Serpentine lake is the perfect place for your family to go boating in Hyde Park. From April to October, there are rowing boats and pedalos available to hire on the Serpentine lake. You can get a pedalo for four people so families can go out on the water together (with two pedalling and up to three littles ones admiring the view).
12. Holland Park
Not a royal park but in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Holland Park is large and even has free-roaming peacocks. Most stay in the Kyoto Garden – a tranquil and peaceful Japanese garden for reflection and relaxation. On the estate of the ruined Jacobean Holland House, you can go on woodland walks and kids love the wonderful Holland Park Adventure Playground that reopened in 2019 after refurbishment. There are sports facilities and a giant open-air chessboard for families and friends to compete. Holland Park is also the base of the borough's Ecology Service. The Ecology Centre runs events and activities throughout the year, including a wildlife club for children.
13. Leighton House Museum
Close to Holland Park, Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). It is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the UK. From the outside you think it's just a 'normal house' but once inside you'll see what all the fuss is about. The Arab Hall in this 'private palace of art'
has a golden dome and walls lined with more than 1,000 stunning Islamic tiles. And upstairs, his painting studio has paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.
14. Design Museum
The Design Museum London serves as an inspiring playground for young minds, offering an exploration of creativity and innovation. Geared towards children, this dynamic institution provides interactive exhibits, workshops, and activities that ignite imagination and nurture design thinking. Through hands-on experiences, kids discover the power of design in shaping everyday life, from products and architecture to technology and fashion.
Relevance to kids lies in the museum's ability to cultivate problem-solving skills and artistic expression. It encourages them to view the world through a lens of innovation, fostering a deeper understanding of the design process. By engaging with diverse design concepts, children learn to appreciate aesthetic, functional, and sustainable elements.
In a rapidly evolving landscape, the Design Museum equips kids with adaptable skills and a broader perspective, fostering future designers, thinkers, and makers.
15. Japan House London
Japan House London stands as an enchanting portal for children to delve into the captivating realm of Japanese culture. This cultural centre offers an array of engaging experiences that cater to young minds. Through interactive exhibitions, hands-on workshops, and immersive demonstrations, Japan House London sparks curiosity and cultivates cross-cultural understanding.
For kids, this institution is a window into the vibrant tapestry of Japan's traditions, arts, and innovations. It not only encourages creative expression but also promotes open-mindedness and global awareness. From origami and calligraphy sessions to glimpses of modern technology, children are invited to explore the rich fusion of the past and present.
In an increasingly interconnected world, Japan House London equips kids with valuable insights and skills that transcend borders. By embracing the beauty and diversity of Japan, children are inspired to become culturally sensitive and appreciative other cultures.
16. Institut Francais Royaume-Uni
Institut Francais Royaume-Uni is the French Cultural Institute, representing all things French in the UK. Ciné Lumiére has plenty of family films and there are French classes, art workshops and baby sessions too. There's also a large French library including an area dedicated to French children's literature.
17. Royal Geographical Society
The UK's learned society and professional body for geography, supporting geography and geographers across the world, the Royal Geographical Society has some excellent exhibitions and lectures that may appeal to older children.
The Royal Geographical Society serves as a captivating gateway for children to explore the wonders of our world. This esteemed institution offers a rich trove of resources that kindle curiosity and learning. Through engaging exhibitions, interactive maps, and immersive workshops, the RGS instills a profound understanding of geography in young minds. By spotlighting diverse cultures, ecosystems, and landscapes, it fosters global awareness and empathy.
The RGS's educational programmes cater specifically to children, nurturing their innate sense of exploration. Its initiatives empower kids to decipher maps, unravel geographical mysteries, and comprehend the interconnectedness of our planet. This exposure not only boosts their academic prowess but also nurtures their environmental consciousness.
In a world rapidly evolving, the RGS equips children with the tools to become informed global citizens. By igniting a passion for geography, it sparks a lifelong journey of discovery and appreciation for the marvels of Earth.
Where To Stay In Kensington, London
Choosing a family stay near Hyde Park is an excellent decision if you’re looking for a holiday that offers easy access to world-class museums, parks, cultural experiences and even shopping malls in London central. This way, you can head back to relax between your outings.
Stay at our family friendly hotel near Hyde Park and feel like a resident of one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Kensington at Fraser Suites Queens Gate London. The modern serviced one or two-bedroom apartments can comfortably accommodate a family of up to 4 people. Each apartment incorporated with a fully-equipped kitchen so you can prepare meals for your loved ones at your convenience. Complimentary baby cots and babysitting services are also offered for your infants, while toddlers can enjoy playtime in our secluded patio garden, allowing you to relax and enjoy family quality time.
Written by Laura Porter - Travel writer for Frasers Hospitality
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