Something I regularly get asked by nannies and especially au pairs who are new to the country is ‘where are the best places to take children for a day out’.  I’ve discovered some wonderful places in London for children since I’ve worked in the childcare industry and had some pretty fun days out at them myself! 

Below are my three absolute favourite places to go – I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

The Horniman Museum
A personal favourite of mine is the fantastic Horniman Museum.  This absolute gem was founded by the Victorian tea trader Frederick Horniman, in 1901. 
There is a library with a grass roof, a free aquarium with tropical coral reefs and a British Pond life display, a fantastic taxidermy collection, display of antique musical instruments, masks, along with the absolutely delightful garden. 
On top of all this, there is an animal farmyard along with concerts in the band stand!  If you intend to go – please invite me!
Transport: 13 minutes train from London Bridge, Buses – 176, 185, 197, 356, P4
http://www.horniman.ac.uk/
100 London Road,
Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ

The Kids Zone at the National Army Museum
Whenever I’ve taken children I’ve been looking after to the Kids Zone at the National Army Museum the hardest thing has always been getting them to leave!  Nannies and au pairs love taking advantage of the Kids Zone as it’s a wonderful safe environment where the children can go completely wild!
There’s a great castle fortress, a rock climbing wall, slides and tunnels, and you can dress up in solidier’s uniforms. 
For children that aren’t feeling quite so energetic, there is a reading tree and tables where you can draw, as well as a kitchen play set.  There’s even a soft play area for babies, so there’s plenty of fun for all ages!
Nearest Tube Stations: Sloane Square, Victoria
http://www.nam.ac.uk/kids/kids-zone
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road,
Chelsea,
London SW3 4HT

The Diana Memorial Playground
Completely free, inspired by the story of Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie and a great play area with a huge wooden pirate ship, what’s not to like?
Children can ‘walk the plank’ and child carers can find their inner child too.  The pirate ship is fantastic and the children can climb all over it,  there are teepees, sculptures, sensory tunnels, swings, slides, climbing frames, a story telling and music area, all surrounded by lovely plants and trees.
Unaccompanied adults are not allowed in Neverland and the gate is locked for everyone’s safety.
For those who can’t quite keep up all day with the little ‘Lost Boys and Girls’, there is an open air cafe selling fresh sandwiches, salads, tea and coffee along with a small selection of hot meals.  There are nappy changing facilites in the toilet area too.
Nearest Tube Stations: High Street Kensington, Notting Hill Gate
http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington_gardens/diana_playground.cfm
Kensington Gardens
London W2