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! 💎

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.

🚇 Take the Piccadilly line to Cockfosters
🚌 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.

🚇 Take the Victoria line to Walthamstow Central, or the Overground to Wood Street.
🚌 W12, W16

Crystal Palace Park Maze

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

🚇 Take the Overground to Crystal Palace or Penge West
🚌 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!

🚇 Take Elizabeth line to Hanwell
🚌 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 £1.65. (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 £1.65. 🚌

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! 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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