London for Kids - Ideas for October Half Term Holidays
Great ideas for a family day out in London during the October Half Term holidays - From exciting museums and child friendly attractions, fun filled parks and fascinating landmarks, there are plenty of things to do in London for the whole family!
Natural History Museum - Free
This year sees a major part of the Museum's transformation into a Natural History Museum for the future. Diving through the heart of Hintze Hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet's future.
This real, 25.2 metre female whale skeleton is surrounded by hundreds of new specimens across three floors, including ten other star specimens in the ground floor wonder bays.
The Museum offers a wide ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events all year round which inspire a love of the natural world and educate on the power of nature.
Other highlights include dinosaur fossils, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, plus many after hours events including silent discos and dinosaur sleepovers.
Situated overlooking the River Thames and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Tower of London is the top 'must see' place in London. Founded by William the Conquerer in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, this historic building holds many stories from times past.
Having a reputation as a place of torture and death, over the years it has seen a wide range of used, from a royal palace, armoury, prison and once even housed a zoo. As you stroll around this impressive fortress, you will marvel at the White Tower, a through the key hole look at the king’s medieval bedchamber and of course a glimpse at the dazzling Crown Jewels.
Be sure to take one of the free, Beefeater tours and listen in disbelief as these famous Yeoman Warders tell tales and unlock the secrets from within the walls they still guard today.
Founded in 1753, the British Museum's remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.
World famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum's special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe.
Spread over three floors, the attraction begins with a submarine style lift plunging to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Stroll through the glass tunnel walkway directly underneath a teeming Tropical Ocean. You will get the opportunity to feed the stingrays, hold a crab and get to know the rock pool creatures during your visit. It's an interactive aquatic experience.
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson's Rocket.
The interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it's like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in our stunning £D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
Huge and centrally located, Hyde Park is one of London's best loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens, there's a good chance that you'll forget you are right in the centre of London.
Hyde Park in London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children's playground.
No visit to London is complete with out a flight on The Coca Cola London Eye, soaring up to a whopping 135metres, making it one of the worlds tallest cantilevered observation wheels.
As you step inside one of the 32 high tech glass capsules, look out over the London skyline, and see if you can spot Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral or the world famous Tower of London. On a clear day you can see up to 40kms of panoramic views, across London and beyond.
Situated in the heart of London is Covent Garden, one of London's hottest shopping destinations, curated to satisfy your every shopping need. The neighbourhood offers a blend of global brands, from Apple to Chanel, mixed alongside independent retailers from Nigel Cabourn's Amy Gym to Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop.
Covent Garden is a foodie's paradise. Whether it's breakfast or brunch, pre-theatre dining or burgers alfresco, the neighbourhood is filled with a diverse array of gastronomic options to suit all tastebuds.
Of course, not forgetting the world famous street entertainers , who have to audition to perform in Covent Garden. Ranging from brilliant singers to talented acrobats, there is something for all ages - Don't forget to send the kids up at the end of the performance with some change to show your support.
See the New Guard exchange duty with the Old Guard in the famous Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
Changing the Guard, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.30am and lasts around 45mins. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace's forecourt from 10.00am and are joined by the St James's Palace Old Guard at 10.15am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.
The ceremony is free to watch and takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.
This free event is very popular, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view.
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