Here are a few ideas to explore the city with children. Our first focus is on the multiple museum London has to offer...a great way to learn and have fun in the winter and rainy times...
The V&A Museum of Childhood: Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9PA
It has it all for the children and the grown-up: as well as toys, dolls, dolls’ houses and games, the Museum also has a wealth of objects relating to many aspects of childhood, including home and childcare learning, clothing.
Tip: During term time, on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, there are plenty of activities including exploration, arts and craft sessions and storytelling… (Including for under 5)
See more at: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/home/
Museum of London: 150 London Wall London EC2Y 5HN
A fun and great way to learn about History! You will discover the Roman and Medieval London…as well as the World City we all know. It is appealing to children thanks to great interactivity in the exhibit designs.
Tip: Activity sheets & bags suitable for children aged 4-11 are available at the information desk.
See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/
Museum of London Docklands: West India QuayCanary Wharf London E14 4AL
The museum explores migration and river trade and how the world came to the East end. Many things for kids, including “Sailortown” and the Mudlark galleries (tip below)
Tip: All year round open children's gallery which brings the history of London's docks to life through hands-on interactives.
See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands/
The Courtauld Gallery: Somerset House Strand London WC2R 0RN
Nothing specific for the children here…but a wonderful introduction to the art: The Courtauld has a few rooms, limited number of painting works…but only masterpieces! From Renaissance to the 20th century with a renowned collection of Impressionists and post Impressionists.
Tip: a world famous collection that is worth a visit!
See more at: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/
London Transport Museum: Covent Garden Piazza London WC2E 7BB
An entertaining history of the city transport, with 20 vehicles to explore from train carriage to buses. This museum will fascinate kids and adults with the tube construction exhibition and designs.
Tip: computerized driving games, tube driver simulator…
See more at: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/
Royal Air Force Museum: Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL
This museum hosts one of the best and world renowned collection of aircraft, wartime memorabilia, uniforms and other artefacts A great day out for anyone interested in aircraft, from early fighters of WWI to the present day. Don't miss flights simultors and 4D theatres...
Tip: Birthday parties available for the aviation enthusiasts!
See more at: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/
National Army Museum: Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4SR
 The permanent galleries tell the ordinary and extraordinary stories of the men and women who have served in Britain’s armies across the globe, and how they have helped shape the world today.
Tip: The Kid’s Zone explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing. It includes dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and panels, for kids 0 to 8. Booking required!
See more at : http://www.nam.ac.uk/
And of course...
Natural History Museum: Cromwell Road  London  SW7 5BD  UK
The permanent gallery of dinosaurs is a must see, especially with visiting friends and family. The Museum is split in four zones, each with its own marvels: blue whale in the mammal’s gallery, leaf cutter ants at work in the Green zone or earthquake simulator in the geology gallery.
Tip : Monthly sleepover for children aged between 8 and 11 or more accompanied by a parent
See more at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/index.html
Science Museum: Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
 A temple to scientific knowledge and discovery, the museum welcomes inquisitive visitors of all ages with exhibitions, but also experiments areas, games, simulators and cinemas
Tip: book in advance your film and arrive early for the experiments areas during school holidays…
See more at: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
to be continued...
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