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Things to do during October half-term in London

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Treat the kids to top family-friendly attractions, interactive activities and fun October events in London during the October half-term school break.


Keep the kids entertained (and on your side) during October half-term 2021 (16-31 October 2021) in London with our pick of the capital’s best family activities and events over the school holidays.

Whether it's with teenagers or toddlers, pack your London October half-term holiday or staycation with fun activities, Halloween events and unique experiences. There are so many things to do over half-term in London, that you can easily fill the whole break: these family-friendly hotels and top restaurants for kids will help you plan your visit. 

The week-long half-term holiday differs across the UK, with some regions choosing one week and other regions opting for the following week. 

Reach #familygoals at top London attractions

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Cool stuff for teens this half-term in London

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October half-term activities in London for younger kids

Four dancers leap across the stage in lion costumes in The Lion King.

  • See Little Amal in iconic locations across London as the 3.5m (11ft)-tall puppet arrives in the capital following her journey across Europe from the Turkey-Syria border.
  • Head to the child-sized city of Kidzania in Westfield London, where little ones can enjoy more than 60 interactive activities and meet sporting heroes at the Middlesex County Cricket Club Experience.
  • Join Simba on his adventures in The Lion King and transport yourself to a world full of dazzling costumes and stunning effects.
  • Sing along with everyone's favourite nanny Mary Poppins, at Disney's delightful feel-good musical and discover more family favourites with the best London shows and musicals for kids.
  • Experience magical moments as the extraordinary tale of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to life on stage.
  • Or go behind the scenes and get a fascinating glimpse of the wizarding world at Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.
  • Enjoy a Butterbeer at The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition and view never-before-seen images of the making of the iconic film series.
  • Pick up a paintbrush and get creative with art, drama and play at Family Art Day, part of The Bloomsbury Festival.
  • Curious explorers bring your torchlight, as you spend a night in the museum discovering incredible creatures at Dino Snores for Kids, at the Natural History Museum.
  • Learn about London's pioneering green transport technology and meet real engineers saving the environment at From Steam to Green at the London Transport Museum.
  • Look out for school holiday activities at more of London’s children's museums and attractions during the half-term break.

Discover more family fun with our 101 things to do with kids in London.  

Outdoor half-term activities

  • Embark on a scenic journey along The Gruffalo's Child trail at Kew Gardens and encounter an enchanting array of wildlife and much-loved characters from the famous books.
  • Get up close to some of your favourite big-screen stars with Scenes in the Square, including Harry Potter and Paddington Bear.
  • Head over to Trafalgar Square and wave at the four bronze lion statues overlooking this iconic London landmark. 
  • Solve cryptic clues and discover London's hidden secrets as you explore the city in an immersive treasure hunt with Locked City.
  • Let the kids run wild during a visit to London's leafy Royal Parks, including Greenwich Park, sprawling Hyde Park and pretty Regent's Park.
  • Explore the enchanting Illuminature light trail and interact with giant wildlife sculptures and magical installations at London Wetland Centre.
  • Fill a scrapbook with autumnal leaves from some of the City of London's parks and green spaces
  • Treat yourself to some delicious street food from the open-air Southbank Centre Food Market

Get your spook on at Halloween in London

Look out for other spooky children's Halloween activities across the city.

Hit the shops in London

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If you're visiting London in and around half-term, check out a pick of the best things to do in autumn, including key October events and key annual events. And keep an eye out for family-friendly activities with these guides to what's on this weekend and things to do today.

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