Things to do in London for October Half Term
Enjoy a London break without the crowds this October half term as we round up the best activities in the capital for families.
31st May 2017
Take the stress out of meal preparations and enjoy a scrumptious picnic in the Royal Green Park prepared by Michelin chefs at 116 at The Athenaeum. Our picnic hampers feature a selection of sandwiches, savouries, desserts and more and allows the children to let off some steam in Green Park, just a stone’s throw away from The Athenaeum.
Visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum and discover a taste of the tropics and over 500 of its butterflies. You will come face-to-face with tropical butterflies from Africa, Asia and America and enjoy a range of games, activities and challenges to understand more about these native fluttering creatures.
Swing through the urban jungle that is Go Ape Battersea Park. Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, this outdoor adventure provides a memorable day everyone. The fun happens between tree tops and features award-winning high ropes, crossings, tunnels and impressive zip wires!
Children’s playgrounds do not get much better then Diana’s Memorial Playground where a huge wooden Peter Pan-inspired pirate ship takes centrepiece! This magical wonderland also features a surrounding beach, sensory trail and teepees, as well as plenty of seating for parents. In memory of the late Princess Diana and located next to her Kensington Palace home, the playground is a fitting tribute for a Princess who loved children.
At the RA families can enjoy drop-in workshops based around the exhibition on display, as well as Art Detective trails and galleries full of colourful paintings and sculptures. Families are encouraged to explore art materials and creative techniques in projects they can work on by themselves or together, to build a shared interest in art.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where immaculately turned out guards hand over the responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace to the New Guard. A Regimental Band or Corps of Drums with pipers provide musical support! Arrive around 10.30am for the best views.
Hop aboard London Duck Tours’ distinctive yellow vehicle and tour London by land and water. See some of London’s infamous sights, learn interesting facts about the city and be entertained by a fun packed live commentary before the thrilling splashdown onto the river Thames!
Be swept away as Rudyard Kipling’s heart-warming tale ‘The Jungle Book’ is brought to life on stage at the Southbank Centre. The concert showcases street dance, circus performances and a live orchestra. Brace yourself for the ultimate symphonic cinema concert with graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew!
On the particularly hot days, cool down at Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park. Enjoy over 110 yards of open water swimming, an exclusive children’s playground and a child-safe Paddle Pool. The Serpentine Lido has been a Londoner’s escape for over 100 years! There is a Lido Café Bar that has waterside tables for you to enjoy.
Staying with us? Visit our dedicated Children’s Concierge for tailor-made, child-friendly services to keep your little ones happy and entertained – whether it is delving into our Toy Store or arranging a kite-flying session in Hyde Park, our Children’s Concierge are happy to accommodate your requests and offer their expert suggestions!
As a family-run hotel, we understand the requirements for enjoyable family stays; from our selection of child-friendly rooms with interconnectivity, cots and extra bedding available on request to our luxury private residences with fully-equipped kitchens and bunk beds! Our central Mayfair hotel puts your family in the centre of all the action.
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