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Things to do during May half-term in London

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Enjoy a family day out at Kew Gardens © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Image courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Treat the family to a half-term filled with exciting activities, interactive attractions, outdoor playgrounds and children's shows over the May school holiday in London.


Get ready for a week of family fun in London during the May half-term holiday 2023, also known as summer half-term (27 May-4 Jun).

Plan your May school holiday break with this guide to the top things to do during half-term in London. Discover family-friendly museums, half-term activities and kids' shows, and take the children outdoors to London's parks and playgrounds on a sunny day.

May half-term activities in London

The Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter film series, set in a nigh time atmosphere. 

Find more London attractions for May half-term.

Half-term children's shows in London

Mary Poppins dancing with chimney sweeps dancing behind her.

Find more shows in London for kids and top West End musicals.

Kids' outdoor activities during summer half-term

A smiling family is taking a selfie with the city in the background on top the Up at the O2.

  • Feel on top of the world Up at The O2, as you climb to the summit of the famous tented roof. 
  • Wander through gorgeous Kew Gardens and head up to the 59ft (18m) high Treetop Walkway for stunning views of the grounds.
  • Climb into royal towers and hunt for mythical creatures in Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden.
  • Experience the exhilarating twists and turns of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and slide.
  • Pack a picnic and head to ZSL London Zoo, where you can see a variety of animals from alpacas to zebras and enjoy up-close experiences. .
  • It's all hands on deck at Cutty Sark as you learn all about its history, meeting the ship's colourful characters.
  • Spot life-size dinosaurs hiding between the trees of Crystal Palace Park.
  • Embark on a tree-top adventure at Go Ape Battersea or Go Ape Alexandra Palace this half-term in London.
  • Hire a pedalo or rowing boat in Hyde Park or Regent’s Park.
  • Buzz around the Horniman Museum's nature trails exploring bees and pond life this half-term week.
  • Connect with nature by walking or cycling to one of London’s stunning parks.
  • Explore the city on foot with a local guide, discovering hidden corners of the city on a Secret London Walking Tour, or retracing the steps of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Make the most of sunny days with more things to do outdoors in London.

Unmissable half-term events 

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Where to stay and where to eat with kids in London

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For more family day out ideas this half-term, take a look at a guide to London for kids, including the roundups of 101 things to do with children and teenagers. In need of last minute ideas? Check out this guide to the best things to do this weekend.

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