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The best half-term activities in London

Keep the kids busy and entertained this May 2021 half-term with some fantastic activities around London

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Andrzej Lukowski
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It’s not quite as busy as it is in normal times. But as London reawakens, there’s still plenty going for all the family this half-term

The Tower of London’s half-term show is a 30-minute fun performance giving youngsters a taste of life as a medieval knight – specifically one in the service of Margaret of Anjou, looking to free her husband Henry VI from the Tower. And there's also all the normal treats of the Tower itself: see the crown jewels, meet the famous ravens and learn some truly gory stories, all in the name of history. Hurrah!

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From May half-term until mid-July, ZSL is playing host to a series of kids’s activities celebrating Eric Carle’s beloved picturebook ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Tackle an assault course of giant fruit and veg, take in a storytelling session in a giant egg, and lots more themed fun, all free with entry.

  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • South Kensington

Up in The Equinor Gallery, on level three of the museum, you’ll find more than 50 exhibits split into seven zones. In this space, visitors will experience the maths and science behind everyday situations. Get hands-on at the chemistry bar, witness a controlled lightning strike and see something go bang in one of four daily demonstrations. £10 adults, £8 children, under-threes free.

Getting there: District, Circle or Piccadilly line to South Kensington.
Local bus routes: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, C1.

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