6 Family-Friendly activities in London this summer

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If a little family fun is on the agenda this September, then you should definitely make London your go-to destination.

With an array of family-friendly activities available for all ages and budgets, families staying with us at one of our Park Grand London hotels will have to plan their time carefully to fit everything in during just one visit. Here’s our helpful guide to some of the best attractions open to the whole family this September.

Harry Potter Tours

Harry Potter Studio

If your family loves nothing more than a movie night full of magic and wizardry, then a Harry Potter tour is the perfect activity for big and little kids alike. With several tour providers located not too far away from our Park Grand London hotels, you can choose from an array of on-foot tours that take you to some of the locations used in the famous films and walk in the footsteps of your favourite characters.

Some of these tours are also free of charge, which is ideal if you’ve taken advantage of our London hotels special offers and are looking to save a little extra money to visit even more family-friendly London attractions and events.

Sealife London

Sea Life London Aquarium

A wonderful underwater world filled with colour, the London Sealife centre is a vibrant and educational day out that the whole family will enjoy. From finding out more about some of the creatures to inhabit our oceans to feeding a few hungry residents, the Sealife centre is perfect for inquiring young minds and adults that have an interest in the natural world.

They also have several exhibitions that talk about pollution and what the public can do to help keep our seas safe for future generations, so it’s an excellent way to find out more about how you can help these incredible underwater species.

To reach the Sealife centre from the Grand Paddington Court London, just head to the Tube station located nearby and hop on the Circle line. This will have you at the aquarium in just under 20 minutes.

London Zoo


With a focus on conservation, London Zoo is one of the best of its kind in the UK and welcomes visitors of all ages and from all over the globe every day. With a wide range of animals to meet and a variety of informative talks taking place at regular intervals, this is a wonderful way to escape the London streets and enjoy an interactive and exciting afternoon with children of all ages.

What makes London Zoo so special is the many heritage buildings that the zoo uses to house its inhabitants and exhibitions, so it’s a lovely place for a picnic when staying at our Park Grand London hotels – just make sure you don’t feed any of the animals as their caretakers might not be too happy!

Climb the roof of the O2 Arena

If your children are a little older and have a head for heights, then a climb to the summit of the O2 Arena is an excellent activity for the active family that likes a challenge.

An unforgettable 90-minute experience that offers impressive views and adrenaline, work as a team to climb to the top of the world’s most well-known entertainment venues.

Once you’ve completed your climb, the O2 is a great place to while away a few hours and has plenty to see and do in the venue itself. If you’re really lucky and book your London hotels special offers well in advance, you might also be able to catch a concert by a favourite artist too!

To reach the O2 Areana from the Grand Paddington Court London, take the Tube from Paddington station and use the Circle and Jubilee lines. Expect to arrive at the O2 in less than half an hour.

DreamWorks Shrek’s Adventure Tour

Movie madness galore is what’s on offer at the DreamWorks Shrek’s Adventure Tour, and children of all ages are sure to enjoy a magical visit to this top London attraction. Star in your own family movie, meet Shrek and the cast and board a flying 4D bus to Far Far Away before bumping into Puss in Boots and Cinderella during this interactive family experience.

One of the best things about this activity is that you book a particular time slot that limits the number of people that will be at the venue at the same time, so its’ far less crowded than you’d expect. This also means the little ones get the chance to get up close to their favourite characters without having to worry about queues of people.

To reach Shrek’s Adventure Tour from our Park Grand London hotels, you’ll need to head over the river Thames via Tube, so take the Bakerloo line, and you’ll be outside the Dreamworks studio in less than 20 minutes.

Horse riding in Hyde Park

horse riding hydepark

If a little fresh air is in order, why not head out of the Grand Paddington Court London and try a little horse riding in the beautifully maintained Hyde Park nearby?

There are a few companies that provide horse riding lessons in this beautiful park for all ages and abilities, so it’s a good way of enjoying the comfortable late summer temperatures and getting a little exercise as a family.

You won’t need to bring any riding helmets or other equipment along to our Park Grand London hotels either, as everything you and your family needs is included in the price of your session.

Once you’ve waved goodbye to your equine companion, the nearby Princess Diana memorial garden is located just a few minutes away from the centre of the park and has its own children’s play area. Let the kids burn off a little excess energy on the giant pirate’s ship, or paddle in the beautiful river styled fountain that runs through the area while the grown-ups take a few moments to breathe in the peace and quiet surrounding this beautiful green space set in the heart of the city.