The Science Museum sits in the heart of London’s most important cultural area, along Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Like its geographic siblings, such as the Natural History Museum, it’s largely dedicated to the discovery of the world around us.
Step inside and you’re welcomed by thousands of buttons, levers, and touchscreens to excite and engage kids and adults alike. Peer inside the Apollo 10 command module, eat space food, fly a plane in the simulator, or stroll through the hundreds of vintage cars, trains, boats, and planes.
Interactive and educational exhibits sit alongside huge play areas, keeping kids happy, while science, nature, and everything in between is brought to life in 3D at a 450-seat IMAX cinema.
Only half of the museum’s 300,000 objects are on display at any one time, with Western science, medicine, technology, and transport being the focal points. Even at 50 per cent, it would be tough to see and do everything in a day. Save some time for the gift shop though – it’s one of the best in London.
This futuristic-looking restaurant serves American classics like the hamburger and BBQ ribs on wooden blocks in an environment perfect for science fiction lovers. The long tables are illuminated, and act as the main light in the restaurant, alongside lots of metal benches and neon blue.
Monday – Friday 11.00 – 16.00
Saturday – Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
This little food bar continues the Science Museum’s goal of being fun and interactive. The young at heart will really enjoy the Shake Bar where you can buy personalised milkshakes, crammed full of chocolates and sweets. For the more reserved among us, there are a few healthier lunch options such as cold pasta salads, but the sweets and fizzy drinks are the real attention grabber.
Although the Main Hall Café seems a little soulless and much like a generic museum café, the food is nice and affordable. There are suggested healthy snack packs for kids, where they can pick a sandwich, drink, and fruit, and there are also pies, pizza, cakes, and coffee.
This is a space especially for your kids and their packed lunches, and for them to have a run-around in the indoor playrooms. There’s also a small selection of healthy kid-sized snacks to buy.
Head to the Science Museum shop if you’re looking for some way to keep the youngsters happy. These toys and souvenirs are all so much fun that your kids won’t realise that they’re inadvertently learning about maths, physics, and chemistry. There are 3D postcards, microscopes, remote control helicopters, and periscopes. Although most of the stock is pocket money priced, be careful because your kids will want everything.
This shop is a smaller version of the museum’s downstairs shop, selling science based souvenirs and gifts like magnets, Slinky’s, and remote control helicopters. The flight simulators are practically in the shop and shouldn’t be missed by any kid, so treat your little ones.
+44 (0) 20 7942 4000
Monday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Tube: South Kensington (District Line, Picadilly Line, Circle Line)