There are many options for where to go in London with children. However, the list of available places will be even larger if you hire a car. Personal transport will allow you not only to move freely around the city, but also, if you wish, to explore its surroundings.
Pick up Alamo car hire Heathrow upon arrival at the airport to experience the freedom of movement. Visit interesting interactive museums, zoos, and parks in London, where your kids can have fun. Here’re some great family-friendly places in the UK capital to drive your hire car…
At first glance, museums in London are not the right place for your kids. However, go to the Science Museum in your hire car to disprove this fact. This is a technical interactive museum in London, where your children will get acquainted with technical discoveries from different eras: the oldest steam engines, steam locomotives, legendary airplanes, and space modules.
Children’s interactive rooms are very popular in the Science Museum. By touching, pressing different objects and observing the effect, your little explorers will learn the laws of mathematics, chemistry and physics. Most of the exposition is free. You will have to pay extra for a visit to the Wonderlab science laboratory for children, 4D cinema, and a flight in a spaceship or plane.
Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is located next to the Science Museum, so you can leave your car hire vehicle in the car park while visiting both places. This is an impressive place for children in London, as it houses the remains of dinosaurs and their animated robot models.
A 2/3 life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex mechanical model growls, snaps its teeth and even scratches with its claws. The 30-meter blue whale is another incredible exhibit located in the blue zone of the museum.
In the red one there are exhibits that give an idea of the geological processes. In the earthquake simulator children can feel the full force of tremors. The museum also has living creatures: carnivorous plants, insects, and butterflies live in the WildLife Garden.
Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Near Regents Park in London is the place where Winnie the bear lived. The animal became the prototype of Winnie-the-Pooh familiar to every child. In the 1920s, she was the favorite of Christopher Milne.
Today, more than 750 species of animals live there: white-bellied storks and tigers, penguins and tame donkeys, gorillas with calves and giant turtles, zebras and kangaroos.
There’s also a unique children’s playground – Animal Adventure, which is a kind of labyrinth. Making their way through it, children find themselves right in the middle of the dwellings of the inhabitants of the zoo. Brave and curious kids can become a caretaker for the day, or even spend the night at the London Zoo.
Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY
Sea Life London Aquarium
The three-story London aquarium situated opposite Big Ben is another local zoological highlight. Don’t miss it on your car hire trip.
Seahorses, colorful butterfly fish, transparent jellyfish, jellyfish, striped snappers, moray eels, piranhas live here in the most realistically recreated environment. Children will be happy with a walk along the Ocean Tunnel, because huge sea turtles and sharks will swim over their heads.
By the way, you can spend an unforgettable 15 minutes with sharks: adults who want to get a dose of adrenaline are offered to go into a special diving cage and see the smile of a shark up close.
The smallest visitors should go to the interactive playground to touch crabs, starfishes and even stingrays. Don’t be afraid, because their poisonous thorns have been removed. The penguin area is also a must for children.
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7PB
Legoland is also a great place to visit with kids. It’s located 25 miles from the city center, so car hire is the quickest and most convenient way to get there.
This is a play center for kids aged 3 to 12 who are fond of building from Lego bricks. Everything is possible there: children will get a driving license, overcome the waterfall cycle on a boat without oars, and ride a bus constructed from Lego parts.
During the day you can watch a circus program, and in the evening – a fireworks show. Since Legoland is located in the London suburb of Windsor, head to Windsor Castle as well.
Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY
Hyde Park is a suitable destination for walking with a child in the fresh air. This royal green oasis is located in the heart of London. In the Hyde Park, children will have something to do: they can swim in the outdoor pool and go boating, rollerblading, learn the basics of horse riding, feed swans and ducks, and frolic in the playground named after Princess Diana.
It includes a number of curious structures – the Elfin Oak, and a town in the form of a huge pirate ship. In winter your kids can enjoy numerous rides in the park, and even meet a real Santa Claus.
Address: Hyde Park, London