Hyde Park With Kids
Activity: Hyde Park. Tube Stop: Hyde Park Corner. Cost: Free. Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
After you're done in Kensington, make your way over to Hyde Park. Pick up some sandwich materials from a grocery store or a Pret-A-Manager. A word about London food. The famous food in London includes: fish and chips (salty, not to my taste at all), high tea (yes to high tea and all it includes), and meat pasties (no thanks). Your best bet is to eat foreign when it's not tea time. Indian food is a safe bet.
England is also famous for its chocolate. When I lived here, I had a goal to try every single chocolate bar and even kept a blog reviewing each bar for a while. They're all delicious. Typical English chocolate is made with more milk than American chocolate. Taste the bars. My favorites are the Lion Bar and anything Cadbury. Usually I just stock my purse with candy bars in case of a food-mergency.
Once you have your groceries (I hope it's mostly chocolate) find a picnic spot in Hyde Park. Have your picnic and then wander Hyde Park. Don't miss the Princess Diana Memorial fountain and Peter Pan themed playground or the Peter Pan Statue.
The Peter Pan Statue has a cute story. Apparently there used to be a ton of school children that walked this path through Hyde Park to school. The people constructing the statue sneaked the statue there in the middle of the night. The next morning the children believed it appeared there by magic!
When it's tea time, visit Kensington Palace and the Orangerie. If you're feeling spendy, get high tea at the Orangerie. It's an unforgettable experience. If you're feeling cheaper, there's also excellent tea and scones in the cafe of Kensington Palace. The Kensington Palace tour is mildly interesting. Lots of royal dresses on display, but it's skippable if you're on a budget or in a hurry.