This is our final piece in our series of London for specific age groups. Below are places in London that are suitable for school aged children aged 5 plus. You can read our London for Babies post here, our toddlers post here and our pre-schoolers post here. Please let us know of your favourite places in London for children below in the comments.
With venues in Brick Lane, Holborn, Shepard’s Bush and Stratford you’re never too far from an All Star Lanes bowling alley. Each lane can take up to 7 people and you can book 1 game in advance and if you fancy playing more you have to ask when you there. You can order drinks during your game and they have a restaurant alongside the lanes for either before or after your game.
In New Malden you’ll find an 18 hole mini golf course. “Putt past cascading waterfalls, over island greens, through prehistoric caves and even meet some Jurassic friends from the past!”
Open May-Oct 9am-9pm
Situated in Greenwich and open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. They have dedicated galleries for under 7’s and 7-12 year olds as well as a giant map to explore and character encounters to stumble upon. They have two family friendly cafes onsite.
Go Ape have two venues within London. One in Battersea Park and the other at Alexandra Palace. They have a child’s course which is set a little lower and is a little shorter than the adult course above. The junior course takes about an hour. There is no minimum age but children do need to be over 1m tall. One adult can accompany up to two children under 6 and up to 8 children over 6. An adult has to participate on the course with under 6’s but can stay on the ground with over 6’s.
The Tower of London is open 7days a week. Tuesday to Saturday 9-5.30pm and Sunday & Monday 10-5pm. Check their website before school holidays to see what special events they have going on. It’s best to book tickets online as you’ll skip most of the huge queues and it’s also a bit cheaper. It’s easy to spend a whole morning or afternoon here and even a full day if you have the energy.
Open 10am-6pm 7 days a week. As well as the palace they have a great playground called The Magic Garden which is open until 28th October and a huge maze to get lost in. They have three cafes/restaurants. Again it is cheaper to book tickets online before you go.
Biscuiteers have two icing cafes, one in Notting Hill and the other on North Cote Road in Clapham. In their cafes children and adults can decorate their own biscuits, 3 for £15. They recommend you call the cafe before hand to book in as they are quite popular. They provide you with all you will need. Both cafes are open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-5pm Sundays.