A full guide to outdoor activities for families visiting London

Planning a holiday to London with your family can be a lot of fun and overwhelming. This city offers a variety of fun things to do that you can enjoy with your family. If you and your family enjoy being outdoors and indulging in activities, then this blog is for you. Book your stay at the Paddington court executive rooms to access the water adventures easily.


Lovers of water bodies and activities

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

This gorgeous fountain was made in the memory of Diana, Princess of wales can be found in the heart of Hyde Park. It was inaugurated by the Queen in 2004. The fountain is created from 545 pieces of Cornish granite- each shaped by computer-controlled machinery. The fountain has said to reflect Diana’s life and is a great place to deep in your feet while you enjoy its beauty.

Where:  Hyde Park, W Carriage Dr, London W2 2UH

Timings: Monday- Sunday 10am-8pm

Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House
Located close to strand, these iconic fountains are surrounded by the gorgeous 19th century buildings of the Somerset House on all sides. When these fountains are in full swing, it’s a stunning sight to behold.

Where: Somerset House Trust, Somerset House, Strand London

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Fountains

Get ready to carry your swim gear and towels for this one. Close to the famous Orbit structure are these fun fountains in a snake-like shape where your kids can have a fun and playful time. This is an ideal place for your entire family to enjoy here.

Where: Olympic Stadium Stratford Station, London E20 2ST, England

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John Madejski Garden Fountains, V&A

Another gorgeous fountain in the heart of the city and in the premises of the famous V&A museum. The tranquillity, the gardens and the beauty of this place will surely captivate you. Here you can have a nice, relaxing time with your family.

Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL

Timings: 10:00am to 5:45pm

Royal Academy of Arts Fountains

This is another great fountain spot to where you can enjoy with your family and click many memorable pictures.

Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD

Timings: Monday- Thursday 10am -6pm, Friday- 10am-10pm- Saturday-Sunday 10am- 6pm

Russell Square Gardens Fountain

This stunning feature is made in the centre of the of the beautiful Russel Square. This easily accessible fountain is surrounded by lush green parks and is close to nearby attractions, restaurants and shops.

Where: Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE

London Aquatics Centre

London Aquatics Centre

This massive indoor swimming facility is great to have a nice family swim while you’re in London. The two Olympic swimming pools are designed for swimmers of all abilities. Here you can enjoy fun family sessions, lane swimming, diving, swimming and diving lessons and more fun pool activities.

Where: Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ

Timings: Monday- Sunday 6am- 10:30pm

Victoria Park Splash Pool

Located in the heart of Victoria Park this splash pool is also another great location for you chill and enjoy with your family on a good weather day.

Where: Victoria Park Road

Lovers of adventure and play

Coram’s Fields

A unique and adventurous experience to enjoy with your family, the Coram Fields is a large open space in the heart of the city offering a massive children’s playground, sand pits, a duck pond, pets corner, a nursery with a variety of plants and cafe for you to enjoy a meal when you are done indulging in all the fun activities.

Where: 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN

Timings: 9am- to dusk, except Christmas and Boxing day

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

A fun place specially designed for kids to have a gala time here. This play area is ideal to keep your children engaged and you too can enjoy the greenery of this area. This place features sculptures, swings, a big wooden pirate ship where children can play and have non-stop fun. You can make your stay truly comfortable and convenient by booking a stay at the Shaftesbury Suites London Marble Arch.


Where: Broad Walk, London W2 4RU

Timings: Monday- Sunday 10am- 3:45pm

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Regent’s Park

 On a good weather day, this massive park offers a variety of fun activities that the families can enjoy together. Here you and your family can indulge in a nice playground, am open air theatre that operates in summers, some tennis lessons if you like, take a trek up Primrose Hill, enjoy boating in the lake, do some bird watching, go for long walks or plan a picnic here and even access the famous London zoo in this park. Other parks you can enjoy with your family in central London are Finsbury Park, Battersea Park and Hyde Park. To be close to Hyde Park, you can book your stay at the Metropolis London Hyde Park.

Where: Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR

Go Ape

This is a popular chain of adventure activities lets you and your family enjoy some fun and thrilling times together. Here you can explore the forest canopy via a treetop rope course.

Where: Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

Timings: Monday- Sunday 9am to 4pm

Lovers of hiking and walking


London is famous for its green areas and countryside like feels within the heart of the city. Some great places you and your family can go hiking are:

Thames River Loop

Thames Valley Trail

Chiswick House and Gardens

Tooting Common

Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk

WaterWorks Centre & Middlesex Filter Beds

The Jubilee


How to plan outdoor vacations?

To plan an outdoor vacation with your family, you must ensure the weather is favourable and carry an outdoor activity friendly gear. Book your stay in the central part of London at the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington to be close to outdoor attractions, activities and excursions.

Why should you plan outdoor vacations?

Indulging in outdoor activities is a great way of bonding with your family and creating memorable moments. It also gives you the opportunity to try some new sport, get moving and a fun-filled time in any new city you visit.

When you should plan outdoor vacations?

If you are visiting London to primarily enjoy an outdoor vacation, then you must make your travel plans and bookings keeping the weather into consideration. You can also indulge in the outdoor activities that are popular for different seasons of the city. Hiking and water activities are ideal in summers months only, except indoor pools.

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