Ideas for family days out in London Bridge

We know London Bridge is an area packed full of London landmarks and culture. But more surprising is the wide choice of things for families with children to do in the area. Here we take a look at some well established family favourites as well as lesser known fun for younger visitors in London Bridge.

The View from The Shard – Taking in the striking 360° panoramic views of London from 310 meters up in the sky is a modern ‘must do’. Make a game out of spotting famous London landmarks as the capital unfolds beneath you.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – London’s river bus departs from London Bridge City Pier and gives a totally different perspective of the city. A new sightseeing experience in collaboration with The View from The Shard takes in some of the world’s most famous landmarks on a round-trip route.

Tower Bridge – The most famous bridge in the world isn’t just for looking at, you need to get inside and explore it. Children love the glass floored walkways that suspend them high above the river and there’s usually a free Children’s activity or two included in the admission price. Under 5’s are free and 5-15 years are just £5.70 (May 2022), making it one of the most bargainous things to do in town!

HMS Belfast – You don’t have to have a fascination in the military to have a great time on our most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. IWM design a fun packed programme of Family Activities at weekends and school holidays aimed mainly at 7+ years.

Unicorn Theatre – The Unicorn offers innovative and thrilling theatre experiences for children aged up to 13. You’ll often find shows for little ones from 6 months old, so it’s never too early to give them their first trip to the theatre. See what’s on this week.

Hop Kingdom – Open from 12pm, Fri-Sun, Hop Kingdom is the perfect environment to try skateboarding for the first time. Lessons are available, as is board, helmet and pad hire, so you needn’t pay out for expensive gear before you give it a go.

Parks and Gardens – From the landscaped riverside lawns of Potters Fields Park, to intimate secret gardens like Gibbon’s Rent, London Bridge has plenty of green spaces for play and picnics. Younger ones will love the recently refurbished playground in St John’s Churchyard, just off Tooley Street.

London Bridge Experience – If your kids like a fright then you’re in the right place! Take an interactive walk with live actors that play characters from the past 2000 years of London Bridge’s History. It is funny, historical and more than a little bit scary! Not one for the faint-hearted…

The Old Operating Theatre – The oldest surviving surgical operating theatre in Europe is open to the public Thurs-Sun. Entry for children 6-16 years is only £4.50 and a family ticket just £18, so the visit won’t cost you an arm and a leg, unlike some of the Victorian patients who frequented this fascinating old church tower.

Summer by the River – If you’re visiting June to September, you can’t miss London’s largest free festival. 2022 will recreate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations across London Bridge City, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages.

Creams Cafe – A crowd pleaser for young and old alike. If you need a very unhealthy carrot to dangle and inspire some good behaviour, then this is it! Sundaes, doughnuts, shakes and more, celebrate the perfect day out with one of Creams’ big flamboyant desserts.

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