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Three Different Activities to Keep Kids Happy in London

Sometimes it can be hard coming up with ideas for activities to keep the kids happy,  especially if you’re in a new city and trying to keep everyone entertained.

Luckily, London is full of things for your little ones to see and do, and they all offer something different. So, if you’re struggling for ideas for the kids, read on and find out about three activities that will have your kids smiling from ear to ear. Staying at the Grand London Paddington, you’re in a perfect spot to access each of these fun activities.

Science Museum’s Wonderlab

If your kids have got a thirst for science – or just like watching things blow up – the Science Museum’s Wonderlab could be their mecca.

It’s a safe, fully-stocked space where your kids can explore, learn and generally see what happens when different compounds and mixtures come together. Don’t worry, the staff are all experienced and there’s no risk involved, except possibly the fostering of mad villain science skills for your inquisitive child.

The demonstrations are great fun to watch, and it’s a joy to see the kids’ faces light up as a beaker overflows with colourful, often loud, chemical reactions. Aside from this, your children can explore the properties of forces and even watch lightning spark from a huge Tesla coil. And it’s only a short hop from the best hotels in Paddington.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

If – as is sometimes the case towards the end of summer – the London weather turns a bit dim and rainy, you can always escape inside and get your kids on the ice at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Who knows, you might be tempted to strap on some boots yourself.

Open all year, Alexandra Palace Ice Rink the perfect place to indulge in some seasonal ice skating no matter what time of year it is. If you’re worried about putting your little ones out on the ice, there are special under-16s and under-fives sessions available. There are trained staff on-hand at all times to help novices get to grips with ice skating, and it’s often hard to get kids off the ice once they get the hang of it.

It’s a great day out and heaps of fun, and it won’t take you long to get there from the Grand London Paddington.


Adventure and escape rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, and clueQuest is one that caters for adults and younger audiences.

The idea is pretty simple: teams of three to five people enter a room which is then locked, and they then have to work out how to escape. It’s sort of like The Crystal Maze, but a bit more urban and on-trend. The room is full of clues, mysteries and puzzles, which all add up to a solution for escape.. And it’s just a short journey from the best hotels in Paddington, so you don’t have far to go.

The beauty of clueQuest is that it offers families the chance to do something together that’s also quite challenging and a tremendous amount of fun.

This post was written by

Fergus Brandon – who has written posts on All Here.


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