Here at DUKES London, it feels as though we have only just got over the Christmas holidays and the half term holidays are upon us once again. Children and teenagers throughout the UK have left school behind them for the week and it is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together as a family.
London is the ideal place to take a family friendly break – with its diverse nature, there is something for all ages. With so much to see and do, you will certainly be spoilt for choice.
We have rounded up our top 5 things to do in London with children this half term, check them out below.
Go wild at the Rainforest Café
The Rainforest Café is a unique dining experience which will enchant little kids, big kids and adults alike. Enter in to the heart of the jungle and enjoy your food and drink as the sights and sounds of the rainforest come to life. Filled with magnificent animals, cascading waterfalls and tropical showers, the amazing special effects and lifelike animatronics will make it feel as though your family has been transported to a far-off land – not the middle of Piccadilly Circus!
The menu offers American and International cuisine, with plenty of choice to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy. Watch out of the thunderstorms which shake the building every so often too!
Enjoy a majestic afternoon tea
Nothing is more British than enjoying a quaint afternoon tea and it is the perfect treat for all the family to enjoy together. If your little ones have a sweet tooth, they will most certainly love this afternoon tradition.
DUKES Afternoon Tea is a majestic affair, fit for royalty. Looking out on to our peaceful courtyard garden, our elegant Drawing Room and Conservatory is the perfect setting to make your little ones feel as though they are little princes and princesses. Both parents and children can indulge in delicate finger sandwiches in a variety of flavours, freshly baked scones, and a selection of handmade pastries.
Served each day from noon until 6pm in the heart of Mayfair, be sure to book your table in advance.
Continue your learning at a museum
It may be half term, but it is the perfect opportunity for little ones to learn something new outside of the classroom environment. London is home to some of the best museums in the world and there are plenty of family friendly choices filled with interactive exhibits and hands on experiences for hours of fun.
If your kids are obsessed with vehicles, the Transport Museum in Covent Garden is not to be missed. Filled with classic British transportation from throughout the years, try your hand at conducting a bus or hop on board the world’s first Tube train.
Head to the Natural History Museum to get up close and personal with a gigantic T-Rex dinosaur, gaze at a gigantic blue whale skeleton, and meet a whole host of other fascinating creatures. Be sure to catch the Wildlife Photographer of The Year exhibit which is there until 30th June 2019.
Blast off to space on an Apollo mission or become an investigative scientist for the day at the Science Museum, South Kensington. This highly interactive museum, which includes an IMAX 3D cinema, has something for everyone, from boisterous toddlers through to hard-to-please teenagers, making your trip a lot more stress free.
Enjoy springtime in the Royal Parks
The weather is certainly looking to be pleasant this half term and what better way for your children to enjoy some fresh air than in the Royal Parks. St James’s Park, Green Park and Hyde Park are all just a stone’s throw away from DUKES and are ideal locations to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a walking tour through these tranquil settings, stopping at sights such as St James’s Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace and the most famous of all, Buckingham Palace.
Let DUKES take the hassle out of making lunch arrangements and enjoy a traditional Picnic In The Park while surrounded by the beautiful scenery. Specially selected and prepared by our executive chef and his team, your delicious hamper of food will have everything you need to enjoy an outdoor lunch, including a picnic rug and cutlery. We even have a dedicated picnic menu especially for the children!
Spend pocket money at Hamley’s Toy Shop
Holding the title of the oldest and largest toy shop in the world, Hamley’s was founded in 1760, before moving to its current site on Prince Regents Street in 1881. Covering a huge seven floors, the shop is every child’s heaven, packed to the brim with every toy imaginable including stuffed animals, games, jigsaws, gadgets, dolls, and more! You are certain to leave with your wallet feeling a little lighter.
There are lots of special events happening daily at Hamley’s over the half term including Meet and Greets with the Lego Movie 2 stars, Harry Potter Quidditch Training, Scalextric Time Trials, a photo opportunity in Barbie’s life-size doll box, and a daily parade.
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Be dazzled in the West End
Going to see a musical at a theatre in the West End is a truly magical experience and one your children won’t forget. There are plenty of shows suitable for kids – make sure to ask if there is a minimum age before you book tickets this half term.
Disney classics such as the Lion King and Aladdin are popular choices for younger one, filled with spectacular scenery and popular songs. The Lion King is celebrating its 20th year at the Lyceum Theatre and is still as popular now as when it was first debuted. Children of all ages (and adults) love the story of Simba, brought to life with dramatic scenery and amazing costumes. Although a relative newcomer to the West End, Aladdin is making a big impact. Be transported to a far-off land at the Prince Edward Theatre and join him on his Arabian adventures.
Other family favourites include Wicked at the Apollo Theatre, Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, and School of Rock the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
After a jam-packed day experiencing all that London has to offer, DUKES Hotel is ready to welcome you and your family to our accommodation this half term to relax and recharge. Our luxury suites are the perfect choice for families. Find exclusive kids amenities waiting in your room and we can even arrange childcare with a registered professional – you will no doubt need a little time to recover after such a busy day in the city!
Find out more: Book a Family Escape In Mayfair with DUKES