Kids love being in nature, whether it be visiting animals, climbing trees, pond dipping or picking strawberries.
You don't have to go too far either to experience nature in London. We've found some great places to visit for the whole family.
There are some truly amazing farms hidden amongst the city or just outside that kids and families will love. Our favourite is Bocketts Farm, where you'll find tractor rides, huge natural playgrounds and so many animals to meet, greet and feed. For our full review on Bocketts Farm and other fantastic farms in London, see here.
There are two great zoos to visit in London. The first being the famous London Zoo, which is home to many exotic and exciting wildlife species. The second, which is smaller but still just as exciting is Battersea Park Children's Zoo. Both make for an excellent family day out to visit animals.
If you have a budding horse rider at home or maybe fancy a family activity that's a little different, book onto a horse ride or some horse riding lessons at one of the many fantastic horse stables in and around London. For lessons, short rides and horse back riding tours, check out Hyde Park Stables or Lee Valley Riding Centre.
Lots of kids love the idea of water and animals so if you haven't tried it before, check out Pond Dipping as an outdoor activity. There's a hidden trove of nature and pond dipping treasure, right in the heart of London at Kings Cross, called Cawley Street Nature Park, where children can watch for nature and pond dip to discover creatures who live in the pond.
Alternatively, grab your welly boots and head to Crane Park in South West London to discover frogs and other nature delights who call the river Crane their home.
Check out the London Wildlife Trust website for more information and any upcoming pond dipping events.
Dive into an underwater world at the wonderful London SEA LIFE Aquarium. With many different creatures and adventures to explore, it makes for a perfect family nature day out.
For our full review on the Aquarium, see here.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PICKING
If the sun's out and the family needs some fresh air whilst spending some quality time together, why not go along to a local produce farm where you can "pick your own" fruits and veggies. A fantastic place to go is Garsons Farm in Surrey. We recommend going to pick some of their delicious strawberries.
BRITISH WILDLIFE CENTRE
Discover an array of Britains native wildlife at the British Wildlife Centre, located just outside of London. There are around forty different species of animals on display at the centre, all native to Britain. Experience keeper talks throughout the day to learn more about the different animals and their habitats.
To experience a world of flowers, plants, fungi and trees, head to Kew Gardens for a magnificent family outing. Explore the many different native and exotic plants there are to see, walk the gardens and take in their beauty, climb high into the trees on the Treetop Walkway or let the kids run out some energy in the children's playground and the children's garden (coming soon).
Despite being a huge major city, London is home to some vast and beautiful green spaces, which can be enjoyed daily and all year round by the public. You'll find these parks throughout London, so paack up a picnic or head to one for a stroll and enjoy the nature each park has to offer.
Check out our review on one of the Royal Parks, Bushy Park or head to the Royal Parks website for more details on each one.
LONDON WETLAND CENTRE
London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people, located just 10 minutes from Hammersmith in Barnes. Enjoy exploring the gardens, lakes and ponds and discover all sorts of wildlife. There's also a cafe for refuelling in and play areas to entertain the kids.