Cost Effective London day out ideas for Parents and Nannies

February 16, 2017

Nannies and parents, are you looking for some low, cost effective ideas for days out in London with your children this half term?

This article will help you see what low cost activities are available in London for nannies and families to take part in over half term.

Whilst going to the theatre or visiting London’s top attractions like the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and the London Aquarium are all fun days out for the children, they are also particularly pricey. This can be just to enter, and doesn’t take into consideration costings for coffees, lunch and the trips to the gift shop. If you have a big family, a day trip to London can be scary!

But it doesn’t have to be, you just have to know where to look and plan ahead. Here are some top London attractions that are low cost or even free that are still fun for all the family.


The Natural History Museum:

About: Lots of exhibits to see and an all-round great day to be had. You are able to view the upcoming events and exhibits on the Natural History website so you can plan and tailor your visit according to what you and your little ones love. There is always so much to see so it is defiantly a day trip to be had.

Fees: What is even better is that admissions are FREE so you don’t have to worry about paying an absolute fortune just to get you and your family in. The only charges that you may occur are for some ‘special exhibits’ and for any coffees you buy or any little treats you pick up in the gift shop. What is fantastic about this, is that it is totally up to you about how much you want to pay. More information can be found on the website here:

General Information: Open Daily 10:00am – 17:50pm


The Science Museum:

About: The London Science Museum is not only extremely fun and interactive but it is educational as well. A fun way to get your children interested in Science and learn all about Space, Einstein, engineering, robots and so much more. There is always an exciting event on at the Science Museum so be sure to check out the website to see their event calendar. Suitable for families, with activities available for all age groups.

Fees: Just like the Natural History Museum, it is FREE admission into the museum. Most of the exhibitions are free, however there is a charge for the IMAX cinema, simulators and some special events. More information about this can be found on the website here:

General Information: Open daily 10am – 6pm


Tourist Attractions/events:

Even though there may not be free to enter, there is nothing stopping you from visiting London’s top attractions and snapping some pics of you and your family.

Here is a list of some of the top attractions in London:

  • The London Eye
  • Buckingham Palace – Changing of the Guard
  • Big Ben
  • Tower Bridge
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Why not visit ones of these top parks with your family. The children are able to run around and burn off some energy or engage in some of the selected park activities, whilst you can sit back and relax looking at the stunning scenery around you. When the weather gets a little warmer, why not pack a picnic, and enjoy a lovely day out. Suitable for all ages and is absolutely free to all.

Hyde Park

A great selection of activities to enjoy. Including, swimming, boating, cycling and skating. Also facilities including pitches for sports games, tennis courts, horse riding tracks and a fun filled playground for children to enjoy are all available. Ice skating is also available during the colder months, running from November to January.

St James Park

Home too many different types of wildlife. You may be lucky enough to spot pelicans, which are fed daily at 2:30, water birds, owls, woodpeckers and bats! A perfect opportunity to spend time with the family and see lots of different animals

Richmond Park

An ideal space to run around and take in some great scenery. If you are lucky, you may even be able to spot a few deer’s running around.

Kensington Gardens

Also called the Royal Park, is the home of the Peter Pan statue. There are also 2 playgrounds including the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial playground for children to enjoy.

London is full of fun! Whether you live there as a family or nanny, or are visiting for a day or weekend, there is always something to be discovered, lots to be seen and plenty of adventures to be had, without having to break the bank. So go on, see what you can discover in the great City of London.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Posted by Harmony at Home Head Office Team | Filed Under Activities for Children, Events for Families, Quick Nanny Top Tips, Top Tips for Nannies