DON'T SPEND A PENNY THIS SUMMER (5 FREE THINGS TO DO)
Taking the whole family out can be expensive, especially if you have more than one child. You may think that you need to avoid big cities to get around this, but London is actually the perfect place to head if you're looking for affordable days out.
Although you can definitely splash the cash in the city, there are also plenty of opportunities to save your money and experience some completely free activities.
Here are just five things you can do for free during your stay in London this summer:
London Bridge Summer Festival
There is a packed programme of activities happening as part of the London Bridge Summer Festival. From now until the end of August, you and your family can enjoy outdoor cinema events, as well as comedy and musical shows.
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party is a fantastic excuse for a family day out. On 29 July, some of Lewis Carroll's most well-loved characters will be brought to life before your eyes. This immersive performance art will bring together storytelling, dancing, games, and plenty of tea and cakes. It's expected to be incredibly popular so make sure you book ahead of your trip to make sure there's room for you all at the table.
Perfect for celebrating the very best of British summertime, there are many ways to watch your favourite sports during the festival. Don't miss a moment of the nearby Wimbledon tournament, with big screens on the London Riveria, while films such as Finding Nemo and Cool Runnings are also being screened.
If this is your first trip to London as a family and you really want to see the sights, then joining a free walking tour is highly recommended. Whether you want to see some of the city's most iconic landmarks, explore the locations that have been featured in Harry Potter or find out more about London's ghosts, there's something for you.
All the tours are completely free, though guests are able to contribute to the guides if they want to. The precise length of each activity can vary, depending on how many sights there are to see so it's best to check ahead if you want to know whether the tour is suitable for your little ones.
Just a short walk from our hotel, right in the heart of Kensington Gardens, are the Serpentine Galleries. This exhibition space is constantly changing and features some of the biggest names in art and design.
See some of Grayson Perry's greatest works in a brand new exhibition, calling on themes as broad-ranging as popularity and masculinity. This Summer you can also catch award-winning architect Francis Kere's latest masterpiece - the Serpentine Pavilion. Explore the influences behind his bold concept and learn more about how such a big project transitions from the page to reality.
Designing the V&A
Like all of Kensington's museums, the V&A is completely free and this year features a particularly interesting exhibition. Using original drawings and photographs, you can take a look into how this incredible museum was designed back in the mid-19th century in Designing the V&A. Explore the transformation the building went through to become the fantastic space it is today.
There are plenty of fantastic things to see and do in the V&A, meaning you may need to rest your feet and take a breather. Luckily the museum has the first-ever eatery of its kind so you can take some time with your family and get refreshed.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
In the heart of Kensington Gardens is the beautiful Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Opened to mark the life of the beloved royal, and her legacy of helping children, the green space is a fantastic place to take the whole family.
Children up to 12 years old and of all abilities can explore this magical space. Inspired by the iconic Peter Pan story, the area looks to encourage little ones to follow their imagination and get creative. There is a sensory trail, pirate ship complete with beach, teepees, and much more. All of this is set against an incredible backdrop of lush greenery, making it ideal for parents who want to relax too.
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