The school holidays are a great time for travelling to London with children and teenagers as it’s always an exciting day out for all the family. While London landmarks are a popular choice, they can sometimes be busy or you may have visited them many times before. Luckily, the capital is excellent at catering for families and children of all ages during the half term break. We’ve put together some of the places you should consider travelling to this October.
Things to Do in London During October Half Term
Celebrate the Circus – Museum of London
From 20th to 28th October, celebrate 250 years of the circus, learning more about the science behind the acts, including spring-loaded cannons and beds of nails. This 20-minute science show will be completely free in the Museum of London, but booking in advance is suggested.
Written in Bone – Museum of London Docklands
Join an expert on 22nd or 23rd October at the Museum of London Docklands to find out more about the skeletons in the museum’s collection. In 45 minute slots, you can discover what the skeleton DNA reveals about Roman London society, including their life and status. Check times before you go.
The Big Draw – artsdepot
The 2018 Big Draw Festival is the biggest annual celebration of drawing across the world. Artsdepot is getting involved on 22nd October, providing a plethora of activities for all ages. The event runs from 11am to 4pm and costs £4 to enter.
Night Owl’s Halloween Sleepover – Museum of London Docklands
For a spooktacular time this half term, book a night in the Museum of London Docklands on the 26th October. All children must be accompanied by an adult, but you can expect lots of fun throughout. Activities include solving a spooky crime by torchlight, interactive storytelling about Victorian London and nestling down in the galleries for an overnight sleepover.
Ice Rink – The Natural History Museum
While you may think ice skating is only available during the festive season, the National History Museum’s ice rink opens to the public on 25th October and won’t be closing until 6th January. If you hate the Winter weather, why not enjoy the ice rink before temperatures plummet. It’ll have all the family laughing, even for those just observing.
How to Get Around
The only downside of visiting London can be the getting around, especially if you live elsewhere in the South East or you would like to get there and back in the most stress-free manner possible. If there’s a group of you, why not hire a minibus or coach to provide you with door to door travel to and from London? From luxury minibuses that can seat 8 people to large private coaches, it’s one of the most comfortable ways to travel. Knowledgeable and reliable drivers know London’s roads inside out, so will get you to wherever you’re visiting on time and without fuss.