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Summer holidays in London

Keep the kids entertained with these failsafe ideas for things to do in London over the school holidays

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School’s finally out for summer, which means six weeks of keeping the kids entertained, whatever the weather. Luckily, there’s plenty going on in the capital to keep youngsters happy, from kid-friendly theatre to fun-but-educational exhibitions at the city’s top museums. Have a browse through our roundup of the best family-friendly events London has to offer from July 19-September 2 2019.

For inspiration that’ll keep you going through the summer holidays and beyond, check out our whopping list of 101 things to do in London with kids to fill your free time and weekends all year round.

The best of summer 2019 for kids

The best ways to spend the last few weeks of the summer holidays in London
Kids

The best ways to spend the last few weeks of the summer holidays in London

The holidays aren’t over yet! There’s still loads going on between now and September

Educational days out that feel nothing like school
Kids

Educational days out that feel nothing like school

School’s out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop 

The best afternoon teas in London for kids
Kids

The best afternoon teas in London for kids

Afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a snooty, kid-free zone

12 best family day trips from London
Things to do

12 best family day trips from London

From ancient castles and retro theme parks to enchanted trains and real-life steam engines

The best summer film screenings for kids
Film

The best summer film screenings for kids

Swap the iPad for something a little more impressive

Three of the best mind-blowing exhibits for kids in London
Kids

Three of the best mind-blowing exhibits for kids in London

Everyone knows that museum displays are more fun when they're hands-on

Our summer holiday London highlights

‘Peter Pan’ review
Theatre

‘Peter Pan’ review

'Peter Pan' transfers to Troubadour White City Theatre in July 2019. This review is from its 2016 premiere at the National Theatre There's a kind of melancholy embedded in JM Barrie's 'Peter Pan'. It's a story that's perched, anxiously, on a window ledge, between domestic comfort and rip-roaring adventure. Sally Cookson's gloriously confident adaptation takes a step out and soars.First staged in 2012, her revised version rampages across the Olivier Theatre's vast stage. Peter Pan's pirate adversaries are led by a bloodthirsty female Hook - Anna Francolini might have stepped in at the last minute (to replace an injured Sophie Thompson), but she wields her iron appendage with abandon, mixing ferocity with knee-wobbling existential terrors. Time's ticking crocodile is on her trail. Around her, the all-adult cast transform from Lost Boys, huddled in knitwear and clutching teddies, to furious pirates in the bloodiest kind of red Breton stripes.But before we get to the gory bits, Cookson makes sure we really care about the relationships at the heart of the story. Madeleine Worrall's performance as Wendy is especially wonderful. She's full of childlike wonder and pettiness, bickering with her brothers John and Michael. And that makes it extra poignant when the Lost Boys of Neverland try to trap her into mothering them - she fights furiously, at first, before settling into endless games of Mummies and Daddies.But then, Cookson's play always has one foot in the adults' camp. Instead

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Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen
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Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen

Ever wondered how a science lab manages to breed, feed and store a million fruit flies for experiments? Well, prepared to be amazed. The Crick Institute is offering up a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and people driving the latest scientific advances. And it's not just flies either, with the lid lifted on laser guides, cell growers and tech fixers too.

Brick Wonders
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Brick Wonders

Lego lovers can get a first look at the Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition, which kicks off on the first day of half-term. There are about 50 Lego models on display – that’s about half a million bricks if you’re counting – covering everything from ancient pyramids to the International Space Station. There are interactive play areas and a mini-cinema showing LEGO animation shorts, and you can buy a combi ticket if you fancy ticking off the aquarium and Butterfly House while you’re here.

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Outdoor fun for kids this summer

Lidos and outdoor swimming pools
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Lidos and outdoor swimming pools

Escape the summer heat with the dip in the open air

Major parks to explore in London
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Major parks to explore in London

Take the little ones for a picnic in one of London's green spots

City farms in London
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City farms in London

It's baby animal season!

Outdoor activities for kids
Kids

Outdoor activities for kids

From adventure playgrounds to bouncy boat trips

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Indoor fun for kids this summer

Top ten children's theatre shows this summer
Theatre

Top ten children's theatre shows this summer

There are shows for kids of all ages on in London over the school holidays

Top ten museums for kids
Museums

Top ten museums for kids

London's museums put loads of effort into making their exhibits accessible to children

More family-friendly things to do

101 things to do in London with kids
Kids

101 things to do in London with kids

Discover the best things to do with children in the city

Free things to do with kids in London
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Free things to do with kids in London

Grab a packed lunch and leave your purse at home