Hackney City Farm
Take a peek into rural life at Hackney City Farm, where kids are able to interact with farm animals within the confines of the big city. As well as boasting an Italian café for adults to grab a much-needed energy boost, the farm is home to a range of farmyard favourites, including sheep, chickens, donkeys and goats.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Venture into the home of the London 2012 Olympics and discover the Copper Box Arena, the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium, which are all contained within the expansive limits of the park. Catch a game at the stadium, now the home ground of West Ham football team, or take a ride down the 178-metres slide that surrounds the Orbit Tower.
Lee Valley Regional Park
Get the family in touch with nature at Lee Valley Regional Park, a ten-thousand-acres park that stretches 26 miles from Ware, Hertfordshire in the north, to the River Thames’ East India Dock Basin in the South. As well as featuring three London 2012 Olympic venues – the Hockey and Tennis Centre, the VeloPark and the White Water Centre – the park offers a host of great outdoor activities for all of the family.
Check out the market and indulge in some quality street food in Brick Lane. Welcoming large numbers of migrants and refugees over the years has resulted in the street food – and the local culture – being infused with a unique range of rich cultural influences that simply cannot be missed.
Attracting approximately nine million visitors every year, Victoria Park is one of London’s most popular public parks, as well as being its oldest. Let the kids expend some energy in the children’s play areas, hone their skills on the tennis courts or have some nautical fun on the West Boating Lake, where pedalos and rowing boats can be hired.
Burn some rubber at Revolution Karting, a shrine to speed that can be found by Mile End in the heart the Big Smoke. Live life in the fast lane and hurtle around this 650-metres karting track in electric cars that have been known to reach speeds of over 50mph.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Step into the history of the experiences and materialism of childhood at this Bethnal Green offshoot of South Kensington’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Check out a temporary collection or discover the four permanent galleries, which exhibit everything from moving toys to childish creativity.
Westfield Stratford City
Situated right next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford opened less than a year before the summer games in 2012. Home to an All Star Lanes 14-lane bowling alley, plenty of places to eat and a range of outlets for shopaholics to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, this enormous shopping centre really does have something for everyone.