Family-Friendly Shows In London You Must See

The theatre is always a fun place to visit, whether you are visiting with your partner, family or friends. But what family-friendly shows are there in London that you can all enjoy together? Using sites like best-tickets.co.uk, you can get some great deals and check out some fab shows without breaking the bank - something that is super important if you want to take the whole family out to the theatre! This is an ad.

Here are my top picks for shows that the whole family will enjoy. Having seen a few of them myself in the past, I cannot stress highly enough how much brilliant they are.

The Lion King



A stunning stage performance based on the hit 1994 film of the same name, this show has been in the West End on and off since 1999 and it is clear to see why it remains popular to this day. Featuring hit songs from the Disney films that the kids will just love to sing along to, everyone will enjoy this show.

Kids and parents alike adore The Lion King story so why wouldn’t you want to see it live on stage?

Horrible Histories

There have been the books, there’s been a TV show and there’s even been a film - now there’s a musical too! If you want your child to learn about history whilst being entertained at the same time, then you will want to check out this show for yourself. The songs and the humour remain entertaining for the whole family.

Whether you’re learning about the Romans, the Vikings or one of the World Wars, you are bound to be entertained.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



Known as one of the shows you absolutely must see in London, this is great for families whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. This stage production has won many awards for its run in the West End and plenty of awards across the pond thanks to the Broadway version too! 

The show is amazing and the set design fantastic, but due to some scary scenes suitable for children of 10 years and older.

Mary Poppins

It returned to the West End in 2019 and is of course based on the ever-popular 1964 Disney film. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the film or not but if you are, you’re bound to find yourself singing along to those memorable tunes, such as A Spoonful Of Sugar and Super‐cali‐fragil‐istic‐expi‐ali‐docious! 

This show couldn’t be more family-friendly if it tried.

The Nutcracker


Showing at the London Coliseum, The Nutcracker is a beautiful show. A ballet which the whole family can enjoy, it helps get children interested in classical music and is completely family-friendly. 

With Tchaikovsky’s recognisable score and over 100 dancers and musicians bringing the story to life, it is a truly enchanting show and well worth a watch.

There is so much to see and do in London and if you have never been to a family-family theatre show I highly recommend it. For more inspiration check out this London theatre bucket list. Do you enjoy going to the theatre? What shows have you been enjoying lately? Is there anything a little more obscure that you reckon I should check out?

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13 comments

  1. I would absolutely love to go and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Maybe an idea for our next trip to London! Despite livig there for 5 years, I never got the chance to see a show, but have no excuses now! Sim x

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  2. My kids adore Horrible Histories. I really want to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, hoping to go for my birthday

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  3. We are off to the cursed child I August! My fiancĂ© booked as a surprise. I don’t think he knew about the under 10 thing though *gulp*

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  4. I'd love to see The Lion King in the theatre; it was the first film I ever saw in the cinema when I was a kid!

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  5. I definitely need to go and see some of these with my family. My kids would love Horrible Histories and Steve would love the Cursed Child.

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  6. I do love a good night out at the theatre. I have been lucky enough to see all these shows - Lion King is a must xx

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  7. I really fancy Mary Poppins and my kids are pestering me this year to take them to Hamilton and to Six. Mich x

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  8. We are heading to London this summer and we have decided that we will stop by to watch a theatre show with our kids. Will sit down to discuss which show out of this list everyone wants to watch.

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  9. There are quite a few shows that appeal to me at the moment. I'd love to take the kids to see the lion king if I get the chance. We'd love that it's supposed to be very good.

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  10. Perfect timing for me! I'm taking my boys to London for Easter - I think Lion King or Horrible Histories would go down a treat!!

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  11. I love going to theatre and would love to take the kids so see a show so these family friendly show suggestions are great. I think they'd especially love Lion King.

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  12. The lion king is my all time favourite theatre show. I saw it when I was about 10 and would love to see it again!

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  13. I really want to see The Lion King again! I saw it about 14 years ago and loved it. I'm seeing the Cursed Child for the 4th time in August.

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