There is an abundance of things to do in and near St John’s Wood. The fact that we are so close to the centre of London and can get to places easily makes it an even better place to live and raise a family.

On this page I have shared some general thoughts on what to do and where to go. People write books about this and the list is endless. I will add things to this page as I think of things to do and as my own children grow.

The ultimate guide is Time Out. However, please make sure to follow the NW8-mums’ Instagram account where I frequently share things about what to do and where to go.


There are numerous things to do and below are just a few.

I am not sure if The London Zoo (ZSL) is technically a museum, but I am including it here. It is well worth getting an annual pass to the zoo. Children under the age of 3 go in for free. The 274 bus stops at the zoo.

For a day out, their other zoo, Whipsnade Zoo, is also worth a visit.

Even further away, Longleat Safari Park is popular.

The Jewish Cultural Centre (JW3), a couple of blocks north of the O2 Centre, have a lot of activities to suit everyone. All the double decker buses going north on Finchley Road from St John’s Wood will take you there. Get off at Finchley Road & Frognal. Or, get off at Finchley Road station and walk a few blocks north.

Below are some of my children’s favourites.

London Transport Museum

Science Museum

Buckingham Palace

Victoria & Albert Museum

HMS Belfast

Theatre & Musicals

There are always new plays and musicals around, so the best thing to do is look at websites like Time Out.

Days Out in & Out of London

Emirates Air Lines – Cable Car Above the Thames

The Southbank Centre

Willows Activity Farm

Bekonscot Model Village & Railway


Kew Gardens

Go Ape

Windsor Castle

Windsor Great Park

Odds Farm

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