Lumiere London: Family itinerary

Plan your Lumiere London visit with our two-day itinerary that's crammed full of family-friendly attractions.

Day one

Breakfast: Enjoy British classics on the South Bank

Begin your day with a traditional breakfast by the river Thames at The Riverfront restaurant, or with a host of dishes at the Royal Festival Hall's Canteen. Choose from a full English, porridge, toasted muffins, bacon butties and more – so there's something for even the fussiest of eaters!

Morning: Encounter sharks, ogres and more

Visit some of the South Bank’s numerous kid-friendly attractions, including the SEA LIFE London aquarium where you can gawp at sharks and turtles; indoor walk-and-ride attraction Shrek’s Adventure! London; or the spooky London Dungeon for older kids.

Alternatively, spot the sights from the river with City Cruises from London Eye Pier, by making use of its special deal during Lumiere London.

Afternoon: Visit the Houses of Parliament or HMS Belfast

Eat lunch on the South Bank at family-friendly restaurant chain Giraffe or noodle bar Wagamama. Or grab a quick bite from the numerous stalls at Southbank Centre Market (Fridays to Sundays only).

If you have older kids in tow, spend the afternoon exploring the Imperial War Museum, where collections tell the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by war. Or cross the river on Westminster Bridge to tour the Houses of Parliament and learn about the history of the government.

Stroll along the Thames to a full-scale reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon, The Golden Hinde, where you can tread the boards on a self-guided tour. Alternatively, enjoy a nautical adventure on board HMS Belfast, where under-5s can get in for free.

Evening: Spot the Lumiere London installations

Grab an early dinner at Las Iguanas at the Royal Festival Hall, kitted out with a full kids' menu for under-12s and free baby food for the tiny ones. Or feast on dim sum galore at Ping Pong, which offers set menus for kids. Then, prepare to be dazzled by the Lumiere installations around the South Bank and Waterloo, and just across the river in Westminster and Victoria.

Day two

Breakfast: Start the day in King's Cross

Tuck into a filling breakfast at Caravan restaurant in King's Cross, which serves up baked goods, cereal and more indulgent treats: think grain pancakes with baked plums, almond mascarpone and amaretti for adults, and cookies, brownies and fresh fruit juices for the little ones. Alternatively, enjoy breakfast treats such as bircher muesli, fruit salad and tomato and cheese croissants at Green & Fortune Café.

Morning: Discover wizard wonders

Harry Potter fans should head inside King’s Cross Station to check out the legendary Platform 9 ¾, where the train to Hogwarts departs! Older children can enjoy exploring the magic and legends behind the Harry Potter stories with the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library.

Warm up afterwards with an indulgent hot chocolate (or tuck into a scrummy bespoke ice cream) at nearby ice cream parlour, Ruby Violet.

Afternoon: Check out Fitzrovia's museums

Head to Fitzrovia, a 20-minute walk from King’s Cross, where you’ll find a slew of family-friendly museums. Popular with kids is Pollock’s Toy Museum, loaded with dolls’ houses, toy theatres and folk toys, and the Cartoon Museum, where you can see British cartoons, comics and animation.

Walk a little further to the British Museum to discover Egyptian mummies and learn the history of the Rosetta Stone.

Evening: Explore the Lumiere London installations

Enjoy an early dinner at the Rainforest Café or Planet Hollywood near Piccadilly Circus, both of which have special offers during Lumiere London. Then, ogle the new Piccadilly Circus lights, recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art LED screen. From here, you're well placed to visit the Lumiere installations around London's West End and Mayfair; or take a short Tube ride to see the installations at Fitzrovia and King's Cross.

Make a weekend of it and stay for longer during Lumiere London, so there's more time to spot all the installations – check out our three and four-day itineraries for ideas. If you're short on time, follow our one and two-day itineraries full of things to do in between spotting the lights.

Navigate your way around by downloading the Visit London app – once you have it, plan your own itinerary. Buy a Lumiere London map to easily find all of the installations. Or purchase a souvenir guide to find out more about the festival. Make sure to also keep up-to-date with the latest transport services during the festival with Transport for London.