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Five London Museums Kids Will Love

Enjoy a family day out at these fun museums! 

Where: The Royal Observatory is quite literally the centre of the world. East meets west at the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), giving you a chance for a beautiful photo with your family standing astride the famous Prime Meridian line. In a practical sense, the observatory is in Greenwich Park in south-east London. 

Suitable for: This is a great place to visit for the whole family, including younger kids who can stargaze in the planetarium and older ones who might be interested in learning more about the history of space, time and navigation, as well as astrology.

Ticket price: Adults are £16 and children £8. If you are curious and want to see more, you can get the Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass including Cutty Sark for £24.80 for adults and £12.40 for children. 

Opening times: Open daily from 10am to 5pm, including bank holidays. 
Where: Just steps from South Kensington tube station on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines, you can get to the museum in less than 20 minutes from our Novotel London Waterloo Hotel. 

Suitable for: The Natural History Museum is a treasure trove for all ages, especially if you and your kids love wildlife. You can explore the history and mystery of life on Earth from creatures great and small through a variety of exhibitions. Whether you’re into human evolution, the secrets of the ocean, or the youngsters’ favourite – dinosaurs, The Natural History Museum is an absolute must for any weekend break in London. 

Ticket price: Admission to the museum is free, although there may be a charge for some temporary exhibitions. 

Opening times: Open every day from 10am to 5.50pm, closed from 24 to 26 December. 
Where: Close to Stratford station, you can use the Central and Jubilee tube lines, as well as the DLR, Overground and main services to and from Liverpool Street to get there. 

Suitable for: The Story Centre is the perfect place for babies, toddlers and young children to let their imaginations run wild. Over two floors, giant trees, steamships and crow’s nests are among some of the highlights for your kids to discover. There’s also the Story Garden play area, a cafe, bookshop and other exhibitions, events and storytelling sessions. 

Ticket price: Adults and children cost £7.50, while a family ticket for four people is £25. If you have a one-year-old, it’s £2 – any younger than that, and it’s free. 

Opening times: Open every day from 10am to 5pm, including weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. 

Where: A branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, this East End museum is just a minute or two’s walk from Bethnal Green tube stop on the Central Line. It’s also less than three miles from our Novotel London City South Hotel, which is close to London Bridge station. 

Suitable for: Children of all ages can have lots of fun at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Youngsters will love playing with LEGOs, puppets and toys and games, while special exhibitions are great for older kids. Adults can stir up childhood memories while discovering the museum’s collection of favourite toys from years gone by.

Please note that the museum is currently closed but worth to visit once it is transformed into a new world-leading museum of design for the younger age group.

Where: Sitting on the south bank of the River Thames right by the Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern is in the heart of the capital. It’s also only a few hundred metres from our Novotel London Blackfriars Hotel, which offers a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. 

Suitable for: Tate Modern has improved its offering to youngsters over recent years, with rooms introducing some of the gallery’s best-loved artists and works. There’s also an under 5’s zone with interactive play space, including slides and visual displays. 

The Tate Modern is perfect if you want to enjoy a culturally immersive family break in London, giving you the chance to dip your toes into international and modern contemporary art while enjoying a fun time with your little ones. 

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