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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


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

243 Go to London Walking On Travels
25A Beatrix Potter Treasury (Peter Rabbit) Kids Are A Trip
26A Different Kettle of FishMichael BartonLondon Mums Magazine
27A Dog So SmallPhilippa PearceGoodreads
28A Hoof in the Door (Eventing, #2)Caroline AkrillGoodreads
29A Tale of Two Cities A Lady In London
30All Aboard the London Bus Walking On Travels
31Archer’s GoonDiana Wynne JonesGoodreads
32Atonement: A Novel Kids Are A Trip
33B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet Kids Are A Trip
34Bad GirlsJacqueline WilsonGoodreads
35Bed-Knob and BroomstickMary NortonGoodreads
36Black BeautyAnna SewellGoodreads
37Break for FreedomEwan ClarksonGoodreads
38Carbonel: The King of the Cats (Carbonel, #1)Barbara SleighGoodreads
Charlie and Lola We Must Completely Go To London
 Wander Must Family
40Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald DahlGoodreads
41Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, #29)Mary Pope OsborneGoodreads
42Come Down the MountainVian SmithGoodreads
43De dolle tweeling in spanningEnid BlytonGoodreads
44De dolle tweeling naar kostschoolEnid BlytonGoodreads
45De dolle tweeling op avontuurEnid BlytonGoodreads
46Eventer’s Dream (Eventing, #1)Caroline AkrillGoodreads
47Fantastic Mr FoxRoald DahlGoodreads
48Fantasy books set in London for Teenagers Wander Must Family
49Five Children and It (Five Children, #1)E. NesbitGoodreads
50Fleabee’s FortuneRobin JarvisGoodreads
51Gangsta GrannyDavid WalliamsGoodreads
52Goodnight Mister Tom Wander Must Family
53Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
54Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
55Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
56Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
57Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
58Harry Potter and the Philosophers StoneJ K RowlingWander Must Family
59Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)J.K. RowlingGoodreads
60Hello London Walking On Travels
61Her Fearful Symmetry A Lady In London
62Hollow CityRansom RiggsWander Must Family
63Horrible Histories – London Lost In Landmarks
64Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides – LondonTerry DearyLondon Mums Magazine
65Horses and HeatherGillian BaxterGoodreads
66Horses of PetrockVian SmithGoodreads
67Hyde Park SquirrelsNick CroydonLondon Mums Magazine
68I Capture the CastleDodie SmithGoodreads
69I Will Never Not Ever Eat a TomatoLauren ChildBBC America
70Jane Eyre Kids Are A Trip
71Jane Foster’s London Books With Baby
72JenniePaul GallicoGoodreads
73Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Kids Are A Trip
74King SamVian SmithGoodreads
75Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio, #1)Jon ScieszkaGoodreads
76Linnets and ValeriansElizabeth GoudgeGoodreads
77London Calls!Gabby Dawnay and Alex BarrowBooks With Baby
78London Children’s Map Lost In Landmarks
79London: A Book of Opposites Walking On Travels
80London: A Social History A Lady In London
81London’s Hidden Walks A Lady In London
82Lonely Planet London A Lady In London
83LoraliLaura DockrillGoodreads
Magic Tree House #25: Stage Fright on a Summer Night
 Kids Are A Trip
Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #22: Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens
 Kids Are A Trip
86Magical Mabel’s Adventures in The Tower of LondonWendy ClarkLondon Mums Magazine
87Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel Kids Are A Trip
88Martin Rides the MoorVian SmithGoodreads
89Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)P.L. TraversGoodreads
90MatildaRoald DahlGoodreads
91Merlin and the DragonsJane YolenGoodreads
92Mr. BumpRoger HargreavesBBC America
93Mr. Men in LondonRoger HargreavesBooks With Baby
94Mrs Dalloway A Lady In London
95My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True StoryCynthia HandGoodreads
96My Little Cities: London Walking On Travels
97My name is Victoria,Lucy WorsleyDiary Of A Londoness
98NeverwhereNeil GaimanWander Must Family
99Nineteen Eighty-Four A Lady In London
100Oliver Twist Kids Are A Trip
101Over Sea, Under StoneSusan CooperGoodreads
102Paddington at the Palace Lost In Landmarks
103Paddington Pop-Up London Walking On Travels
104Parade of HorsesVian SmithGoodreads
105Parrots Don’t Live In The City!Lucy Reynolds & Jenna HermanBooks With Baby
106Peppa Goes to London Diary Of A Londoness
107Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers, #2)Dave BarryGoodreads
108Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers, #4)Dave BarryGoodreads
109Pillars of the Earth Kids Are A Trip
110Pitty als vierde klasser (Malory Towers, #4)Enid BlytonGoodreads
111Pitty in de derde (Malory Towers, #3)Enid BlytonGoodreads
112Pitty naar kostschool (Malory Towers, #1)Enid BlytonGoodreads
113Pitty’s laatste kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #6)Enid BlytonGoodreads
114Pitty’s tweede kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #2)Enid BlytonGoodreads
115Pitty’s vijfde kostschooljaar (Malory Towers, #5)Enid BlytonGoodreads
116Pony from FireSheila ChapmanGoodreads
117Pride and Prejudice Kids Are A Trip
118Rivers of LondonPeter AaronvitchWander Must Family
119Royal Rabbits of LondonSanta and Simon Sebag MontefioreDiary Of A Londoness
120Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London A Lady In London
121Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House, #25)Mary Pope OsborneGoodreads
122Stoneheart (Stoneheart trilogy, #1)Charlie FletcherGoodreads
123StrayA.N. WilsonGoodreads
124The 101 Dalmatians (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #1)Dodie SmithGoodreads
125The Alchymist’s Cat (The Deptford Histories, #1)Robin JarvisGoodreads
126The American Heiress Kids Are A Trip
127The Beast of Blackslope (The Sherlock Files #2)Tracy BarrettGoodreads
128The Big Ben MysteryCarol MarshsWander Must Family
129The Bone SeasonSamantha ShannonWander Must Family
130The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)Mary NortonGoodreads
131The Boy in the DressDavid WalliamsGoodreads
132The Children of Green KnoweL.M. BostonGoodreads
133The Chimneys Of Green KnoweL.M. BostonGoodreads
134The City’s SonTom PollockWander Must Family
135The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh Kids Are A Trip
136The Cross of Lead (Crispin) Kids Are A Trip
137The Crystal Prison (The Deptford Mice, #2)Robin JarvisGoodreads
138The Cuckoo’s Calling Kids Are A Trip
139The Dark Portal (The Deptford Mice, #1)Robin JarvisGoodreads
140The Door in the WallMarguerite de AngeliGoodreads
141The Enchanted CastleE. NesbitGoodreads
142The Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1)Enid BlytonGoodreads
143The Final Reckoning (The Deptford Mice, #3)Robin JarvisGoodreads
144The Forgotten Garden Kids Are A Trip
145The GruffaloJulia Donaldson and Axel SchefflerBBC America
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
 Kids Are A Trip
147The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)Maryrose WoodGoodreads
148The House at Pooh CornerAA MilneBBC America
149The House at Tyneford Kids Are A Trip
150The House of Arden (Fabian Time Fantasies, #1)E. NesbitGoodreads
151The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4)Maryrose WoodGoodreads
152The Knight and the Dragon Kids Are A Trip
153The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel Kids Are A Trip
154The Ladybird Book of LondonJohn BerryLondon Mums Magazine
155The Last of the SpiritsChris PriestleyGoodreads
156The Little White HorseElizabeth GoudgeGoodreads
157The Montgomery Murders Diary Of A Londoness
158The Moon on the WaterNina Warner HookeGoodreads
159The Mousehole CatAntonia Barber and Nicola BayleyBBC America
160The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)Maryrose WoodGoodreads
161The Oaken Throne (The Deptford Histories, #2)Robin JarvisGoodreads
162The Ocean at the End of the Lane Kids Are A Trip
The Paddington Treasury: Six Classic Bedtime Stories
 Kids Are A Trip
164The Painted Dragon,Katherine WoodfineDiary Of A Londoness
165The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children, #2)E. NesbitGoodreads
166The Queen and Mrs Brown Day for Dinosaur Wander Must Family
167The Railway ChildrenE. NesbitGoodreads
The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London
 Kids Are A Trip
169The Remains of the Day Kids Are A Trip
170The Return of the TwelvesPauline ClarkeGoodreads
The Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England
 Kids Are A Trip
172The Ruby in the Smoke Diary Of A Londoness
173The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Adrian Mole, #1)Sue TownsendGoodreads
174The Secret of Hunter’s KeepJoyce StrangerGoodreads
175The Secret of Platform 13 Kids Are A Trip
176The Silver Tide (Woodstock Saga, #1)Michael TodGoodreads
177The Squire’s Tale Kids Are A Trip
178The Starlight Barking (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #2)Dodie SmithGoodreads
179The Story of the Amulet (Five Children, #3)E. NesbitGoodreads
180The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children, #1)E. NesbitGoodreads
181The Swallow Summer (High Horse, #2)K.M. PeytonGoodreads
182The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1)T.H. WhiteGoodreads
183The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3)Maryrose WoodGoodreads
184The Winter of EnchantmentVictoria WalkerGoodreads
185The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Kids Are A Trip
186The Wouldbegoods (Bastable Children #2)E. NesbitGoodreads
187Thomas (The Deptford Histories, #3)Robin JarvisGoodreads
188Tom’s Midnight GardenPhilippa PearceGoodreads
189Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Richard AdamsGoodreads
190We’re Going On A Bear HuntMichael RosenBBC America
191Welcome to LondonMarcos FarinaBooks With Baby
192Whizzy Wheels: London Bus London Mums Magazine
193Who Was William Shakespeare? Kids Are A Trip
194Whortle’s HopeRobin JarvisGoodreads
195William Shakespeare & the Globe Lost In Landmarks
196Wolf Hall A Lady In London
197Wuthering Heights Kids Are A Trip
198Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Kids Are A Trip

10 Best London Children’s Book Sources/Lists

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