With the first half term of the year just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning what to do to keep the little ones entertained and any mummy or daddy guilt at bay. If you are feeling brave enough to venture into London during half term, there are lots of fantastic things happening that will keep the whole family happy. I’ve pulled together the best of the best to create a list of my favourite 8 things to do in London with children during half term. I hope you find something for you and your family to enjoy from this list, and if you do, let me know!
#1 Oompa Loompa Afternoon Tea
Take the little ones for a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Oompa Loompa inspired afternoon tea at the Chesterfield Mayfair hotel. Little ones and parents will have a magical time indulging their sweet tooth with a seriously impressive spread. Perhaps one of the pricier experiences of the lot, but if you’re like me, its been a while since you found an excuse to enjoy a classy afternoon tea.
#2 The Gruffalo & Room On The Broom
Watch a film showing with a difference at the South Bank Centre who are showing the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom along with a real live orchestra during half term. Little ones can take part in an interactive session during Room on The Broom, a sure fire way to keep little ones entertained and engaged throughout.
#3 Harrods Disney Cafe
Take the little ones for lunch they wont forget quickly at the Harrods Disney Cafe. It’s much cheaper than hopping across the channel to Disneyland Paris and almost as effective. We’ve been once before and had a great time. The whole restaurant is Disney themed and has the magical Disney experience you expect. It’s definitely worth a trip to Harrods to experience it for yourself even if it is a little on the pricey side. But be warned, tables book up quickly!
#4 Music & Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall
Take little ones to enjoy a family friendly music workshop where the whole family can try their hands at circus skills and then watch a performance of Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna in the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are only £25 for an adult and one child, which for anyone who has previously seen Cirque Du Soleil in action will know that this is an absolute bargain. The Mr and I saw Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall just before we had Ella and have been looking for an excuse to go back with the littles, and I think this might just be it!
#5 Chiswick House Magic Lantern Festival
If you’re looking for that something a little different from the usual, why not take the little ones to see the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House. Celebrating the end of the chinese new year, little ones can see life sized lantern scenes exploring the silk road journey. As well as a magical display of lights, there is also a pop up ice rink, mini fun fair and food stalls to keep little ones busy and parents happy.
#6 Sky Garden
Visit Sky Garden, London’s highest (34 storeys) public garden that offers a great alternative to the Shard. They also have fantastic dining options, some of which are child friendly which means you can catch brunch, or lunch with a view with the littles, and if you’re like me pretend that still get to dine at such breathtaking establishments. Oh, and did I mention that it was free to visit Sky Garden? Yep, all you need to do is make sure you book in advance. Bookings open three weeks in advance so make sure you get in there quickly!
#7 B Bakery Afternoon Tea Tour
Afternoon tea on a route master bus tour around London town, whats not to love?! As soon as I discovered B Bakery’s Afternoon Tea Tour I wanted to book our seats on it straight away. But this is an experience for little ones 5 years and over so it may be a while before we get to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea on an old school routemaster. But for those of you with little ones 5 years and over, I’d say this looks like an experience definitely worth checking out!
#8 Polka Theatre
How to Hide A Lion is showing at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon and having seen this back in October with the little ones, I can wholeheartedly recommend this being a worthwhile show to go and watch. Alternatively there are lots of other shows and activities on at the Polka Theatre during half term week so why not make a day out of it and enjoy brunch or lunch in the many child friendly food places like Bills, Five Guys, GBK and Wagamamas in Wimbledon afterwards.
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