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Family-friendly London activities for May half term

If you’re visiting London with children over the next week, you’ll be thrilled to hear that it’s school holiday time (referred to in England as ‘half-term’). Here are some great, family-friendly ideas.

Rainforest Adventure at Sea Life London Aquarium – every day

We have just visited this new attraction at London’s blockbusting aquarium, so this goes straight to the top of our list: the multi-room, Amazon-themed experience is still primarily connected with life in the water, so expect beautiful turtles, crocodiles and ferocious piranha fish. Elsewhere however, life on land can also be discovered – if you’re brave enough to meet huge, hairy tarantulas that is.

Online family tickets start at £69.74 (2 adults and 2 children aged 3-17). Read more and book tickets at

Eye Spy on the Coca-Cola London Eye 
– Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June

Children who climb aboard London’s most famous wheel this half-term will be invited to take part in an epic game of eye-spy. The ticket office will be handing out sheets to kids with eight questions, all of which can be answered by looking very, very carefully through the glass to the grand London landmarks below. Meanwhile, if you take a selfie and use the hashtag #eyelovelondon, you will automatically be entered into a competition to win a private trip on the London Eye – so you can play eye-spy all over again!

Online family tickets start at £69.42 (2 adults and 2 children aged 3-15). Book tickets at

Love Your Zoo Week at Battersea Park Zoo 
 Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June

If you didn’t know, London’s half-term week is also Love Your Zoo Week. So head to southwest London to join the fun at Battersea Park Zoo, where there’s animal badge-making, story-telling – and lots of otter fun for World Otter Day on Wednesday 30 May. Don’t forget that the journey from central London to Battersea makes for a great boat trip on the Thames.

Family tickets are £31 (2 adults and 2 children aged 2-15, or 1 adult and 3 children). Find out more at

Kings and Queens at Eltham Palace and Gardens – 11am-5pm, Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June

This medieval royal palace makes for a great day trip beyond central London via Greenwich. You’ll find 19 acres of beautiful gardens, while this half-term the Kings and Queens event invites little ones to learn all about life in a palace.

Family tickets are £39.


Looking for more child-friendly ideas? Click here to read all about KidZania in Shepherd’s Bush, an indoor city dedicated entirely to children (above).

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