café, with nappy changing facilities.  No need to book, just turn up.  Continues until late Autumn.

Family activities and days out

The Arundel Festival
Read our article about the festival here

French Fairs
Food, drink, shopping, coffee, crafts and play for all the family.

The Hop Farm Country Park
In Beltring near Paddock Wood, Kent.
30 minutes from M25 J5
01622 872068

The Livesey Museum for children  The Livesey is for all children under 12, their families, parents, carers and teachers - for great days out, for schools and in the holidays. Every year there is a new interactive exhibit. Children learn things by experimenting and investigating, by using their imagination … and by having fun!
Every exhibition is designed to support the National Curriculum at Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Facilities: shop Features: museum, theatre, drama, activity, school.
Read our article about the museum here

The London aquarium
0207 967 8000
Open 10am-6pm daily.
Family ticket £32-36.

The Tate to Tate river service

Between Tate Modern and Tate Britain via the London Eye.
Operated by Thames Clippers
0870 781 5049
See for the guide to all boat services including timetables, prices and contact numbers.

Kew gardens

0208 332 5655
Children’s interactive learning website

Family events at the

London Proms in the Park
Free entry for the under 3s

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Off the A10 just South of Cambridge
Tel 01223 835000
Summer opening times 10am-6pm
Entry £13 per adult, under-16s go free
Biplanes, Spitfires and an SR-71 Blackbird are among the 180 historic aircraft on show.  There will be a Spitfire Anniversary Show on the 2nd and 3rd September.  Booking is essential, tickets from £20 for adults, £8 for childen.


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