01/10/2014 05:13 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

MAD Blog Awards 2014: Family Days Out In London


This year's fifth annual MAD Blog Awards, sponsored by Parentdish, will once again be held in London.

On September 19th, we'll be revealing the winners of the UK's largest and most exciting blogging awards at a red carpet award ceremony at the glamorous Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. This five-star luxury hotel is the perfect spot for families, as it's located right next to the famous Kensington Gardens and within easy reach of Central London.

More than 100 mum and dad bloggers will be arriving in London for a weekend of celebration. While the awards ceremony is a strictly grown-up occasion, many of our bloggers will be bringing family to London, so we asked them for their favourite recommendations of family friendly things to do in the capital that won't break the bank:

The South Bank is one of the best free places to visit in London, especially if the weather is good. You can explore the riverbank, play in the fountains, and there's a fantastic adventure playground, not to mention the child-friendly theatrical and musical events at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Natural History Museum is a must for dinosaur fans, and the Science Museum is another big hit with family bloggers.

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is actually part of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is brilliant for adults AND children. We think you'll love the historical displays including beautiful Georgian Doll's Houses and the many, many things they can play with.

If you find yourself in London on a weekend, Columbia Road Flower Market is well worth visiting on a Sunday morning. It's a proper, old-fashioned London market with traders calling out their wares and bargains to be had.

The Sea Life Centre London is always a hit with young children, no matter what the weather, while London Zoo has been a favourite for more than 150 years now.

The Historic Royal Palaces are another excellent, value-for-money option in London, if you can get your hands on a season ticket. After all, you can't get much more London than visiting a palace!

Of course, children will also love a walk through London's famous streets to see the sights – and it won't cost you a penny!

Brick Lane is a fascinating street, which has been home to immigrants for hundreds of years. There are great Bangladeshi restaurants, but our highlight is the 24 hour Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Not only do the bagels taste different to anything you've ever bought before, but you can watch them being made at the back of the shop, so it's educational too.

For more reviews and inspiration about things to do in London with kids check out these mum and dad blogs on:

The Science Museum

The South Bank

London Sea Life Centre

London Zoo

Kensington Palace

London Museums

A Tour of London

The Natural History Museum

A walking tour of London

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