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Things to do during the school summer holidays in London

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Make the school summer holidays memorable by enjoying interactive exhibitions, children’s theatre shows and kid-friendly museums.

Save money by grouping different activities together and choosing a Merlin Pass, London Pass or Explorer Pass depending on your plans.

There are lots of brilliant things to do in London during the kids’ school summer holidays. Whether you’ve got little ones or teenagers to keep entertained, we’ve rounded up summer holiday activities for all ages to enjoy below. 

Summer holiday events in London

  • Step inside the magical world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring special events during school holidays.
  • Visit the Queen’s London home, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors for the summer months.
  • Surprise the kids with spontaneous days out and check our picks of fun things to do today in London.
  • Make the most of traffic-free Regent Street with family activities, food and shopping offers during Summer Streets.
  • Saddle up and take to traffic-free London streets with mass participation bike rides during Prudential RideLondon.
  • See a parade of young performers in colourful costumes dance and swirl through the streets on Notting Hill Carnival’s Children's Day.
  • Make every summer weekend count with quirky workshops, family festivals and fun outdoor activities listed in our weekend guide to London.
  • Squeeze the most out of your summer in London with unmissable events and experiences, which are perfect for lush summer days.

Find more exciting events the kids will love during July and August.

Things to do with teenagers in London

For more school holiday ideas, take a look at 101 things to do in London with teens.

Summer school holiday activities for young children

Family shows in London

  • Take your pick from London's top 10 musicals, including family favourites the Lion King and Wicked.
  • See a family show at the Underbelly Festival in South Bank.
  • Make use of the free child tickets offered with every adult ticket purchased, during Kids Week.
  • Soak up the outdoor theatre atmosphere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which hosts family-friendly shows throughout the summer months.

Keep the little ones entertained with more family theatre shows.

Family hotels and restaurants in London

For more inspiration this summer holiday, see what's on in London or take a look at our guide to London for kids, including best museums for children.

If you're in London now, check out activities for today and make sure to download the Visit London app for on-the-go tips.

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