Looking for family-friendly city break ideas for the February half-term? In this blog we’ve put together some ideas for delightful days out and fun things to do around our London self-catering apartments, to suit all ages and interests!
The Southbank Centre, 17 minutes from our London Bridge apartments by tube, is bringing back its popular Imagine Children’s Festival (7th – 17th February). With 100+ events to choose from spanning theatre, comedy, music, and dance (around 40% of which are free), there’s definitely something for everyone!
Then visit one of the nearby riverside attractions such as the London Dungeon or the London Eye, or follow the Thames path to Shakespeare’s Globe and enjoy the family-friendly events on offer at this world-renowned reconstruction of the bard’s iconic theatre. During half-term week, there are interactive storytelling workshops that bring Macbeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life for a range of age groups. On your way back to your serviced apartment, pop into Pizza Pilgrims, a vibrant pizzeria tucked into the arches of London Bridge station, for a delicious supper.
Just 20 minutes’ walk from our beautiful Kew Bridge apartments you’ll find the botanical paradise that is Kew Gardens. From 3rd February to 3rd March, the Orchid Festival (included with your entry ticket to the Gardens) celebrates the stunning flora of Madagascar in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. After a day’s adventuring at Kew Gardens, stop in at The Cricketers, a traditional pub serving great comfort food and a dedicated children’s menu.
Just 20 minutes’ walk from our Chancery Lane apartments, the British Museum is always a fun, educational day out, with artefacts from around the world on display. This half-term young ones can explore Roman life in a family festival (12th – 16th February), featuring Roman games, storytelling and a Horrible Histories-themed trail through the museum.
While staying in Chancery Lane, head to London’s West End to enjoy some of the best family-friendly musicals: The Lion King, Frozen and Matilda are all great for younger children, while teens will be spellbound by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
At the Natural History Museum, discover animatronic dinosaurs and countless specimens of natural history. As part of the February Family Festival (10th – 18th February), you can also enjoy LEGO building workshops and science shows for free. There are also some great ticketed events on offer that week, such a T.Rex discovery show, animal handing, and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum. Over at the Science Museum, video game fans aged 5+ years can get their hands on 160 consoles from five decades in Power Up, the immersive gaming experience. Kids can take on friends and family in multiplayer classics and test out the latest virtual reality experiences, while adults can rediscover some vintage favourites... it’s the perfect day out for all the family!
Just 15 minutes’ walk from our apartments near Wembley’s iconic stadium, you’ll find RollerScape, London’s newest pop-up experience: offering indoor and outdoor roller rinks, food, drinks and music, it promises to be a wheely fun day out for all ages! During half-term week, there’s dedicated Skate Schools for various age groups, a mini-Valentine’s Roller Disco, Family Roller Glo Neon Nights, and Just Skate sessions.