10 Things to Do In London when you are 8

Every year I take Bean on a Mummy / Daughter trip to London. Just the two of us. We go early on a Sunday and leave late on a Monday so we get nearly 2 whole days to see the sights. Each time we try to visit something different…here’s what we got up to this time!

1. River Boat Cruise


Bean absolutely loved this. We took the circular cruise with City CruisesΒ  and we saw lots of the main sights of London along the Thames and just the experience of travelling down the river in a boat was thrilling enough!

2. Tower of London


We took the river boat tour from the Tower Pier so we got to see the Tower of London and learn a little about it’s history. Next time we’ll do a tour – apparently the Beefeater tours are the best.

3. National History Museum


There is so much to do in the National History Museum you could spend days here but we looked around the creepy crawlies exhibit and the dinosaurs this time which were both brilliant.

4. Science Museum


Again there is so much here but it is really interactive and Bean really liked the space section as she has been studying space in year 3.

5. Harrods


Well, you’ve got to shop if you go to London right?! Bean was in her absolute element in the chocolate hall and loved seeing the designer children’s wear too. I treated her to a pair of school shoes there – but don’t worry they were normal Startrite ones so the same price as they would have been at home except for with better service!!

6. Hamleys

Hamleys is definitely an experience in itself! 5 or so floors jam packed with toys, and the best bits are the staff showing them off! Beware though – prices are very inflated – Harrods was cheaper!

7. Cinema / Show


Depending on your child you may like to take them to a show. In August there is Kids Week where children go free to some shows with an adult. Bean was happy with Inside Out in Covent Garden Odeon though and it was a treat for her to be out until 9.30!

8. Covent Garden


I love Covent Garden! The little shops, the atmosphere and the street performers. Have a wander of the market and stop for a bite to eat in a cafe. When we went the Magnum pop up shop was there and it would have been rude not to visit!!

9. Dinner in Leicester Square

While you are in the vicinity for a movie or a show make sure to have dinner in Leicester Square. Again the atmosphere is electric in the evenings and you can grab a reasonably priced bite to eat in Pizza Hut, sit outside and watch some street performers if you are lucky.

10. Ride the underground


Simple, but again one of Bean’s favourite parts of our trip – the novelty of the underground train! Bonus is that kids under 11 travel free with an adult. She loved scanning the Osyter card at the barriers too, although that sometimes proved tricky at busy times!

So that is our top ten things to do in London when you are 8. We’ll be going again next year…any recommendations for a 9 year old?!



  1. August 27, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Lovely post. We have ticked off a few of these but still have a few more to go. I love taking my older kids to London for some one on one/two to one time. It’s great xxx

  2. August 27, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I don’t have any babies I am afraid but I am a big child . So when I go to London I will follow your advice

  3. india
    August 27, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    This was such a cute post – Glad you both had such a great time

    India x

  4. August 27, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    What a lovely list of things to do. Can’t wait till eva is older so I can do the same as what you do. What a special trip for the 2 of you every year x

  5. August 27, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    How on earth did you fit all this in! It sounds like you had an amazing trip … and a good tip about the prices in Hamley’s.
    I love London and want to start planning a trip soon after reading this!
    Alana x

  6. August 27, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    It looks like you had such a lovely time! I can’t wait to do things like this with Aria, though I also don’t want her to ever be 8 as that is a scary thought!
    We did the River Cruise a while back, it was lovely. Harrods is also a must most time I visit. I love looking at the dogs and also, depending on the time of the year, the Christmas/Easter items!

  7. August 27, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I’m planning a trip to London in the near future, so this was really helpful for me πŸ™‚ Some great tips and it looks like you both had the best time!

  8. Claire
    August 28, 2015 / 8:50 am

    What a lovely idea… We love a trip to London! We also have a little one who we call Bean! Such a cute nickname!!

  9. August 28, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love the idea of an overnight stay for just the two of you to explore the city. I’ve not been to a couple of those places and I’ve lived here for ages. I’d love to do something similar with my son when he’s a bit older- I think it’s a great yearly adventure!

  10. August 28, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Sounds like a lovely few days in London. We done a river cruise with dinner as a date before, was great!

  11. August 28, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I loved this post. Caitlin is 8 in November and we’ve been promising our two a trip to London – the river cruise looks a must.

  12. August 28, 2015 / 11:29 am

    London is such a great place to explore, and I love that you have dates with your daughter. Have you done the Eye? On a sunny day I just enjoy walking around and people watching, such a great atmosphere! xx

    • August 28, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      I agree, London has a fantastic atmosphere! On our last trip we visited the London Eye which was fabulous but it was a bit cloudy this time so we gave it a miss.

  13. August 28, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go on a riverboat cruise. Some great things to do there even for adults not just children.

  14. August 28, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    I love this! Desperate to get the family to London for a few days but jsut can’t afford it πŸ™ better start saving the pennies now I know the best places to go! Thanks x

  15. August 28, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    What a fantastic trip….It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time and fitted in so many fun things x

  16. August 28, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I have only been to London once, when I was 16 but it was amazing, and I can’t wait to take Boo when she is older – so many amazing things to do, and this is an amazing list. How awesome does that Magnum look!

  17. August 28, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Oh to be 8 again and see London through such eyes.

  18. August 28, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    This is such a good post – especially for people that aren’t sure if they should bring their kids to London πŸ™‚ x

  19. August 28, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    There are so many great things to do in London. What a lovely idea to have a special couple of days away. I love London!

  20. August 28, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Great post! I love visiting London, there is always a lot to see. We have had some great trips to Harrods – one of the best places I adore to visit.

  21. August 28, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Some great ideas of things to do there. I’ve done a few but there’s a few that I am still yet to do at 25!

  22. August 30, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Living in London, I am lucky enough to do most of these as and when I see fit x

  23. Jessica
    August 30, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Such a lovely post. I loved the underground as a kid. I use to think the guy who said “please mind the gap” was god lol.

    • August 30, 2015 / 1:29 pm

      I’m not sure he says that anymore though does he? You saying that just reminded me!!

  24. August 30, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    This is a great post. I’ve never taken my two to London, but as I’m down there working more and more nowadays I’m sure there will come an opportunity for me to take them with me and make a day (or weekend) of it πŸ™‚

    Louise x

  25. Polka Dot Family
    August 31, 2015 / 9:29 am

    What a wonderful tradition to do with your daughter, Roo is a similar age and I’m sure she would love so one-on-one mummy time. I might need to pencil this in for the next holidays

  26. August 31, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Fantastic post – my son is 8 and has tried most of these. His favourite thing was probably spending his birthday money in Hamleys! He wasn’t so keen on Harrods. Definitely agree with Natural History and Science museum at that age – we visited both museums last year when our children were 7 and 5 and loved them both.

  27. August 31, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I can’t wait to take Bob to London again! The last time she went she was only 3. Can’t wait to have a fun girly day there!

  28. August 31, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    London is a great place to take kids as there is something for literally everyone and all the attractions are so close together! x

  29. Bethan T
    August 31, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    We keep saying we are going to head to London to visit James’s sister – after reading this its making me want to book a couple of nights with her straight away! Looks like you had a fab time! xx

  30. August 31, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Such a lovely post. I love the Tower of London, and am lucky enough to be able to get in for Β£1 due to living in Tower Hamlets. The Tours are fantastic and so inclusive of children. If your daughter likes yukky stories, she will love it!

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