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9th September 2020

Gruffalo Trail at Kew Gardens

Keep little ones entertained at Kew Gardens this autumn with their new Gruffalo Trail. Included in your entry, your trail pack will lead you through the gardens following footprints, marks and feathers and figuring out clues to spot the Gruffalo.

As well as the trail, there’s so much for kids to discover at Kew. Collect conkers and acorns in the Natural Area, test your balancing skills as you hop and skip along the log trail and explore the Kitchen Garden and see colourful carrots, pumpkins and beetroot.


Kew Gardens

Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross

There’s usually a long queue to visit Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, so this Harry Potter attraction is definitely one to visit while there are less tourists around. You’ll have more time to get that perfect picture with the famous trolley as it enters Platform 9 ¾. True fans will also want to pay a visit to the official Harry Potter shop to stock up on Wizarding World supplies.


Trolley at Platform 9 3/4

Biscuiteers DIY Icing Café

Biscuiteers’ hand-iced luxury biscuits are some of the most beautiful (and tastiest) in London. And whilst we wouldn’t expect our icing techniques to look as professional as theirs, booking a session at their DIY Icing Café is a fun way to spend an afternoon in London. Let your kids unleash their creativity and best of all, enjoy eating your delicious biscuits at the end.



Lee Valley White Water Centre

For a fast-paced family adventure, look no further than Lee Valley White Water Centre where there are a whole range of exhilarating watersports to choose from. Our top pick is family rafting where you are joined by a raft guide who will help you take on the river and navigate your way down their Legacy Loop. When you’ve dried off take a stroll through River Lee Country Park before returning to The Athenaeum for a hearty meal and warming hot chocolate.


Family Rafting at Lee Valley

Pelicans at St James’s Park

Just a ten minute walk from The Athenaeum, a walk through St James’s Park is a must when staying with us, but if you time your visit with the daily pelican feeding, little ones are in for a real treat. The park is home to several species of wildfowl, including pelicans that have been kept here since the 17th century. You’ll spot these mischievous birds at the central lake throughout the day and when you’re there, be sure to take a photograph of Buckingham Palace from the bridge over the lake before enjoying a stroll down the Mall.


Pelicans at St James's Park

GoApe Battersea Park

Enjoy the great outdoors and a unique forest experience in Central London with a visit to GoApe Battersea Park to take on their Treetop Challenge. Instead of being spread across a rambling course you’ll have people above, below and all around you on this stacked, high ropes course. You’ll have to be confident with heights though as crossings are twice the height of most Go Ape locations, meaning you’ll have spectacular views across Battersea and the park.


GoApe Battersea Park

Museum Visits

Make half term educational with a visit to one of London’s top museums. The Natural History Museum, British Museum, Museum of London and the Science Museum have now all reopened, and with a lack of tourists in the city, you’ll be able to avoid long queues and have the museums all to yourself. A once in a lifetime opportunity!


With so much on for families, start planning your family city break now.

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