Living in and around the capital means you’re almost spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your free time. As half term is upon us, we round up our favourite activities that’ll keep little terrors across the capital thoroughly entertained…
Something a little different in North London:
Tucked away in the northern borough of Islington is London’s home of puppetry, the Little Angel Theatre. Showcasing innovative puppet performances for younger audiences, the internationally recognised theatre is often referred to as an “icon of north London childhood” . Different shows are performed each day using handcrafted puppets to tell a new story inviting curious and creative puppeteers and audiences breaking down barriers to arts engagement. Our favourite show on next week is Brazilian themed: Stories on A String.
Something weather defying in South London:
British weather may be unpredictable but Chel-ski provides a weatherproof destination to get skiing. If you thought you could only brush up in the Alps, or at the very least at an outdoor park then this south London venue proves otherwise. The Fulham based indoor slopes offers single ski and snowboarding lessons led by fully qualified staff for ages 5+. As an extra bonus, the venue also includes an Alpine bar serving classic ski chalet dishes such as raclette, cheese and chocolate fondue.
Something quirky in East London:
An activity proving that East London truly is the quirkiest corner of London, Vortex Jazz Club offers more than just the silky free flowing ambience of the genre. On the 24th of May, the club hosts local and like-minded parents at Tots and Tunes @ Vortex Jazz Club inviting toddlers and their parents to gather singing ‘non-baby-acoustic music’. Tailored for children aged between 0 – 5, it’s definitely a unique experience. The session may even reveal whether you’re the parent of 2030s Etta James….
Something of great value West London:
Described by many on Trip Advisor as a great attraction for a reasonable price, our recommendation for a west London activity is to check out the London Museum of Water and Steam. Providing educational fun for all since the 70s, the Brentford museum will host the “Family Festival of Trains”. It’s open between 10:00 – 16:00 Wednesday to Sunday and offers memberships and great family discounts.
The best of Central London:
Typically, the heart of the city is where the most activities are. Here are our favourite family friendly half-term destinations:
- Watch a theatre performance of Peter Pan at Regent’s Park’s popular open air theatre. A variety of shows will be running over the summer so, if you’re unable to get tickets during the half term, book your tickets and take the kids during the summer holidays.
- Pay a visit to London’s finest tropical butterfly house by checking out the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington.
- Finally grab a bite to eat at the Rain Forest Cafe. It’s a popular destination for children’s birthday parties, especially since it’s known for being a “wild place to shop and eat”!
If you’re keen to keep the fun close to home, then don’t forget to visit our roundup of area specific activities.
And, as a sneaky bonus - if you’re considering upsising your home due to your growing family, we have a selection of 3+ bedroom properties left in our hugely popular Reynard Mills development in Brentford. A favourite development between families and young couples alike, it’s the perfect place to settle as your new long-term home.