London offers a dazzling parade of attractions and treats for children – but it can empty your pockets faster than Fagin. Here are our tips for making the most of the city on a budget. London tours guides enrich your London city breaks with kids.

London tours guides

Fun places worth you visit in London

Some of London’s most popular attractions are also its most expensive – looking at you Madame Tussauds (from £107 for a family of four), London Zoo (£84.60), London Sealife Aquarium (£136). On the plus side, most major museums are free – though a donation of around £5 per person is suggested – and offer dedicated trails, activities and sometimes apps for children. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum, Museum of London, Imperial War Museum are all worth a visit.

The Horniman – with its eclectic natural history and musical instrument collections and a mini aquarium with poisonous frogs (£9 for a family of four) – is a firm favourite with south London families. My six-year old loves drawing and art but dismissed both Tates as “boring.” At his age it’s all about interactive exhibits and the Science Museum’s new gallery Wonderlab delivers on that front with all the buttons, pulleys and experiments a small child could wish for – plus live shows with explosions. It’s not free but costs less than many other London attractions (£20.20 for a family of four).