The summer holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re looking for fun family things to do in and around London this year, we have some great suggestions.
Go to the theatre
If you haven’t yet introduced your kids to the magic of the theatre, this summer is the perfect time to do so. Captivate their imaginations with the best tiger show in London, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Based on the best-selling children’s picture book by Judith Kerr, it tells the story of a tiger who arrives at a little girl called Sophie’s house – and eats all the food and drinks all the water from the taps! It’s packed with magic, songs and clumsy chaos, and is perfect for children ages three and up.
Cool off in Granary Square
Nothing beats cooling off among jets of water on a hot day. Granary Square in King’s Cross is a traffic-free space where kids can take the edge off the heat with a run about through the fountains, which change colour and squirt in patterns. There are plenty of places for parents to grab a coffee and a bite to eat too, while the children enjoy the water.
Discover rare breeds
Kids love animals, and what better way to let them discover some rare breeds than at an inner city farm? Mudchute Farm is a Rare Breed Survival Trust Approved Conservation Farm Park and has over 100 animals to meet free of charge – including pigs, cows, sheep, horses and llamas. You’ll also find a wide range of plants and wildlife such as butterflies and minibeasts in the 34-acre parklands.
Feel the buzz at Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a place where something is always happening, and kids will love an hour or two here. Browse the toy shops, nibble sweet treats such as gelato and macarons, wander Floral Street to see the rainbow painted bollards, and watch street entertainers perform to the crowds. It’s the perfect place to go before or after taking in a children’s show in London.
Visit a museum
We all know that British summers don’t always deliver the sunshine we’re hoping for, so if the weather isn’t playing ball, why not visit one of London’s many museums? Meet the most amazing creatures, from dinosaurs to immortal jellyfish, at the Natural History Museum, learn about space, robots and technology at the Science Museum, or step back in time and see mummies and Roman artefacts at the British Museum. The possibilities are endless.
Ride the river
One of the best ways to sightsee in London is by river. Hop onto a boat and relax as you pass some of the most iconic structures in the capital, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Cruises last 40-50 minutes and are full of interesting facts.
There’s so much to see and do in London this summer, but if your family loves the theatre, be sure to book tickets to The Tiger Who Came to Tea, one of the best kids’ plays in London this season.