Generally speaking, much of London is family-friendly, but within the city’s most popular areas there are a wide variety of activities available for children of all ages. Here is a list of the top six family-friendly activities in Covent Garden, including where to eat, explore and play in this Central London neighbourhood.
1. Magic Corner
The Palladio, a chic new development offered by CBRE on Southampton Street, overlooks the Covent Garden Piazza, where magicians have been performing magic for nearly 400 years. Performances are typically located near the phone boxes at the bottom of St. James Street, and although they are free, feel free to leave a tip if you enjoy the show.
2. Transport Museum
This is an excellent option for young children, who love exploring the various modes of transport used through the ages that are on display. Children under 16 are free, and there are two designated play areas, complete with a life-size model wooden boat, bus taxi and Tube car to play with.
This lunch and dinner dining spot offers excellent food, moule, fritte and beer. And the best part? Kids eat free! The space is also large and usually fairly noisy, with plenty of high chairs available.
4. Vertical Chill Ice Wall
Situated at Ellis Brigham’s Covent Garden store, the ice wall allows participants ages 13 and up to experience ice climbing indoors all year long. One hour sessions include learning how to climb at various slopes and heights, designed to entertain beginner, novice and experienced climbers.
5. X Marks the Spot Treasure Hunts
The entire family can get involved in solving mysteries with X Marks the Spot Treasure Hunts in Covent Garden, which combines mental and mild physical challenges in a self-guided sightseeing format. Complete with clues, questions and puzzles, participants get to enjoy the scenery and learn interesting facts while getting to know the local area.