Best things to do in London during February half-term
Wondering what to do in London this February half-term? With the school holidays almost upon us, you are probably searching for ideas to keep the kids entertained. Well, help is at hand with some amazing activities and events at London's most fun and enjoyable attractions!
London Guided Tours in February
What better way to spend the February half-term than by sightseeing in London? Book your family tickets now for an open top bus tour in London with London Kids Tour.
This fun and educational tour takes you past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster, Piccadilly Circus and offers the most beautiful views of London. With interesting facts and fun stories this tour is specially designed to engage kids' attention.
Cruise on the river Thames
You’re looking for a funny and original way to discover London with your Children ? Book a city cruise on the river Thames to enjoy London’s most iconic sites from water.
You have many choices of different boat trips so you are bound to find one that suits you. City Cruises hop-on hop-off boats offer a whole range of different sightseeing boat tours including ones with lunch or afternoon tea.
If you prefer to visit London on foot you can book a guided walking tour around the city. It’s the best way to discover the history of the city. You’ll find a great variety of family-friendly tours fitting to your interests such as Beatles tours, Jack the Ripper tours or street art tours. So grab your sneakers and let’go for a walk!
Monuments to visit during the school holidays
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is not to be missed ! It takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts about 45 minutes. Try to plan your visit and to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view!
If you want to visit the Queen's official London residence with children you can book a family guided tour specially designed for little ones. Expert guides will highlight stories about the Palace and its history.
Tower of london
The Tower of London is an absolute must-see especially with kids. Start your visit with the famous Yeoman Warders of the tower. During an hour, they share with visitors tales of the bloody history of the tower. After the tour, you can admire the Royal Family Crown Jewels, symbols of the British Monarchy, or discover the legend of the Tower ravens.
Discover the astonishing panoramic view of London from The Shard. Use an extraordinary high-speed lift to reach level 68 in sixty seconds and get to level 69 to enjoy 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. Climb up to level 72 and admire the capital from the open air sky deck 288 metres above the ground.
Museums and exhibitions during february half-term
The art of Banksy
The popular exhibition The Art of Banksy featuring iconic pieces of the most intriguing artist has been extended to 22th of May in Covent Garden. Don’t miss the opportunity to admire over 90 authentic works of the street artist such as ‘Girl and Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’. This immersive experience through street art should appeal to both teenagers and adults.
During the month of February, the British Museum organizes gallery talks and tours suitable for children. Embark on a fascinating journey to ancient Egypt, explore the ancient Greek world or discover the extraordinary cultures of China.
The museum also offers free creative workshops and activities for families. Remember to book in advance!
Victoria and Albert Museum
Take advantage of term holidays to discover the entertaining and family friendly events, workshops and exhibitions at the V&A Museum.
After Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland the Victoria and Albert Museum takes visitors on a journey around Beatrix Potter’s universe. Follow the trail of Peter Rabbit with the exhibition Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature opening on 12th February. Through drawings, manuscripts, correspondence, paintings and photographs discover her love for the natural world.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is a fantastic place to visit for all ages with lots of different activities, guided tours and exhibitions . This february half-term, join Operation Earth from 14th to 20th February and explore Earth's environmental and climate challenges with your family.
Don’t miss Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition until 5th june 2022. Each year, the best wildlife photographers present 100 snaps from all over the world to traduce nature fragility and diversity.
Come face-to-face with celebrities and personalities, from music to sport, and snap a selfie with the stars at Madame Tussauds. With over 300 life-like wax figures, Madame Tussauds is the only place where you can see David Beckham, Her Majesty the Queen and One Direction under the same roof. Don't miss out on seeing the newest figures when you visit London in February half-term.
Events not to be missed in February
Kew Orchids festival
The annual Orchid Festival returns to Kew Gardens from 5th February to 6th March and will be celebrating Costa Rica and biodiversity. Discover the rich and colourful culture of this country with vibrant horticultural displays and animated soundscapes.
Walking around the Princess of Wales Conservatory, travel to Central America and admire its wildlife : monkeys, quetzals, hummingbirds and sea turtles sculpted with flowers. A pond filled with orchids and bromelias stands in the middle of the glasshouse.
Imagine Children’s Festival
During February half-term, the Children's Festival is back at the Southbank Centre. Imagine Children's Festival is a celebration of children's literature. From 9th to 20th February experience all kinds of art and culture with your family.
With over 160 events the programme caters to all ages and over 50% of the festival is completely free. Unlock kids creativity and discover many events, classes and workshops to experience theatre, comedy, literature, music dance and hands-on activities.
Best family friendly attractions in London in February
The London Dungeon
This February half-term you can face your fears at The London Dungeon as you join in with the latest shows! Experience the full force of Henry VIII's wrath in The Tyrant Boat Ride, discover the legendary Jack the Ripper, come face to face with Sweeney Todd, escape the flames of the great fire of London and descend into the dungeon to discover London’s gruesome history.
SEA LIFE London
Take a deep breath and dive into the watery wonders of adventure with sharks, turtles and penguins this half-term at SEA LIFE London! From feeding the stingrays and watching diving displays to exploring touch pools and discovery zones, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Shrek's Adventure! London
Find the Missing Beat this February half-term at the DreamWorks Tours: Shrek's Adventure. Step into a family musical adventure with the Trolls World Tour from 12th-20th February. Help Trollzart to find his instruments and let’s play and dance.
With Shrek’s Adventure you can also let yourself be transported to live interactive adventures and meet your favourite characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon.
Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour
Located about 20 miles northeast of London, Leavesden Film Studios offers you an immersion into the magical world of the Harry Potter saga. Until 1st May with Magical Mischief you can discover the behind-the-scenes and the filmmaking trickery behind the Harry Potter movies.
The majority of the sets, objects and costumes on display at the Studios are actually those used in the films. Enter the Great Hall, the Hogwarts classrooms and discover some of the iconic props from the Harry Potter film series.
Canary Wharf's ice rink
The ice rink in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park is back. Untill 26th February, enjoy skating whatever the weather on one of the largest seasonal ice rinks in London. Parents and children over 4 years can skate under sparkling lights.
Now you can even rent ‘light skates’ fitted with multicoloured LEDs leaving an illuminated trail across the ice as you glide along the ice. After your session on the ice you can warm up at the Off Piste bar with mulled wine or hot chocolate enjoying beautiful views of the rink.
Take in a whole new 360 degree perspective of the capital and see London as you've never seen it before on the London Eye! Whether you want to see London during the day or night, you'll be getting a breath-taking view of all the iconic landmarks from above! Grab your tickets to one of the world's most popular attractions and enjoy yourself!