The Best Children’s Books About Or Taking Place In London

“What are the best Children’s books about London ?” We looked at 198 of the top Kids London books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids London ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 23 Best Children’s Books About London



23 .) A Little Princess written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

Lists It Appears On:

  • Diary Of A Londoness
  • Goodreads

Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London School, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.



22 .) Dodsworth in London written by Tim Egan

Dodsworth in London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Walking On Travels

Despite a dart-throwing episode at a local pub and a case of mistaken identity, Dodsworth and his mischievous duck companion receive a royal invitation to stay at Buckingham Palace during their trip to London.



21 .) Ghost Knight written by Cornelia Funke

Ghost Knight

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral’s boarding school. Includes historical notes.…



20 .) London Eye Mystery written by Siobhan Dowd

London Eye Mystery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Lost In Landmarks

When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together–Ted with his brain that is “wired differently” and impatient Kat–to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.



19 .) Peter Pan written by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Lost In Landmarks

The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.



18 .) Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Lady In London
  • Kids Are A Trip

The next elegant edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series isThe Complete Sherlock Holmescomprised of 4 full-length novels and 56 short stories featuring the worlds most famous pipe-smoking detective. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between the years 1867 and 1927, the legendary Sherlock Holmes employed his mastery of deductive reasoning and expert sleuthing to solve an arraying of complex and harrowing cases. From his home 221B Baker Street in London – the legendary Sherlock Holmes (accompanied by his loyal companion and chronicler, Dr. Watson) baffled policemen and became famous worldwide for his remarkable observations and even more eccentric habits. Featuring a foreword from renowned Holmes scholar, Daniel Stashower.…



17 .) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) written by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip

Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.



16 .) The London Noisy Book written by Marion Billet

The London Noisy Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

It’s time to visit London—what a noisy city! Watch out for the beeping double-decker buses. Mind the gap on the tube and hear Big Ben chime the hour. Find out who’s roaring at the Natural History Museum and listen to the monkeys chitter chatter at ZSL London Zoo. Finish off the day with a royal visit to Buckingham Palace: remember to look out for the naughty crown jewel thief on every page! The London Noisy Book has 10 sounds to listen to, including a genuine Big Ben chime and “mind the gap” recording. Young children will love pressing the noises as they discover the sights in this hustling, bustling book about London.



15 .) The Queen’s Knickers written by Nicholas Allan

The Queen’s Knickers

Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC America
  • Kids Are A Trip

Describes Her Majesty’s undergarments including: her Christmas knickers (decorated with holly), the Royal Knickers (encrusted with precious stones and first worn by Queen Victoria), and the various travelling knickers (equipped with parachute or inflatible raft depending on her mode of travel).…



14 .) The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.



13 .) The Story of London written by Richard Brassey

The Story of London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Walking On Travels

Examines the history of London from the beginning to the present day.



12 .) The Time Travelers written by Linda Buckley-Archer

The Time Travelers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Wander Must Family

1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine — and Kate and Peter’s only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.



11 .) The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC America
  • Kids Are A Trip

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.



10 .) A Walk in London written by Salvatore Rubbino

A Walk in London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

A child’s-eye view of London top attractions blends lively artwork with fascinating facts, and features a sweeping gatefold of the city skyline.



9 .) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) written by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Lost In Landmarks

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.



8 .) Maisy Goes To London written by Lucy Cousins

Maisy Goes To London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books With Baby
  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

When Maisy and her friends visit London, they go on a whirlwind tour of the city on a double-decker bus, a water taxi, and an underground train.



7 .) The BFG written by Roald Dahl

The BFG

Lists It Appears On:

  • BBC America
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!



6 .) The London Eye Mystery (London Eye Mystery, #1) written by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery (London Eye Mystery, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Diary Of A Londoness
  • Goodreads
  • Wander Must Family



5 .) The Queen’s Hat written by Steve Antony

The Queen’s Hat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books With Baby
  • Diary Of A Londoness
  • Walking On Travels

A sudden gust of wind takes the Queen’s favorite hat and blows it all over London, as the Queen’s men give chase.



4 .) This is London written by Miroslav Šašek

This is London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

A pictorial tour of the capital of England, presenting drawings of her historic buildings and monuments, traditions, transportation, and the daily activities of her many inhabitants and visitors.



3 .) Katie In London written by James Mayhew

Katie In London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kids Are A Trip
  • London Mums Magazine
  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

Katie, Jack, and Grandma enjoy a visit to London, England.



2 .) Madeline in London written by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline in London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Kids Are A Trip
  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Walking On Travels
  • Wander Must Family

Madeline and the other girls travel to London to visit their former neighbor on his birthday.



1 .) A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) written by Michael Bond

A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Lady In London
  • BBC America
  • Books With Baby
  • Goodreads
  • Lost In Landmarks
  • Wander Must Family

The Browns first met Paddington on a railway station – Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from darkest Peru.




The 150+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring London



# Books Authors Lists
24 3 Go to London   Walking On Travels
25 A Beatrix Potter Treasury (Peter Rabbit)   Kids Are A Trip
26 A Different Kettle of Fish Michael Barton London Mums Magazine
27 A Dog So Small Philippa Pearce Goodreads
28 A Hoof in the Door (Eventing, #2) Caroline Akrill Goodreads
29 A Tale of Two Cities   A Lady In London
30 All Aboard the London Bus   Walking On Travels
31 Archer’s Goon Diana Wynne Jones Goodreads
32 Atonement: A Novel   Kids Are A Trip
33 B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet   Kids Are A Trip
34 Bad Girls Jacqueline Wilson Goodreads
35 Bed-Knob and Broomstick Mary Norton Goodreads
36 Black Beauty Anna Sewell Goodreads
37 Break for Freedom Ewan Clarkson Goodreads
38 Carbonel: The King of the Cats (Carbonel, #1) Barbara Sleigh Goodreads
39
Charlie and Lola We Must Completely Go To London
  Wander Must Family
40 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Goodreads
41 Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, #29) Mary Pope Osborne Goodreads
42 Come Down the Mountain Vian Smith Goodreads
43 De dolle tweeling in spanning Enid Blyton Goodreads
44 De dolle tweeling naar kostschool Enid Blyton Goodreads
45 De dolle tweeling op avontuur Enid Blyton Goodreads
46 Eventer’s Dream (Eventing, #1) Caroline Akrill Goodreads
47 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl Goodreads
48 Fantasy books set in London for Teenagers   Wander Must Family
49 Five Children and It (Five Children, #1) E. Nesbit Goodreads
50 Fleabee’s Fortune Robin Jarvis Goodreads
51 Gangsta Granny David Walliams Goodreads
52 Goodnight Mister Tom   Wander Must Family
53 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
54 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
55 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
56 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
57 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
58 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone J K Rowling Wander Must Family
59 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
60 Hello London   Walking On Travels
61 Her Fearful Symmetry   A Lady In London
62 Hollow City Ransom Riggs Wander Must Family
63 Horrible Histories – London   Lost In Landmarks
64 Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides – London Terry Deary London Mums Magazine
65 Horses and Heather Gillian Baxter Goodreads
66 Horses of Petrock Vian Smith Goodreads
67 Hyde Park Squirrels Nick Croydon London Mums Magazine
68 I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith Goodreads
69 I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Lauren Child BBC America
70 Jane Eyre   Kids Are A Trip
71 Jane Foster’s London   Books With Baby
72 Jennie Paul Gallico Goodreads
73 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell   Kids Are A Trip
74 King Sam Vian Smith Goodreads
75 Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio, #1) Jon Scieszka Goodreads
76 Linnets and Valerians Elizabeth Goudge Goodreads
77 London Calls! Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow Books With Baby
78 London Children’s Map   Lost In Landmarks
79 London: A Book of Opposites   Walking On Travels
80 London: A Social History   A Lady In London
81 London’s Hidden Walks   A Lady In London
82 Lonely Planet London   A Lady In London
83 Lorali Laura Dockrill Goodreads
84
Magic Tree House #25: Stage Fright on a Summer Night
  Kids Are A Trip
85
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #22: Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens
  Kids Are A Trip
86 Magical Mabel’s Adventures in The Tower of London Wendy Clark London Mums Magazine
87 Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel   Kids Are A Trip
88 Martin Rides the Moor Vian Smith Goodreads
89 Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) P.L. Travers Goodreads
90 Matilda Roald Dahl Goodreads
91 Merlin and the Dragons Jane Yolen Goodreads
92 Mr. Bump Roger Hargreaves BBC America
93 Mr. Men in London Roger Hargreaves Books With Baby
94 Mrs Dalloway   A Lady In London
95 My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story Cynthia Hand Goodreads
96 My Little Cities: London   Walking On Travels
97 My name is Victoria, Lucy Worsley Diary Of A Londoness
98 Neverwhere Neil Gaiman Wander Must Family
99 Nineteen Eighty-Four   A Lady In London
100 Oliver Twist   Kids Are A Trip
101 Over Sea, Under Stone Susan Cooper Goodreads
102 Paddington at the Palace   Lost In Landmarks
103 Paddington Pop-Up London   Walking On Travels
104 Parade of Horses Vian Smith Goodreads
105 Parrots Don’t Live In The City! Lucy Reynolds & Jenna Herman Books With Baby
106 Peppa Goes to London   Diary Of A Londoness
107 Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers, #2) Dave Barry Goodreads
108 Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers, #4) Dave Barry Goodreads
109 Pillars of the Earth   Kids Are A Trip
110 Pitty als vierde klasser (Malory Towers, #4) Enid Blyton Goodreads
111 Pitty in de derde (Malory Towers, #3) Enid Blyton Goodreads
112 Pitty naar kostschool (Malory Towers, #1) Enid Blyton Goodreads
113 Pitty’s laatste kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #6) Enid Blyton Goodreads
114 Pitty’s tweede kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #2) Enid Blyton Goodreads
115 Pitty’s vijfde kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #5) Enid Blyton Goodreads
116 Pony from Fire Sheila Chapman Goodreads
117 Pride and Prejudice   Kids Are A Trip
118 Rivers of London Peter Aaronvitch Wander Must Family
119 Royal Rabbits of London Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore Diary Of A Londoness
120 Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London   A Lady In London
121 Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House, #25) Mary Pope Osborne Goodreads
122 Stoneheart (Stoneheart trilogy, #1) Charlie Fletcher Goodreads
123 Stray A.N. Wilson Goodreads
124 The 101 Dalmatians (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #1) Dodie Smith Goodreads
125 The Alchymist’s Cat (The Deptford Histories, #1) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
126 The American Heiress   Kids Are A Trip
127 The Beast of Blackslope (The Sherlock Files #2) Tracy Barrett Goodreads
128 The Big Ben Mystery Carol Marshs Wander Must Family
129 The Bone Season Samantha Shannon Wander Must Family
130 The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1) Mary Norton Goodreads
131 The Boy in the Dress David Walliams Goodreads
132 The Children of Green Knowe L.M. Boston Goodreads
133 The Chimneys Of Green Knowe L.M. Boston Goodreads
134 The City’s Son Tom Pollock Wander Must Family
135 The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh   Kids Are A Trip
136 The Cross of Lead (Crispin)   Kids Are A Trip
137 The Crystal Prison (The Deptford Mice, #2) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
138 The Cuckoo’s Calling   Kids Are A Trip
139 The Dark Portal (The Deptford Mice, #1) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
140 The Door in the Wall Marguerite de Angeli Goodreads
141 The Enchanted Castle E. Nesbit Goodreads
142 The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1) Enid Blyton Goodreads
143 The Final Reckoning (The Deptford Mice, #3) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
144 The Forgotten Garden   Kids Are A Trip
145 The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler BBC America
146
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  Kids Are A Trip
147 The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) Maryrose Wood Goodreads
148 The House at Pooh Corner AA Milne BBC America
149 The House at Tyneford   Kids Are A Trip
150 The House of Arden (Fabian Time Fantasies, #1) E. Nesbit Goodreads
151 The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4) Maryrose Wood Goodreads
152 The Knight and the Dragon   Kids Are A Trip
153 The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel   Kids Are A Trip
154 The Ladybird Book of London John Berry London Mums Magazine
155 The Last of the Spirits Chris Priestley Goodreads
156 The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge Goodreads
157 The Montgomery Murders   Diary Of A Londoness
158 The Moon on the Water Nina Warner Hooke Goodreads
159 The Mousehole Cat Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley BBC America
160 The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) Maryrose Wood Goodreads
161 The Oaken Throne (The Deptford Histories, #2) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
162 The Ocean at the End of the Lane   Kids Are A Trip
163
The Paddington Treasury: Six Classic Bedtime Stories
  Kids Are A Trip
164 The Painted Dragon, Katherine Woodfine Diary Of A Londoness
165 The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children, #2) E. Nesbit Goodreads
166 The Queen and Mrs Brown Day for Dinosaur   Wander Must Family
167 The Railway Children E. Nesbit Goodreads
168
The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London
  Kids Are A Trip
169 The Remains of the Day   Kids Are A Trip
170 The Return of the Twelves Pauline Clarke Goodreads
171
The Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England
  Kids Are A Trip
172 The Ruby in the Smoke   Diary Of A Londoness
173 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Adrian Mole, #1) Sue Townsend Goodreads
174 The Secret of Hunter’s Keep Joyce Stranger Goodreads
175 The Secret of Platform 13   Kids Are A Trip
176 The Silver Tide (Woodstock Saga, #1) Michael Tod Goodreads
177 The Squire’s Tale   Kids Are A Trip
178 The Starlight Barking (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #2) Dodie Smith Goodreads
179 The Story of the Amulet (Five Children, #3) E. Nesbit Goodreads
180 The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children, #1) E. Nesbit Goodreads
181 The Swallow Summer (High Horse, #2) K.M. Peyton Goodreads
182 The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) T.H. White Goodreads
183 The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3) Maryrose Wood Goodreads
184 The Winter of Enchantment Victoria Walker Goodreads
185 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase   Kids Are A Trip
186 The Wouldbegoods (Bastable Children #2) E. Nesbit Goodreads
187 Thomas (The Deptford Histories, #3) Robin Jarvis Goodreads
188 Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce Goodreads
189 Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) Richard Adams Goodreads
190 We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Michael Rosen BBC America
191 Welcome to London Marcos Farina Books With Baby
192 Whizzy Wheels: London Bus   London Mums Magazine
193 Who Was William Shakespeare?   Kids Are A Trip
194 Whortle’s Hope Robin Jarvis Goodreads
195 William Shakespeare & the Globe   Lost In Landmarks
196 Wolf Hall   A Lady In London
197 Wuthering Heights   Kids Are A Trip
198 Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague   Kids Are A Trip


10 Best London Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
A Lady In London 11 Best London Books – You’ll Want to Read These
BBC America 10 British Children’s Books That Every Young American Kid Should …
Books With Baby The best children’s books about London
Diary Of A Londoness 10 children’s books set in London
Goodreads Best Children’s Books Set in England
Kids Are A Trip Books that Inspire Travel to England
London Mums Magazine Top 10 children’s books about London
Lost In Landmarks My favourite children’s books about London
Walking On Travels 15 Children’s Books to Read Before You Go to London with Kids
Wander Must Family Children’s Books Set in London

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