Hidden gems for families

Woman smiling at the camera through the maze at Crystal Palace Park

If you’ve got a few small people who need entertaining, look no further. We’re here to help you discover the hidden gems of Zones 2-6! Plus, if you travel off-peak,Β (weekdays between 9:30am and 3:59pm, weekends and bank holidays) a single adult fare for Zones 2-6 will cost you just Β£1.50.

Where to go

Chickenshed Theatre
There’s colourful fun for all ages with multi-sensory shows for babies, stand-up sets for young adults and everything in between.
Getting there? Take the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters.
Other local bus routes: 298, 299, 307, 610, 611, 692, 699.

God’s Own Junkyard
Neon paradise of lights, disco balls and retro signage is guaranteed to entertain the little ones. There’s also an on-site cafe to refresh and recharge.
Getting there?Β Take the Victoria line to Walthamstow Central, or the Overground to Wood Street.
Other local bus routes: W12, W16.

Crystal Palace Park Maze
This 50-metre-wide maze is a labyrinthΒ of hedgerows that ought to tire your little ones out. Admission is free.
Getting there?Β Take the Overground to Crystal Palace or Penge West.
Other local bus routes: 122, 227, 450.

Get lost in the Crystal Palace Park Maze (Credit: Rob Greig, Time Out)

Hanwell Zoo
This little-known alternative Zoo has everything from exotic frogs to lemurs. There’s also a hands-on ‘meet the meerkats’ experience that’s definitely worth a go!
Getting there? Take TfL Rail to Hanwell.
Other local bus routes: 92, 195, 207, 282, 427, 483, 607.

Getting there

If you travel off-peak (weekdays between 9:30am and 3:59pm, weekends and bank holidays) a single adult pay as you go fare for journeys on the Tube, DLR and most London Overground and TfL Rail services made in Zones 2-6 will cost you Β£1.50. (This is when you pay as you go and don’t travel through Zone 1.)

Plus, with the Hopper fare, you can take unlimited bus or tram journeys within one hour for Β£1.50. Children under five travel free. With a ZIP Oyster photocard, 5-10 year-olds can travel free on all TfL services and 11-15 year olds can travel free on buses and trams.

Find out more about fares.

Have you been exploring the treasures of Zones 2-6? Let us know where you’ve been in the comments and where you’d recommend!Β For more inspirational ideas, take a look at Time Out’s Secret London for families.

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  1. Always like to hear about places that are well-known by locals but do not feature on large-scale national promotions

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