Half-term in London

Stuck for things to do with the kids this February half-term? Panic over, we've got plenty to keep them sweet


Wintery weather needn't mean that the kids be stuck in front of the telly all week. This year's February half-term falls on Mon Feb 16 – Fri Feb 20 2015, and luckily London has enough fun lined up to have the family begging to leave the house.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Mon Feb 9 - Sun Feb 22
More info
  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Aug 30
More info
  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jul 5
More info
  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Apr 12
More info
See our top 10 half-term events in London

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Canary Wharf’s soaring towers give this outdoor ice rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below sparkling trees around the square's 'Big Blue' sculpture, which was designed by Ron Arad. The team behind Camden restaurant Q Grill will be serving up the sustenance at Q on Ice, with barbecue food, wintry cocktails, craft beer and hot chocolate on

  1. Canada Square Park
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Fri Feb 27
More info

Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. But 'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents. Opening to rave reviews in Stratford-upon Avon before transferring to the West End in 2011

  1. Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. £24-£85. Runs 2hrs 40mins
  3. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Dec 20
Buy tickets

Broadgate Ice Rink

This institution of winter outings relocated to Exchange Square last year (after 27 years of being in the middle of Broadgate shopping centre), and liked their new home so much they've stuck with it for 2014. The outdoor rink will be complemented by a pop-up bar, The Tasting Rooms, which will serve cocktails, craft beer and winter warmers, with an outdoor terrace from which to admire the icy action. Find more places to go ice skating in London

  1. Exchange Square
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Thu Feb 26
More info

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Celebrating its fiftieth year, the renowned competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. Attracting record number of visitors each year, the beguiling entries include stunning under water views of Australian sea lion pups playing to the unlikely vision of a texting monkey. Please note that last entry to the exhibition is daily at 5.15pm.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Aug 30
More info

The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5

The posters have been plastered around the London Underground for years – long enough for this show to become the most successful musical of all time – but nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence. With the surge of 'Circle Of Life' reverberating through your chest, Julie Taymor's animal creations march on, species by species. Gazelles spring, birds swoop and an elephant and her child lumber through the stalls. It's a cacophonous

  1. 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ
  2. £25-£98. Runs 2hrs 30mins
  3. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Mar 29
Buy tickets
See more events in London this half-term

  1. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
More info
  1. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
More info
  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
More info
  1. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
More info
  1. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
More info
  1. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX
More info
  1. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
More info
  1. Rockefeller Building, University College London, WC1E 6DE
More info
See more child-friendly museums in the capital