Fun Family Attractions Both In and Around London’s Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park in North-West London is one of the city’s most popular open spaces. There are many attractions in and around Regent’s Park that can provide a fun and exciting day out for all the family.

Regent’s Park is easily accessed by tube or bus from wherever you are in London so you don’t need to take the car. The nearest tube station is Regent’s Park Tube Station and buses all stop nearby.

Regent’s Park Attractions

Marylebone Green Children’s Playground

This playground has recently had a £350,000 refurbishment and is now home to a wonderland of climbing frames, seesaws and sandpits. the Play equipment is divided into 3 zones: the Traditional Zone has the 3 common features of any park with swings, seesaw and climbing frame; the Art Zone has a spiralling folly and a slide, a sand pit and a lunar landscape; and the Natural Zone has a willow tunnel, climbing rocks, timber stilts and a fallen tree all ready for climbing on. There is definitely plenty to keep the children occupied for hours while you can relax in the beautiful surroundings.

London Zoo

London Zoo has been open to the public since 1847. It is home to over 16,000 incredible animals including lions, tigers and penguins. There are exciting and innovative exhibits and state of the art facilities that provide the best experience and habitats. London Zoo is the perfectplace to visit for a day of family-friendly fun.

Open Air Theatre

The Open Air Theatre is a well-known and loved London landmark and is a firm fixture of summer in the city. It’s steeply raked auditorium is one of the largest in the capital with 1250 seats. Between May and September there are 4 annual productions that attract over 140,000 people creating an incomparable atmosphere.

Boating Lake

The Boating Lake is open daily from 10:30am to 6:00pm from April through to the end of October. While the lake is open, rowing boats and adult pedalos are available for hire to provide a lazy afternoon floating among the most beautiful scenery. A number of children’s pedalos are available for hire on the separate children’s lake. The children’s lake is only available on weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays.

A trip to London doesn’t have to break the bank for the family to enjoy these activities. There are Shaftesbury hotels in London located around Regent’s Park that have these attractions on their doorstep so accommodation and transport in the capital can be done on a budget to allow the extra money to be spent on entertaining everyone.

Attractions near Regent’s Park

Sherlock Holmes Museum (3 minute walk outside the South of Regent’s Park)

This is the first museum in the world that was dedicated to a fictional character. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is located at London’s most famous address, 221b Baker Street. Inside the museum there are several life-size wax figures from Holmes’s adventures and a recreation of his famous study.

Madame Tussauds (6 minute walk outside the South of Regent’s Park)

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the new Star Wars Legends experience, Madame Tussauds waxworks museum combines the glitz and glamour with incredible history. A journey through Madame Tussauds allows all members of the family to be involved and become star struck. You can pose with the Beckham’s, challenge sport stars, meet the Royals, come face to face with superheroes and relax for a taxi ride reliving the history of London. With so many people to see, who do you want to meet?

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (10 minute Tube journey from Regent’s Park)

Stepping inside the infamous Ripley’s Believe It Or Not will leave you hooked for hours. Inside you will come across no end of amazing historical artefacts that are aptly known as the weird and wonderful. There is a toilet paper wedding dress, a model Titanic made from 147,000 matchsticks, a depiction of the Last Supper engraved on a grain of rice and even a mummified Egyptian head. You really couldn’t predict what you will see next!

There are also interactive exhibits that create even more entertainment than the walk around: get lost in the infinities of the Marvellous Mirror Maze; Tom-Cruise-It through the Impossible Laserace; try to keep your balance on the bridge of the Black Hole Vortex and make your mark on the Digital Graffiti Wall.

Hamleys Toy Store (15 minute Tube journey from Regent’s Park)

This flagship toy shop is a world of wonder and delight. Hamleys has a magical atmosphere, a fantastic range and spectacular seasonal window displays. Coming here is a good trip out in itself but during the holidays, there are also daily activities and tours around the store to make the day even more exciting for all who visit. This provides a=other ways to enjoy the experience of Hamleys without spending the pennies.

Fun Family Cafés/Restaurants near Regent’s Park

After hours of exploring these attractions, every one is sure to have worked up an appetite. There are a number of family-friendly restaurants near Regent’s Park and the popular visitor attractions that will provide a great meal for the perfect end to the day.

Rainforest Café (10 minute Tube journey from Regent’s Park)

This café brings together the sounds and sights of the jungle in an exciting and vibrant atmosphere of fun for all the family. The venue is brought to life with elephants, gorillas, crocodiles, jaguars and butterflies with tropical fish tanks, an indoor waterfall and even a thunderstorm. This all adds to the exciting and unique dining experience.
The menu at the Rainforest Café offers both American and International cuisine such as steaks, burgers, pasta and salads.

Hard Rock Café (20 minute Tube journey from Regent’s Park)

Standing on Old Park Lane since 1971 is London’s Hard Rock Café. The best American cuisine is served here and the venue also houses one of the largest and most valuable collections of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia in the world. Some of this memorabilia is on display in the restaurant but the rest is available to see in The Vault museum situated in the basement.

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