5 family activities to do in Kensington this winter
Get winter-ready with these family-friendly activities in Kensington.
Now that the clocks have gone back, it's safe to say that the winter season is officially around the corner. With the evenings getting darker earlier and the nights becoming colder, the first signs of Christmas are flickering in the air.
Of course, the festive period is always an exciting one, as it symbolises a time to be thankful for your family and one where you can make plenty of special memories together. With the little ones soon-to-be off school for the Christmas season, why not start planning some fun-filled activities for the whole family?
While Christmas Day itself is the main event, there's nothing wrong with getting into the spirit a few weeks in advance. After all, preparation is key.
On your next trip to the capital, head to London's Kensington. This picturesque district has a plethora of exciting things to see and do.
So grab your loved ones and try some of the following:
Visit a museum Kensington has a number of world-famous museums on its doorstep that make for an exciting and educational day out.
The Science Museum will take you on a journey of the past 300 years, with a unique look into the future.
Kids can have fun in the special IMAX 3D Cinema, where films run throughout the day and science really comes to life! Another one for the whole family to enjoy is the Natural History Museum. Packed full of dinosaurs, a huge blue whale and various interactive exhibits, get prepared to be blown away as you learn all about the creatures that once roamed our land.
After a busy morning of exploring, you're bound to have worked up an appetite and the selection of diners will probably have you spoiled for choice.
High on the list of Kensington's family-friendly restaurants is Giraffe - an international chain that serves up the finest breakfast, lunch and dinners. From scrambled eggs and coffee to burgers and chicken wings, there really is something for everyone. What's more, the brightly-coloured decor and animal objects located around the restaurant make it a pleasant dining experience for youngsters. Your little ones can even get their hands on the special kids' menu where the fun selection of dishes will keep them satisfied until dinner time. Giraffe is located on 7 Kensington High Street.
Head to a Royal Park You'll find a number of Royal Parks in the heart of Kensington that are ideal for exploring on a clear, crisp day.
Kensington Gardens is a stunning park where you can look out for magnificent wildlife, fountains and statues - including one of the children's favourite Peter Pan. Not just this, but the statue of Elfin Oak is also a treat for little eyes, with this hollow tree stump carved with figures of fairies, elves and woodland animals. What's more, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is also inside the gardens, which is home to a huge wooden pirate ship, inspired by the tales of Peter Pan.
Go shopping With Christmas fast-approaching, now is the perfect time to start buying gifts for your friends and family. It's true that Christmas shopping can be stressful, but in Kensington you'll find that the experience is a lot calmer than the hustle and bustle of London's Oxford Street.
From high-end fashion stores and health and beauty shops to the three-storey Kensington Market, your Christmas shopping experience is made easy. If you're looking for the nearest shopping centre, the famous Westfield in White City can be accessed by taking the number 49 bus from Kensington High Street to Shepherd's Bush.
See the sights Whether you choose to shop, eat or visit a museum, make sure you spare some time to stop and see the sights. The memorial of Queen Victoria's German husband Albert stands on the southern edge of Kensington Gardens and is constructed out of a breathtaking blend of mosaic, gold leaf and marble - definitely worth capturing on your camera. Or head to the Chelsea Physic Garden and enter a world of botanical enchantment. The fascinating garden grows plants used in Western medicine and certainly makes for an idyllic trip out with the family.
There are lots of magical London shows to enjoy this winter, from Christmas pantomimes and festive ballets, to spectacular Christmas theatre productions. Here are just a few of our favourites:
- Watch as princess Snow White is forced to flee her evil stepmother from 8 December - 13 January.
- Or how about Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre? Telling the famous story of a flying boy and his battle with an evil pirate, the show is filled with fun, adventure and a lot of laughter, from 8 December - 6 January.
- Or catch the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book, Awful Auntie, where Stella’s trip to London goes horribly wrong, from 12 December - 6 January.
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