Five toddler-friendly places to visit in London on a bank holiday

Guest blogger Jenny Hough from My Family Travel Diary shares her top five places in London to take your toddler this bank holiday weekend.

London Transport Museum

Yay! Another long weekend beckons… and hopefully it will be a sunny one!

How can you keep toddlers and young kids entertained over the bank holiday?

I asked my lovely friend Jenny Hough for some ideas!

Her blog My Family Travel Diary is filled with loads of ideas on where to take the kids on holiday and days out so definitely worth a look.

Over to you Jenny!

Five toddler friendly Bank Holiday places to visit in London

London is full of things to do, especially when the weather is nice. Here are my top five places, which a toddler will enjoy (and you will too!) during a bank holiday weekend in London…

The Royal Air Force Museum

This day out is a must for any plane loving toddler! It’s free to visit (apart from parking) and there is so much to interact with. The hangars are vast and house several nice, clean eating areas. You can also take a picnic and sit in their grounds.  There is a brilliantly themed outdoor play area too for them to practice their pilot skills.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Timber Lodge cafe

This iconic park is an all-day experience to keep little legs on the go.  At the north side of the park there is the Timber Lodge café and the tumbling bay play area. The south side of the park has another play area and, on a warm day, the amazing water fountains in front of the stadium. Bring a picnic and a change of clothes for your sand and water loving explorers!

London Transport Museum

I feel like I go on and on about this museum but it’s just perfect for little ones. Lots to see and interact with – including driving an actual London bus, a nice space to eat a packed lunch and my boys always love the stamper trail around the museum.  In the heart of London’s Covent Garden, there is lots to keep everyone occupied if you still have the energy! 


Greenwich is wonderful and perfect for toddlers. The park is vast and hosts a great adventure play park as well as deer – if you can find them!  The National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark are also family friendly if you want to check out other attractions. One thing I love about taking the boys to Greenwich is the large amount of options for eating out. 

Horniman Museum and Gardens

First things first, get to this museum for when it opens. It is so popular that you might be in for a shock otherwise!  Toddlers can investigate the main museum then spend the rest of their time roaming the beautiful grounds.  The animal corner is always very popular as is the musical instrument garden.  If you have some money to spend, you can buy tickets to the aquarium and the butterfly house. 

Jenny is mum to two boys and lives in East London. She started My Family Travel Diary to build a community of fellow parents looking for practical ideas for holidays, short breaks and days out with their children.You can also follow her family’s adventures on Instagram @myfamilytraveldiary.

Photos taken from London Transport Museum’s website and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s website.


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