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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

10 Things to do in London over half-term holidays

This May half-term holiday will be challenging for parents and carers but equally an opportunity for families to get together and create lasting fond memories. London has plenty of exciting things to do for everyone and for every pocket. Whether you’re into culture or outdoor activities, London offers lots of family-friendly activities. Find out London Mums’ top 10 things to do in London over half-term holidays.

Frameless – Art with no boundaries

Attraction review: Frameless – Art with no boundaries

 

Wicked the musical

wicked musical poster

Wicked is the MUST-SEE musical this half term. The show promotes a strong anti-bullying message and also covers strong themes around friendship, love and standing up for what you believe in. Wicked is the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz. It is already the 12th longest running production in West End history and has won over 100 awards including three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, eleven WhatsOnStage Awards, and a Grammy. Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and imagines a beguiling backstory and future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, revealing the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Venue: The Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG. Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

 

London Dungeon

London Dungeon guy fawkes escape rooms

Teenagers will especially like the new London Dungeon immersive experience. On top of its usual activities exploring London’s darkest history, it is now launching a Guy Fawkes themed escape room, in which guests are locked in the Tower of London, where they are sentenced to be tortured and hanged. They’ve been found guilty of conspiring against the King with none other than the treasonous Guy Fawkes, having got embroiled in his failed gunpowder plot. Teams of 2 to 6 people at £120 per game have 60 minutes to ‘escape’ the cell from the moment they are locked in and are put to the test with a series of clues left behind by Guy Fawkes to guide them through logical-based puzzles and other physical elements. The London Dungeon’s Prison Guard will be routinely conducting checks of the cells, and you don’t want to get caught trying to escape! It is recommended players are aged 12+ to make the most out of the escape room experience. To book the escape room, visit www.thedungeons.com/london/escape. To visit the London Dungeon, book online at  www.thedungeons.com/london. 

 

The Rossettis at Tate Britain

Art exhibition review: The Rossettis at Tate Britain

Charles Dickens Museum Exhibition ‘A Great and Dirty City – Dickens and the London Fog

Exhibition review: ‘A Great and Dirty City – Dickens and the London Fog’ at Charles Dickens’ museum

Visit Kew Gardens’ exhibition: All the Flowers Are for Me

Kew Gardens’ exhibition: All the Flowers Are for Me

 

BBC Earth Experience

Attraction Review: BBC Earth Experience

Jurassic Afternoon Tea at Apero restaurant –  South Kensington

Restaurant review: Jurassic Afternoon Tea at Apero in South Kensington

 

Take a ride on the London Eye

The London Eye is a giant ferris wheel that offers stunning views of the city. It’s a great way to see London from a unique perspective and enjoy a fun ride with the family. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid the long lines.

London with Teens: London Eye 

Visit the Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic fortress that has played an important role in British history for over 900 years. It’s a great place to learn about the city’s past and explore the various buildings and exhibits. Kids will love seeing the Crown Jewels and hearing stories about the tower’s famous prisoners.

 

Take selfies with King Charles III at the wax museum Madame Tussauds

London with teens: Madame Tussauds

Go on a Harry Potter tour

Harry Potter fans will love exploring the various locations in London that were featured in the films. From Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station to the Leaky Cauldron in Borough Market, there are plenty of fun spots to visit. You can even take a guided tour that will show you all the best locations.

The London Borough Market is 1,000 years old!

 

Visit London Zoo

The London Zoo is home to over 750 different species of animals, making it one of the largest collections in the world. From lions and tigers to penguins and giraffes, there is something to fascinate every member of the family. Be sure to check out the various exhibits and daily animal shows.

Animal Adventure at ZSL London Zoo review

Go on a Thames River cruise

A Thames River cruise is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. You’ll get to enjoy stunning views of some of London’s most famous landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Shard. Some tours even include a meal or afternoon tea.

Things to do in London with kids on the River Thames

Taking kids to the top of the Shard

Take kids to Mini multi sports camps

Mini multi sports camps at Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre

Musical holiday camps in London at The Strings Club 

Musical holiday camps in London at The Strings Club 

 

Not all these activities are affordable, especially if you are on a tight budget. However, London has lots of FREE family fun things to do. Check them out here.

 

FREE LONDON: Free things to do in London for all the family

FREE LONDON: Free things to do in London for all the family over Easter  

Visit the British Museum (FREE)

The British Museum is one of the most popular attractions in London, and for good reason. The museum is home to an impressive collection of art and artifacts from around the world, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. With free admission, the museum is a great place to spend a few hours with the family.

 

Explore the Natural History Museum (FREE) 

The Natural History Museum is another must-visit attraction for families in London. From the giant dinosaur skeletons to the butterfly house, there is something to fascinate every member of the family. The museum also has a variety of interactive exhibits, making it a great educational experience for kids.

 

Involve the kids  in gardening activities (FREE)

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Explore the markets

London has a variety of markets that are great for exploring with the family. Some popular markets to visit include Camden Market, Borough Market, and Portobello Road Market. You’ll find a variety of food, clothing, and unique souvenirs to take home.

Go on a bike tour

A bike tour is a great way to see the city and get some exercise at the same time. You’ll be able to explore some of London’s most famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye, while getting some fresh air and exercise. There are a variety of tours to choose from, so be sure to find one that fits your family’s needs.

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