Camping and Glamping in London

A lively, multicultural city that sprawls across the River Thames, London was established by the Romans in around 50AD and is now a bustling centre for culture, commerce and finance. It’s an eclectic mix of modernity and history, with impressive buildings around every corner, from the medieval Westminster Abbey to the Baroque St Paul’s Cathedral to the Neo-futuristic Shard.

Alongside its multitude of attractions, London has a vibrant street culture. Borough Market offers a glimpse of the capital’s diversity with its stalls selling street food from across the world, while in Covent Garden you can sip cocktails or coffee as you watch the performers. Head to Camden to find alternative boutiques and explore its busy market, or stroll through Brick Lane for colourful street art, fruit stalls and Bangladeshi restaurants.

Our campsites near London are well-located for getting into London via public transport, enabling you to explore on foot or take the tube to the various attractions. You can also take an open-top bus tour or cruise along the Thames to learn more about the history of the city. Either way, there’s plenty to keep you engaged and entertained.

Abbey Wood

Set on the eastern outskirts of London, Abbey Wood offers easy access to the city centre and its delights, as well as the open space of Greenwich.

Ideal for:
• City breaks
• Family stays
• Sightseeing

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Crystal Palace

A bustling site that’s popular with families during the summer months, Crystal Palace is convenient for visiting both central London and rural Surrey.

Ideal for:
• City breaks
• Cycling
• Family stays

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Reasons to visit London

The capital’s attractions are seemingly endless and provide plenty to entertain all ages. But there’s more than just sightseeing to be enjoyed when you’re camping near London.

Stage and screen

A London camping trip is a great opportunity to visit the theatre. From the internationally renowned musicals in the West End to more modest productions, there’s always something for the whole family. If your kids are Disney addicts, The Lion King and Aladdin are firm favourites, combining spectacular costumes, dazzling dance routines and, of course, the well-known songs from the movies. Or indulge in some mischief and fun with School of Rock or Matilda the Musical, both of which are sure to delight all ages.

If you’ve got tiny tots, shows such as the Baby Show and The Everywhere Bear are specially created to keep children from six months to four years engaged, while teenagers will be captivated by award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Countless children – and their parents – have been captivated by Harry Potter, and a trip to the Warner Brothers Studio reveals where, and how, the magic happened. Located in Watford, just north of the city, it leads you into the wizarding world where you can enter the Great Hall of Hogwarts, stand on Platform 9¾ and wander along Diagon Alley. You’ll also see Harry’s invisibility cloak and a host of other costumes that appeared in the films during the guided tour.

Green spaces

Summer days are made for getting outside, and London’s range of tranquil green spaces means you won’t be short of somewhere pretty for a picnic and some ball games. Greenwich Park overlooks the Thames and has one of the city’s most iconic views. Stroll under ancient trees, visit the flower and herb gardens, have a kick about on the grass and stand on the Prime Meridian, the north-south line from which every place on Earth has its distance east or west measured.

You can also visit the Royal Observatory and Planetarium, where you can see the wonders of our galaxy up close. There’s even a special show to help kids under seven understand our solar system.

Glamping in London also puts you within reach of Kew Gardens in Richmond, one of London’s most picturesque places to explore with children. Hop on the Kew Explorer land train for a ride around the park, visit the Palm House with its rainforest climate and brave the heights of the Treetop Walkway. There are regular activities for kids at weekends and during school holidays, as well as a life-size badger sett to discover and a children’s garden, designed for 2 to 12 year olds.

Trendy cuisine

In recent years, London has started drawing visitors for its cuisine. With over fifty Michelin-starred restaurants, a flourishing craft beer scene and even gin distilleries, it’s a great place to try something local or something new. From traditional British fare through French, Nordic and Japanese cuisine to the weird and wonderful creations of Heston Blumenthal, you won’t struggle to find something different to tempt you. If you prefer something simpler, the good, honest food at Borough Market or Spitalfields is tasty, filling and served in a matter of minutes.

There are all sorts of breweries scattered across the city too, each of which offers a selection to keep even the most discerning ale-buff happy. From the long-established Fuller’s Brewery, which has been operating in Chiswick for nearly 200 years to Beavertown Brewery, which has yet to reach its tenth birthday, a whole range of producers will happily let you sample their delicious beers.

If gin is more your thing, don’t miss a chance to visit the Sipsmith Distillery – the first of its kind to operate in the capital since 1820. Tours and tutored tastings are held on weeknights, where you can learn about the distilling process and sample the hand-crafted gins.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

Our Experience Freedom campsites in London are a friendly and welcoming base to return to after your adventures in the city. Close to public transport links and equipped with modern facilities, they offer a convenient, safe and comfortable getaway for the whole family. Select a campsite for full details or book a stay through our Search and Book function.