Travelling with a baby

London Open House 2017 with kids

We’ve been fond of London Open House for over 10 years; with or without kids makes a very special weekend of architecture and artistic treats, all free and mostly gems not open to the public on regular basis. And this coming weekend The Open House celebrates the 25th anniversary – so get ready!

Marborough House with kids

As usual we have quite an ambitious wishlist. This year our kids are 4 years old and 17 months, so will pick strategically venues with outside space, where the energetic (and very often unreasonable) toddler can run some steam off with the father whilst the 4 years old and I can soak in some history. So we have on our list Chiswick house, House of St Barnabas, Hurlingham Club and eventually the Royal Court of Justice.


Royal Academy of Art with kids

And here’s what worked well in the past with our kids. In Mayfair there’s: (i) Marlborough House and relatively close (ii) Banqueting House – we wrote about in here.


Hampton Court Gardens

(iii) Hampton Court Gardens needs little introduction. Part of the Open House this year – they make a stunning day out plus there’s tours and various activities for the occasion.

In Kensington our favourites are (iv) Leighton House,


Kensington Roof Gardens

(v) Kensington Roof Gardens (opened Sunday 9-11am)

Kensington Roof Gardens


National Army Museum

and if the weather is unreliable (vi) National Army Museum – brand new, very educational and interactive.

Kids could design at NAM outfits, drive tanks, have a taste of soldier life – marching, taking orders, organising food provisions and cooking. There’s also a playbase area which is very cool – book in advance as weekend slots are very popular.

(vii) Kew Gardens are also hosting for the occasion tours and talks – just be mindful you either need to be a member or pay the usual Garden ticket for the day.


Kew Gardens

There’s also Open House Junior collection – which has an extensive plan for the weekend for slightly older kids. Happy silver anniversary London Open House!



34 comments on “London Open House 2017 with kids

  1. Zen Babytravel
    September 13, 2017
  2. Zen Babytravel
    September 13, 2017
  3. Zen Babytravel
    September 13, 2017
  4. Wow – I never knew about this open house. We are HRP members and visit the palaces regularly so I’m sure we’d love this! #triumphanttales

  5. Dean B
    September 14, 2017

    We’ve never been! Would love to visit too. Next time we’re in London, hopefully I’ll remember this 🙂

  6. Zen Babytravel
    September 14, 2017

    Thanks for stopping by, warmly recommending the Open House week-end! This is year the dates are 16th and 17th, i.e. this week-end 😉

  7. Cultural Wednesday
    September 14, 2017

    Love, love, love Open House and I am ludicrously excited about this weekend. Thank you for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 14, 2017

      Great to hear, so am I Catherine! Whats on your wishlist? And did you book any clubs? I am attempting just one this year with my 4 years old, fingers crossed he will enjoy it as much as usually do!

      • Cultural Wednesday
        September 14, 2017

        The teens are on Scout camp this weekend so we will be flying solo! I really wanted to see Admiralty Arch last year but the queues were enormous and out the boys off, hoping to finally see it this time!

  8. Actually Mummy
    September 14, 2017

    I didn’t know about this – what a great idea for getting out and exploring more of London!

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 14, 2017

      Great to hear I put it on your weekend list – warmly recommending it! And thanks for stopping by!

  9. It looks like a wonderful weekend – a shame we didn’t know about it sooner as would have loved to have gone! x

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 14, 2017

      It’s this weekend Sophie, so you even have a couple of days to decide which venues you’d like to see! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. PinkOddy
    September 14, 2017

    I never knew about any of this. Sounds real family fun and what great views.

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 16, 2017

      Yes, some of the venues have amazing views, some are architectural gems, some are soaked with history. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. dearbearandbeany
    September 14, 2017

    What a fab day out for everyone to enjoy. Another place for me to add to our list to visit in London!

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 16, 2017

      Yes, definetely a weekend to put on your list, this year the dates are 16th and 17th, i.e. now!

  12. hannahandfitness
    September 15, 2017

    Believe it or not i’ve never actually heard of this! Sounds great though x

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 16, 2017

      Hey Hannah, thanks for stopping by, hope you get to enjoy it!

  13. Kara
    September 15, 2017

    Happy silver anniversary London Open House, have some ideas for days out now, thank you

  14. dearmummyblog
    September 15, 2017

    Sounds like a wonderful mixture of culture and history! We love Hampton Court Gardens too! Great wish list for people visiting the capital x #ExplorerKids x

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 16, 2017

      Absolutely! This year for the lucky ones visiting this year 😉

  15. Lauretta at Home and Horizon
    September 15, 2017

    Beautiful photos! I will have to visit with my kids too.

  16. Newcastle Family Life
    September 16, 2017

    I had never heard of this before, what a great idea to explore new places x

  17. enquiriesethannevelyncom
    September 16, 2017

    Wow, I never knew about this. I would love to go along one time.

    Thank you for taking part in #explorerkids linky

  18. fashionandstylepolice
    September 16, 2017

    This is my first time hearing about this place. It looks so beautiful. Would be great to explore with the family.

  19. I haven’t heard of the Open House before, there are so many places I’d like to take the children to learn about history etc

  20. Mrs Mummy Harris
    September 17, 2017

    Oh wow, I had no idea about this place! Definitely one to go on our list!
    Thank you for sharing this with us #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  21. Steph
    September 17, 2017

    Have never heard of this place before, it looks fab. Lovely photographs too! x

  22. steph_baybee
    September 18, 2017

    I’ve never heard of this place before, love your pictures!

  23. DJT @ Thinking Thrifty
    September 19, 2017

    First time I’ve ever heard of this before. Those pictures are incredible!

  24. Zen Babytravel
    September 20, 2017

    Thank you all, great I put London Open House week-end on your lists, looking forward to September 2018 one!

  25. pigeonpairandme
    September 20, 2017

    Ah, I wish I’d managed to get a glimpse inside the Royal Courts of Justice! Next year, perhaps. Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      September 20, 2017

      Pleasure to link it as usual! Some parts of Royal Court of Justice are open to public throughout the year , including certain Court rooms! We’ve really enjoyed RCJon Saturday, including playing Judge (me) & baddie (my 4 years old), visiting the cells and vans. Pics on instagram 😉

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