Stepping out: How to have a capital day out – and not break the bank

Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London

It only takes 50 minutes from Aylesbury to Marylebone or 40 minutes from Tring to Euston.

Take advantage of the Group Save tickets on offer and visit London with all its fantastic attractions.

In Hyde Park, near Kensington Gardens, is the Peter Pan inspired Diana Memorial Playground.

It’s worth visiting just to watch your child’s face when they spot the huge wooden pirate ship amidst the trees.

There are also tepees, a beach, a climbing fort and a sensory trail.

Children love splashing in the water by the buried treasure chest so bring a change of clothes.

Bring a picnic or the café serves snacks, drinks and ice creams.

Open daily from 10-6.45pm, the park is very popular and once full there is a queuing system.

If it’s too busy, the playground at South Carriage Drive has been refurbished recently.

Also in Hyde Park is the Serpentine Lido.

For £10 a family can enjoy the children’s paddling pool and play area, relax on the sun terrace and best of all swim in the Serpentine.

The water is cold but if you’re feeling brave it’s a great experience.

Open daily from 10-6pm.

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For a bit of child friendly culture try The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Art Detective audio tours are available or 5-8 year olds will enjoy Katie’s National Gallery Trail.

On Sundays there are free family fun days.

Check out your children’s reactions to Monet and Van Gogh.

Do they agree with the experts?

Open daily from 10-6pm, entry is free.

Afterwards take a look at Nelson’s Column and see if the Harris Hawk is keeping the pigeons at bay.
The amazing Natural History Museum is free but gets incredibly busy.

To avoid queuing go online and book a free timeslot to visit the dinosaurs.

A family ticket to the fascinating Mammoths Exhibition costs £28 and enables you to walk straight in to the Museum.

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