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What to do in London with Kids near Canary Wharf

London is a wonderfully family-friendly city and we have more outdoor space than most capital cities.

National Greenwich Museum

Greenwich Park is part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which includes the National Maritime Museum, The Queen's House and The Old Royal Naval College which are all free to visit.

Up on the hill is The Royal Observatory alongside Flamsteed House. Watch the large red time ball move up the pole at 12.55pm every day and then drop at exactly 1pm. This was a signal to passing ships to let them know the time.

Cutty Sark

Down by the river Thames in Greenwich is the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, and The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre which has free activities for all.

DLR

Take a trip on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and you can get a seat right at the front as these are driverless trains. (They are included on a standard London Transport travelcard or Oyster card along with tubes, buses and some trains.)

Museum of London Docklands

The best museum in the docklands is the free Museum of London Docklands as it has a lovely indoor play area for children called Mudlarks with soft play for the babies, water play for the pre-schoolers and building fun for everyone.

You could also try some real mudlarking which is basically exploring the river foreshore. Check the tide tables and only go onto the 'beach' when you know it's safe and then you can look for treasure. The most likely 'treasure' you will find is broken clay pipes but as these are hundreds of years old it's still a nice free souvenir.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Also in east London is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (nearest DLR station is Stratford). There's the Tumbling Bay playground in the north of the park with sand pits and the chance to climb through the trees, and the south of the park has the climbing wall and fountains to play in. There's also the London Aquatic Centre where you can swim in the London 2012 Olympics swimming pool.

Westfield Stratford City

Also in the area is Westfield Stratford City where shopping rules. The Disney Store and LEGO store are always popular and teens love the fashion brands in the mall. There are lots of dining options here too such as Cafe Football which has great burgers, pizzas and milkshakes, plus a sweet shop too.

Back in Canary Wharf do look out for the traffic light tree which is a public sculpture by French sculptor Pierre Vivant. It can be seen next to Billingsgate Market on Trafalgar Way, E14.

Mudchute City Farm

Mudchute City Farm is worth a visit as there is a farm and stables so a lot more space than you first think as this is one of the largest inner city farms in Europe. At the stables they can offer horse riding lessons but do book in advance.

The farm is free to visit and you can book a tour to find out more about the British rare breeds. As well as cows and pigs you will find llamas and alpacas, plus rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and much more. After you have fed the animals to stop at the Mudchute Kitchen cafe for lunch too.

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Laura Porter writes the
About.com London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

Photo credit:

DLR train:Transport for London
Mudlarks:Museum of London Docklands
Olympic Park: David Poultney for LLDC