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 London Zones 2-6! ๐Ÿ’Ž

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.

๐Ÿš‡ Take the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters
๐ŸšŒ 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.

๐Ÿš‡ Take the Victoria line to Walthamstow Central, or the Overground to Wood Street.
๐ŸšŒ W12, W16

Crystal Palace Park Maze

This 50-metre-wide maze is a labyrinthย of hedgerows that ought to tire your little ones out. Admission is free.

๐Ÿš‡ย Take the Overground to Crystal Palace or Penge West
๐ŸšŒ 122, 227, 450

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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!

๐Ÿš‡ Take Elizabeth line to Hanwell
๐ŸšŒ 92, 195, 207, 282, 427, 483, 607

Getting around

If you plan on travelling to any of these amazing hidden gems in London then make sure to plan your journey in advance.

If you travel off-peak, a single adult pay as you go fare for journeys on the Tube, DLR and most London Overground and Elizabeth line services made in Zones 2-6 will cost you ยฃ1.65. (This is when you pay as you go and don’t travel through Zone 1.) ๐Ÿš‡

Plus, with the Hopper fare, you can take unlimited bus or tram journeys within one hour for ยฃ1.65. ๐ŸšŒ

Children under five travel free. With a ZIP Oyster photocard, 5-10 year-olds can travel free on all TfL services and 11-18 year olds can travel free on buses and trams.

Find out more about fares.

Share your favourite hidden gems

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!ย 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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