Top 10 Action-Packed Activities for Kids in London

If they're driving you crazy and bouncing on the furniture, take your kids on an action-packed adventure in London.

Channel all that youthful energy into an action-packed activity in the capital, from horse riding to white water rafting. There are lots of fun activities to enjoy in London. And, if you're lucky, the kids will let you have a go too!

Rollerblading in Hyde Park

Energetic kids will love rollerblading in this beautiful Royal Park. Skating is allowed on all roads in the park. Serpentine Road is one of the most popular spots for skaters. If you don't have your own skates, head to The Blue Room, where you'll find a selection of skating equipment for hire.

Cycling Tours

Explore London on two wheels with a cycling tour. As you whizz past the sights with the wind in your hair, you'll discover that cycling is one of the best ways to see the city, whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned Londoner. 

Theme Parks

Take a trip to one of London's theme parks for an adrenaline-packed day out. Top theme parks such as Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park are all within easy reach of central London.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

The ice rink at Alexandra Palace is great fun for skaters of all ages. There are public skating sessions every day, as well as ice skating classes, "toddlers on ice" sessions and an Ice Café. Alexandra Palace is surrounded by parkland and offers stunning views of London.

Bay Sixty6

Cool young skaters will love mooching down to Bay Sixty6 to freestyle on their skateboards. Beginners can book lessons while experts can practise their slides and grinds. Look out for amazing skateboarding demos that are sure to wow budding skaters.

White Water Centre

Children aged 14 and over can have an adrenaline pumping adventure at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Negotiate the Olympic standard course and the same rapids the Olympic athletes took on in 2012, including white-knuckle descents of up to 5 metres (16ft)!

Hyde Park Stables

Hyde Park Stables offer a chance to ride through 8km (5 miles) of central London bridleways, including one of the most historic equestrian venues in England, Rotten Row in Hyde Park. The rides are suitable for kids aged five and above.

Speedboat Tours

Take an exhilarating ride along the river Thames on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tour. These adrenalin-fuelled boat tours are one of the most exciting ways to see the city. 

Swimming and Boating

When the weather gets warm, cool down with a dip in one of London's outdoor pools and lidos. Or, if you prefer to stay above water, enjoy a row around one of the capital's lovely boating lakes.

Adventure Playgrounds

Take the kids on a fun outdoor adventure at one of London's adventure playgrounds. Some of the capital's biggest parks and attractions have adventure playgrounds and you'll also find smaller playgrounds all over London. 

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