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Ten things for children to do in London this summer

If you’re wondering what to do with your family this summer in London but don’t have the time to spend scouring the events lists don’t worry – London estate agents James Pendleton have done it for you.

Here’s the company’s run down of the top ten must-visit family events and attractions in the capital in the coming months.

Back to nature

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

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When: Open every day from 10am. Closes 5.30pm.
What’s on offer: Lots of animals including monkeys, snakes, pigs, donkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, rabbits, emu, chipmunks, coati, wallabies and chickens.
Kids can enjoy feeding the farm animals in the Barley Mow Farm or spying on the meerkats in the secret lookout tunnel.



London Wetland Centre



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What’s on offer: The London Wetland Centre has been voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve and is a children’s favourite – let them roam the walkways, see the rare birds from around the globe as well as otters, or watch wild birds from our numerous hides or from the comfort of its heated observatory.


Indoor and outdoor sports

Tooting Bec Lido

When: Main pool is open from 6am to 8pm, paddling pool from 10am to 6pm.
What’s on offer: One of London’s best known open-air pools, Tooting Bec Lido has a 90m pool which played a starring role in Guy Ritchie’s movie Snatch and is the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London. The lido is open to the public from 19 May until 30 September, with club swimming all year round. There is a grass area for sunbathers, a paddling area for children and a café.



Brockwell Lido

When: Opens from 06:30 to 22:00, Monday to Friday; 07:30 to 21:30 on Saturday; and 07:30 to 21:00 on Sunday.
What’s on offer: Brockwell Lido has a sunbathing area, cafe and changing facilities. The lido first opened in 1937 and retains many of its original features, including an impressive square clock, art deco lettering and Grade II-l¬¬isted pavilion buildings. The lido is situated in Brockwell Park, perfect for a post-swim stroll. The Lido is open all year-round, along with an indoor hydrotherapy pool, gym, cycling studio and cafe.


All Star Tennis coaching on Wandsworth Common



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What’s on offer: All Star Tennis offers a fun and active learning environment where children can enjoy developing their tennis skills and learn to play and compete. Courses are for all abilities and are based on the nationally recognised LTA Mini Tennis Scheme.


Climbing in Parsons Green



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When: Open from 2pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday.
It’s time to get you children roped up! Urban Ascent is a state of the art indoor climbing centre in Parsons Green. Kids’ clubs are run on Saturdays and Sundays.



Cinema clubs
The Exhibit cinema in Balham

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The Exhibit Cinema provides an afternoon of cinematic fun for children including a packed lunch, film screening in the luxury private cinema, and dancing and music fun afterwards. Its Kids’ Club runs from 1pm until 4pm and costs £15 a child. All children must be aged between 5 and 12 years old.



Picture House in Clapham

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Join the family-only matinee every Saturday for a children’s film plus activities all charged at prices that would normally barely buy you popcorn. For children aged 3-12 year old. Membership is £4 a year, including the first visit free.


For young foodies
FEAST @ Battersea Park



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When: August 15th-17th (weekend)
What’s on offer: A huge food festival in Battersea Park featuring every culinary and drinks delight you can imagine including a ‘Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves’ theatre and dozens of stalls. Kids can learn to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.


Lick an artisanal ice cream



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What’s on offer: You can get an ice cream anywhere in London but then there’s Oddono’s Gelati Italilani in Bute Street, South Kensington, the best place for artisanal, home-made Italian ice cream and you’re spoilt for choice – they’ve got 130 flavours should your children be the picky types.


Circus skills

Visit London’s puppet shop



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What’s on offer: See and buy puppets on strings, rods as well as glove puppets from across the globe. A magical shop with its own puppet theatre so visitors can put on a play and, for a really unique gift, commission a “lookalike” marionette.



Learn how to juggle and high wire



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What’s on offer: Although this is really a circus university (based in Hoxton) it does offer a Youth Circus Experience Day for 8 to 18 year olds including trapeze and high wire for £50 a head.



Rainy Day Pursuits for South West London Children


James Pendleton “Live to Give” mascot, Rose the Bunny

As this summer’s weather rolls through Wandsworth and Lambeth with the standard unpredictability, local families are faced with the usual dilemma: where in South West London can kids be entertained and educated come rain or shine?

Children are full of energy at the best of times and being holed up at home on a rainy day can be frustrating for both parent and child.  A list of last minute weatherproof South West London activities is a must for busy parents and we have scoured the area for some of the best examples of part-time pastimes for children of all ages and temperaments.


  • Amanda’s Action Club welcomes children aged four months to five years and their parents to join her regular Action Clubs in Clapham, Wandsworth and Battersea for fun and varied exercise designed to help children develop both physically and creatively.  Children with special needs are always welcome and catered for.
  • Battersea Park’s Millennium Arena provides a range of children’s activities from athletics to tennis, perfect for aspiring Olympians!
  • For Olympic emulation with a twist, take your kids to Back Flip Performers in Fulham or Streatham.  Children aged two to 12 are coached to improve agility, strength and social skills.


  • Local libraries are a treasure trove of free local activity for children.  What’s more, the emphasis is on making education fun!  Libraries across the UK are challenging children to get to grips with reading through story lab, an interactive website offering interviews with authors, reading challenges and online games.  Closer to home, Potter fans can invent magical stories of their own on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website and both Wandsworth and Lambeth Libraries provide reading, craft and other activities for children of all ages.
  • With centres in Clapham, Brixton and Battersea, Kids Language Club uses fun and varied teaching methods to help children aged three to 11 progress with languages including French, German and Mandarin.  The club also provides activity days, parent-toddler classes, one to one tuition and trips abroad.


  • The fantastically named Artful Toddler encourages children aged 12 months and over to get creative (and messy) with craft materials.  Classes run weekly at Clapham Junction and don’t worry: overalls are provided!
  • Perform  runs both regular and holiday classes in Clapham, Battersea, Streatham and Fulham.  Babies and toddlers learn catchy tunes and gentle activities at ‘Mini P’ workshops, while older children train in acting, dance and singing with the end of term show in mind!
  • Tin Pan Annie is an innovative troupe of musicians, performers, music therapists and teachers providing classes and parties for children aged four months to six years across Lambeth and Wandsworth.  The group’s focus is on building confidence and breaking down social and language barriers whilst introducing kids to music in all its forms.
  • Studio Film School provides coaching in directing, shooting and editing movies and animations as well as acting for camera.  Children aged four to 16 can hone their media skills and awareness at regular workshops in Balham and the team are also available for children’s parties.