Top 10 Action-Packed Things to Do With Kids in London

If they're driving you crazy and bouncing on the furniture, find fun activities for your kids to do in London. Take your children on an action-packed adventure around London.

Channel all their youthful energy into an action-packed activity in London, from horse riding to white water rafting. There are lots of fun activities for kids 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 the roads and on the cycle tracks in the park. Serpentine Road is one of the most popular spots for skaters. If you don't have your own skates, you can hire skates, helmets, wrist guards, and elbow/knee pads from The Blue Room and book skating lessons.

Cycling Tours

One activity that kids will love to do is explore London on two wheels with a cycling tour. Whizzing past London’s top attractions is one of the best ways for your children to see the city. Take a cycling tour along the river, through the city, and into the parks, stopping off along the way to take some classic photos.

Theme Parks

Take your kids on a trip to London's amusement parks for an adrenaline-packed day out. Top theme parks near Central London include Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park where children (and parents) can get their fix of rollercoaster rides and water slides.

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, which includes a pitch and putt golf course, a boating lake and a skate park.

Bay Sixty6 Skate Park

Cool young skaters will love mooching down to Bay Sixty6 to freestyle on their skateboards. Beginners can book lessons while experts can show off their slides and grinds. Look out for skateboarding demos that are sure to wow budding skaters. Maybe combine with a trip to Portobello Road Market or the Regent's Canal nearby.

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Children aged 14 and over can have an adrenaline-pumping water adventure at the Lee Valley Regional Park, which also boasts an Ice Centre, Riding Centre, Athletics Centre, Golf Course and Park Farms. Negotiate the Olympic course used in the London 2012 Games, including white-knuckle descents of up to 5 metres (16ft)!

Hyde Park Riding Stables

Hyde Park Stables offer children the chance to ride horses through 8km (5 miles) of Central London bridleways, including the historic equestrian venue, Rotten Row in Hyde Park, one of London's Royal Parks. The rides are suitable for kids aged five and above. Previous experience isn't essential and all rides are accompanied by instructors.

Speedboat Tours

Kids will love whizzing up the river in a speedboat, it's the most thrilling way to see the Thames! You'll see London from a different angle in a small and speedy RIB, with an expert guide to point out the sights along the way such as the EDF Energy London Eye, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast.

Swimming and Boating

When the weather gets warm, cool down with a dip in one of London's outdoor swimming pools and lidos, which open mainly during the summer months. Or, if you prefer to stay above water and keep dry, enjoy a row around one of the London's lovely boating lakes; a great way to entertain the kids or discover romance.

Adventure Playgrounds

Take the kids on a fun outdoor adventure at one of London's adventure playgrounds. Climbing frames, sand pits, swings slides, musical gardens and even pirate ships await your intrepid children. Most larger playgrounds also have cafes nearby too (great for cold drinks and ice cream).

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