London attracts families from all over the globe every year thanks to its fantastic variety of educational, historical and just plain fun attractions on offer.
Sadly, the weather in London can be a little temperamental at times, but fear not, there are plenty of indoor activities located near to your hotel that the whole family will enjoy! Here are a few of our favourites sure to keep you entertained and protected from the elements.
The Natural History Museum
Where can you see the bones of a real-life dinosaur, get up close to a blue whale and stay out of the rain? At the Natural History Museum of course!
With an array of surprising and educational exhibitions on offer, the Natural Science Museum is a must-visit indoor attraction for enquiring young minds and adults alike. With space, science and nature being the main focus of this particular London museum, there are plenty of astonishing collections to explore and interactive displays to get involved in during your visit.
As this attraction is popular with couples, individuals and families, it can get rather busy during peak periods such as weekends and lunchtimes, so it might be a good idea to go early. Afterwards, why not return to your hotel to sample one of our Park Grand London Kensington afternoon tea experiences with your group to allow the crowds to die down a little before moving on to the next attraction?
If you fancy putting your family’s problem solving and logic skills to the test, then London has a fantastic variety of escape rooms for you to test your wits against during your stay.
One of our favourites is ClueQuest, located near to Kings Cross station as it has three epic missions to try out and puts an emphasis on teamwork on all of its games. Ideal for children who love puzzles or adventure games, you’ll act as secret agents as you try to outsmart the evil Professor BlackSheep by cracking his clues and making it out of the building in less than 60 minutes.
Creative thinking and fun are the order of the day at ClueQuest, and each mission is suitable for adults and older children that love action, adventure and laser beams! Don’t forget to book your Park Grand London Kensington afternoon tea experience before you head off to start your mission though as you’ll need to restore some energy after all that brain work.
An iconic London attraction that has been pulling in the crowds for decades, Madame Tussaud’s waxworks are famous the world over and give visitors the chance to get up close to their favourite celebrities – in wax form at least!
Some of the current attractions include pop sensation Dua Lipa, Avenger Captain Marvel and even the whole royal family, so there is plenty to see and do. There is also a black cab style ride that transports visitors back into London’s murky past with chillingly lifelike models of some less than reputable characters lying in wait around every corner.
First thing in the morning is often the best time to pay Madame Tussauds a visit as there are generally fewer people around before the mid-morning rush, so why not book our Park Grand Hyde Park afternoon tea for lunch? You’ll need to top up those energy reserves after rubbing shoulders with all of those stars all morning.
Vertical Chill Ice Wall
If you’re not put off by the cold and want an indoor activity that will help the kids burn off a little energy before a Park Grand afternoon tea later that day, then the Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Covent Garden should be right up your street!
Featuring sub-zero temperatures and a manmade wall of ice for you to tackle as a family, expert ice climbing instructors are on hand to show you how to ascend the wall and will provide you with all of the equipment you need to stay warm and safe while enjoying this unusual London experience.
If you’ve not had enough of the cold stuff, then our ice cream afternoon tea offers the perfect lunchtime accompaniment to the experience, although you won’t be required to wrap up warm or use climbing equipment to enjoy it.
Junkyard Golf Club
Who says that golf is only for grown-ups? At the Junkyard Golf Club, the team have transformed this venue from drab and dull into a neon adventure located in Shoreditch, making it easy to reach via the Tube.
Complete with three nine-hole challenging courses and plenty of neon paint, this is a great indoor activity for families with a competitive nature or for those who just want to try something a little different during their stay in the city.
As well as some weird and wonderful golf holes to test your skill on, the venue also serves snacks and sweets to customers during the day. However, if you’d rather wait and have something a little more substantial, then our Park Grand Hyde Park afternoon tea is filled with an array of tempting treats and tiny sandwiches that the whole family won’t be able to get enough of. With aromatic tea and coffee for the adults and a variety of child-friendly options for the little ones, you can rest assured that even the fussiest of eaters will love joining us for our afternoon tea experience.
Children under 18 years of age are welcome at the venue before 7 pm each evening, but as this is becoming an increasingly popular indoor attraction with visitors of all ages, then it’s a good idea to book your session in advance to avoid disappointment.
This attraction uses timed sessions, so it’s also a great way of keeping everyone entertained and having plenty of extra time to head off to see what else the city has to offer.