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8 outdoor hidden gems in west London to enjoy with children

West London has plenty of hidden gems outdoors to explore on a sunny day...

Head to one of these hidden gems now the sun is out!

London is home to some of the most famous landmarks and tourist attractions in the world.

But what happens if you're local to the area, and you fancy visiting somewhere with a little less 'hustle and bustle'?

If you feel like you've exhausted options for things to do with the family at the weekend, that's where this guide should come in handy.

You can keep the kids entertained this weekend or during the holidays by visiting one of these great hidden gems in west London.

They're the perfect place to visit during the summer months if you want to head outside and bask in the sunshine.

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Take a look at some of our top suggestions for places to visit:

Little Venice

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Little Venice is a beautiful stretch of canal off Blomfield Road that looks like a little snippet of Venice!

Take the children and walk through the winding canals, and look at the colourful canal boats with an ice-cream.

Kyoto Gardens

A piece of Japan set in a green area of London, the park is tucked away in Holland Park in Kensington.

The garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain.

It's perfect for relaxing in with a picnic, with its waterfalls and tranquil trees and plants.

Chelsea Physic Gardens

The garden in Royal Hospital Road was established in 1673 and is London's oldest botanic garden.

It contains around 5,000 edible, useful, medicinal and historic plants.

Visit the garden and take the children for an educational, fun visit. - then enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at the Tangerine Dream Café.

The Thames Path

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The Thames Path offers walkers lots to see and do, running through 40 miles of London.

Between west London to the end of the route at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, look out for the Thames Path National Trail symbol.

Beyond the Thames Barrier, the route is way-marked with the Thames Barge Symbol.

The route takes in many scenic views including the Houses of Parliament, Chiswick Pier, Kew Gardens, Kingston Bridge and many more in west London alone.

Why not hire a bike and cycle along this stretch of the Thames?

Fulham Palace

The iconic Tudor Quadrangle at Fulham palace

Discover over 1300 years of British history in the heart of London at the palace in Bishop's Avenue.

The museum of Fulham Palace charts the long history of the site, from prehistoric times and Roman settlement, through Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian bishops to the present day.

Regular historical tours and garden walks take place throughout the year.

The site also boasts lovely scenic gardens - perfect for any picnic, as well as a traditional café.

Swaminarayan Temple

This huge Hindu temple in Brentfield Road in Neasden is so stunning, you don't even have to go inside to enjoy it!

Marvel at the masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship in the heart of London.

Explore and take in the marble and wooden carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world’s oldest living faith from the ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition.

One for grown ups! - Kensington Rooftop Cinema

Head to the sixth floor of The Roof Gardens in Kensington High Street and catch a flick.

The gardens use director's chairs, which are setup an hour before your film starts.

Tickets here also include barbecue, cocktail and bottomless popcorn.

The gardens are open an hour before the screening, where you can explore the beautiful surroundings, enjoy the bar and see the wild Flamingos before entering the cinema.

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