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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 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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  • Tuck into a tasty Peter Pan-themed afternoon tea with Insta-worthy views across London at Aqua Shard.
  • Get the adrenaline pumping on a thrilling adventure, from The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit, to fast and furious speedboat rides or a vertigo-busting Up at The O2 climb.
  • Taste a rainbow at Flavour Rainbow, and immerse yourself in a colourful celebration of rainbows and flavours at the Royal Docks.
  • Discover what space travel is really like with European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake.
  • Master your skateboarding skills at the Southbank Skate Space.
  • Watch a film at BFI Southbank – if you're 16 to 25 years of age, sign up for £3 tickets!
  • Bounce around on trampolines, as you tackle high-rope adventures at Oxygen Freejumping at The O2.
  • Create FOMO among your friends as you snap away at top Instagram spots in London, including Tower Bridge’s glass walkway, colourful Neal’s Yard and views from the Sky Garden.
  • Grab an Insta-worthy cake and coffee at one of London's quirky cafes, including Peggy PorschenDraughts or Biscuiteers.
  • Go on a high-wire adventure at one of Go Ape’s testing courses.
  • Master the controls as you emulate being a pilot at the Emirates Aviation Experience.
  • Have a go at table tennis or challenge yourself to mountain biking and BMX trails at Lee Valley VeloPark.
  • Watch an action-packed NFL game showcasing athletic prowess, sporting skills and lively entertainment.
  • Immerse yourself in culture at London's best museum and gallery exhibitions.

Find more things to do with teenagers in London.

October half-term activities in London for younger kids

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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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Seek out more shopping hotspots in London.

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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