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Half-term in London

Looking for fun stuff to do in London with the kids over the October 2019 half-term holiday? Get inspired with our guide to half-term events and activities

101 things to do in London with kids
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The October half-term in London (Monday 21 - Friday 25 October) has plenty to offer your little ones. From interactive exhibitions, child-friendly museums, family cinema trips and rainy-day activities to kicking up the fallen leaves in parks and trips to see baby animals, London’s got it all. If you’re keen to keep the kids off the sofa, here are our top picks for fun activities which will keep you and your tots busy over the school break, plus lots of free things to do so that you don't have to break the bank.

 

October half-term in London ideas

Free things to do with the kids
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Free things to do with the kids

Keep the kids entertained without spending a penny

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London Literature Festival events for kids

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Treat the gang to some culture 

The best indoor activities in London for kids
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The best indoor activities in London for kids

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Brilliant half-term activities
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Brilliant half-term activities

Ace ideas for entertaining the little ones over half-term

Fab family day trips from London
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Fab family day trips from London

All within easy reach of London

A few half-term in London highlights

Natural History Museum Ice Rink
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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

The Natural History Museum is home to London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.

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Beasts of London
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Beasts of London

Come face-to-face with the beasts who once roamed the city

Sylvanian Families Pop-up Shop
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Sylvanian Families Pop-up Shop

Brace yourself for a cuteness overload

The Lion King

The Lion King

Spend your half term with Timon and Pumba 

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London’s child-friendly museums

V&A Museum of Childhood
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V&A Museum of Childhood

Home to one of the world's finest collections of children's toys, dolls' houses, games and costumes, the V&A Museum of Childhood shines bighter than ever after extensive refurbishment, which has given it an impressive entrance. Part of the V&A museum, the museum has been amassing childhood-related objects since 1872 and continues to do so, with 'Incredibles' figures complementing bonkers 1970s puppets, Barbie Dolls and Victorian praxinoscopes. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood has plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.

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London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it's fun for adults, too).

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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. The Natural History Museum’s Life Galleries are devoted to displays on animal life, from creepy crawlies to the plaster cast of a Diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall. The Earth Galleries explore the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we take from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe. The museum's wildlife garden attracts urban wildlife such as dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights inner-city wildlife conservation.

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Museum of London
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Museum of London

The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs. Check the website before your visit as a packed programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, walks and children's events is central to the life of the Museum of London.

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Take your little ones to grand new heights this half-term

The best child-friendly restaurants in London
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The best child-friendly restaurants in London

These central and neighbourhood restaurants in London know how to feed the whole family, offering value for money grub for babies, children and adults, too. You can even enjoy a cocktail while the kids are kept entertained.