For families staying in Hotels near Osterley Tube Station, it can often be difficult to keep all ages happy when visiting London. Fortunately, the city offers a wide range of activities which suit all ages, meaning that both your teething toddler and trendy teen will both be kept entertained during their time in London.
City Farms of London
You may not think it, but even urban spaces can’t help but embrace the natural life. London plays host to a whole range of city farms where guests can visit and feed farmyard animals and learn about them whilst learning about living off the land. Hackney city farm even has a bike repair shop and one of the best cafe’s in East London – Frizzante’s, whilst Mudchute Park and Farm on the Isle of Dogs lets visitors ride horses out of its stables and into its 32 acres of land. Other farms include the Kentish Town City Farm, Surrey Docks and Stepney City.
The South Kensington Museums
Helpfully placed within the same square, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert museum are all situated in close proximity to South Kensington station. All museums are family friendly, with the natural history and science museum even hosting sleepovers for little ones. The Science Museum also has a water play area for the younger children whilst all ages will enjoy the various experiments and wonders at the Wonderlab. “Experiments” can even be ordered at the science bar! The Natural history museum has many free exhibitions and children and adults alike will marvel at the giant dinosaur skeletons and life size blue whale replicas.
Adults and children alike can lose themselves in the fantastical with the Saatchi Gallery’s weird and wonderful collection of contemporary art works. The exhibitions include Richard Wilson’s “20:50” room, one of the Saatchi Galleries permanent exhibitions which combines optical illusion with texture and sculpture. All ages will marvel at the Oil flooded room and will prove an accessible gateway to the world of art for younger visitors.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Since the London 2012 Olympics, the Queen Elizabeth Park, located near Stratford has gradually become open to members of the public. A few years down the line and visitors can now take a dip at the aquatic centre, ride a bike at the Velo Park or traverse the scenic walkways. What will cater to all ages however, is the Tumbling Bay Adventure playground. Made up of wobbly bridges, treehouses and rock pools. The adventure park sits next to the Timber Lodge community centre and café. Elsewhere in the park, older and more adventurous visitors can also find a climbing wall suitable for traversing and bouldering and the Waterworks fountain, made up of a labyrinth of 195 individual jets of water, will be sure to cool down visitors on a hot summer day. With a bit of exercise you’ll be sure the whole family gets a good night’s sleep on their return to the Park Grand Hotel Heathrow.