Book Butler at The Athenaeum: Books for August
Find out more about our Book Butler’s novel selections this August, through our partnership with Pan Macmillan.
24th May 2019
The River Thames comes alive during the summer, so make the most of the city’s iconic river by embracing a range of activities on offer. Older children with an adventurous streak will love the adrenaline of the city’s James Bond style speedboat river tours. For a slower pace, embark on one of the family-focused river cruises instead, where you’ll spot all of London’s major icons from the tranquillity of the water.
London’s Royal Parks are perfect for letting the children run around in the sun thanks to the expansive open spaces they provide. We can provide picnics if you want to visit neighbouring Green Park during your stay. Or visit one of the other Royal Parks to embrace a summertime calendar full of family-friendly events. This includes a range of fascinating walking tours, nature activities and discovery days. Greenwich Park offers an amazing geography-inspired experience for children too, as this is where they can stand on the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line, where east meets west at Longitude 0°.
Castles and palaces
Teach the children about some of London’s magnificent history and royal wonders while getting a breath of fresh air this summer! The Tower of London is a magnificent castle where history comes to life with colourful tours and historical re-enactments outside on the castle grounds. Families can also get hands-on at the Armoury in Action experience. Elsewhere in London, watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, or explore the immense grounds of Fulham Palace, which is hosting a number of activities for children throughout the summer.
London’s wonderful open spaces mean the city is home to a whole host of animals. Visit London Zoo to enjoy a day alongside the world’s most exotic animals in Regent’s Park. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo offers a zoo experience on a smaller scale, while Surrey Docks Farm, Vauxhall City Farm and Mudchute Park and Farm all give unexpected farmyard experiences in the city too.
Tire the children out this summer by embarking on some thrilling adventures in London. Battersea Park is home to a Go Ape course, where it’s possible to swing through the trees on rope courses and zip wires. Alternatively, spend a day out at the former location of the London Olympics at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’ll inspire active minded youngsters, and give them a chance to experience the ArcelorMittal Orbit too – the world’s longest tunnel slide.
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